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by ken-n-nancy
September 19th, 2019, 10:33 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2019

Today we applied what was probably our last soil improvement treatment for the year. Where has the summer gone? Applied the following on 19 September 2019: Calcitic Lime at 9# / ksqft on front lawn. Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulfate) at 2# / ksqft on front lawn. We'll still be fertilizing further as par...
by ken-n-nancy
August 29th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Gryd’s 2019 Mini Renovation
Replies: 27
Views: 589

Re: Gryd’s 2019 Mini Renovation

https://i.postimg.cc/zLj8Zw9w/D27194-E8-1100-4033-AC20-56390-B1-A1-FFB.jpg Thanks for providing the update. Sorry to hear of your troubles, but glad you've persisted with backup plans. Hopefully you get a dry stretch with no downpours! I really like the nice curved edge between the lawn and the woo...
by ken-n-nancy
August 29th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Type of Mix Seeds I could use
Replies: 13
Views: 285

Re: Type of Mix Seeds I could use

... I am planning on buying Rain Gauge to help me determinant how long it takes to irrigate water 1 inch. For doing an "irrigation audit" it is helpful to have multiple gauges. Personally, I'd suggest this 10-pack as being inexpensive, easy to use, and reasonably accurate: (A little cheaper to buy ...
by ken-n-nancy
August 27th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Type of Mix Seeds I could use
Replies: 13
Views: 285

Re: Type of Mix Seeds I could use

https://i.postimg.cc/mzhC3SV2/IMG-6136.jpg Here are the before and after picture. ... it's the irrigation and mowing height that are the secret sauce of Summer. That said, PR has a stronger tendency to go dormant in the Summer. It is not dead, unless it got no water. I agree with Andy. The grass is...
by ken-n-nancy
August 24th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Dave's 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: Dave's 2019 Soil Test

prog_dave wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 11:33 am
Also thanks for confirming SOP rather than MOP. When I insist on it, I get a lot of funny looks. One guy even asked me if I was growing crops in my yard. "Yes, grass."
:) I love it!
by ken-n-nancy
August 21st, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Reno/Rejuvenation Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Reno/Rejuvenation Advice

Bryan, Your approach has some good aspects, but also some less-than-good aspects (some may even say flaws), too. The good things include the fact that you're addressing the weeds, are doing this early enough in the season to have a chance of success, and are soliciting advice. Many folks here have f...
by ken-n-nancy
August 19th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 385

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2019

We made the year's 4th "soil improvement" treatment today on 19 August 2019. We've been running behind on soil improvement applications, as we ran out of Bay State Fertilizer in the spring and hadn't been able to find time to get more BSF during the brief periods that Carl at MWRA had some in stock....
by ken-n-nancy
August 19th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Starting my Reno 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Starting my Reno 2019

Sounds like an excellent KBG blend (Bewitched, Award, Prosperity) -- it is actually one of the options I had considered for my front lawn renovation, but I ultimately decided on a Bewitched+Prosperity 2-way blend, partly because the places from which I purchased the Bewitched and Prosperity seed did...
by ken-n-nancy
August 18th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Seeding Into Crabgrass
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Seeding Into Crabgrass

Thanks for the info but I'm wondering about not using RU at all...just mow the crabgrass as low as possible then seed over it. I think I'm going to give it a shot one way or another but I was curious if anyone has had success without doing anything to eliminate the crabgrass. The problem is that th...
by ken-n-nancy
August 18th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Seeding Into Crabgrass
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Seeding Into Crabgrass

Has anyone tried overseeding into large crabgrass areas without killing it all off first? Wondering if there's been any success with this tactic since the crabgrass will be slowing down and eventually dying off instead of really trying to aggressively grow this time of year. I ask because I don't h...
by ken-n-nancy
August 18th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Bryan's Siol Test
Replies: 3
Views: 115

Re: Bryan's Soil Test

Bryan, first off, welcome to the site! There are many knowledgeable folks here that can really help you have a fantastic lawn if you're willing to put in the work to improve your lawn and are willing to listen! Thanks for posting your soil test. In order to do a really good interpretation, it's impo...
by ken-n-nancy
August 17th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Post your mow!
Replies: 91
Views: 3441

Re: Post your mow!

gwlbe wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 6:18 am
... the lawn looks good due to the 4 inches of rain we had last week.
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That looks awesome! Loved the curved corners of the hardscapes with the lawn.
by ken-n-nancy
August 16th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: "Feed" Grade Urea
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: "Feed" Grade Urea

Maybe a goat would work ;) I was considering getting one or two so I could stop mowing the hill in my backyard. Ooh... That's a strategy I haven't heard others suggest here before -- getting farm animals to keep the grass short on hard-to-mow areas... A goat would probably keep neighbors off the la...
by ken-n-nancy
August 16th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: "Feed" Grade Urea
Replies: 14
Views: 239

Re: "Feed" Grade Urea

... Is feed grade the right stuff? ... there is "fertilizer grade", "feed grade" and (get this!) "food grade" urea. Cole, just in case it wasn't completely clear from Andy's post, your "feed grade" urea is a potentially higher quality than if it were only labeled "fertilizer grade." You can kind of...
by ken-n-nancy
August 13th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: NJ Bill’s 2019 soil test
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: NJ Bill’s 2019 soil test

You have a soil that is somewhat sandy. At a TEC of 7.6, it's a bit short of the Loam categories that start at pH 8. In the above, I think Andy meant "... that start at TEC 8." ... the soil feels hard and rocky. Is the soil rocky? When you took the samples for the soil test, does the soil have a lo...
by ken-n-nancy
August 13th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Question regarding Peat Moss when seed down
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Question regarding Peat Moss when seed down

Where the peat "disappeared" it is likely to have washed to other areas. If the peat washed away, any seed that was just sitting on the surface of the soil probably washed away, too. I'd suggest you take a close look at those "peat disappeared" areas to see if there is seed remaining in those spots,...
by ken-n-nancy
August 13th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11493

Re: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?

napper wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 11:28 am
Put seed down this morning. 10,000 sq. ft. Bewitched.
Awesome, good luck! Post some photos to show the progress if you find time to do so.
by ken-n-nancy
August 13th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: POA Annua Eradication Plan for 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 314

Re: POA Annua Eradication Plan for 2020

[Fighting Poa annua ] is a longer battle. Keep up with split apps of a good pre emergent, well timed, spring and fall. Fill in bare spots. Yank out the stuff that comes in as you can. Took me 2 to 3 seasons on my mild infestation. +1. The above is exactly what I would recommend, but said in about a...
by ken-n-nancy
August 9th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Timing for Transplanting Plugs
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Timing for Transplanting Plugs

I think you've "hit the nail on the head" for the best times for transplanting plugs -- just at the start of the seasons of best growth -- just as fall temperatures are arriving, or in early spring. That said, I think any time in fall works out fine -- even if one misses the "best window" of early S...
by ken-n-nancy
August 5th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: PreM for Fall Weeds
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: PreM for Fall Weeds

Personally, I view Poa annua as a threat in our lawn -- I have issues with seeds blowing in from neighbor's lawns and have a fair bit of my own to have to deal with from time to time, too. I don't always recognize it and pull it before it has a chance to go to seed. Accordingly, I like to keep some ...