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by ken-n-nancy
April 21st, 2021, 5:08 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Where is the Forsythia Line?
Replies: 33
Views: 1652

Re: Where is the Forsythia Line?

gwlbe wrote:
April 21st, 2021, 9:17 am
Bloomed here in Bangor, ME
Nice! Didn't know we had a member here from Bangor! We help Nancy's mom maintain her lawn in Lincoln, Maine, about 40 minutes north of you... We haven't applied pre-emergent there yet...
by ken-n-nancy
April 21st, 2021, 1:18 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Spreader setting
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: Spreader setting

I have had that exact problem, too! Putting down the small amount of sulfate of potash that is needed, particularly if using a type of SOP that has large granules, can be problematic. Setting the spreader wide enough to get reasonable flow can end up being too high of a rate. What I do now to work a...
by ken-n-nancy
April 15th, 2021, 6:39 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Hell Strip full of tree roots.....
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: Hell Strip full of tree roots.....

Thanks it was a big job that ended up taking 2 days. My Dad is big on saving any soil he can, so we sifted any loose top soil from the sod. We saved all of that. ... Sounds like you did it right - nothing beats good prep before seeding - getting the soil properly leveled is something that is time-c...
by ken-n-nancy
April 14th, 2021, 12:16 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Bewitched Seed
Replies: 11
Views: 482

Re: Bewitched Seed

Just FYI, as mentioned above by Pway, the Pawnee Buttes 2021 price list that I just received in the mail lists a number of Kentucky Bluegrass cultivars that are popular ones amongst readers here: Bewitched, Certified Sod Quality: $4.00/lb Blueberry, Certified Sod Quality: $4.00/lb Midnight, Certifie...
by ken-n-nancy
April 1st, 2021, 6:40 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Artists?
Replies: 100
Views: 5182

Re: Artists?

I cast a pyramid. With laser hologram glitter. And LED lights. If you look closely, you can see the bit of electronics I hid in the resin to control it, but it's not much (just a resistor; the rest is hidden in the USB head--turns out it was brighter than I wanted and I'd already sealed the head). ...
by ken-n-nancy
April 1st, 2021, 6:36 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Fertilizer for the year!
Replies: 20
Views: 919

Re: Fertilizer for the year!

Thanks for sharing the news regarding the Bay State Fertilizer. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the 50-bag minimum. We no longer have our Ford Expedition, in which I could put 50 bags of BSF by folding down the rear seats and putting a half-dozen in the front passenger seat. I don't even thi...
by ken-n-nancy
April 1st, 2021, 6:34 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Where is the Forsythia Line?
Replies: 33
Views: 1652

Re: Where is the Forsythia Line?

No sign of blooming here in southern New Hampshire, either. I'm fortunate that our next door neighbor has a line of forsythia bushes just the other side of the woods from our lawn!
by ken-n-nancy
April 1st, 2021, 6:30 pm
Forum: Shade Gardening
Topic: Hosta- Too late to divide?
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Hosta- Too late to divide?

Oh, and while I'm at it, I figured I'd ask if Andy has any suggested changes to what you wrote about dividing hosta nearly 10 years ago.... OK. Back to work. Dividing Hosta... It's really easy. Wait until very late August or even Labor Day. Then gently tie the leaves upward and dig the roots out - 1...
by ken-n-nancy
April 1st, 2021, 6:15 pm
Forum: Shade Gardening
Topic: Hosta- Too late to divide?
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Hosta- Too late to divide?

I would wait for them to begin to wake up, but not long after. If done it winter when they're dormant, the cuts won't heal and they may rot. Done too late, they'll be OK but lopsided the whole season. I like to divide them as the spikes come up, or around Labor Day. PS: I moved the thread to "Shade...
by ken-n-nancy
April 1st, 2021, 5:53 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Would pulling up poa annua disrupt the pre-emergent layer?
Replies: 10
Views: 295

Re: Would pulling up poa annua disrupt the pre-emergent layer?

