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by MorpheusPA
Today, 3:06 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Does Dishwashing Soap Condition Soil?
Replies: 2
Views: 62

Re: Does Dishwashing Soap Condition Soil?

Technically? Well, I'm going to give you a tentative green light if it's the best you can do, but I'm going to recommend finding the shampoo if you can break out of your basement bunker and hit the dollar store or grocery store sometime in July. If not, use half the amount (1 oz Dawn per thousand) a...
by MorpheusPA
Yesterday, 5:48 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Soil test question
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Soil test question

Yeah, I forgot that once. One hears from them before the sample goes in the tester.
by MorpheusPA
Yesterday, 5:47 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: I got a visit from the County Water Department
Replies: 8
Views: 141

Re: I got a visit from the County Water Department

... Surrounding lawns are the color of coffee with too much cream. Yellow Ochre. :-) Well, depending on the company and what earth deposit they get it from. Liquitex yellow ochre, anyway. 'Round here, it's because somebody has to flush the toilet 38 times. I don't water the lawn. Garden, yes. Lawn,...
by MorpheusPA
July 7th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Want me back for a bit?
Replies: 40
Views: 283

Re: Want me back for a bit?

Thanks, DeepC!
by MorpheusPA
July 4th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Summer Fertilizer
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Re: Summer Fertilizer

I expose mine to gaseous dinitrogen as well. I hope that's OK.
by MorpheusPA
July 3rd, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Trees
Topic: Trimming a young maple tree?
Replies: 2
Views: 24

Re: Trimming a young maple tree?

You can if you wish, and I have with any number of trees of any number of species. Or, if you prefer the weepy look, leave it. For street trees and ones I need to mow under, I raise the canopy to a point where I can easily walk beneath them. For garden shrubs/trees where the trimming is optional, I ...
by MorpheusPA
July 3rd, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Summer Fertilizer
Replies: 9
Views: 262

Re: Summer Fertilizer

None. I let the grass nap until late August.

But if you really want to, corn meal or cracked corn is a great choice. It's really low in nitrogen but a good organic additive and the microherd loves it. Plus it tends to be cheap at the local farmer's co-op or grain mill.
by MorpheusPA
June 29th, 2020, 4:47 pm
Forum: Flowers & Annuals
Topic: Boxwood question (wasn't sure where to post this)
Replies: 2
Views: 27

Re: Boxwood question (wasn't sure where to post this)

Yes, you can cut back boxwoods as hard as you like and they'll regrow. Not that I'd cut them to six inches but...they'd probably manage. And good news, you can cut them right now just about anywhere in the US and Canada as long as they're not in drought (since it's a bit dry, just make sure to keep ...
by MorpheusPA
June 29th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: DanielF 2020 Soil Test
Replies: 15
Views: 189

Re: DanielF 2020 Soil Test

One from me. Are you entirely happy with the fact that balanced fertilizers are going to be chlorides in terms of the potassium source, as a general rule? I avoid them for that fact and still tend to recommend starter fertilizer plus potassium sulfate. In Daniel's case, at a pH of 8.4, 21 PPA P, 0.7...
by MorpheusPA
June 28th, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 130

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020

I've a stack of canvases that's quite tall, stretching back ages. I've only added a few photos to the thread, and even some ones I've done since returning aren't there. One of these days I'll do an aurora painting again and post it. I tend to be inspired on those when nights are long and cold and se...
by MorpheusPA
June 27th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Kelp Help or not
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: Kelp Help or not

It's pretty much zip as far as fertilizer goes (it's really only 2 oz per K, and less than 1% nitrogen because kelp is a heavy-hitter in potassium instead, which doesn't spark growth). So you don't have to worry about it setting off much in terms of growth. There's some from the growth hormones in i...
by MorpheusPA
June 26th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 130

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020

Kewl beans, that knocks that out of the way. It's more N than I like in late June, but you're in the Arctic, so you'll be fine. Send photos of the Aurora Borealis, they're one of my favorite subject matters when I paint and very, very difficult to do. Gypsum, like all of the above, can be done any t...
by MorpheusPA
June 26th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 130

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020

Gypsum is definitely not going to hurt. Salt metathesis is going to remove the sodium in favor of a calcium ion, to the tune of raising your calcium saturation by a few percent and reducing your sodium saturation by a few percent. The sulfur washes out with the sodium. The net result is to lower the...
by MorpheusPA
June 26th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Tenacity First Time User
Replies: 27
Views: 695

Re: Tenacity First Time User

Don't you have to be a little sick to even want to get into a triathlon? ^This.^ My second good laugh for the evening. I should point out that I did a sprint triathlon last September. I was going to do one in May, but . . . I'm also signed up for a sprint and an Olympic in September, but we're sett...
by MorpheusPA
June 26th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 130

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020

I'm fine with shifting the SOP into the summer if you like. I tend to keep it into spring and fall to avoid any possibility of even the slightest bit of harm, but numbers here are low enough that it won't be a problem. I'd be shocked if road salt on that little road could generate 5% sodium across a...
by MorpheusPA
June 25th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 130

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020

This unnerves me. :-) But yeah, shift the bond and increase the solubility of the salt and hope things don't get hinky later on when the bond energy collapses. 'Cause it's gonna...
by MorpheusPA
June 25th, 2020, 10:47 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Want me back for a bit?
Replies: 40
Views: 283

Re: Want me back for a bit?

The mirrors are spotless. The couch and the area behind it has been vacuumed.

Oh, wait. Glasses. I forgot to clean those...dayum.
by MorpheusPA
June 25th, 2020, 10:28 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 130

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020

What the heck's rapid gypsum? They kick the calcium sulfate in the butt and make it work harder? :-) I presume they just grind it much finer. NP, then, I'll recommend it at Heavy bag rate for whatever's chosen, if the Ken half wants to do it-- after the sodium source is discovered. Actually, even if...
by MorpheusPA
June 25th, 2020, 9:56 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 130

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2020

Hi-ho-righty-o, just the one then? I tend to go line by line, but this ain't your first rodeo. Or your second. Do you have a water softener? Consider the answer to this question carefully for later. I have some concerns for your soil. As in, I'm about to throw a red flag and Andy and I are going to ...
by MorpheusPA
June 25th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Want me back for a bit?
Replies: 40
Views: 283

Re: Want me back for a bit?

Nyah! See, Andy, I'm popular! . I'm prettier than you are! . Also, I'm way more verbose. :-) Sure, WTH. I'm laid off, I'll take a look at it. (cough) It's not (cough) like I have anything else (sad, weak sniffle) like I have anything else (cough, wipe trickle of blood from the corner of my mouth) li...