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by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 22nd, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno
Replies: 19
Views: 303

Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

:shock: :shock: :banghead:
I am so sorry for your loss.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 22nd, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: 6 week SOD
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: 6 week SOD

Yes it is time to back off on the watering. Since it is going to get warm soon, he'll have to watch it carefully. But it should not be watered every day anymore. I would shoot for 1/2 inch twice a week to force deeper rooting. Again, watch for signs of wilting and don't let that get out of hand.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 22nd, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: First time backyard owner looking for some tips on my new grass!
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: First time backyard owner looking for some tips on my new grass!

You don't need to be exact as long as you are in the area of 1lb per sq foot. And just leave it alone...
Just a slight typo in that statement it should be 1lb per 1,000 sq ft.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 22nd, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Leveling sand
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Leveling sand

I have used fine sand and I've used generic (clay) kitty litter, which is extremely coarse. Both worked fine.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 22nd, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Bermuda Weeds Treatment Help
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: Bermuda Weeds Treatment Help

Your profile says you have bermuda. The background grass looks too coarse to be bermuda. Are you certain is it not St Augustine? You really need to know before you spray anything. Weed-b-Gon and CCO are bad news for St Augustine. On the other hand, I have used an atrazine product for a few years. As...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 16th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Expandable Garden Hose
Replies: 4
Views: 116

Re: Expandable Garden Hose

There is a sound engineering reason why they stink. It takes water pressure to inflate the expandable hoses. I don't know how much water pressure gets sucked away, but if you attach a real hose to a sprinkler and compare it to an expandable hose, you won't get nearly the same coverage from the expan...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 16th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Please help with Zoysia question
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Please help with Zoysia question

Several years ago I plugged zoysia in early May. It looked like nothing was happening and then, suddenly in July, I had zoysia popping up everywhere in a 10-ft area around where I plugged it. That was an unpleasant surprise, because I had hoped to contain it in a small area. Most zoysia is a slow, b...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 15th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Bermuda lawn leveling and overseeing. Please Help!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: Bermuda lawn leveling and overseeing. Please Help!!!

Yes, avoid seeding into a hybrid bermuda. They are different types of grass with the same lineage. Here is a picture of a sprig of seeded bermuda invading a Tif 419 lawn. https://i.postimg.cc/SnSd7P1Z/Bermuda-mismatch.jpg You can see the common (seeded) bermuda sitting up higher than the Tif 419. It...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 15th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: What to do with my over 70% crabgrass lawn?
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: What to do with my over 70% crabgrass lawn?

It's most definitely St Augustine. For that shady area you should be taking good care of it. It's the only grass that will grow back there. Here is a picture of my friend, Vince's back yard in Gilbert. https://i.postimg.cc/2VwRSQNW/Vince-Spring-2015.jpg His yard is shaded by sissoo trees, so St Augu...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 15th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Regrading Lawn
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: Regrading Lawn

I suppose $650 sounds good. Get some references from all your possible contractors and call the references. Ask if they would use him again. What is the most important part of the project? Is it the regrading to level the lawn? Is it getting rid of everything and going to zoysia? I'm a St Augustine ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 15th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: 6 week SOD
Replies: 3
Views: 118

Re: 6 week SOD

What is the watering schedule currently for the new sod? Watering too frequently can turn the lawn yellow.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 14th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Leveling sand
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Leveling sand

I don't see a distinction between most sands. There is a difference in measured grain size, but "regular" white sand has differences, too.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 14th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Yuccas growing in new Bermuda Yard
Replies: 2
Views: 49

Re: Yuccas growing in new Bermuda Yard

No hurry to get rid of them. Wait until you have mowed the grass a few times and dig out the yuccas.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 5th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Upping my OM: cornmeal and peat moss
Replies: 10
Views: 381

Re: Upping my OM: cornmeal and peat moss

There's a lot to talk about, of course, but three things come to mind for now. Number 1: I'd really like to know what the mass of the microherd is versus the mass of the organic TEC solids (as opposed to the clay elements of TEC). It doesn't seem like the ignition test can separate the two. Number 2...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 5th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Help!!! lawn is in bad shape!!
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Help!!! lawn is in bad shape!!

Thanks. Yes, once a month for below 70.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 5th, 2020, 2:56 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Help!!! lawn is in bad shape!!
Replies: 9
Views: 283

Re: Help!!! lawn is in bad shape!!

Deep and infrequent is the mantra for garden watering. I live in the Texas Hill Country where temperatures have been in the 90s for about a week now. Temps were in the 80s for a month and 70s a month before that. Tonight I am watering for the first time this year. We got enough rain 2 months ago for...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 5th, 2020, 2:37 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Upping my OM: cornmeal and peat moss
Replies: 10
Views: 381

Re: Upping my OM: cornmeal and peat moss

Hey Andy. When I read 'organic matter' I interpret that to be microbes as they are more important to the soil health than the solid, relatively depleted materials. I'm not sure soil chemistry tests do a great job measuring biology. That's the genesis of my statement that corn meal is better than pea...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 3rd, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: How Is Everyone Doing? (Coronavirus)
Replies: 13
Views: 348

Re: How Is Everyone Doing? (Coronavirus)

May 3 update: Of course my wife's school has been closed for the duration since Spring Break. As the librarian at an elementary school, she has sat in on all the other teachers' Zoom meetings online. It is interesting to see the different ways the teachers have adapted to online teaching. At her sch...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 3rd, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Advice needed on lawn care please
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Advice needed on lawn care please

Can/ should I mix Scott's fert in with a program? Check with your local feed store for any of the following ingredients: soybean meal, alfalfa meal, alfalfa pellets, cornmeal, cottonseed meal. Any of these can be used instead of Milo. The application rate is 15 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Dog pee...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
May 3rd, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Grub Control in the Fall?
Replies: 10
Views: 280

Re: Grub Control in the Fall?

Slugs are easily cured, literally overnight, by applying ammonium sulfate at the bag rate. Ammonium sulfate used to be the only ingredient in the popular slug "baits", but more recently they've gone to iron sulfate. I think ammonium sulfate is still cheaper plus it is a fast acting fertilizer. As so...