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by andy10917
October 12th, 2009, 10:38 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Just bought house - need help with plan
Replies: 19
Views: 538

Re: Just bought house - need help with plan

8% Triclopyr is in WBG Clover/Chickweed/Oxalis Killer and Brush-B-Gon Poison Ivy Killer. It's actually exactly the same product with different label instructions.
by andy10917
October 12th, 2009, 10:07 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Yet another soil test from UMass
Replies: 72
Views: 1441

Re: Yet another soil test from UMass

Not when you consider that billionths of a gram of testosterone make you want to watch football, and billionths of a gram of estrogen make you understand whatever they talk about on "The View".
by andy10917
October 12th, 2009, 9:54 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Yet another soil test from UMass
Replies: 72
Views: 1441

Re: Yet another soil test from UMass

The thread needed it!!! You should see these stupid spreadsheets. How much a tablespoon of something weighs. What percentage of Boric Acid is Boron. A guess of how fast it will leak out (leach). How aggressive the person wants to be. What are the Saturations? What is the pH? What are the interacting...
by andy10917
October 12th, 2009, 9:47 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Shade Fine Fescue pix (otherwise know as grass porn)...
Replies: 17
Views: 1535

Re: Shade Fine Fescue pix (otherwise know as grass porn)...

Very nice, Jon - especially considering conditions. But I'm not sure that ANY of the pictures anyone posts here reach the level of "porn". But the spouse doesn't kill you for looking at grass - just shakes her head sadly.
by andy10917
October 12th, 2009, 9:30 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Yet another soil test from UMass
Replies: 72
Views: 1441

Re: Yet another soil test from UMass

Depends on what we're adding. Keep in mind that you're not talking about pouring water into a glass that it stays in. With a low CEC, it's more like pouring it into a spaghetti colander - it's exiting the bottom almost as fast as you can put it in the top. Adding OM is a bit like having some sponges...
by andy10917
October 12th, 2009, 9:14 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Yet another soil test from UMass
Replies: 72
Views: 1441

Re: Yet another soil test from UMass

To the best of my knowledge, there is no single book out there that gets into all this stuff. I deciphered my indecipherable spreadsheets and came up with this: There are approx. 2,000,000 lbs of soil in the standard one acre (43,560 sq ft), plowed/scraped to a depth of 6-7 inches. So, 2 lbs of some...
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 11:40 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Just bought house - need help with plan
Replies: 19
Views: 538

Re: Just bought house - need help with plan

Here's one idiot's first reaction: - W----A----Y too much shade. Either the trees or the grass have to come off the table. WBG with that much shade and competition is going to be know as an Interim Period between shade-tolerant weed infestations. And that opinion comes from a guy that believes in to...
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 11:26 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Yet another soil test from UMass
Replies: 72
Views: 1441

Re: Yet another soil test from UMass

Not trying to start an argument, but I don't like to raise false expectations. P and K are quite immobile in a Loam or Clay soil. With so many less exchange sites, Sand is a different story. To stick with our ongoing China Syndrome analogy, neither P nor K ever ride the Express Bullet Train to China...
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 11:06 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: No turning back now
Replies: 107
Views: 6358

Re: No turning back now

That was my first reaction, too - "where are the weeds?". Nice!
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 11:01 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Question: Grass-in-a-cup for patching
Replies: 37
Views: 858

Re: Question: Grass-in-a-cup for patching

On a much smaller scale than 100 pots, however. Good luck commandeering enough space for that. :)
If I found space for 48 tomatoes, I'll find the place for 100 cups.
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 3:44 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Yet another soil test from UMass
Replies: 72
Views: 1441

Re: Yet another soil test from UMass

For Potassium, I personally believe that the Optimal Zone is 191 - 300. Phosphorus is more complex because different tests are used. The Bray Test is used for soils that have a pH of 7.1 or higher. Values of 26 - 40 are Optimal. The Olsen Test is used at pH lower than 7.1, and has an Optimal Zone of...
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 12:56 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: How did I get away with Murder?
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: How did I get away with Murder?

Also, I think mulching the truck driver helped you literally get away with murder... :-)
What tow-truck driver? I don't remember a tow-truck driver. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 11:57 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: How did I get away with Murder?
Replies: 7
Views: 536

Re: How did I get away with Murder?

If there is RU-ready grass, what will kill it with? And God forbid, how long before the genes cross over to Poa Annua? The RU-ready gene has already crossed-over to some farm weeds.
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 11:30 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: How did I get away with Murder?
Replies: 7
Views: 536

How did I get away with Murder?

All right - I'm stumped. My 2009 renovation has almost no weeds - grassy or broadleaf. I know that is beyond the pale. How did that happen? Here's what I did... In late July, I treated my Moonlight/America/Emblem lawn that had a bad Poa Triv problem with Certainty. It also had some PR that had survi...
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 9:50 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Finally, seeds are down(Day 1)
Replies: 623
Views: 19873

Re: Finally, seeds are down(Day 1)

The picture makes it look clumpy. First guess is Poa Annua. The seedhead one at the bottom isn't visible enough to make a guess. More pictures, pls!
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 9:47 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Just bought house - need help with plan
Replies: 19
Views: 538

Re: Just bought house - need help with plan

Can you get some pictures?

And forget about the first snow - when is the first hard freeze and when is the ground frozen?
by andy10917
October 11th, 2009, 9:17 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Poa Plantation Nightmare and Renovation
Replies: 200
Views: 7346

Re: Poa Plantation Nightmare and Renovation

Stop it! You folks are feeding my wife with material for her argument. She fell in love with the new lawn and doesn't want me dragging the "outhouse on wheels" (ugly huge plywood box on the garden cart) around the lawn. That means I have to do it by hand. I will curse you folks when I'm making my 4,...
by andy10917
October 10th, 2009, 7:30 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Winter (Lab) Project: Natural Grass Growth Hormones
Replies: 16
Views: 461

Re: Winter (Lab) Project: Natural Grass Growth Hormones

I dunno. My basement stays around 60 degrees, and it stays maybe 5 degrees warmer under the lights. That's what I'm going with. I'll be doing some control experiments between now and Christmas. After Christmas, those things that show a little promise (translation: don't kill the grass) will be sent ...
by andy10917
October 10th, 2009, 6:23 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Poa Plantation Nightmare and Renovation
Replies: 200
Views: 7346

Re: Poa Plantation Nightmare and Renovation

Probably the last photo update of the year for my renovation - the leave removal is getting to be a full-time weekend job from now until Thanksgiving. The "upper lawn" continues to thrive - closing up bare spots, thickening and most definitely darkening. http://i663.photobucket.com/albums/uu351/ahej...