Avoid ‘Brown Patch” on Turf this Summer

Spotting Brown Patch

Brown patch symptoms can vary depending on the grass variety, the soil as well as climate. Once it takes hold, the disease can spread quickly and begins to appear with 24 – 36 hours after infection. In the early morning on close cut turfgrasses, a dark smoky ring may appear at the periphery of the patch. This smoky ring transforms as the day progresses into a uniformly light brown or straw color.

Typically, brown patch causes rings or patches of blighted grass that measure from 5″ to more than 10′ in diameter. It also causes leaf spots and thin rings with brown borders around the diseased patches. Under close examination of the blades, irregular spots may be noticed that is bordered by a darker margin.

brown patch rottingAfter the leaves die in the blighted area, new leaves can emerge from the surviving crowns. On wide-bladed species, leaf lesions develop with tan centers and dark brown to black margins.

Brown patch favors high humidity and temperatures over 85 degrees during the day and not below 65 at night. On warm season grasses, this disease can be very active in the spring and fall. It also occurs in areas that receive more than 10 hours a day of wetness for consecutive days.

Brown patch infestation is more severe when the grass is cut to a height less than the optimum for the variety of grass.

Prevention

The best prevention for brown patch is to aerate often, reduce shade to effected areas, and follow a fertilization schedule to help prevent fertilization with excess amounts of nitrogen. Avoid irrigating late in the day. Do not over-fertilize.

Treatment

The most common fungicides used on Brown Patch are: benomyl, and chlorothalonil. The brown patch fungus will survive in thatch and turf debris between periods of activity. Chemical controls are available, but should only be applied by licensed applicators. Contact your local lawn care provider for additional information.

Lawn Diseases are Easier to Prevent than to Cure

Here are a few ways we can work together to keep some lawn diseases out of your lawn:

  • Signature Landscapes’ lawn fertilization program controls unhealthy bursts of turf growth that can attract disease.
  • Regular core aeration helps nutrients and water reach roots and breaks up thatch, which is one place diseases like to breed.
  • Deep, infrequent watering in the early morning, keeps moisture from remaining on the grass surface too long, which attracts disease.
  • Mowing frequently, at a high height and with a sharp mower blade, further helps to keep disease out.
  • Overseeding with disease-resistant grasses is another option you can consider.

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If you suspect your lawn has any type of lawn disease, contact the Signature Landscapes team about treatment services immediately. Quick action can make a big difference to save your lawn.

To learn more from the pros… you can visit these links:

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension has a great brochure about your turf. It’s not always a disease! It’s worth the time to download and read!
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Smart Irrigation Month

Industry Resources

As a Signature Landscapes customer, you already know how an efficient irrigation system can save water and dollars. You see it every time our crews are out there working on your system, planting efficient plants and working with you or your staff to educate smart irrigation practices.

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We  feel this is just part of what separates a Signature landscape from a the ‘other guys’. So we’ve teamed up with the Irrigation Association to push Smart Irrigation Month, an industry campaign to increase public awareness of the value of water-use efficiency.

Whether you’re a large company, or a homeowner, we encourage you to call our certified landscape professionals to learn more:

  • Educate customers about efficient water-use.
  • Grow demand for water-saving technologies, products and services.
  • Provide real solutions to today’s water challenges.

Getting involved is as simple as adding the Smart Irrigation Month logo to your web site, ads or newsletter, or highlighting water-saving products during July.

Learn More

Download articles to get ideas and tips for a more efficient irrigation program:

It’s A Water-Saver Coloring Book

Even young children understand the importance of protecting the environment for the future. Download this free coloring book so your kids can learn how to make a difference courtesy of Signature Landscapes and the Irrigation Association.

Signature’s Take on the book: The simple info covered in this little book are worded perfectly for the busy parent too. Download and see for yourself! 


The 8-page book includes coloring pages, puzzles and jokes, along with easy tips to save water outdoors. Promote smart irrigation to kids in your community.

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DEFENSIBLE SPACE SPECIALISTS

PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR FIRE DANGER

Preparing for a fire is much easier and cheaper than recovering from a fire! Our expertise and manpower will quickly & effectively provide firefighters with a safe place from which to defend your home from an approaching wildland fire.

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Property Management: Operating Lean and Mean

Ron Jones, president of local Nevada Commercial Services, says it best;

“The goal really doesn’t change very much. It’s to deliver the very best service as possible at the very best price possible and make the tenants’ occupancy as comfortable as it can be so they can focus on their business.”

The entire Signature Landscapes team couldn’t have said it better. While this goes for any industry, really. It hits right on the mark for the landscape industry and what drives us to serve our property management customers.

via Nevada Business Magazine article: Property Management: Operating Lean and Mean.

Annuals Bestow Instant Burst of Color

Perhaps one reason people like annual flower plantings is precisely because they change from season to season – and they provide an instant show of color after the gray of winter. Because annual varieties die at the first freeze, each spring offers new opportunities to experiment with new color palettes and flower types.

Read more via Signature Landscape: Kansas Citys Premier Commercial Grounds Maintenance Company » Annuals Bestow Instant Burst of Color.

Jim Stanhouse Attends Pesticide Regulations and Products Workshop

Jim Stanhouse, manager of Signature Landscapes’ pest control division attended the Sacramento Workshop for pest control professionals. The educational program emphasized two tracks in the field of pesticide management: Understanding the Rodenticide Mitigation Label Changes and  Regulatory Updates, which focused on reducing children’s exposure to rodenticides, protecting wildlife from primary and secondary poisoning, and reducing home-owner miss use.

dprlogoThe second track was the highly acclaimed Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardeners and Landscape Professionals program, focusing on maintaining a healthy, vigorously growing lawn as the best way to prevent disease outbreak in turfgrass.

Stanhouse is a licensed pest control professional with more than 10 years experience in the application of pest control or pesticides. His licenses include the following:

  • Ornamental and Turf Control – The control of insects, weeds, vertebrates and plant diseases and the use of plant regulators on ornamental and turf in urban areas.
  • Industrial and Institutional – Control in and around industrial complexes, institutional complexes and dwelling units.
  • Aquatic – The control of insects, weeds and vertebrates in aquatic areas.
  • Right-of-way – The control of weeds in the maintenance of rights-of-ways, public roads, power lines pipelines and railway rights-of-ways.
  • Maintenance Gardener Pest Control Business – Authorizes the use or supervision of the use of pesticides in work as a maintenance gardener.

Understanding all facets of the pesticide industry is critical in Signature’s operation and the company strives to ensure education is one of the most important tools to manage today’s challenging pest control operation.

Signature Landscapes completes Elko Guard facility

Signature Landscapes has just completed the landscape design/build project for the Elko County Guard facility located in Carlin, Nevada. The new 5,400 square foot readiness center building will house offices, storage areas, a vault and a locker room.

Nevada State Assemblyman from district 33, John Ellison, said he was pleased the Guard was taking over portions of the facility. “This location has endless potential and it’s going to be beneficial for Carlin, Elko and the state of Nevada for years to come.”

Link to Elko Daily Free Press article for more information

 

Signature Landscapes Construction on Three Dollar General Stores Completed

dg_storeSignature Landscapes installed new landscapes for Dollar General Stores in Gardnerville, Yerington and Stead. These ground-up landscape and irrigation projects were designed by Lumos and Associates. An emphasis on low-water usage and simplified maintenance over time are key factors to the design of these projects and will drive significant cost savings for the life of the landscape compared to similar locations.

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