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Old 06-24-2010, 08:58 PM
fastpine fastpine is offline
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All the lawns are dying!

.....I have 10 res accounts and 9 of them are getting these large, spread out, rusty brown spots...Some worse than others. One is sooo bad that she canceled her service because the whole lawn is lookin like a hay field. Im terribly concerned that other customers will follow suit as there wont be any lawn to mow here in a month or so..

One of them we recently areated, and fertilized..Its the worst. Large sections are dying!

Ive noticed it all over town. Even the city maintained grass, and some golf courses are getting it..

I cannot afford to loose these accounts. I figure its a fungus of somekind.

This is my first year in the business and I have no idea what to do,,

Please help.
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Old 06-24-2010, 08:59 PM
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:02 PM
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alot of my lawns are looking the same way. However ours are dying due to lack of rain. Its been along time since we had a nice all day rain
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:10 PM
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post some pics
I will ASAP..The brown/dead spots resemble old school cammo pattern. and they seem to be starting from the tip of the blades and working down till the whole area is dead..

Multiple customers commented that they have been watering a ton, to no avail.....
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:20 PM
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You might have dropped to much fert. and have burned the lawn
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:42 PM
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without pictures or being onsite it is impossible to tell what is going on, contact your local extention agent as quickly as possible, they will know
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:47 PM
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No, it ain't a fungus, at least I don't think it is.
Most likely it's called summer.

Some is unavoidable but chances are certain mowers need to slow it way down.

The heat and lack of rain are hard on turf, then when we cut it that's even harder.
Technically speaking mowing a lawn is not "good" for the turf, it makes it look nice but
from the plant's perspective it's not a healthy thing to do.

It's not like getting a hair cut or a car washing, a lawn is a live plant that needs to be treated as such.

So I usually extend my service interval at this time to 3-4 weeks between cuts...
And that sounds harsh but way I see things it's either 3-4 weeks or no lawn at all.
Fact is it's just not growing, so why cut it?

Rule of thumb: If or WHEN it first starts to browning, that's usually a sign the lawn is stressing
from the heat, cutting it makes it worse, time to slow down.

Raising the cut height also helps.

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Old 06-24-2010, 09:52 PM
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The heat and lack of rain are hard on turf, I usually extend my service interval
at this time to 3-4 weeks between cuts...
You must fish a lot with your time or have a some good hobbies..

Here's what I do.

I only service properties with Irrigation...Problem solved.

Plus the irrigation opens up many doors for more work.

3 to 4 weeks??????...thats ludicrous.

My clients would FIRE me so fast If I didn't show up for a freaking month?
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:55 PM
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Rule of thumb.

If the lawn is starting to go brown, or hell even before that happens...when summer hits.

Turn the irrigation up...Or check to see if the sprinkler heads are getting the proper coverage....and continue cutting cause I have a family to feed and bills to pay, and a SCHEDULED business to run.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:11 AM
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You must fish a lot with your time or have a some good hobbies..

Here's what I do.

I only service properties with Irrigation...Problem solved.

Plus the irrigation opens up many doors for more work.

3 to 4 weeks??????...thats ludicrous.

My clients would FIRE me so fast If I didn't show up for a freaking month?
During extreme droughts, I have went 3-4 weeks without mowing and the customers are fine with it. In fact, if I were to come cut it when it doesnt need it, they would likely fire me! It is pretty simple, it the grass needs mowing, mow it, if it doesnt , you dont mow it, in dry periods in many areas, the grass goes dormant and wont need mowing until it gets some water, and that could be 3-4 weeks,but usually they look at little "ratty" by that time, so they will have be mow it anyway.
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