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by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: 2019 Lawn leveling Project
Replies: 28
Views: 728

Re: 2019 Lawn leveling Project

Now that you have the hang of it, find the new low spots and fill again to perfect the profile. Mowing at the lowest setting without scalping is an achievable goal.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: BLSC
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: BLSC

Baby shampoo is done INSTEAD of the BLSC, not as an ingredient. If you have a small area or don't need a lifetime supply of BLSC, give baby shampoo a try and see what it does for you.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Please help save my lawn
Replies: 4
Views: 147

Re: Please help save my lawn

San Dimas! Cool!! I went to college over the hill from you, so I know the climate. Strongly agree with HoosierLG. As you suspected, you are overwatering, and yes, there is a disease present. The grass type could be a fescuy weed mix. What you should have in the inland area there is either bermuda or...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Zoisia and shade
Replies: 2
Views: 95

Re: Zoisia and shade

In general zoysia is not shade tolerant; however, there are some varieties which are very shade tolerant. One, which is no longer available, was called Shadow Turf. If you find references to that on the Interwebs, it is no longer available. It was a hybrid of the Manila type of zoysia (not the japon...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Problem area: compaction and drought stress.
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: Problem area: compaction and drought stress.

When you did the sprinkler test with the cans, was this area getting as much irrigation as the rest of the lawn? It could be that over the long term of not getting enough water, that the soil biology has suffered. Or, since you have mentioned Serenade, repeated use of fungicides can do damage to the...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Leveling Bermuda after utility line caused ditch
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Leveling Bermuda after utility line caused ditch

The board really helps to illustrate your issue. If you try to do all that at once, you will bury the bermuda in the middle deepest parts. I would focus on the center area and build up. I have used generic kitty litter clay to fill holes. I kinda like and use it as my go-to now. At first the kitty l...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Lawn leveling- pay lawn company to do it?
Replies: 6
Views: 376

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

Good to know, tigertailbell. The difference between 10 hours per and 2-3 hours per is probably your experience. Then again, there is not much to learn in this, so once you figure it out, it probably goes much faster than I'm thinking.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Can anyone ID this grass for me?
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Can anyone ID this grass for me?

That is St Augustine with a brown spot disease. If you mow it at the mower's highest setting, it will completely wipe out your bermuda, so you should decide which one you want. If you mow at the mower's lowest setting, it will look like a weedy lawn mix of both bermuda and St Aug. If you want to spr...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Help needed with unhealthy lawn.
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Help needed with unhealthy lawn.

Here are some before and after corn meal pictures from James in Houston. This first one looks like yours. It was taken a month ago. https://i.postimg.cc/dD4kgJb2/St-Aug-Brown-Spot-Before.jpg The next one was taken just a few days ago - a month after the corn meal treatment. https://i.postimg.cc/9DTf...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
June 17th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Help needed with unhealthy lawn.
Replies: 3
Views: 41

Re: Help needed with unhealthy lawn.

Yes you have a disease in the turf. The cure for it, and this will surprise you, is ordinary cornmeal applied at a rate of 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. You can get corn meal in bulk either at a feed store (best) or a grocery store catering to the Hispanic shopper. Cost at the feed store should b...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 20th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Need some advice on maintaining bermuda/rye lawn in Phoenix area
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Need some advice on maintaining bermuda/rye lawn in Phoenix area

Overseeding with rye is seriously not recommended. You are experiencing the very issues that make this practice inappropriate. Your bermuda should have awoken 6-8 weeks ago, but the rye has delayed the process. Now you are dealing with the consequences. Can we assume you have common, seeded type, be...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 20th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Varying Organic Fertilizers
Replies: 20
Views: 1047

Re: Varying Organic Fertilizers

Don't overlook good quality compost as a fertilizer, maybe the best organic fertilizer of them all. Actually, I disagree with that. Of all the organic fertilizers, compost is at the bottom of the list in all respects. Compost is a depleted product made from formerly good sources of protein, carbohy...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 13th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Questionable dry dog food on lawn
Replies: 7
Views: 119

Re: Questionable dry dog food on lawn

I would absolutely put it on the lawn. One of the great things about tens of thousands of species of microbes in the soil is that they can convert just about any pathogen into harmless.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 13th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: 2019 Lawn leveling Project
Replies: 28
Views: 728

Re: 2019 Lawn leveling Project

Dripping Springs. We ate at Pieous on Saturday. We're scouting the area to retire in - coming from Bandera. Have you tried shampoo to soften and open up your soil? Apply from a hose end sprayer at 3 ounces per 1,000 square feet. Say you have 6,000 square feet, then put 18 ounces of shampoo into the ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 13th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Leveling Bermuda after utility line caused ditch
Replies: 3
Views: 116

Re: Leveling Bermuda after utility line caused ditch

Even a bad picture would help.

Generally I would fill as necessary with sand, water to settle the sand, fill again as needed to bring the settled sand back up, repeat those steps until you're happy, and cover with a fabric to keep rainfall off the bare soil until the grass fills in.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 13th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: St. Augustine or Platinum Paspalum?
Replies: 6
Views: 117

Re: St. Augustine or Platinum Paspalum?

I mow my St Aug every other week at the highest setting. It gets a little shaggy looking, but not too bad. I delay mowing so the roots can grow deeper. IMO St Aug is one of the least hassle turf grasses. I have yet to water my front yard this year. Back yard slopes to the south so gets hit by the su...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 1st, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: RENOV SOD in a wasteland of weeds ?
Replies: 1
Views: 116

Re: RENOV SOD in a wasteland of weeds ?

Go for it. Someone has to be first to upgrade the cemetery. Rye grass will germinate the fastest, so I would stick with that. It may die in the summer heat, so if you can make a point to return in September, it would like a tune up. As you plant you can apply some organic fertilizer. In my area the ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 1st, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: New at this, looking for some basic guidance
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: New at this, looking for some basic guidance

Looks like full sun to me. There are pluses and minuses to the different grasses. Kentucky bluegrass is the type of grass that will spread reasonably to fill in thin or bare spots when they occur. It only does well in full sun. Fescue and rye grasses are the type that grows in a bunch and does not s...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 1st, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Help Identifying Grass
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Help Identifying Grass

Hmmm. Does it use a lot of water to keep it nice? Do you have any pictures of the seed head?
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 1st, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: TifBlair Centipede in East Tennessee? (Zone 7a)
Replies: 1
Views: 66

Re: TifBlair Centipede in East Tennessee? (Zone 7a)

PLEASE keep us informed about this project. Centipede has been the traditional grass used where nothing else would grow. It loves highly acidic soil...or so we have been telling people. It never needs fertilizer...or so we have been telling people.

Pictures??