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by ken-n-nancy
July 12th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Water cooler
Topic: Rabbit Den in Yard
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: Rabbit Den in Yard

I’ve been seeing rabbits more frequently in my yard ... I don’t think there will be any major detrimental effects to my yard... Oh boy, you haven't really experienced what a den of rabbits will do to your lawn yet. Do a google search for lawn and rabbit -- you'll find many articles about how to con...
by ken-n-nancy
July 12th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Water frequency
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Water frequency

Our standard irrigation cycle delivers about 0.5" of water to the entire lawn and takes about 8.5 hours to do so. Just curious. Does it take 8.5hrs because each zone is run one at a time? And what time of day do you start running that cycle? Yes, it takes that long because each zone is run one at a...
by ken-n-nancy
July 12th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Anyone Seeing Tons of "Smartweed" This Year?
Replies: 27
Views: 645

Re: Anyone Seeing Tons of "Smartweed" This Year?

OK, I looked at my Nancy's mom's house in CT on Wednesday and found that this smartweed stuff is all over - in the flowerbeds, scattered in the lawn, in all the cracks in the driveway and between pavers, growing in the piles of sand in the gutter at the curb of the road. I'm quite sure I've never se...
by ken-n-nancy
July 12th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Water frequency
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: Water frequency

Aside from a couple spots that require extra work, I've been doing ~.5 inch every 4 days. It seems to be stable. Probably every 3 days as temps bump up next week. +1. I do the above as well, on my sandy loam, partial- to mostly-shade lawn. Our standard irrigation cycle delivers about 0.5" of water ...
by ken-n-nancy
July 9th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Anyone else in the NE getting hit with rust?
Replies: 19
Views: 584

Re: Anyone else in the NE getting hit with rust?

If this fails I will have to resort to Disease-EX again and wipe out all the Serenade I have been putting down since May, but whatever I need to do to deal with it. I'm not sure that the above is true -- does azoxystrobin (the active ingredient in Scotts DiseaseEx) actually kill the bacteria that i...
by ken-n-nancy
July 9th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Interesting Read for Members Interested in Soil Test Interpretation
Replies: 6
Views: 217

Re: Interesting Read for Members Interested in Soil Test Interpretation

I'm so glad you started this thread with the response you provided to SchreibDave -- I had bookmarked that posting so that I could refer back to it later. Now I can bookmark this one instead, and hopefully also learn further from future postings in this thread, too!
by ken-n-nancy
July 9th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Anyone Seeing Tons of "Smartweed" This Year?
Replies: 27
Views: 645

Re: Anyone Seeing Tons of "Smartweed" This Year?

I didn't even know that was a weed to worry about -- I don't recall having ever seen it before in my lawn or that of my neighbors and relatives. Guess I should count myself lucky!
by ken-n-nancy
July 5th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: July 1 - August 15th Period Lawn/Landscape Tips
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: July 1 - August 15th Period Tips

Thanks, Andy, for an excellent summary of summer lawn care for cool season lawns!

I consider this period as one that the goal is simply "survival." What you've written is all excellent advice to keep the lawn alive through the summer so that it can thrive again in the fall!
by ken-n-nancy
July 3rd, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Calculating Amount of Time to Put Down 1"
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Calculating Amount of Time to Put Down 1"

Yes, many hours for 1" of coverage sounds about right. Irrigation systems should be laid out with "head-to-head" coverage to mitigate the issue of more water delivered near the sprinkler head and less further out, as you describe. If your sprinklers are not giving "head-to-head" coverage, more water...
by ken-n-nancy
July 2nd, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Prodiamine at Low Rates
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Prodiamine at Low Rates

I was forced to do a spring overseed (turned out much better than expected, great spring for seeding) and in a couple of days my second application of tenacity will be wearing off. I was wondering if anyone has experience with using Prodiamine at low rates. I am looking to obtain 1.5 months of cove...
by ken-n-nancy
July 2nd, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Soil management and compost forum
Topic: Adam's Soil Test - 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 226

Re: Adam's Soil Test - 2019

Structurally, you're somewhat OK - a TEC of 8.35 puts you in the sandier end of Loams, but it's still Loam. With an OM% of 5.73, you are in the excellent category for organic matter in the soil. Jadam318, OK, I'm jealous. Your TEC and OM% are in a fantastic place to be starting from -- congrats! So...
by ken-n-nancy
July 1st, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11591

Re: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?

