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by Ruxie88
December 27th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Trees
Topic: Japanese Maples: Strange Year
Replies: 4
Views: 64

Re: Japanese Maples: Strange Year (?)

Funny that you mention this. I raked some leaves last weekend and pondered why my JM still has a lot of leaves on it. Many of the others in my neighborhood are in the same boat.
by Ruxie88
November 24th, 2019, 5:48 pm
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?

Learned a ton this year. Chose "B". Successes- less weed pressure, fall overseed, soil improvements & getting on a routine of good cultural practices. Focus in 2020 will be better controlling fungal diseases and thatch.
by Ruxie88
May 5th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Trees
Topic: Weeping Willow
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Re: Weeping Willow

I also threw down corn meal last weekend if that matters.
by Ruxie88
May 5th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Trees
Topic: Weeping Willow
Replies: 1
Views: 61

Weeping Willow

I'm hoping someone can tell me what is happening to my weeping willow. It has been planted for almost 2 years. As you can see in the picture, over the past 3-5 days, I have noticed the main trunk continues to slump to the side. The top branches are losing all of its leaves. Last weekend, I added a 2...
by Ruxie88
April 21st, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Grass growing at different rate
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Grass growing at different rate

Appreciate the knowledge. I would say that all the different genuses are coming out of dormancy. After the mow this morning (HOC 2.5 in), the grass height is more even across the entire lawn. I will continue to mow frequent enough so I can stick to the 1/3 rule. Thanks!
by Ruxie88
April 20th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Grass growing at different rate
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Grass growing at different rate

Being new to lawncare, I have a question wondering why different grasses grow a different rates? I have a mixed lawn and some grass grew quickly coming out of winter weeks ago. Some is just starting top growth. This caused a lumpy lawn. Since all the different grasses are now growing (top growth) it...
by Ruxie88
April 19th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: A "Worm Apocalypse"? Really?
Replies: 23
Views: 579

Re: A "Worm Apocalypse"? Really?

On over an acre with relatively few trees it's a long, long battle. I've made some progress over the last several years. My worm population is booming! I keep on keeping on.... If my math is right comparing to my 4000 sqft lawn, it will cost you approximately $3300 to spread peat on 1.5 acres :shock:
by Ruxie88
April 19th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: A "Worm Apocalypse"? Really?
Replies: 23
Views: 579

Re: A "Worm Apocalypse"? Really?

I've been in my house for almost 2-years, but didn't start educating myself on proper lawn care until last summer. I applied compost last fall, mulched leaves and noticed a lot more worm casting mounds this spring. I applied 22 bales of peat moss going on 2-weeks ago. I was worried I applied too muc...
by Ruxie88
April 2nd, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ruxie's 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Ruxie's 2019 Soil Test

You are 0.01 point from a Loam soil. Your OM% isn't terrible, but adding more would lift the TEC - I'd like to see it at 5% for you, and that will take a couple of years even if you dive in with both feet. Do it! You will not lower a pH of 7.8 with anything that comes in a bag, or anything that is ...
by Ruxie88
March 30th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ruxie's 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Ruxie's 2019 Soil Test

Would adding sulfur, critic acid and peat moss help lower the pH?
by Ruxie88
March 22nd, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ruxie's 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Ruxie's 2019 Soil Test

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The link was my 2019 Plan prior to the soil test. I think it would help my soil substituting peat moss for compost.
by Ruxie88
March 22nd, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ruxie's 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Ruxie's 2019 Soil Test

https://i.postimg.cc/p5ZT5PDN/Soil-Test-3-22-19-1.png https://i.postimg.cc/fkhfd5x5/Soil-Test-3-22-19-2.png Attached are my first soil test for this established lawn. This is my first full season of, relatively speaking, educated lawncare. I would like to use as much organics as possible, but know ...
by Ruxie88
February 19th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Ruxie 2019 Spring Plan
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Ruxie 2019 Spring Plan

As far as Milorganite/OceanGro, etc...they are readily available and fairly affordable. In NJ, OceanGro is especially affordable. Also, the iron is a good feature as you mentioned. They also have Phosphorus, which make them decent starter fertilizers. Finally, they contain fairly significant fast r...
by Ruxie88
February 18th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Ruxie 2019 Spring Plan
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Ruxie 2019 Spring Plan

One thing I'd look at having in your arsenal is milorganite or its local equivalent, oceangro. The other thing is that corn meal doesnt have anywhere near the efficacy of a chemical pre emergent. I'm not trying to discourage you just setting expectations. And the thing about mixing chemical fungici...
by Ruxie88
February 12th, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Ruxie 2019 Spring Plan
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: Ruxie 2019 Spring Plan

Wow! What a comprehensive organic approach. That looks really good (and a lot of work). *** :hello: Appreciate it Green. Got a lot of good knowledge from many here. I only have a few comments. 1. If you Winterized the lawn, you may not need organic fertilizer until more like mid (or even late in my...
by Ruxie88
February 6th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Ruxie 2019 Spring Plan
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Ruxie 2019 Spring Plan

This will be my first full year completing lawn care in my new home. After joining the site last fall, I learned so much and came up with the below plan. I want to try to stay as much organic as possible. I know it may make sense to use some synthetics based on my soil test results and I'm fine with...
by Ruxie88
January 7th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels
Replies: 69
Views: 1356

Re: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels

Sodium Nitrate (NaNO3) is/was commonly used in synthetic fertilizers.
by Ruxie88
January 6th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels
Replies: 69
Views: 1356

Re: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels

The amount of salt that will dissolve in the soil. To much salts makes it harder for seed/grass to absorb water from the soil.
by Ruxie88
January 6th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels
Replies: 69
Views: 1356

Re: Reading and Interpreting Fertilizer Labels

In addition, the higher the salt index, the higher the chances of "burning" the lawn.
by Ruxie88
January 6th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Fungus
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Fungus

Got out and walked the lawn. I noticed a lot of yellow/dead grass. My initial thought was winter dormancy. After a closer look, I noticed quite a bit of leaf spot and possible other fungus. Can anything be done this time of year? https://i.postimg.cc/8JGn9yzC/1-6-19-Fungus.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/V...