It`s time to go and take in the many beautiful fireworks displays that are found throughout the area. Pull out the barbeque and invite the family over for the holiday weekend.  I wanted to take a different turn for my blog this month and give a brief history of the 4th of July.

          I know a lot of us know the facts but it`s always important to remember our country`s history as we live in the Great United States of America. July 4th has been a federal holiday since 1941. The holiday actually dates back to the 18th century and the American Revolution that went from 1775-1783. On June 7th, 1776, Continental Congress met at the Virginia Delegate where Richard Henry Lee introduced the idea of independence from Great Britain. Congress postponed the vote on the idea and assigned a 5 man committee to draft up a formal statement. On July 2nd of that year, Continental Congress voted on Lee`s measure and with a unanimous vote favored independence from Great Britain. This was going to be the original date of Independence Day but Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776.

          A few fun facts of 4th of July are, the Liberty Bell was not officially rung until July 8th, 1776, for the official reading of the Declaration of Independence. New York City has one of the biggest fireworks display with more than 75,000 lbs. of pyrotechnics.  

Over the last couple of days we have seen an abundance of rain, which has helped yards around St. Louis with the seasonably hot weather we have had over the past month or so.  Hot humid weather can actually bring harm to lawns when the rain finally clears. These factors are definite ingredients for Brown patch to pop up in St. Louis area lawns.

When temperature tends to be hot during the day and warm at night these are ideal conditions for this disease to grow. Brown patch comes from a plant pathogen fungus called “Rhizoctonia solina.” Property owners will tend to think the lawn needs to be fed or needs a watering. This is not the case as this will feed the lawn pathogen. Lawns will start to have brown lesions in the center or on top of the grass blade. Proper identification is key as the problem can spread quickly to other areas of the lawn. Once a fungus is apparent in the lawn it is ideal to bag the clippings and dispose of them to help prevent spreading the disease even further. There are treatments for this disease.  We can treat your yard of this disease, and identify other problems in your lawn.