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by ken-n-nancy
37 minutes ago
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Soil Temperature and Orgaic Fertilizer
Replies: 6
Views: 43

Re: Soil Temperature and Orgaic Fertilizer

I read today that applying a fertilizer like Milorganite or Bay State while the soil temperature is relatively low, I'm not sure exactly what that means, but I assume soil temperatures in the northeast at this time would qualify, is almost a waste of time. The reason given is because the microbes i...
by ken-n-nancy
46 minutes ago
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Tracking the Forsythia Line
Replies: 26
Views: 1179

Re: Tracking the Forsythia Line

Realized this week that the forsythia in my neighbor's lawn is already starting to show yellow blooms! Definitely the earliest forsythia bloom for the last 5-6 years that I've been keeping lawn notes. Time to get that pre-emergent down! This seems about 2-3 weeks early according to my lawn notes.
by ken-n-nancy
April 3rd, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Running a Little Behind on Soil Test Interpretations
Replies: 3
Views: 96

Re: Running a Little Behind on Soil Test Interpretations

Thanks, Andy, for the valuable service you provide with free soil test interpretations for us lawn hobbyists, tailored for lawns, rather than the "boilerplate" recommendations provided by the testing companies. This is a huge asset to the community, of which I'm thankful!

Stay well!
by ken-n-nancy
April 3rd, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Sourcing Sulfate of Potash and Urea in Massachusetts
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Sourcing Sulfate of Potash and Urea in Massachusetts

As a tip for any northern Massachusetts or southern New Hampshire folks looking for Sulfate of Potash, I just picked up my annual supply of 3 bags, 50 pounds each, at Achille Agway in Milford, NH. They had 19 bags in stock (of which I purchased 3 bags) at the price of $35.99 each. (By the way, no co...
by ken-n-nancy
April 3rd, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy's 2018 Front Lawn Renovation - "War on Triv"
Replies: 140
Views: 3540

Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2018 Front Lawn Renovation - "War on Triv"

How do you guys measure a half a Tbsp? Missed this question from last year, and just now saw it, now that I'm thinking about lawns again, since the FIRST Robotics activity that usually consumes all my free time in March and April has been cancelled for this year due to COVID-19. Anyway, to measure ...
by ken-n-nancy
March 27th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Windows 7
Replies: 9
Views: 134

Re: Windows 7

For what it's worth, Windows 10 installations using Windows 7 Pro keys still seem to work. Within the past month, I had a hard drive on a Windows 7 computer die, and I was able to do a fresh install of Windows 10 using the Windows 7 product key (from the sticker on the machine) without any trouble.
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: 392

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: 610

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: 289

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: 289

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: 114

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: 195

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: 392

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: 216

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: 152

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: 152

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: 9
Views: 259

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: 94
Views: 3546

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: 240

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: 240

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...