2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?

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2019: What Did You Do On Your Lawn Today?

Post by andy10917 » January 1st, 2019, 9:25 am

2019 version of the popular short-comment thread.

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

Post by BobL » January 3rd, 2019, 5:24 pm

I finally closed out 2018 year-end activities. I cleaned/serviced the mower, trimmer, etc., over Thanksgiving, but it was time for my every-3-years overhaul of the tractor. After filters, plugs, oil, etc., I dropped the deck and scraped/wirebrushed pretty much everything that was painted.

Then, given that the paint I was using required over 50 degrees, under 85% humidity, and 48 hours to dry, I waited and waited. I finally wrapped up 2 weekends ago, then this weekend I replaced the blade brake assemblies and put it all back together. Today I parked it for the winter, pulled the battery (and painted the battery compartment - 35 degrees,, we'll see how that works), squirted some oil in the spark plug hole and spun the engine a few times, filled up with treated gas, put the new cover over it, and locked up the shed for good.

Is it time for next season's soil testing yet?

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

Post by seiyafan » January 28th, 2019, 10:05 am

Real winter is coming, by May some PR growers in Chicago area will wonder why lawn is looking brown.

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

Post by Green » January 29th, 2019, 12:50 pm

seiyafan wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 10:05 am
Real winter is coming, by May some PR growers in Chicago area will wonder why lawn is looking brown.
It goes against what you'd expect, but my observations the past few weeks here show PR currently holding color better than other species.

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

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » January 29th, 2019, 2:41 pm

Found the golf course nearest me runs the same triplex I have and are willing to do work on it for me. So, I drove that thing over today in some pretty cold weather and dropped it off. The GC and I talked for over an hour. Great guy, we have a lot of mutual friends.

So, I'm getting new bedknives, all alignment done etc.

Cleaned up the garage area while the mower is out.


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

Post by umbo514 » January 30th, 2019, 8:28 am

Loaded up the jeep with (10) 3 cu ft packages of peat moss... stocking up for a spring overseed. All that's left is to decide on which seeds I will be going with!

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

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » January 30th, 2019, 12:22 pm

Very nice!

I'm also stocking up on used coffee grounds over the winter.

I need to stack the rest of the logs in the yard now that my back is recovering from a sports injury. Sucks getting old.

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

Post by BobL » February 5th, 2019, 5:02 am

As I was cleaning the garage this weekend I ran across some leftover seed I had used last fall, just after reading a Kansas State study showing early February as the best time for dormant seeding - https://www.johnson.k-state.edu/lawn-ga ... lawns.html - so I grabbed the small broadcast spreader and made a few passes over an area in the back that's been trampled a bit and needs some work next season.

I figured 5 minutes of effort couldn't hurt. I'll just need to remember to delay pre-emergent there in a couple of months.

65F today has me thinking of soil sampling, though I know there a few winter storms still to come. But I've used March 1-5 for the last few years to be consistent, so it's not that far off.

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

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » February 6th, 2019, 7:12 am

Picked up the triplex from the golf course and ordered a bunch of parts. New bedknives, replacement bushings and the like. Need to regrease the reel motors.

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

Post by NCturf » February 12th, 2019, 2:00 pm

Took soil samples over the weekend, and then mailed off to Logan Labs. Curious to see what the results show, but it definitely looks like carolina clay....

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

Post by HoosierLawnGnome » Yesterday, 3:14 pm

Lots of reel mower maintenance!

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