Disaster Day - got nothing done in the yard after my 130 gallon show-aquarium suddenly failed catastrophically and flooded the Family Room with 130 gallons of water. Now I need to deal with remediation folks to prevent the whole thing from becoming an unlivable situation. Ouch. That doesn't sound l...
by ken-n-nancy
June 30th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy's 2018 Front Lawn Renovation - "War on Triv"
Replies: 140
Views: 3761

Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2018 Front Lawn Renovation - Peak for 2019?

Our experience is that our lawn tends to peak at around July 1st each year. That's tomorrow, but here are photos from yesterday, which will probably be the "peak" this year, unless the lawn manages to attain to this same level again in mid-September. We clearly chose the right course of action to le...
by ken-n-nancy
June 30th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Gryd’s 2019 Mini Renovation
Replies: 27
Views: 638

Re: Gryd’s 2019 Mini Renovation

For now, I’ll push pure KBG in the areas I believe it will successfully survive. That leaves 2 areas where I have some concerns. I may blend in some fine fescue though will limit it to 20% of the mix. I was gonna go with 10% Slender Creeping Red and 10% Viking Hard Fescue. Maybe I should skip the c...
by ken-n-nancy
June 30th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Gryd’s 2019 Mini Renovation
Replies: 27
Views: 638

Re: Gryd’s 2019 Mini Renovation

I've been intending to take some pics and post them, but just haven't gotten to it yet. The areas where the FF has died out and only Prosperity is left are quite thin with the Prosperity (by no means is it dense and thriving) but the Prosperity KBG is holding on when everything else is gone. I woul...
by ken-n-nancy
June 30th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy's 2014 Back Yard Renovation / Side Yard Overseed
Replies: 45
Views: 3841

Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2014 Back Yard Renovation / Side Yard Overseed

One more current photo. This one shows the edge between the 2014 renovated area (lower left corner) and the prior Northern mix (upper right corner) -- the edge, which was plain in the 2014 photos, is basically gone. Back to Front Edge as of 2019-06-29: http://www.solidrocksolutions.com/aty/2019/2019...
by ken-n-nancy
June 30th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Lawn Renovations
Topic: Ken-n-Nancy's 2014 Back Yard Renovation / Side Yard Overseed
Replies: 45
Views: 3841

Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2014 Back Yard Renovation / Side Yard Overseed

Well, it's now the fifth summer since seeding our back yard with the Fine Fescue / Kentucky Bluegrass shady mix back in the fall of 2014. Some recent questions by others here on ATY prompted us to take some new pics and share a few observations. The entire back yard gets quite a bit of shade. The su...
by ken-n-nancy
June 29th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Tell us about your experiences helping neighbors
Replies: 55
Views: 1303

Re: Tell us about your experiences helping neighbors

... I aim for an acceptable lawn with the least input possible. There are a lot of relatively simple things that can be done to have a northern mix lawn that is above average: Mow high, and often enough that you don't remove more than 1/3 of the blade Mulch mow Water infrequently and deeply The mos...
by ken-n-nancy
June 28th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11591

Re: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?

Replaced the mower's pull-start cord on my 1980s mower for the N+1th time and mowed the portion of the lawn I wasn't able to mow a couple nights ago when the rope broke. At least I've replaced the pull cord enough times now that it isn't a challenge, but it still ends up being more work than it shou...
by ken-n-nancy
June 28th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: What's happening to my blade tips
Replies: 23
Views: 524

Re: What's happening to my blade tips

... I came home and immediately mowed to see if I could notice any difference. I'll say that the cut quality has been much improved however, it is still far from perfect. ... The seed stalks are the only items that are cutting terribly. Can I really expect to deal with seedheads all season long? Th...