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by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 9th, 2021, 4:05 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Soil Temps
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Re: Soil Temps

I should start taking my soil's temperature. I certainly have plenty of meat thermometers. Science keeps finding microbes which thrive at extreme temperatures, so I would be surprised if the soil did not have some of those. Then the question becomes, are they of any benefit to the plants or the soil...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2021, 4:48 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Help Identifying Grass
Replies: 8
Views: 803

Re: Help Identifying Grass

Also would you mind redoing your location in your profile to elaborate on where SF Valley is? Is it San Fernando Valley in the LA area? I have no idea.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Should I mow high or low when mulching leaves?
Replies: 9
Views: 813

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

ken-n-nancy, if the leaves are as big as your hand, then yes. When the leaves are the size of your fingernail, that doesn't work. Live oak leaves are not fragile enough to be chopped unless they are held down/captured between something solid and the moving blade. Tall grass is not solid enough to ho...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2021, 3:53 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Greetings, everyone! Terrible problem with weeds in my yard. Advice Please?
Replies: 2
Views: 996

Re: Greetings, everyone! Terrible problem with weeds in my yard. Advice Please?

Based on what you have said, I'm going to assume you are new at this. You're new at lawn care, new to Texas, and/or new to bermuda, but you're new enough that I'm going to give you the bermuda basics. Water deeply and infrequently. Deep means 1 full inch, all at one time. If your soil cannot take it...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2021, 1:56 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: How Is Everyone Doing? (Coronavirus)
Replies: 33
Views: 1041

Re: How Is Everyone Doing? (Coronavirus)

My wife and I both got it. She never had any symptoms. I had minor diarrhea for 3 days prior to Thanksgiving. T-Day morning I awoke with severe chills. She got on the phone and found a quick-test lab open 40 miles away. We both tested positive. I did not really feel like driving to the lab, but I fe...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: My mom
Replies: 10
Views: 489

Re: My mom

So very sorry to see this. Best wishes to you, BP.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
January 8th, 2021, 1:40 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: So Who Got What?
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: So Who Got What?

My daughter has inherited my procrastination, but I'm told to expect a Joule sous vide machine any day now.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
November 5th, 2020, 2:00 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: New Sod Turning Yellow
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: New Sod Turning Yellow

I did also reply over there. I see you're in San Antonio. Did you get your sod at Milberger's Nursery?
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 25th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Need Help Amending Sandy Soil
Replies: 7
Views: 946

Re: Need Help Amending Sandy Soil

Yes I always like to bring a spot of whimsy to my posts. Here are before and after pictures of the back yard of my current house. Before was taken prior to 2014 when I moved in and after was taken a month ago. Before https://i.postimg.cc/YvVKVFKR/House-in-2011.jpg After https://i.postimg.cc/rDD7Sp0r...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Lets see some dog pics
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: Lets see some dog pics

Mine hates the camera...

Image

Not really. He either saw a deer or the UPS truck (driver gives him treats). But anyway, that's 40 pieces of new sod he's running over.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Should I mow high or low when mulching leaves?
Replies: 9
Views: 813

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

Start mowing high and if that doesn't work, mow lower. My experience with Live Oak leaves is that you have to mow at near the mower's lowest setting to mulch them. Live Oak leaves are about 3/4 inch long, so at the high setting, there's nothing to grab onto.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Winter/Spring Pre/Post Emer Plan
Replies: 1
Views: 473

Re: Winter/Spring Pre/Post Emer Plan

It would seem like you missed the window to treat the soil and get rid of the weeds. The way you do that is to receive the new soil, water it daily for a week to sprout any weed seeds there are, spray those weeds with Round Up, continue watering daily for another week, and spray any new weeds with R...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Newer zoysia lawn mixed with Buffalo grass?
Replies: 4
Views: 482

Re: Newer zoysia lawn mixed with Buffalo grass?

It's really hard to tell from those pictures. What is most likely is bermuda invading the zoysia. If you mow the lawn at the mower's highest setting, then you have a chance to minimize the bermuda. Nutgrass is a swamp type plant that thrives only in soggy soil. Technically it is a sedge and not a gr...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Need help with my lawn.
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: Need help with my lawn.

Did you inherit this lawn with the house, or did you install it? Because the last picture tells me you have zero drainage on the property. The soil height should be at the level of the surrounding hardscape, not an inch lower. The mold growing on the soil reinforces that there is no drainage. The so...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Grass apocalypse- what in the world is going on
Replies: 1
Views: 283

Re: Grass apocalypse- what in the world is going on

I've never seen that.
What is your normal watering schedule? How often and for how long do you water?
Have you used any herbicide, insecticide, or fungicide on the lawn recently?
How high/low do you mow?
Have you ever used an organic fertilizer?
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: San Diego, CA - Just had Platinum TE Paspalum installed
Replies: 74
Views: 6343

Re: San Diego, CA - Just had Platinum TE Paspalum installed

(and big shoutout to Dchall_San_Antonio for all of his great advice)
Awww, shucks! You wasted your first post on the forum to say that? :good:
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Georgia Bermuda Grass
Replies: 13
Views: 766

Re: Georgia Bermuda Grass

The color of your lawn is the same color of lawns which are overwatered. What is your watering schedule? How often and for how long do you water?
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Getting to know St. Augustine - Fungal issue help
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Getting to know St. Augustine - Fungal issue help

Moumz, are you asking me to repeat the reply I posted several months ago, before your question?
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 22nd, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Bermudagrass novice
Replies: 1
Views: 240

Re: Bermudagrass novice

Hope you're still watching for replies here. I have a couple questions. You can use a manual reel mower, but scalping will continue. When you say it is scalping under 2 inches, is the entire yard scalping or is it just in a few spots? If it is just in a few spots, then you need to level the surface ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 1st, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Poor man's irrigation system?
Replies: 34
Views: 1363

Re: Poor man's irrigation system?

One of the things we studied in grad school was the similarities of mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical "spring/mass/damper" systems. Without boring you with the math, what you want is the largest diameter, most rigid pipe you can find. If you can squeeze a piece of pipe with your hands and deform...