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by bernstem
May 24th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Seeding after pre-emergent and glyphosate
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Seeding after pre-emergent and glyphosate

Dethatcher may help, but I wouldn't count on it though I don't have personal experience trying it. You probably need to break up the top 1-2 inches of soil to be sure you have broken down the Prodiamine barrier. How big an area are we talking about?
by bernstem
May 23rd, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Seeding after pre-emergent and glyphosate
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Seeding after pre-emergent and glyphosate

Prodiamine will prevent the roots from growing past it. If you place topsoil, the grass will germinate, but roots won't grow below the new soil and will struggle. A better option would be to pull plugs from elsewhere in the lawn and transplant them into the dead spots.
by bernstem
May 23rd, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Yellowing in known problem area
Replies: 6
Views: 341

Re: Yellowing in known problem area

Leaf spot seems to be very common this year and right now. Summer Patch would be early, but if it has been very dry you could be seeing some. Ideal treatment window for Summer Patch is early spring. The fungus does its damage to roots then, but you don't see it until it gets hot as the turf is able ...
by bernstem
May 17th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: POA Triv or something nightmare
Replies: 15
Views: 560

Re: POA Triv or something nightmare

Doesn't look like Annua or Triv. Quack has distinctive clasping auricles. No matter what specifically, grassy weeds get painted with round-up, dug up, or pulled in my lawn.
by bernstem
May 17th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Fungus? Does it require treatment?
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Fungus? Does it require treatment?

This spring has been terrible for fungal disease around me also. Cool, lots of rain, and not enough time for the ground to dry out. It should break here this week, hopefully the lawn will recover enough to hit summer strong. Getting through summer looking good is the real challenge.
by bernstem
May 13th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Reno - Seed Superstore Recommendation
Replies: 6
Views: 418

Re: Reno - Seed Superstore Recommendation

The ss1100 blend has very good cultivars in it. I would go with that of what you listed. I have seen some pictures of beautiful Ryegrass lawns so a Perennial Rye blend should be on your list. If you have a lot of shade, then Bluegrass may not be great. I would try Tall Fescue before Fine Fescue with...
by bernstem
May 13th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Struggling to control fungus
Replies: 8
Views: 396

Re: Struggling to control fungus

Great outcome and proof that you don't always need to jump straight to the big guns. Often fungi are a product of temporary conditions and as conditions change, the disease will fade. The hard part is determining what needs to be dealt with and what can be waited out.
by bernstem
April 19th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Late frost today 4/17
Replies: 8
Views: 281

Re: Late frost today 4/17

We had a very light frost 2 days ago. Not enough to wilt the lettuce, but noticeable. Lawn and roses (even the fragile ones) weren't phased either.
by bernstem
March 27th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Masbustelo's 2020 Soil Test
Replies: 7
Views: 154

Re: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020

Nice looking numbers on that test. If you want it read here, make sure to post a thread in the soil test forum.
by bernstem
March 27th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: bluegrass care
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: bluegrass care

Starting the spring after a fall seeding, the lawn is considered established and you can treat it like an adult lawn even though it will still be more fragile than a more than one year old lawn.
by bernstem
March 26th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: bluegrass care
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Re: bluegrass care

Mixing different fertilizer types is fine. Just keep the total water soluble nitrogen per application below 1 lb/M. As for the back lawn, it will definitely take longer to wake up than the TTTF. My bluegrass is always behind the fescues in my area. My back lawn also gets more AM sun than the front a...
by bernstem
March 26th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: My 4 sons backpack sprayer
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: My 4 sons backpack sprayer

I have used mine (Chapin 24V backpack sprayer) for Barricade WDG (water dispersable granulaes) and Heritage 50 DF without issues. I just make sure to do a little dance at the end of each pass to agitate the mixture since my sprayer does not have built in agitation. This https://www.northerntool.com/...
by bernstem
March 26th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: My 4 sons backpack sprayer
Replies: 9
Views: 585

Re: My 4 sons backpack sprayer

I don't have this particular backpack sprayer, but battery powered sprayers are well worth it.
by bernstem
March 26th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Ack, contractor must have not used Starter plus weed preventer!
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Ack, contractor must have not used Starter plus weed preventer!

I don't know what the lawn looked like before, so keep that in mind. Hard to say, but the third photo looks like turfgrass from the photos (grass ID from photos is hard so I may be wrong). I'm not sure what the lime green fine bladed stuff is. For the turf grasses, it may just be small areas of high...
by bernstem
March 26th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Tracking the Forsythia Line
Replies: 31
Views: 1519

Re: Tracking the Forsythia Line

Forsythia blooming here in St. Louis. Pretty much right on schedule.
by bernstem
March 24th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Fertilizer w/ Weed Control
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Fertilizer w/ Weed Control

Generally, you want to wait for the lawn to be growing well before any spring Nitrogen. That is typically well after you would want to apply pre-emergent. The combo fertilizer and Pre-emergents tend to be too much early Nitrogen for most areas. Early nitrogen will promote a greener lawn early at the...
by bernstem
March 16th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Serious lawn problems (long post)
Replies: 40
Views: 896

Re: Serious lawn problems (long post)

Looking much better and a good start to the marathon.
by bernstem
March 16th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Green-Up Watch
Replies: 9
Views: 679

Re: Green-Up Watch

Green-up is happening her in St. Louis. TTF is definitely starting in selected areas of lawns. I haven't seen much KBG green-up, but it is usually a bit behind the TTTF.
by bernstem
March 16th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Zoysia for Hellstrip
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: Zoysia for Hellstrip

Zoysia can be killed, some old posts of mine talk about it. The short answer is that you need to kill it in summer when it is growing. In my experience, it takes 3 applications of Glyphosate spaced two weeks apart to be sure it is dead, so you have to be willing to accept a brown lawn for 4+ weeks p...
by bernstem
March 10th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Zoysia for Hellstrip
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: Zoysia for Hellstrip

Personally I hate the stuff (and we are warmer here than NJ), but it will work. As long as you are OK with the brown and understand it can be hard to remove once established, go for it. It can be much lower maintenance than TTTF or KBG.