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by bpgreen
Yesterday, 4:06 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Shredded Paper as OM
Replies: 3
Views: 57

Re: Shredded Paper as OM

I add shredded paper to my compost, and sometimes put it on the garden (followed by watering to get it to mat and keep weeds from growing).

I'm not sure how well it would work on the lawn.
by bpgreen
April 17th, 2019, 12:15 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: New member - crop half circles
Replies: 4
Views: 77

Re: New member - crop half circles

Did it turn dark green before it died?
by bpgreen
April 15th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Milorganite shortage and data compliance issue in Indiana
Replies: 46
Views: 1413

Re: Milorganite shortage and data compliance issue in Indiana

Guys...Maybe I'm not stating my question properly. So let me try again. The spreader settings on the bag have not changed with the reduction of product in the bag. So, how can we get the same coverage regardless of the change in formula? Walk faster? I've never really trusted any spreader setting r...
by bpgreen
April 13th, 2019, 1:48 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Too many mulched leaves?
Replies: 9
Views: 251

Re: Too many mulched leaves?

I think you'll be fine. As you build microbes in the soil, leaves will break down faster. The boys on your lawn now will break down soon.
by bpgreen
April 12th, 2019, 12:47 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Milorganite shortage and data compliance issue in Indiana
Replies: 46
Views: 1413

Re: Milorganite shortage and data compliance issue in Indiana

Hoosier, Perhaps "scamming" is the wrong term. I can't figure out how 32# will give the same coverage as 36# when the spreader settings on the bag have not changed, regardless of the N-P-K ratio. I'm curious to see a side by side comparison. Spread 36 lbs on half a field, 32 lbs on the other half. ...
by bpgreen
April 3rd, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Microclover
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Microclover

I've got Dutch white clover and strawberry clover in my lawn. If I remember correctly, microclover is a variety of Dutch white clover that has smaller leaves. Clovers in general do well in shade as well as sun. It's not likely to dominate except in poor soil or if it's really neglected (it has low w...
by bpgreen
March 30th, 2019, 11:44 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: What is my lawn telling me??
Replies: 3
Views: 84

Re: What is my lawn telling me??

Those look a lot like the piles worms leave. If so, it's a good sign.
by bpgreen
March 27th, 2019, 12:35 am
Forum: Other/Misc
Topic: Cold composting creeping fig?
Replies: 4
Views: 42

Re: Cold composting creeping fig?

I'm not familiar with this particular plant, but with many plants that can grow from pieces of existing plants, chopping into smaller pieces is the worst thing you can do because it creates more plants. There are some plants that I don't compost even when I'm doing active hot composting. I've had co...
by bpgreen
March 13th, 2019, 2:23 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Attapulgite Clay?!
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: Attapulgite Clay?!

What is it supposed to do?

Or

What us it supposed to be?
by bpgreen
March 13th, 2019, 2:20 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Sleepless in Rexford - Scheming
Replies: 90
Views: 817

Re: Sleepless in Rexford - Scheming

I know I had previously contacted Scotts about GrubEx and was told for my area they recommend around Memorial Day. I'll speak to him about grub control again next time I go and solidify a control plan. Obviously due to the damage from last summer, insect control is my HIGHEST priority as I can't le...
by bpgreen
March 12th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: How Organic is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: How Organic is this?

I think many weed seeds remain viable for years. I could be wrong, but I think that most preemergents don't actually prevent germination. Instead, they prevent the newly germinated roots from getting into the soil. So theoretically, they should become more effective over time as seeds germinate and ...
by bpgreen
March 9th, 2019, 1:30 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: How Organic is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 208

Re: How Organic is this?

That doesn't look very organic. It lists biosolids, but as the last ingredient, which means it's the smallest in quantity. As far as I know, corn gluten meal is the only organic pre emergent. I've never used it, but from what I've read, as a pre emergent, it's a really good fertilizer. The studies t...
by bpgreen
March 6th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: UC Verde plugs for san diego advice request
Replies: 1
Views: 28

Re: UC Verde plugs for san diego advice request

There aren't very many people growing buffalo grass, so there aren't many people who know a lot about it. I loooked into it a long time ago, but decided it would be dormant too long where I live. It will require far less water than your current lawn once it's established. I think it will require reg...
by bpgreen
March 3rd, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Eskcipher 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 19
Views: 305

Re: Eskcipher 2019 Soil Test

Any soil based iron treatment is basically either cost prohibitive or doomed to fail in high ph soils. The sewage based fertilizers will have some success, but things like ironite will only result in staining sidewalks. For short term results, foliar iron applications will work. The problem with fol...
by bpgreen
February 28th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Eskcipher 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 19
Views: 305

Re: Eskcipher 2019 Soil Test

If you're doing this for your lawn, EDDHA chelated iron would be prohibitively expensive.

I use it in a targeted manner on individual plants. I don't know if it would be really feasible on a large scale. I'll let Andy come in on whether edta chelated iron would help the lawn.
by bpgreen
February 27th, 2019, 11:24 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Eskcipher 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 19
Views: 305

Re: Eskcipher 2019 Soil Test

You're welcome!! I forgot to mention that chelated Iron is $$$$, Do not think that you can substitute plain old Ferrous Sulfate or standard Iron products that are much cheaper - they almost instantly become unavailable to plants when in the presence of Calcium at a pH of 7.1 or higher - you'll wast...
by bpgreen
February 17th, 2019, 12:49 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 64
Views: 2088

Re: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?

Not my lawn, per se, but I finally got around to dumping the spent grains from my last brew day on the garden,
by bpgreen
January 20th, 2019, 2:34 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels
Replies: 67
Views: 1141

Re: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels

I've got experience tesching and mentoring and I understand the approach I'd trying to guide people to the right answers (or sometimes to the right questions). I also consider myself fairly literate in reading and interpreting labels. But I'll admit that I've been befuddled at the direction you're t...
by bpgreen
January 8th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: What Was Your 2018 Final Precipitation Number?
Replies: 3
Views: 44

Re: What Was Your 2018 Final Precipitation Number?

Closest weather underground to me shows 9.99 inches for 2018. Two months had 0. 6 more months had less than an inch.
by bpgreen
January 7th, 2019, 1:14 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels
Replies: 67
Views: 1141

Re: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels

(The question wasn't just to you, but you're welcome to respond) Let me be clearer - does "Salt" mean the stuff that you put on french fries, or does it mean something else? Salt means a lot of different things in a lot of different contexts. The streams and rivers that flow into the ocean are cons...