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by micvog
July 4th, 2017, 8:59 am
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: micvog's 2017 Soil Test
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: Thanks Andy!

Just wanted to say a quick thanks to Andy! The lawn has dramatically improved over the last year thanks to you, and the many contributors to this forum. The attached shots are not re-touched (except for blurring of my address), but they were taken in ideal circumstances. It was sunny at the time, bu...
by micvog
June 27th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2017: What did you do on your lawn today?
Replies: 1435
Views: 36174

Re: 2017: What did you do on your lawn today?

I agree that it sounds like a lot. However, my soil test showed that my K levels are at 9 ppm and "ideal" is supposedly 30-55 ppm, therefore the recommendation was to drop 0-0-60 @ 11#/1000 sq ft. I was thinking of a more moderate approach, which would (at most) be dropping 0-0-50 at 10#/k. I'm not...
by micvog
June 20th, 2017, 10:58 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Is this heat stress or a fungus?
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Re: Is this heat stress or a fungus?

Thanks Gary! I should have figured that out. :blackeye:

It seems to be improving so, for now, I went with an app of Serenade. If it starts to look worse, I will spot-spray with Propiconazole.
by micvog
June 17th, 2017, 10:03 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Is this heat stress or a fungus?
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Is this heat stress or a fungus?

The past week has been in the low-90s with a 0.5" rainstorm. The lawn had some drought-stress near the end of the week, much of which has disappeared with another 0.5" of rain last night. However, there is a suspicious spot that looks like a fungus to me, but it doesn't match up exactly with the dis...
by micvog
June 17th, 2017, 9:55 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Is this heat stress or a fungus?
Replies: 0
Views: 81

Is this heat stress or a fungus?

The past week has been in the low-90s with a 0.5" rainstorm. The lawn had some drought-stress near the end of the week, much of which has disappeared with another 0.5" of rain last night. However, there is a suspicious spot that looks like a fungus to me, but it doesn't match up exactly with the dis...
by micvog
May 30th, 2017, 9:24 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Best general purpose bug treatment?
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: Best general purpose bug treatment?

Last year I used this. It worked.
by micvog
May 30th, 2017, 10:23 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Why isn't my pre-M working?
Replies: 16
Views: 538

Re: Why isn't my pre-M working?

Thanks everyone. @GaryCinChicago. By GDD do you mean "growing degree days"? Then yes, I use that to time my pre-M app at around 225-250 GDD. I don't have a forsythia in my yard, but there are a handful of plants in my yard that begin to bud (not bloom) right around the same time as the 225-250 GDD v...
by micvog
May 27th, 2017, 10:42 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Best OTC for Step 1 in Triangle Approach?
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Best OTC for Step 1 in Triangle Approach?

Thanks TimmyG! Heading to HD to get a price match since Lowes is a hike.
by micvog
May 27th, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Why isn't my pre-M working?
Replies: 16
Views: 538

Re: Why isn't my pre-M working?

Thanks everyone. Per my soil test , I have a heavy, alkaline soil. My calcium:magnesium ratio is out of whack, but neither of those macro-nutrients is deficient. My phosphorous is low (156#/A this Spring, was 114#/A last Spring). Based on what I did last year and the impact, by interpolation I am es...
by micvog
May 26th, 2017, 8:47 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Why isn't my pre-M working?
Replies: 16
Views: 538

Re: Why isn't my pre-M working?

Yep. Thinking I need to get a different tip for my sprayer. The fan tip seems to result mostly in a foliar application where I am assuming the pre-M needs to get to the soil so I need bigger droplets. I live in a new development, and with one exception, the neighbor's NoMix lawns are also late to wa...
by micvog
May 26th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Best OTC for Step 1 in Triangle Approach?
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Re: Best OTC for Step 1 in Triangle Approach?

Thanks Andy. It was a last minute decision this afternoon to broadcast spray this weekend which is why I am looking at an OTC product. The Ortho seems closest as it has the 2,4-D and 2 of the 3 complementary herbicides.
by micvog
May 26th, 2017, 8:30 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Why isn't my pre-M working?
Replies: 16
Views: 538

Re: Why isn't my pre-M working?

My thought is the PRG wake ups earlier so it would get thicker/taller earlier and crowd out the weeds before they get established. Right now my lawn is slow to wake-up (spotty growth on Memorial Day weekend; last year I had spotty growth until late July) and it appears to me the weeds get establishe...
by micvog
May 26th, 2017, 8:16 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Why isn't my pre-M working?
Replies: 16
Views: 538

Why isn't my pre-M working?

The last two years I have had widespread weed issues in my lawn despite using a pre-M. I am trying to figure out what I am doing wrong. Last year I used the Hi-Yield Dimension product at bag-rate in late March and early August. I have had challenges establishing a new KBG lawn so I attributed the we...
by micvog
May 26th, 2017, 8:04 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Best OTC for Step 1 in Triangle Approach?
Replies: 5
Views: 250

Best OTC for Step 1 in Triangle Approach?

Despite putting down a pre-M barrier, I am going to need to broadcast spray for weeds. My question is what is the best OTC product for step 1 in the "Triangle Approach"? Ortho WBG + Crabgrass Control 2.13% Quinclorac, 6.42% 2,4-D, 0.60% Dicamba RoundUp for Lawns 3.85% MCPA, dimethylamine salt, 1.80%...
by micvog
May 19th, 2017, 8:45 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Honda HRR 216 cut quality
Replies: 10
Views: 1118

Re: Honda HRR 216 cut quality

@nocsious - I am in the same situation. As the lawn thickens up it gets worse, and as I raise the height it gets dramatically worse (2.5" is OK-to-good, 3.0" is a problem, and 3.5" is completely unacceptable). I have had the issue both with mulching and bagging. I have dealt with two different Honda...
by micvog
May 18th, 2017, 3:18 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Greenrebellions Grass Grow - Poa Annua Monostand
Replies: 176
Views: 4832

Re: Greenrebellions Grass Grow - Poa Annua Monostand

Just throwing my experience out there since it was so similar... (similar geography, soil, timeline, 3rd party seeded a new establishment lawn, same source for the seed, similar outcome) In the Fall of 2015 my new lawn establishment was compost seeded in early August with KBG seed from SSS ("SS1100"...
by micvog
May 18th, 2017, 12:58 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: another mowing height question
Replies: 25
Views: 1117

Re: another mowing height question

Thanks double-e5!

My two local dealers strongly push Honda over Toro, including my preferred dealer who has an SR4 on display tagged as the 20381. That is giving me pause.
by micvog
May 18th, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Milorganite sale
Replies: 273
Views: 14284

Re: Milorganite sale

I am curious what the in-stock quantities have been for those who visited a physical store. I had to go to 2 different Menards to pick up 8 bags last week; the first had 2 open bags left, the second one had none on the floor but had received a pallet that morning that had to be pulled from receiving...
by micvog
May 16th, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: another mowing height question
Replies: 25
Views: 1117

Re: another mowing height question

Have you had a chance to mow with the 20381 yet? I am considering replacing my HRR with one.
by micvog
April 30th, 2017, 10:04 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: micvog's 2017 Soil Test
Replies: 8
Views: 232

Re: micvog's 2017 Soil Test

Thanks Andy! I am still reading up on TEC and pH so this is OK with me. I'll keep the SOP in the basement, and give the gypsum to my father-in-law. Continuing "the rest" would be: - Bag-rate apps of Milorganite in May, June, August (for the N, P, and OM) - 20 Mule Team detergent at 2 TBSP/K, 2 apps ...