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by andy10917
September 24th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Question for Andy
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: Question for Andy

I'm going to try the double bag rate starting this week. Doing it this time of year requires a careful eye - as the soil cools, so too does the microherd's capacity to digest Milorganite. Watch very carefully for any Milorgnite still laying on the ground when prepping for the next application. It's...
by andy10917
September 23rd, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Question for Andy
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: Question for Andy

But of course!
by andy10917
September 23rd, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Season End - Soil Test Interpretations
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Season End - Soil Test Interpretations

Just an early reminder to all that if you're planning to do a soil test in 2019, the (free) interpretations end on October 31st. We will restart the interpretations on February 1st. Also, an extra note to the "lurkers" who plan to get a soil test interpreted next Spring: In "busy season" (March 1 - ...
by andy10917
September 22nd, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: MAlawn11's Soil Test - 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 124

Re: MAlawn11's Soil Test - 2019

I am not a fan of applying many products during the establishment phase of a new lawn - many induce pH changes at the top of the soil at first, and the root systems aren't deep yet. I like to hold off until Day 60 after germination. Your lawn will not starve to death in the meantime.
by andy10917
September 22nd, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Is fall happening or not??
Replies: 27
Views: 1036

Re: Is fall happening or not??

Tomorrow is supposed to be the end of the hotter/humid weather here. Trees are changing a bit, but it's from stress due to lack of rain as much as anything else.
by andy10917
September 21st, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Soil test Starpartyguy September 2019
Replies: 34
Views: 266

Re: Soil test Starpartyguy September 2019

Look for "Moss Killer", and check the bag for ingredients. Most of the time it's Ferrous Sulfate (also known as Iron Sulfate).
by andy10917
September 21st, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Question for Andy
Replies: 7
Views: 343

Re: Question for Andy

No. It works well, but I've been doing a lot of construction on the weekends and can't do it all.
by andy10917
September 21st, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: A few Irrigation questions
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: A few Irrigation questions

PVC and PEX are not the same thing.
by andy10917
September 21st, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Lime question.
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: Lime question.

Sorry, I only build/recommend plans based on labs I know and trust. I'd be happy to help once I have a set of results from Logan Labs.
by andy10917
September 21st, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: First time home / lawn owner - first reno attempt
Replies: 35
Views: 870

Re: First time home / lawn owner - first reno attempt

Milorganite isn't a top choice for a winterizing application in November - as the grass begins to slow its growth, so too do the members of the microherd that digest the Milorganite into useful Nitrogen.
by andy10917
September 21st, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Schreibdave's 2019 KBG Reno
Replies: 66
Views: 1007

Re: Schreibdave's 2019 KBG Reno

Take it very easy on the Iron. New seedlings can easily turn muddy/blackish.
by andy10917
September 20th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Accurate DIY Soil pH Kit?
Replies: 8
Views: 131

Re: Accurate DIY Soil pH Kit?

Aluminum for reducing pH around a single plant is one thing. Don't do it for a large area -- bad news.
by andy10917
September 20th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2019
Replies: 15
Views: 374

Re: Ken-n-Nancy Soil Test - Spring 2019

... and the status of the efforts to improve things is????
by andy10917
September 20th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Lime question.
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: Lime question.

I would not put down any more Lime for 90 days. That isn't how long it takes to get cheap dolomitic Lime to integrate (which is up to 12-14 months), but you can (pretty safely) switch to good calcitic stuff without harming the grass. Keep it at half doses for the remainder of the season, and pick it...
by andy10917
September 19th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: how bad is this soil!?
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: how bad is this soil!?

You know how I'm always saying that the Ca:Mg ratio may show a very tight//hard soil below 6:1, and definitely will show it at below 4:1?? Well, that is a 1.5:1 soil. Chemically, the bonds are so tight, it's like concrete!! With a Base Saturation inverted and a pH of 8.6, the stuff is useless.
by andy10917
September 19th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Lime question.
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: Lime question.

There isn't anywhere near enough info to answer the question - it's sort of like "how long do I wait at a traffic light?".

What did you apply, how much per 1000 sq ft, and when did you apply it?
by andy10917
September 19th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Soil test Starpartyguy September 2019
Replies: 34
Views: 266

Re: Soil test Starpartyguy September 2019

Make sure to post a Link to this in the Soil Test Interpretation Queue thread
by andy10917
September 19th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: how bad is this soil!?
Replies: 6
Views: 106

Re: how bad is this soil!?

I have no idea what the hell they're selling or amending for sale, but those are some crazy numbers. I have real doubts about whether that could exist in the real world. I have never in my whole life seen a 51% Base Saturation for Magnesium, especially at a TEC of around 30. That look like a badly-h...
by andy10917
September 18th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: southern-ct-4's August 2019 partial renovation (fixing poa triv lawn)
Replies: 26
Views: 402

Re: southern-ct-4's August 2019 partial renovation (fixing poa triv lawn)

If you're not seeing any changes or additional germination, you can start the transition, but you have to fully commit to "what I have is what I'm going to have" to do that. It's not an easy decision to make. Go from 3x-5x a day to 2X a day but deeper. And change that after 10 days to 1X a day, etc.
by andy10917
September 18th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: lawnlawn 2019_09_05 soil test
Replies: 16
Views: 171

Re: lawnlawn 2019_09_05 soil test

The "5 min cycle" stuff is not optimal. Use your eyes instead of the timer and find the spot where the soil remains moist but not wet. It will change as the days shorten. There are no shortcuts.