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by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 14th, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Zenith Zoysia and Drainage
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: Zenith Zoysia and Drainage

I believe the easiest way out is the route you identified. There are other ways, but they are more work. Sand is good as is topsoil if you can crush the clods out of the topsoil.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 14th, 2021, 5:20 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Who's vaccinated?
Replies: 59
Views: 3937

Re: Who's vaccinated?

Regarding the shingles shots, my first one was covered by my insurance while I was working. I delayed getting the second one until after I stopped working and was on Medicare. Turns out Medicare does not cover the shingles shots, and the price for the second one was going to be $180. So get yours be...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
October 4th, 2021, 2:47 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Lawn care and pets (a dog specifically)
Replies: 8
Views: 151

Re: Lawn care and pets (a dog specifically)

I used to be anti glyphosate and probably for the reasons the op is anti. I should delve back into it, but it seems the juries awarding big claims against Monsanto/Bayer are ignoring the science presented to them and voting on the emotional issues. Again, I need to look more into it. It's the bad pr...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 28th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Insecticide question
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: Insecticide question

I have not used an official insecticide in the lawn since about the 70s. Indoors I have historically used boric acid to cover large areas against roaches. For individual roaches I use diluted Super Clean, a garage and auto degreaser. While it does kill them within a minute, the best part is that the...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 22nd, 2021, 10:02 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Andersons Humic DG
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Andersons Humic DG

Are you talking about decomposed granite?
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 22nd, 2021, 9:58 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Army Worms
Replies: 5
Views: 100

Re: Army Worms

We get armyworms on our Texas mountain laurel plants. I spray with BT Worm Killer and they stop feeding immediately. Sadly Scott's has absorbed the Green Light garden products company and discontinued almost everything they sold. Here is a similar product. If you search for BT worm killer you get a ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 15th, 2021, 6:43 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Do you need to aerate your lawn?
Replies: 0
Views: 92

Do you need to aerate your lawn?

Oh, gosh! Literally everyone wants you to aerate your lawn. Well, those most adamant about it are those making sweet, sweet money off of the lawn owners they serve. But read any newspaper article, every magazine, and even university extension service articles rave on with fabulous detail about how i...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 12th, 2021, 2:29 am
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Where to buy generic/inexpensive glyphosate
Replies: 7
Views: 106

Re: Where to buy generic/inexpensive glyphosate

Walmart works for me. Every -icide manufacturer sells their own recipe containing glyphosate.
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 12th, 2021, 2:27 am
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: St. Augustine grass is uneven
Replies: 1
Views: 4793

Re: St. Augustine grass is uneven

No an aerator will not help. Can you post a picture? Usually issues with St Aug involve uneven watering. Put some tuna or cat food cans in the grass in the good areas and the bad areas. Turn on the sprinkler and let it run your normal time to see if the cans collect water evenly. Either too much or ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 12th, 2021, 2:22 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Testing For Red Clay in Texas
Replies: 6
Views: 46

Re: Testing For Red Clay in Texas

Regarding zoysia: I found it to be temperamental in my yard. I had a little display area I wanted to try it in. It seemed like every year something would happen and it turned brown. Too much water or not enough and it was out until the following April. Here's one of the neighbor's lawns. His problem...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 12th, 2021, 2:13 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Testing For Red Clay in Texas
Replies: 6
Views: 46

Re: Testing For Red Clay in Texas

Give the forum a search for 'leveling' and you'll find the topic covered every way from Sunday. Sand is pretty standard for leveling. Red colored soil or sand usually means a lot of iron in the soil. If you had a bunch of it you could do a jar test (forum search). That would tell you if you the rati...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 12th, 2021, 1:53 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Cut Bermuda Too Low (on purpose)
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: Cut Bermuda Too Low (on purpose)

What you're seeing is the effect of letting bermuda get too tall. If you continually mow it low, it will take on a horizontal growth habit. Those prickly brown stems will be clipped off and only the flat growing stems will grow. Then the grass blades grow upward from the horizontal stems. After that...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 12th, 2021, 1:49 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Anyone know whats going on here??
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Anyone know whats going on here??

I might. I struggled with a disease for several years. It was caused by too much rainfall, but once it started it never stopped - for years. I bought new St Augustine pieces, and those got the disease immediately. I was completely frustrated until I listened to the local radio garden show. He recomm...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 7th, 2021, 9:19 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Idea for patching
Replies: 27
Views: 2783

Re: Idea for patching

I have a beautiful mat of wild buffalo outside my fence next to the road. I mow at the mower's lowest setting to discourage weeds, but the buff LOVES it. Turns out I am allergic to buffalo grass, but as long as I'm not rolling around in it, I'm good. The Universities of California at Davis and River...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 7th, 2021, 9:14 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Idea for patching
Replies: 27
Views: 2783

Re: Idea for patching

I'm not surprised the grounds didn't dry out in the microwave. I *am* a little surprised you didn't figure it out faster. If you've ever reheated a slice of pizza in therre microwave, you know that it gets soggier, not drier. I never tried to dry then out but if I spread them too thickly, they defi...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
September 1st, 2021, 3:38 am
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Building the (Semi)permenant Home Office
Replies: 23
Views: 1162

Re: Building the (Semi)permenant Home Office

New computer arrived today, so I had to get a monitor real fast. I got the same one as you, Andy. It's very nice! As for the computer, it's a Dell Alienware R10, the AMD version. My daughter's father in law is in sales for Dell and has nice discounts to hand out. I ended up reinvesting the discount ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
July 12th, 2021, 8:26 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Help-dying!
Replies: 4
Views: 431

Re: Help-dying!

Hi Gretta. I'm 99% certain shade was the original culprit. After that you started loving it to death. I'm going to suggest you stop doing everything and relax for a few day. Don't water it. Just mow on schedule. That shady corner is destined to become St Augustine. I have a buddy in Gilbert, AZ who ...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
July 12th, 2021, 8:17 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Did I put enough grass seed out for my new lawn?
Replies: 10
Views: 714

Re: Did I put enough grass seed out for my new lawn?

Sorry I'm late. You made a mistake seeding and then after seeding. You seeded a month early. Bermuda likes the hottest soil it can get for germination. For example, in Texas bermuda seed hits the shelves in February. You can throw the seed then, but it will be several months before you get decent ge...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
July 12th, 2021, 8:06 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: What so I do about my first-time frozen st Augustine lawn in Corpus Christi—
Replies: 5
Views: 850

Re: What so I do about my first-time frozen st Augustine lawn in Corpus Christi—

With the freeze damage, I chickened out on the scalping I was going to do. I ended up with large patches where the St Aug did not come back and was replaced by dormant bermuda. No problem for me, though, I'M MOVING AWAY!! Even so bermuda doesn't bother me. The yard used to be substantially bermuda a...
by Dchall_San_Antonio
July 6th, 2021, 8:34 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Building the (Semi)permenant Home Office
Replies: 23
Views: 1162

Re: Building the (Semi)permenant Home Office

I just discovered, for those of us thinking of building a work station, that HP has a pretty good gaming computer at a good price. Currently it is hard to get an NVIDIA RTX graphics card for a decent price. Scalpers have tripled the price. However, at HP you can get the RTX GPUs on their pre-built o...