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by bpgreen
August 31st, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: Flowers & Annuals
Topic: Hydrangea Help
Replies: 7
Views: 72

Re: Hydrangea Help

I don't know a lot about hydrangeas, but I think I've read that they like acidic soil. Most soil in the intermountain west is alkaline, as the soil test showed the soil in your lawn is. It's possible that the prior owner treated the soil to make it more acidic. I think I see some signs of chlorosis ...
by bpgreen
August 28th, 2019, 12:55 am
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Rodent control
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Rodent control

I wasn't sure where this belongs. If this is the wrong forum, can a modmin move it for me? I've got at least one kind of rodent and possibly more in my lawn. I think some are coming from a nearby golf course, I think one rodent is small and tunnels. The tunneling reminds me of voles, but in my past ...
by bpgreen
August 28th, 2019, 12:40 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: KBG near the road dies every year
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: KBG near the road dies every year

Does the grass die or does it go dormant?

Either way, you might be able to keep it green by watering more in the spots that are browning.
by bpgreen
August 28th, 2019, 12:23 am
Forum: Warm-season grasses
Topic: Traded in my 1/2 acre for 3 1/4 acres..centipede
Replies: 4
Views: 70

Re: Traded in my 1/2 acre for 3 1/4 acres..centipede

I'm not a warm season grass guy, but I thought centipede is a grass that thrives on neglect and requires little to no fertilizer.
by bpgreen
August 18th, 2019, 2:31 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Seed going down and my soil analysis says I need a lot of nitrogen
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Seed going down and my soil analysis says I need a lot of nitrogen

I'm not sure why you're analyzing your soul to determine what to do with your lawn.

The soil gurus here only use reports from Logan labs.

Always ignore anything about nitrogen in soil tests. Nitrogen is transient, so it will always show as deficient.
by bpgreen
August 18th, 2019, 2:19 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: help with weed problem
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: help with weed problem

oldlyme14 wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Is crabgrass considered a perennial broadleaf weed?
I'm not a weed expert, but I'm pretty sure that crabgrass is about the exact opposite of a partial weed. It's annual, and it's a grass.
by bpgreen
August 17th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: "Feed" Grade Urea
Replies: 14
Views: 240

Re: "Feed" Grade Urea

Feed-Grade Urea is fine. Believe it or not, there is "fertilizer grade", "feed grade" and (get this!) "food grade" urea. It's not surprising that you found feed-grade stuff. It's fed to cattle and other animals. "Food Grade" is edible by humans, and used for things like browning pretzels. Yeah, uhu...
by bpgreen
August 13th, 2019, 12:33 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11509

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

I walked around, looking for signs of blue grama in dead spots that I dormant seeded last winter. I thought that most of the seed I put down had failed to germinate, but there are lots of seedlings in lots of the formerly dead spots. I watered once last month and where gotten almost a half inch of r...
by bpgreen
August 11th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11509

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

What I didn't do.

I didn't water.

I watered once in July.

But I've decided to commit. Watering in July cost me almost $10. Blue grama is becoming mor prevalent. I think I'm going to just stop watering and start seeding when bare spots show up.
by bpgreen
August 1st, 2019, 1:49 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Goodbye, July!!
Replies: 13
Views: 496

Re: Goodbye, July!!

It's been hot here lately, but cooled off today and it's supposed to be cool again tomorrow. But the high is supposed to be close to 100 Saturday.

I don't know if we got any measurable rain today, but up to today, we had less than a half inch for the month.
by bpgreen
July 30th, 2019, 12:47 am
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Frozen Seed
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: Frozen Seed

This doesn't apply to most seed, but since I plant mostly native grasses, there's an advantage to freezing (and thawing, then refreezing) seeds for me that probably doesn't help others. Native grass seeds often have higher germination rates when they undergo refrigerated freeze/ thaw cycles. They na...
by bpgreen
July 24th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Lawn Care Basics 101
Topic: Frozen Seed
Replies: 9
Views: 179

Re: Frozen Seed

It wouldn't hurt, but I don't think it's necessary. I store seed in the freezer and don't thaw before spreading it.
by bpgreen
July 17th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Summer Dormancy: What's Your Situation?
Replies: 26
Views: 816

Re: Summer Dormancy: What's Your Situation?

The last time we had at least a half inch of rain was during the last week of May.

I've already watered twice, but there's a section of the hell strip that is pretty much completely brown.
by bpgreen
July 7th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Is this a weed?
Replies: 3
Views: 123

Re: Is this a weed?

It looks like Queen Ann's Lace (aka wild carrot) to me. I would think something with 2,4d and triclopyr would kill it. You can also try hand pulling, but be sure to do that before it goes to seed. You'll also want to try to get all of the root so utter doesn't come back.
by bpgreen
June 29th, 2019, 1:15 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Things Experienced Lawn Owners Do That Novices Don't...
Replies: 14
Views: 1172

Re: Things Experienced Lawn Owners Do That Novices Don't...

I should have read more before posting to the other thread.
by bpgreen
June 29th, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: My local big box store got Milorganite in Stock, and I only bought 2 bags
Replies: 12
Views: 355

Re: My local big box store got Milorganite in Stock, and I only bought 2 bags

The thing is, products aren't moral or immoral. Their usage can be. Will we condemn baseball bats because people use them to club others? Overapplying P, K, or anything else is a user application error, not a product morality issue. The bags have labels for a reason, they get reviewed by local regu...
by bpgreen
June 29th, 2019, 1:03 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Tell us about your experiences helping neighbors
Replies: 55
Views: 1294

Re: Tell us about your experiences helping neighbors

Yeah, if they don't start with mowing it often enough and watering it well, then they aren't going to put in the time for more! Honestly we need to keep that in mind for people visiting here, not everyone wants to go crazy, they just want a better lawn. You can have a good looking lawn people admir...
by bpgreen
June 21st, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Organic lawn care
Topic: Corn Gluten and Broadleaf Weeds
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Corn Gluten and Broadleaf Weeds

I've never used corn gluten meal. The consensus among those who have seems to be that as a preemergent, it makes a good fertilizer. The original research that found preemergent qualities used large amounts. If I remember correctly, it translated to about 40 lbs/1000 sq ft. I think it also needed to ...
by bpgreen
June 21st, 2019, 12:02 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: 2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?
Replies: 391
Views: 11509

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

Weather.com says my zip code has had 1.42 inches of rain month to date, but when I add up the rainfall for each day, it comes out to about .3 inch. I think that's closer to reality. I'm not sure if the blue grama that sprouted this spring will need more water or if it will go dormant and spring back...
by bpgreen
June 14th, 2019, 1:26 am
Forum: Cool-season grasses
Topic: Here Comes the Burn-Out
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: Here Comes the Burn-Out

I was out of town last week, but was told by neighbors that we had rain. My lawn still springs back when I walk on it (even the remnants that are kbg). But some of my neighbors have already started watering every day (maybe twice a day). My next door neighbor has commented on how much better my lawn...