DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

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DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by DevilDawg81 » May 17th, 2020, 9:17 pm

For those that like the short version: today I seeded a 1,250 sq ft area.

Long story: Last year we built a home and I started in the fall with getting the back yard planted, see that post here... viewtopic.php?f=13&t=25441&hilit=Devildawg81

Between our house/driveway/sidewalk sits a 1,250 sq ft patch of yard that was still just hard dirt and weeds. A couple weeks back I sprayed RU and scalped it down. I then had 6 yards of pulverized top soil delivered to spread and level out some waves.

I know the risks seeding in the spring. My wife and I both have been working from home, and being here gives me control and time to get out and ensure watering throughout the summer. Also, I want real turf growing over there to hold soil in place. If it takes this fall I can focus on a larger Reno I’ve already started prepping for in the back.

I’m a couple days behind when I wanted to seed, but this afternoon I got to work. Here’s everything I did...

1. Sunny Blend from SSS spread out.
I had some leftover from last fall but bought some more as I’ll be doing a larger Reno this fall.
2. Seed rolled in
I need to invest in a proper roller.
3. Tenacity sprayed
4. Peat moss spread
Last fall I used straw and was not a fan. In the back, the weeds weren’t as bad but in the front they’re too much for my liking. Also, over the winter I purchased a peat moss spreader. Today I was really thinking this was going to be the secret weapon, but I didn’t have a lot of luck with it and ended up reverting to spreading by hand.
5. Sprayed tackifier
I read into tackifier and this section has some slope to it, so I gave it a whirl. I mixed half a dose into a four gallon backpack sprayed and it still gummed up my fan nozzle after a few passes. I ended up switching nozzles and sprayed 2.7 oz of tackifier mixed into 8 gallons of water over the peat moss. I’ll report back how this works.
6. Scotts Starter Fertilizer spread
7. Hooked up my timer and three home made sprayers and started watering.
8. Opened Coors Light and enjoyed watching the sprinklers go to town and my daughters trying to run thru what streams they could.

More to come.


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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by andy10917 » May 17th, 2020, 9:34 pm

Best of luck, Dawg!! Later Spring renovations are challenging - I hope it works out well.

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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by DevilDawg81 » May 17th, 2020, 9:45 pm

Thanks Andy, I appreciate it. I wish I had before pics, this area was extremely rough looking. I’ll have to see what I can find. A few weeks back we had a mother rabbit give birth to babies in this same area so that delayed things and then last week the overnight temps dipped into the upper 20s which scared me from planting. I told my wife today it’s pretty late for doing this but I’ll apply what knowledge I have to see what we can do.

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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by DevilDawg81 » May 19th, 2020, 9:12 am

Mother Nature won last night. We received 3.5” of rain yesterday. I didn’t have a total washout but I certainly have reseeding to do.


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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by Dchall_San_Antonio » May 22nd, 2020, 7:05 pm

:shock: :shock: :banghead:
I am so sorry for your loss.


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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by DevilDawg81 » May 22nd, 2020, 7:23 pm

Dchall_San_Antonio wrote:
May 22nd, 2020, 7:05 pm
:shock: :shock: :banghead:
I am so sorry for your loss.
Thanks. We ended up with 5.5” of rain since Monday. The sun finally came out today, and I’ve reseeded and dropped more peat moss.

Here’s to Round 2!

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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by DevilDawg81 » May 23rd, 2020, 7:16 pm

Reapplied tackifier this afternoon. I don’t have an opinion on it yet.

Anyways...here are some bambino’s popping through.


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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by DevilDawg81 » May 26th, 2020, 7:33 am

This would be Day 9 from my original seed down date and then a couple days after we had the wash out. I’m happy with the germination thus far. The Tenacity app is working as well. There’s some low spots I missed but I don’t want to go walk on the area now.

I’m currently watering 3x per day, at 12 minutes per sprinkler. Temps are close to 90 the last 3 days and will remain that high until Friday.

Pic was taken about five minutes ago...


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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by andy10917 » May 26th, 2020, 7:43 am

Let's hope that the weather holds up and the temperatures don't complicate your efforts. 90 degrees regularly is a challenge!

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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by DevilDawg81 » May 26th, 2020, 4:28 pm

Thank you sir, I’m hoping as well. This certainly has me nervous.

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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by andy10917 » May 26th, 2020, 6:51 pm

I know about when it gets hot in Columbus -- I lived there (N Fourth and E 13 St)

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Re: DevilDawg81’s Spring Reno

Post by DevilDawg81 » May 27th, 2020, 7:30 am

andy10917 wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 6:51 pm
I know about when it gets hot in Columbus -- I lived there (N Fourth and E 13 St)
Oh wow close to campus/fairgrounds...it's amazing how much that area has changed in just the last 10-15 years.

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