Also even if pulling the poa-a damages the pre-m layer, it does prevent hundreds of little poa-a seeds getting in the lawn and sitting there for years to come up. +1 I would not hesitate to pull out a Poa annua plant due to having already applied pre-emergent. You'll be better off disrupting that o...
by ken-n-nancy
March 28th, 2021, 1:33 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Finally, It's SPRING !!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Finally, It's SPRING !!!!

Got the 500,000 sticks from the trees all picked up? Ha! Sounds like you've seen my lawn! Don't have them all picked up yet, but am starting to spend a little while each afternoon raking a couple thousand square feet. At this rate, we'll have it all raked and ready to go within a week or so! You gu...
by ken-n-nancy
March 26th, 2021, 9:50 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Fertilizer for the year!
Replies: 20
Views: 919

Re: Fertilizer for the year!

Thanks for sharing the news regarding the Bay State Fertilizer. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the 50-bag minimum. We no longer have our Ford Expedition, in which I could put 50 bags of BSF by folding down the rear seats and putting a half-dozen in the front passenger seat. I don't even thin...
by ken-n-nancy
March 26th, 2021, 9:39 am
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Who's vaccinated?
Replies: 52
Views: 1751

Re: Who's vaccinated?

Masbustelo wrote:
March 20th, 2021, 4:26 am
... I respect an 'to each his own' position'.
I usually try to stay out of political topics on hobby forums, but I really wish more people had that traditional view of "I respect a 'to each his own' position'."
by ken-n-nancy
March 26th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Weather
Topic: Finally, It's SPRING !!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 152

Re: Finally, It's SPRING !!!!

andy10917 wrote:
March 20th, 2021, 9:35 am
Got the 500,000 sticks from the trees all picked up?
Ha! Sounds like you've seen my lawn!

Don't have them all picked up yet, but am starting to spend a little while each afternoon raking a couple thousand square feet. At this rate, we'll have it all raked and ready to go within a week or so!
by ken-n-nancy
March 26th, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Manual Sod Cutter
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: Manual Sod Cutter

Yes, I have a manual kick-style sod cutter, and love it! The only problem with them is that they are crazy expensive to buy in the first place. I bought one made by Quail . I did ask for and receive a small discount (10%?) by ordering it direct from the manufacturer. It is at least a 100% US-made pr...
by ken-n-nancy
November 13th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Why new grass different colors?
Replies: 2
Views: 681

Re: Why new grass different colors?

I seeded a new turf type tall fescue lawn about 2 months ago. 4th gen millennium. I don't understand why it's growing faster and is a darker color where I dug the irrigation ditches. I did a thorough site prep including roundup of old weed yard, rototill, soil pulverizer/cultipacker, then carefully...
by ken-n-nancy
November 7th, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Some lawn growing, some lawn stopped. Questions.
Replies: 6
Views: 603

Re: Some lawn growing, some lawn stopped. Questions.

1. Growth has stopped in the non-irrigated sections, but the irrigated portion is still growing. Is this normal? I gave all of the aforementioned detail because there are a lot of factors at play this year. When you say that growth has stopped in the non-irrigated sections, is the grass still green...
by ken-n-nancy
November 3rd, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Artists?
Replies: 100
Views: 5182

Re: Artists?

I spent a bit of time having fun over the weekend while watching horror movies (the bloodier the better). Nothing stressful or particularly difficult, just playing with color and late fall-style images. The second I liked well enough to mount in a gallery frame and put up for the month. https://i.p...
by ken-n-nancy
November 3rd, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Should I mow high or low when mulching leaves?
Replies: 9
Views: 1038

Re: Should I mow high or low when mulching leaves?

I just mow at whatever height is appropriate for the grass, and the leaves get mulched up just fine from that height...
by ken-n-nancy
October 31st, 2020, 11:35 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Lawn Stripes in the Snow!
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Lawn Stripes in the Snow!

Today, I observed a phenomenon I don't recall ever having seen before... As yesterday's snow started melting in the sun and the 45F temperatures, stripes from the wheel tracks of my recent mowings started to appear in the snow! Honestly, there wasn't any new "striping" on the lawn after the snow -- ...