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by andy10917
Yesterday, 1:21 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Who Is Making Big Changes in 2020?
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Who Is Making Big Changes in 2020?

Welcome! If you want to have your soil test interpreted by the folks here, and a go-forward plan created for you (for free!) then you need to have the soil test performed at Logan Labs, as we can't as volunteers know the testing suite of every lab in North America. You can find how to best do the te...
by andy10917
Yesterday, 10:37 am
Forum: Shade Gardening
Topic: The Sales are Starting...
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: The Sales are Starting...

I only get daylilies rarely, so I really don't track their promotions on those. I tend to buy Hosta 100 at a time from them, so the price is generally 100 hosta for $100, and there i generally a Sprinf promotion of 10% off, and I watch for that (100 hosta for $90).
by andy10917
January 11th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 55

Re: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020

Congrats! You probably want to update your profile - that's a big change from the previous lawn size. I'm not a big fan of dormant seeding - I find it hit-and-miss, and it becomes tougher to determine when the germination occurs. That means that it's also tougher to determine when you can use herbic...
by andy10917
January 4th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Topsoil over moss?
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Topsoil over moss?

While it's always best not to leave horizons (layers) in the soil, the moss will decay pretty quickly if you put down 3" of topsoil in the wet months of Spring. You will most likely get away with ignoring the moss, and it turns into organic matter. Scratch it up a little to break up the layering and...
by andy10917
January 4th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: 2020: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 1
Views: 35

2020: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?

Warm-season 2020 version of the popular short-comment thread
by andy10917
January 4th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2020: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 0
Views: 62

2020: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?

2020 Version of the short-comment thread.
by andy10917
January 2nd, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Happy New Year and 2020 Changes in your Plans
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Happy New Year and 2020 Changes in your Plans

A Happy New Year to all !!!

Have you thought over what your 2020 plans and changes you want to make yet, and if so what are you planning to do?
by andy10917
December 27th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Late nitrogen question
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Late nitrogen question

There is only a short 2-3 week period following the stoppage of top growth where root activity continues, and the roots will store the "winterizing" Nitrogen. Once root growth stops, the application of Nitrogen will not have the desired effect, and is useless. If the ground has been frozen after tha...
by andy10917
December 26th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Trees
Topic: Japanese Maples: Strange Year
Replies: 3
Views: 40

Japanese Maples: Strange Year

I have a Japanese Maple that didn't drop its leaves this Fall - they're brown but still on the tree. Then I visited my son's place on Christmas Day and saw the same thing. That made me look at lots of them on the way home, and they're all showing the habit. Is it just my area, or is the pattern more...
by andy10917
December 25th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Merry Christmas, All !!
Replies: 4
Views: 36

Merry Christmas, All !!

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Hanukkah during the Holidays. Hoping you all have time with Family and a little time to relax and enjoy it all.
by andy10917
December 21st, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: The Last Sign of the End of the Season
Replies: 1
Views: 31

The Last Sign of the End of the Season

As if you need to be reminded, the depressing days the march up to the shortest day of the year have finally gotten us to the last marker: the Winter Solstice arrives today with less than 9 hrs of sunshine.

The good news is that we start the path back to the longest day beginning tomorrow.
by andy10917
December 17th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Did moss ruin fall over-seed
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Did moss ruin fall over-seed

Treat the area with two doses of the Dawn dishwashing solution (use the Search function to find it) before seeding -- that should buy you the needed time for seeding. But make sure to find out what the reason is that Moss (which only succeeds where other plants won't) and address them. The Dawn solu...
by andy10917
December 17th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Winter Discussion Topics
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Re: Winter Discussion Topics

*** Topic by JHazzardB moved to its own topic "Oak Tree: Heat/Water/Light" ***
by andy10917
December 17th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Oak Tree: Heat/Water/Light
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: Oak Tree: Heat/Water/Light

Actually, it could be four factors, or some number in combination. Heat, Light, Water are all possibilities - but some Oaks show degrees of allelopathy too. Does the pattern of less-robust grass follow the area right under the canopy for the most part, or does it follow the shade pattern of the tree...
by andy10917
December 17th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Oak Tree: Heat/Water/Light
Replies: 5
Views: 60

Re: Winter Discussion Topics

I'm going to move the specific question to a thread of its own, so you'll get more responses.
by andy10917
December 15th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Winter Discussion Topics
Replies: 2
Views: 151

Winter Discussion Topics

When it gets quiet in the early Winter, we have the opportunity to discuss big topics in detail -- ones that we wouldn't have the time to handle when the topics/threads are flowing fast in the main season timeframe. Does anyone have some topic(s) that you'd like to see discussed while there is lots ...
by andy10917
December 15th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Who Is Making Big Changes in 2020?
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Who Is Making Big Changes in 2020?

Now that the 2019 season is in the rearview mirror, it's time to start looking forward to 2020.

Who is considering making big changes to their lawn/landscaping in 2020, and why do you plan to make the effort/investment next season?
by andy10917
December 14th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Hammbone81 Soil Test Results - Fall 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 230

Re: Hammbone81 Soil Test Results - Fall 2019

Oh, Manganese -- one of the weirdest profiles in nutrients! At very low pH levels, Manganese can be so available that it is toxic. At high pH levels (like your's) it is not very available, but the calculation is highly affected by the Iron levels. If there is a high level of Manganese that is close ...
by andy10917
December 12th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Hammbone81 Soil Test Results - Fall 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 230

Re: Hammbone81 Soil Test Results - Fall 2019

There is no single formula that delivers a "correct answer". There are formulas that calculate numbers, and formulas that calculate ratios of one nutrient to others. I have couple dozen of them, and use a goal-seeking formula to try to find the "sweet spots" to achieve the best impact to the formula...
by andy10917
December 11th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Hammbone81 Soil Test Results - Fall 2019
Replies: 27
Views: 230

Re: Hammbone81 Soil Test Results - Fall 2019

Plans are generally made for one season or one year. If I don't think you'll make a whole year, I will generally say "make two applications" or similar.

Soil chemistry is far too complex to be able to predict the resulting PPM levels in advance.