Ken-n-Nancy's 2020 "Driveway Side" Lawn Renovation

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Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2020 "Driveway Side" Lawn Renovation

Post by ken-n-nancy » October 21st, 2020, 11:24 am

DevilDawg81 wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 10:19 am
Thanks! That’s kind of what I figured. The first few mows I bagged everything. Now that it’s a little bit established I’ve been mulching. (Plus it saves me from stopping to dump those bags!)

I didn’t mean to hijack your thread...I apologize. Thank you again for your thoughts!
Not a hijack at all -- it encouraged me to write up what we've been doing about fallen leaves, which is definitely relevant to our renovation thread for others that may have similar questions now or in the future.

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Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2020 "Driveway Side" Lawn Renovation

Post by stack316 » October 21st, 2020, 9:38 pm

Last week I mulch mowed the renovation this past weekend. Tonight I blew as many of the leaves off the renovation and mulched them into my area I did not renovate. And then mowed the entire yard.... I still have A lot of leaves on the trees in my yard and will continue to alternate... as I generally have to mow everywhere twice to finely mulch the quantity of leaves I get and really want to limit how many times I mow as I am using a riding mower on the renovation.

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Ken-n-Nancy's 2020 "Driveway Side" Lawn Renovation - 2020-10-21 - Day 56 Reno Photos

Post by ken-n-nancy » October 25th, 2020, 12:45 am

Busy leaf-fall time is definitely in progress! We blew many leaves off the renovation area today in order to be able to mow. Not even a quarter of the leaves have fallen yet, so we'll be continuing to clear leaves for a couple weeks until most of them are off the trees.

Still mowing with the Fiskars manual push reel mower every three days. Made what will be our last dose of nitrogen at 0.28#N/ksqft today. We think that will be our last application of fertilizer until spring.

Leaves Half-Blown Off "Lliac Area" as of 21 October 2020 (Day 56):
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"Lliac Area" as of 21 October 2020 (Day 56):
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"Far End" Repair Area as of 21 October 2020 (Day 56):
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Closer View of a "Sparse Valley" in the "Lilac Area" as of 21 October 2020 (Day 56):
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Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2020 "Driveway Side" Lawn Renovation

Post by andy10917 » October 25th, 2020, 8:02 am

Things are looking really good, but I have to admit that I'm really surprised by the state of the Fall leaves status - I'm well south of you (roughly 50 mi north of NYC), but I'm 75%-80% done with leaf drop. That's twice I was wrong on that just this week - a Member an hour north of Toronto was assumed to be ahead of me, and I was well ahead of him, too. Go figure...

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Ken-n-Nancy's 2020 "Driveway Side" Lawn Renovation - 2020-10-30 - First Snow...

Post by ken-n-nancy » October 30th, 2020, 3:08 pm

We were too busy these last couple of days to take our next weekly photos, having only had sufficient time a couple days ago to blow off the leaves and mow the grass with the manual reel mower.

We were planning to get pictures today... at least the color is comparatively uniform, apart from the fallen leaves...

"Lliac Area" as of 30 October 2020 (Day 65):
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Ken-n-Nancy's Lawn Journal 2021-08-11 - Lilac Area Reno - One Year Later

Post by ken-n-nancy » August 15th, 2021, 9:39 am

Today, after a particularly hot stretch of weather, I couldn't resist taking a pic to document the "after" view of our renovation of this area of our lawn. The goal was to take our last section of "northern mix" lawn and replace it with all-KBG (a 50/50 blend of Prosperity and Bewitched.) It is now roughly one year later, and it turned out to be a success.

The first pic was taken before the renovation, on 2020-07-16, at the time which is pretty close to our local peak (before summer decline.)

The second pic is another before pic, taken on 2020-08-19, our typical "worst of summer" -- in this case two days after glyphosate; color had not yet faded, but height-lowering commenced.

The third pic was taken on 2021-08-11, approximately 1 year later, at about the historical "worst point of summer" for our lawn.

Before: (taken on 2020-07-16, at the time which is pretty close to our local peak (before summer decline).)
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Prior Typical "worst of summer": (taken on 2020-08-19, two days after glyphosate; color had not yet faded, but height-lowering commenced)
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After: (taken on 2021-08-11, approximately 1 year later, at about the historical "worst point of summer" for our lawn)
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Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2020 "Driveway Side" Lawn Renovation

Post by stack316 » August 15th, 2021, 11:53 am

That looks fantastic!

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Re: Ken-n-Nancy's 2020 "Driveway Side" Lawn Renovation

Post by DevilDawg81 » August 18th, 2021, 5:05 pm

Bravo Ken & Nancy, that looks fantastic!

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