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by andy10917
July 7th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Brown Spots in Lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 313

Re: Brown Spots in Lawn

I don't know what your budget and long-term orientation is, so I'm hesitant to tell you what to do... If you want to dig to the bottom of what's going on (so a preventative program would be focused and likely successful), you could take samples of the infected areas and have either your state cooper...
by andy10917
July 6th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Brown Spots in Lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 313

Re: Brown Spots in Lawn

Here is what a fungal "frog's eye" pattern (which acts as a signature for certain diseases) looks like: https://www.senske.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/NRS.png Here come two seemingly contradictory statements and my take on your situation: 1. I'd get Disease Ex down on that ASAP. Your losses ...
by andy10917
July 6th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: A Cute Little Story
Replies: 9
Views: 289

Re: A Cute Little Story

Oh God! Get that Filbert protected ASAP. The Japanese Beetles will skeletonize the leaves in no time. Here north of NYC, the Japanese Beetles show up between June 28 - 30th every year. If not protected, the Filbert will have 80 -100 beetles on it at all sunny times of the day.
by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Problem area: compaction and drought stress.
Replies: 8
Views: 263

Re: Problem area: compaction and drought stress.

Nice! AN excellent story of opening your eyes and learning quickly.
by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: A Cute Little Story
Replies: 9
Views: 289

Re: A Cute Little Story

I use both the traps and Sevin only on only a non-blooming Contorted Filbert that is their favorite target plant - it behaves like yet another trap. PS: While I was on the porch setting up the traps (four of them), I had a literal cloud of Japanese Beetles swarming around me, searching for the sourc...
by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Trees
Topic: Tree Identification?
Replies: 2
Views: 26

Re: Tree Identification?

Never mind - we figured it out -- European Tricolor Beech.
by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Trees
Topic: Tree Identification?
Replies: 2
Views: 26

Tree Identification?

My wife is a real-estate agent, and brought me a single leaf of a tree she saw and liked (she said roughly 30' tall). That's all I have (below) - sorry!

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by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Green grass is now brown grass
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Green grass is now brown grass

3X bag rate? That's pretty stiff, but I doubt that would be it, unless you've done it repeatedly over a short timeframe.

When was the last time you scalped the Bermuda?
by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: A Cute Little Story
Replies: 9
Views: 289

A Cute Little Story

I had to make a run to HD this afternoon because I was very low on "Sevin" and the Japanese Beetles are descending like the proverbial plague of locusts. So, I'm standing there comparing dusts and liquids and ingredients and all, and a gentleman in his mid/late 70's asks if I could help him for a mo...
by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Brown Spots in Lawn
Replies: 10
Views: 313

Re: Brown Spots in Lawn

A few questions: 1. What happened after your damage from last year - did the areas recover after the damage was stopped, or did you reseed the areas? 2. When did the disease start to become evident? 3. Last year, did it stay concentrated on the tops of knolls/rises, or spread to all areas? 4. Did it...
by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: July 1 - August 15th Period Lawn/Landscape Tips
Replies: 5
Views: 331

Re: July 1 - August 15th Period Tips

The one item that I didn't put in my summary was the topic of "syringing" during hot periods. I didn't write about it because I'm very conflicted about its value. "Syringing" (for those not familiar with it) is a hot-period technique that is used to cool the grass by the application of very short pe...
by andy10917
July 5th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: July 1 - August 15th Period Lawn/Landscape Tips
Replies: 5
Views: 331

July 1 - August 15th Period Lawn/Landscape Tips

The period between July 1st and August 15th is one of the periods where more people make mistakes than other segments of the year. Here are a few tips about how to get through the period without seriously stressing yourself and the lawn grasses, if you live in the North and are growing cool-season g...
by andy10917
July 3rd, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Let's see your aquariums
Replies: 4
Views: 61

Re: Let's see your aquariums

The Tropica site - there must be 100+ ideas. Lots of work to figure out the plants you'll need, and following "Dutch" design rules, but worth the trouble.

https://tropica.com/en/inspiration/layo ... t105/18935
by andy10917
July 3rd, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: 2019 Soil Test Interpretation Queue
Replies: 1
Views: 2290

Re: 2019 Soil Test Interpretation Queue

The queue is empty and we are current.
by andy10917
July 3rd, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: ndlutz 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: ndlutz 2019 Soil Test

That's a moderately sandy soil with an excellent OM% at 5.03%. In the cations, there is a moderate Calcium shortage and a Magnesium surplus of medium size. While the test results indicate that Potassium is adequate, I disagree and feel the bar is too low due to the sandy TEC number. I'd like to see ...
by andy10917
July 3rd, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Identify this blue grass?
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: Identify this blue grass?

It is notoriously hard to identify grasses from pictures of mowed lawns, and absolutely impossible to identify specific cultivars of grass types by pictures. To do a credible job, you have to look at the shape of the tips of the blades, the auricles, etc. That said, the grass pictures do show a prom...
by andy10917
July 3rd, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Acornmeal?
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: Acornmeal?

Well, it sounds like a cool, interesting experiment, BUT... Many moons ago, I made an observation about newly-seeded renovation grass struggling in small areas - and they lined up almost perfectly with the areas that experience heavy acorn drops, especially in mast years. I researched and found ther...
by andy10917
July 2nd, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Spacklerstyle 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 15
Views: 264

Re: Spacklerstyle 2019 Soil Test

I don't know that the Phosphorus number will actually come up short -- at 5-4-0 the Phosphorus is 4% minimum, just 1% below the associated Nitrogen.

I think you'll be fine.
by andy10917
July 2nd, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Spacklerstyle 2019 Soil Test
Replies: 15
Views: 264

Re: Spacklerstyle 2019 Soil Test

Just like Nitrogen, a reasonable amount of Potassium or Phosphorus is 1 lb/K/month of the actual resulting nutrient. So, if we're talking 0-0-50 SOP, then 2 lbs/K of SOP is needed to reach the target number. In blended fertilizers, the first one to hit 1 lb/K of actual nutrient is the cut-off for th...
by andy10917
July 2nd, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Adam's Soil Test - 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 100

Re: Adam's Soil Test - 2019

Some comments: Because I'm new, "growing season" is NOT summer, right? Am I understanding that this should wait until fall as well? Summer *IS* part of the growing season, which goes from the greening-up of the lawn to complete growth stoppage in October/November. Summer is a little tricky to handle...