Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Discuss how to and whether you should renovate your lawn
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ken-n-nancy
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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by ken-n-nancy » July 27th, 2015, 12:44 pm

You just want to have a renovation of some sort for a fourth year in a row!

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » July 27th, 2015, 12:58 pm

ken-n-nancy wrote:You just want to have a renovation of some sort for a fourth year in a row!
It's true.

The thought crossed my mind that, IF I could get a good enough grade on it, I might be able to put in some real turf..... but I really would be better off with clover.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by crabgrass » July 28th, 2015, 12:40 pm

See what he did there? Leaves him open for next year.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » July 28th, 2015, 9:36 pm

crabgrass wrote:See what he did there? Leaves him open for next year.

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I have some extra bewitched and blueberry..... we will see ..... if I could do just the front yard maybe 1 k....... we will see how the grade turns out...

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » August 2nd, 2015, 9:35 pm

Thought you all might want to see some updates.


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Closeup of more recently seeded clover about 3 weeks old:
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A thicker more mature area dormant seeded from the winter:
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This is all going to get graded and redone this fall when they put in the septic. I like the clover a lot really.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by LoneRanger » August 2nd, 2015, 11:17 pm

^ FINALLY!!

Are we gonna call this a woodsey reno.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » August 3rd, 2015, 9:22 am

Yes I love how it's turning out. The soil is quite rocky and tight though. Stays shady and moist. I need to learn how to encourage the clover to grow better.

So far this is 100% chemical and fertilizer free. As far as I know there has NEVER been anything applied to the soil. Maybe cow manure when there was a cattle farm down the road a ways 100 years ago.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by crabgrass » August 4th, 2015, 4:32 pm

Just saw this while seed shopping at SSS - I don't know a thing about it:

Microclover

Half the size of regular clover

http://www.seedsuperstore.com/catalog/p ... icroclover

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by BoatDrinksQ5 » August 4th, 2015, 4:57 pm

ooooh elite-Clover!

good find :) lol

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » August 4th, 2015, 8:32 pm

Nice!

I like what I have for now. Dutch white clover.

Today I weed whipped 1000 s.f. of clover and whatever else was growing in there. I knock anything over a foot tall down. Works great.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by laadams85 » August 6th, 2015, 3:40 pm

crabgrass wrote:Just saw this while seed shopping at SSS - I don't know a thing about it:

Microclover

Half the size of regular clover

http://www.seedsuperstore.com/catalog/p ... icroclover
Preferred seed also sells microclover, but it's god awful expensive.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » May 29th, 2016, 9:19 pm

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by probasesteal » May 30th, 2016, 9:11 pm

Any issues with Japanese stiltgrass?

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » May 30th, 2016, 9:41 pm

No. this is a long ways from any invasive species.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » October 28th, 2016, 2:45 pm

Quick update on this. After things really grew in, the clover got pushed out and is overgrown with larger brush type plants. The fescue on the other hand is holding other species at bay well.

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by Zareth » October 28th, 2016, 7:38 pm

I was thinking you could overseed with sweet Allysum, baby blue eyes and white yarrow, maybe some strawberry clover and hard or sheep fescue.
I think the key with this type of area would be constant overseeding with various self seeding annuals until you create some stable but fluctuating ecosystem

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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by eli_grass » December 31st, 2018, 9:54 am

Hi,

Whatever happened to this project? I'm in a similar situation (timberland that I want to convert to grass cover but not August National/MLB baseball outfield quality).


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Re: Surprise Winter Cabin Renovation

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » January 2nd, 2019, 8:57 pm

I sowed the grass and have only trimmed it a few times. It is about a foot and a half tall normally, chokes out most small trees.

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