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by cjac9chris
March 1st, 2021, 2:56 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: How Do I Deal With Live Oak Leaves?
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: How Do I Deal With Live Oak Leaves?

I think the tricky thing here is that with St. Augustine, I'll be mowing at 4". So there's no way it'll ever touch these leaves or even suck them up since they fall down through the canopy. I'm paranoid that it's going to choke the grass out. Maybe dchall_san_antonio will chime in since I know he's ...
by cjac9chris
March 1st, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: How Do I Deal With Live Oak Leaves?
Replies: 5
Views: 76

Re: How Do I Deal With Live Oak Leaves?

Good deal. Thanks, Morph! The pin oak leaves look similar to the red oak leaves to me.
by cjac9chris
March 1st, 2021, 1:58 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: Texas Ice-Polcolypse recovery

It's now March 1 and I'm seeing bits of green in my St. Augustine down here in San Antonio. I thought for sure it was a goner. Fingers crossed most of it comes back strong and healthy!
by cjac9chris
March 1st, 2021, 1:00 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: How Do I Deal With Live Oak Leaves?
Replies: 5
Views: 76

How Do I Deal With Live Oak Leaves?

Hey Warm Season Folks, I'm in north central San Antonio, TX and in my front yard I have 3 big Red Oaks. They drop medium size, easy to mow leaves in the fall/winter. This year I mulched those into the lawn and also shredded them with a Worx leaf mulcher and added them to beds. That seemed to be a gr...
by cjac9chris
February 9th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Catch Cup Test
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Catch Cup Test

Thank you, Morph! I think for now I'll stick with the Orbit because it's still working. I know the local hardware store around the corner has a lot of Rainbird stuff in stock and I'll check it out when the Orbit dies.
by cjac9chris
February 9th, 2021, 2:41 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Catch Cup Test
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Catch Cup Test

I got the new beefy hose in (3/4" 25'.) It made a tiny difference when run straight to the hose. If I used a timer and/or quick connects, I was right back to where I was with the expandable hose. I guess the sprinkler itself really is the limiting factor here. I'm going to return both of the standar...
by cjac9chris
February 7th, 2021, 4:29 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Catch Cup Test
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Catch Cup Test

by cjac9chris
February 7th, 2021, 4:24 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Catch Cup Test
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Catch Cup Test

Oh wow, maybe that's why the hoses were the same? I also have an old house (1960) so it might just be the pressure here. I haven't measured it. We'll see if the new hose makes a difference. I purposely bought it on Amazon because returns are so easy. Fingers crossed... Do you happen to have a pic or...
by cjac9chris
February 7th, 2021, 11:07 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Catch Cup Test
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Catch Cup Test

https://i.postimg.cc/DmpTJ0zH/IMG-9030.jpg I did a proper catch cup test for the first time yesterday and I was shocked by the results! I'd done a very unscientific tuna can test at some point and somehow figured out that it would take about 70 minutes to put down 1" of water. WRONG. Here were the ...
by cjac9chris
February 2nd, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021

I wouldn't go to triple the rate on St. Aug, it just won't require it. Most grasses really won't, although I might give a very slight nod to elite Kentucky bluegrass where a doubling might come in handy every now and again. Supplying iron via foliar spray can work, but it's not the most efficient p...
by cjac9chris
February 1st, 2021, 10:51 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021

Sure, it's not as exciting as getting my Boron levels correct Your Boron numbers are right where I want them - that happens 2-3X a year -- but on Numero Uno this yer I'll take it! You can grow an absolutely lovely lawn on a calcium-heavy soil. Grasses don't mind, but may not (as described above ver...
by cjac9chris
February 1st, 2021, 9:46 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021

I've been using Milo exclusively on the annual rye and it's looking amazing. Plus, Milorganite is about the cheapest organic fert I've found per pound of N. So this sounds like a win to me. Sure, it's not as exciting as getting my Boron levels correct but it sure simplifies things and it's easy on t...
by cjac9chris
February 1st, 2021, 12:00 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Re: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021

Hahahaha it's South Texas. Good luck!
by cjac9chris
January 31st, 2021, 10:12 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 118

Chris Jacobie - Soil Test 2021

HISTORY 2021 will be my first full season caring about and for the lawn. I got interested in lawn care around June of 2020. I’ve owned this house for 4 years. Until this past year, I hired the cheap mow and blow guys to bag clippings during the summer and pickup leaves in the fall. I irrigated for ...
by cjac9chris
January 24th, 2021, 2:43 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Soil Test Interpretations Begin February 1st
Replies: 8
Views: 261

Re: Soil Test Interpretations Begin February 1st

Is there a thread for posting soil test results or will that be posted on Feb 1st?
by cjac9chris
January 12th, 2021, 12:19 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Soil Temps
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: Soil Temps

You can always check here, though a meat thermometer isn't much more work.

https://www.greencastonline.com/tools/soil-temperature
by cjac9chris
January 10th, 2021, 12:25 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Help: I Can't Get Soil Probe Into Ground!
Replies: 7
Views: 220

Re: Help: I Can't Get Soil Probe Into Ground!

Pre-emergents aren't necessarily a death knell to soils; I use them myself. At the end of the day, they're bacteria food, like anything else. Synthetics, used judiciously, same. Thanks, Morpheus. That makes sense. I think I'd like to try not using them since it'll be my first year even doing good b...
by cjac9chris
January 9th, 2021, 11:39 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Looking Forward to 2021 Season
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Re: Looking Forward to 2021 Season

This last year was my first season and I got started somewhere in the middle. Here's my overall plan:

-Get a soil test and post it here. Follow advice!
-Dial my irrigation in before laying sod and Summer drought.
-Prepare soil for sod and lay it down.
by cjac9chris
January 9th, 2021, 11:31 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: So Who Got What?
Replies: 11
Views: 742

Re: So Who Got What?

My daughter has inherited my procrastination, but I'm told to expect a Joule sous vide machine any day now. The sous vide is a game changer. We got one a few years back for Christmas and it makes the juiciest steak ever (assuming it's quality and you season it well, of course!) Combine that with th...