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by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 27th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: New at this, looking for some basic guidance
Replies: 2
Views: 115

Re: New at this, looking for some basic guidance

We need a little more information. Is your lawn in the full sun all day? or is it shaded by trees, mature shrubs, fencing, and/or buildings? We need this to help you pick a grass. You might already have a lawn, but it might not be the best for you. What is your goal? Is this going to be use for kids...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 27th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Lawn overseeder
Replies: 4
Views: 63

Re: Lawn overseeder

I have an idea that is not out of your budget and will result in a high class bermuda turf. It is called sprigging. You have to do a little work, but the cost is very minimal. There are several steps which I will list here, but search this forum for sprigging and read up on the deets. 1. DO NOT ROTO...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 27th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: When is it too late to scalp Zoysia?
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: When is it too late to scalp Zoysia?

If you cannot find the information, maybe you don't have to scalp it. I know there's no reason to scalp St Augustine. It just grows up through the old dormant blades. You might scalp half your yard and leave the other as is and see if there is a difference in late May. Take good notes for next year....
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 27th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Lawn leveling- pay lawn company to do it?
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Lawn leveling- pay lawn company to do it?

I have followed a couple people who did these "leveling" projects. I'm going to say it takes about 10 manhours per 1,000 square feet to do it by hand, but any help moving things around is nice. If you have friends and a pizza/beer budget, it will seem to go faster. But the beer comes AFTER the job i...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 27th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Using pond for irrigation
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Using pond for irrigation

The problem with doing that is slime buildup inside the irrigation system. The slime is caused by bacteria in the water and cannot be prevented. The slime is bad news in the sense that it is harmful to the biology and not beneficial. It can be cleaned with a brush, but that is likely to be impractic...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 15th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Planting Bermuda P77 over Perennial Rye
Replies: 10
Views: 155

Re: Planting Bermuda P77 over Perennial Rye

I have a rather shady yard, ...it will be a huge Fail
Bermuda and shade are incompatible. You can grow St Augustine in the shade just fine. It will roll right through the rye. Can you actually water that much turf?
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 15th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: How Organic is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: How Organic is this?

One way to get rid of the weed seeds is to germinate them all and then kill the plants that come up. You can usually germinate them by daily watering to keep the seeds moist for 4-5 days. If you want to try and prevent germinating the weeds, then go to deep and infrequent watering all the time knowi...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Happy New Year and Welcome to 10th Anniversary Season
Replies: 5
Views: 99

Re: Happy New Year and Welcome to 10th Anniversary Season

Ten years! I have to revisit the old posts to see how much I've forgotten since then.

I distinctly remember when Andy was a newcomer. And I agree with BP that I didn't think the soil analysis interpretation had legs, but it certainly does.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Transition Zone Newbie Needs Help
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Transition Zone Newbie Needs Help

There is only one way to crowd out bermuda and that is with shade. Fescue is, by nature, a fine bladed grass that grows much more sparse than bermuda. Fescue will never produce enough shade to kill out bermuda. Fescue is a bunch grass that grows individual plants from each seed. Bermuda is a sod for...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Common Bermuda
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: Common Bermuda

The most likely limit to how low you can mow will be the bumpiness of the soil. If the mower falls into holes and scalps the lawn, you won't like that look. Lawns, especially bermuda, can be leveled without destroying the lawn. Try lowering the deck a little at a time and pay attention to bumps and ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: My backyard , Seashore Paspalum, is suffering from weeds ( Dallisgrass like crabgrass)
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: My backyard , Seashore Paspalum, is suffering from weeds ( Dallisgrass like crabgrass)

We need to know where you live. Do you remember that spot in your profile where it asks for your location? We're expecting something like Costa Mesa or Big Bear Lake. Southern California has every climate and soil type, so we need to really know where you are. And if you are in a community along Int...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Lawn leveling- pay lawn company to do it?
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Lawn leveling- pay lawn company to do it?

Can you estimate your lawn size...and then revisit your ATY profile and stick it into the Lawn Size slot? If you have 30,000 square feet to level, then a lawn tractor would be advised. If you have 1,000 square feet, then no tractor, you can knock that out by hand. 1 cubic yard per 1,000 might be a g...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Just moved Grass is overrun with weeds
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: Just moved Grass is overrun with weeds

You may have crabgrass seed in the lawn but you cannot have actively growing crabgrass in Feb. It is a summer annual plant. If you post a picture of the weed we can ID it for you, but there's not much point to nailing it down. Why? Because the herbicide you will use toward the end of this month is g...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: February lawn care in South Texas
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: February lawn care in South Texas

I'm not sure I would have had a competent reply back when you posted this. In retrospect, Feb 1st was probably too late for preem in Corpus. I've never had any luck with corn gluten meal as a preem. I overdosed my lawn with it on a monthly basis several years ago and never saw a reduction in weeds. ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Pricing for corn, soybean, and alfalfa
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: Pricing for corn, soybean, and alfalfa

Two weeks ago I bought 2 bags of ordinary cornmeal at the Ful-O-Pep feed store on Rigsby near the corner of WW White on the southeast side of town. $10 per bag no tax.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
March 12th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: How Organic is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: How Organic is this?

Here's how you can tell whether it is organic. The label has this... DERIVED FROM: Polymer Coated Sulfur Coated Urea, Urea, Ammonium Sulfate, Monoammonium Phosphate, Muriate of Potash, Iron Oxysulfate, Biosolids. Urea is an organic chemical; however, it is made from natural gas and so is not conside...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: When do you turn off your outside faucets?
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: When do you turn off your outside faucets?

Never, and even when I lived in Dayton, never. I don't think my Dayton house had that option.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Forum recommended timer
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Forum recommended timer

I have tried the $10 orbit mechanical timer and was disappointed. It never shuts off early, but sometimes it doesn't shut off at all. I have also tried a $50 Orbit programmable. It worked fine, but keeping hoses hooked up with my wife at home and me away prevented it from working at all. In looking ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Impact Sprinkler effectivness?
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Impact Sprinkler effectivness?

I am old enough that I have used every sprinkler there is...twice. The newer technology oscillator type sprinklers are far and away my preference for watering. They always apply even coverage over the area...as long as the wind is not blowing. The new style was called turbo for awhile, but now they ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: How to irrigate large lawn
Replies: 8
Views: 338

Re: How to irrigate large lawn

I used to have about that much lawn to water at the edge of the Texas desert. Fortunately I had about 10,000 sq ft under trees which slowed the evaporation. I also was allowed, to a point, to grow the St Augustine grass much higher than most people find reasonable. At the highest it was 32 inches ta...