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by bernstem
March 27th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Masbustelo's 2020 Soil Test
Replies: 5
Views: 57

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: 260

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: 260

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: 327

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: 327

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: 179

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: 26
Views: 1206

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: 4
Views: 95

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: 827

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: 634

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: 209

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: 209

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.
by bernstem
March 10th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Bare spots in spring
Replies: 4
Views: 224

Re: Bare spots in spring

You can apply Tenacity at seeding and it will carry you for ~30 days depending on dose. You may want another dose depending on how fast the seed is germinating/establishing. Once established, you can then apply a traditional pre-emergent (with Tall Fescue you should be OK without needing a second Te...
by bernstem
March 10th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: It's Finally the Day I Consider the Beginning of Spring!!
Replies: 13
Views: 573

Re: It's Finally the Day I Consider the Beginning of Spring!!

My back yard is starting to pick up growth again. It always starts before the front. The roses are also starting to grow which means, as usual, I missed the spring pruning window on many of them.
by bernstem
September 24th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: MILO study - not safe
Replies: 10
Views: 632

Re: MILO study - not safe

Manure products are very common in commercial agriculture - not just with the Amish. Pig and Poultry are what is typically used. If anyone is interested in a non horse powered application video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1ew5vW7yYM
by bernstem
July 31st, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Prodiamine and spot seeding
Replies: 3
Views: 129

Re: Prodiamine and spot seeding

Prodiamine won't move much in the soil. If you are spraying and careful, you can theoretically spray right up to the edge of the seeded area, but... I would leave a 1-2 foot space like suggested.
by bernstem
July 8th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: How destructive are fungicides?
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: How destructive are fungicides?

I have looked at the data on Fungicides on lawns. There is definitely an effect. While total fungal population numbers stay roughly the same or decline slightly, there are dramatic shifts in the members of the population with non targeted fungi taking the place of the the targeted fungi. After stopp...
by bernstem
July 4th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Adjustable sprinkler heads
Replies: 5
Views: 162

Re: Adjustable sprinkler heads

I assumed there is a small narrow spot between two garden beds or something like that so OP would need coverage for 0-55 and 180-205 with no spray coverage in between them from 55-180 and 205-360. Otherwise why the question?

OP only has one post so who knows if they are coming back.
by bernstem
July 2nd, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Flowers & Annuals
Topic: HLG's new rose / tree peony bed
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: HLG's new rose / tree peony bed

As a general rule: More aggressive pruning of spent blooms will give fewer, but larger flowers. Less aggressive pruning (i.e. not cutting as far back on the stem) will give more but smaller blooms. Not pruning at all will give fewer, smaller blooms. This varies a bit by rose type. Hybrid Teas respon...
by bernstem
July 1st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Flowers & Annuals
Topic: HLG's new rose / tree peony bed
Replies: 7
Views: 233

Re: HLG's new rose / tree peony bed

I'm going to guess that roses in your area are going to need winter protection to prevent losses. Even in St. Louis, some of the more fragile roses won't make it over winter without a covering of mulch. I have gravitated to non-grafted roses on their own roots which tend to tolerate winter temps bet...