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by Masbustelo
January 27th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Dormant Seeding Work for you.
Replies: 18
Views: 391

Re: Dormant Seeding Work for you.

I've read that dormant seeding has the greatest success with a February seeding. The germination rate for dormant seeding is supposed to be 50% . Who knows what happens to the 50% that doesn't make it? The seed doesn't know if you throw it on snow or frozen ground. It won't swell and break germinanc...
by Masbustelo
January 26th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 109

Re: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020

This week I over seeded 6 inches of snow with 7 million Tall Turf Type Fescue seeds and 15 million bluegrass seeds of an unknown variety. The seed came from C.D.Ford and Sons, so I'm sure it will be fine for now. I had a large bare area last spring that I over seeded weekly with perennial rye. Start...
by Masbustelo
January 22nd, 2020, 11:55 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Dormant Seeding Work for you.
Replies: 18
Views: 391

Re: Dormant Seeding Work for you.

I had good luck last year with it. I'll let you know later. Today I planted 18 million bluegrass seeds on top of six inches of snow.
by Masbustelo
January 15th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: How Organic in the Garden are you
Replies: 6
Views: 112

Re: How Organic in the Garden are you

Regarding gardening. I mulch anything permanent, roses etc with wood chips. That's it I have no problems with any annuals. With annuals, I double dig my beds and add commercial compost, leaves, alfalfa, and chicken bedding. I never have pest or disease problems. I also raise wine grapes and do have ...
by Masbustelo
January 12th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 109

Re: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020

Hi Kent I think my thing with pre-emergents is that I have avoided chemicals as much as possible my whole adult life. I had planned on getting a degree in turf management at one point but left the field because of all the chemicals. I had another yard that was a weed patch, it came around nicely in ...
by Masbustelo
January 11th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 109

Re: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020

Andy From what I can see in the pictures I posted the rear yard was largely weeds and crabgrass. Meaning that this spring it will be mostly dirt. They ran a couple of big dogs out there that together with the big shade tree wiped out the grass. Also it had a new septic field two years ago and it is ...
by Masbustelo
January 11th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: 'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 109

'New' House old lawn Restoration 2020

In several weeks I take possession of this house with 24,000 feet of lawn. The photos from last year don't show much grass, more weeds. My plans are to do a soil test in April, set height of cut at 3 inches, develop a fertilizer plan, and spot spray for weeds through out the season, and properly rak...
by Masbustelo
December 22nd, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11508

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

On my lawn today, I wheeled my new Lawn Boy mulching mower with a 6.5hp Honda motor to the storage shed. I bought it for $50. It's a couple of years old,like new, always been stored in a heated garage (til now) nice little mower.
by Masbustelo
December 2nd, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11508

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

I raked leaves for the third time today. My lawn has never looked this good in December. I've been applying things I've learned on here for one year now. Really my lawn looks better now in December than it ever did in any month in 30 years. I never used to rake leaves. My philosophy was they would b...
by Masbustelo
November 24th, 2019, 4:43 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11508

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

I raked leaves twice this week and put down 'winterizer', 2lb urea per thousand.
by Masbustelo
November 24th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: How Do You Rate The 2019 Season For Your Lawn?
Replies: 20
Views: 365

Re: How Do You Rate The 2019 Season For Your Lawn?

Things were great until the summer drought. By the end of July and until September 1st my yard was so brown and dry, I think literally it could have caught on fire. It has recovered and looks good right now heading into spring.
by Masbustelo
October 13th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Seed selection help
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Seed selection help

My predominantly perennial rye lawn looked incredible in the spring, until about July 1st. We basically had high heat and no rain for 7 weeks. By August 1st the rye was so brown and dry, that I think I could have set fire to it. I have no irrigation.
by Masbustelo
October 13th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Seed selection help
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Seed selection help

There are many others with much more experience than me... But I think with that mix ratio you will basically end up with a perennial rye grass lawn. That may be what you had prior to the drought. I had similar problems this year and am looking at TTTF for portions of my yard next year. Supposedly T...
by Masbustelo
October 7th, 2019, 3:58 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Masbustelo's Semi Renovation
Replies: 40
Views: 958

Re: Masbustelo's Semi Renovation

Here is a one year update. Basically my yard is weed free at the moment. I used Weed B Gon cco spot spraying this year and it does a very good job. Plantain seems to be the weed that keeps popping up. My yard looked amazing last spring until July. Then we had about 8 weeks without rain and very high...
by Masbustelo
October 1st, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11508

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

I visited C.D. Ford and sons today. I was looking for TTTF seed. They had 6-8 to choose from. One of the Mr. Fords very graciously showed me what they had on hand. None of the bags were open and he offered to open any I wanted even though he knew I only wanted 3 pounds. I bought Mustang 4, which he ...
by Masbustelo
September 28th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Creeping Red Fescue
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Creeping Red Fescue

Regarding shade: Is there much difference between TTTF and creeping red in shaded areas? In other words, are they roughly the same? Or is 'creeping', head and shoulders better for shade?
by Masbustelo
September 28th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Creeping Red Fescue
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Creeping Red Fescue

Thanks Green. It is much easier to locate when you have the variety names. It looks like CD Ford has Garnet, maybe I can pick some up Monday, and still get some down for spring.
by Masbustelo
September 27th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Creeping Red Fescue
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Creeping Red Fescue

Can anyone recommend 'elite' Creeping fescue cultivars for shade? I think I need to plant some in some shady areas. Also where is a good place to buy named modern cultivars?
by Masbustelo
September 27th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11508

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

I applied double the bag rate of Milorganite, mowed, top seeded some PRG, and spot sprayed weeds. I have very few weeds, which encourages me. Last year I had a weed farm.
by Masbustelo
September 24th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Question for Andy
Replies: 7
Views: 357

Re: Question for Andy

OK, Thanks for the tip.