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by daviddsims
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: Grouping Shrubs by Variety
Replies: 0
Views: 1260

Grouping Shrubs by Variety

I'm looking to spruce up my flowerbeds in the front of the house that faces north and the road. I'm located in Louisiana and currently have azaleas and a crepe myrtle. I took some roses out that were not in good shape. My question is should I just keep the azaleas together and on the other side of t...
by daviddsims
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Grass Factor Video on Micronutrients for Zoysia
Replies: 11
Views: 611

Re: Grass Factor Video on Micronutrients for Zoysia

ThomasPI my Palisades zoysia is only three months old and coming along nicely. I have used Andersons 16-0-8 at 1/2 lb in April and May and now just put Milorganite down at .75 lb N. So in essence, it sounds like zoysia is a lot like centipede, less is more. I do have some N-ext 18-0-1 I've been usi...
by daviddsims
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:48 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Grass Factor Video on Micronutrients for Zoysia
Replies: 11
Views: 611

Re: Grass Factor Video on Micronutrients for Zoysia

Is 20-20-20 water soluble fertilizer? If so, what application rate are you using for zoysia?
by daviddsims
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Centipede Thatch Layer
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: Centipede Thatch Layer

Not a ton of centipede lawns on here. I’m using Dthatch and keeping mine at 2 1/4 inch cut. My mower can’t go any lower without scalping.
by daviddsims
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Zoysia Owners: Do you like it?
Replies: 54
Views: 2131

Re: Zoysia Owners: Do you like it?

This is the first time I have heard no slow release on Zoysia. I’ve been applying 16-0-8 Anderson’s DG on mine and it’s been doing pretty well. I planned on dropping milorganite around July 4th so there would be no chance of burning.
by daviddsims
Sun Jun 02, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Soil Compaction Test
Replies: 1
Views: 182

Soil Compaction Test

Well it’s been hot and dry here in North LA and the sprinklers have been working overtime. The centipede section of the lawn has always had plenty of red tips which indicate stress of some sort. I thought the soil felt very compacted so I tried the screwdriver test this morning. I watered heavy yest...
by daviddsims
Tue May 28, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: John deere x350 or cub cadet xt2?
Replies: 22
Views: 1167

Re: John deere x350 or cub cadet xt2?

@FlowRider I also have the X350 and have been happy with it on my warm season lawn. I looked at all the options and settled on the X350 due to 4 year warranty and dealer very close to the house.
by daviddsims
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:25 am
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Palisades Zoysia Fertilizer
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Palisades Zoysia Fertilizer

It's been about a month since I replaced my centipede in the front yard with Palisades Zoysia. So far it's doing well and I have mowed it once. I called the sod farm that I purchased it from and asked when they fertilized and they stated they did last year but nothing this season since it was dorman...
by daviddsims
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Centipede Thatch Layer
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: Centipede Thatch Layer

SCGrassMan wrote:
Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:02 pm
How do you like the Zoysia?
I love it! It looks so much better than the centipede but we will see how it goes with maintenance. The zoysia sod was put down three weeks ago and is looking green but it still has not rooted much due to all the heavy rain.
by daviddsims
Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Centipede Thatch Layer
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: Centipede Thatch Layer

Centipede likes a sod cutter about 1” deep - you should get out most of the thatch as well as the thatch causing roots. Anything that survives you can hit with Glyphosphate :-) I already did that with my front yard and have Palisades zoysia but my budget won't allow the back yard at this time. :D
by daviddsims
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Centipede Thatch Layer
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: Centipede Thatch Layer

@Jacob_S looks good but you have to admit, a reel in Louisiana is a rare sight other than golf courses. I'm going to probably try a dethatching rake from Lowes first but it will be very labor intensive.
by daviddsims
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Centipede Thatch Layer
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Re: Centipede Thatch Layer

I agree a reel is ideal but here in Louisiana I have never seen a reel used on residential lawns and centipede makes up 75% in my area. With that being said, there are plenty of good looking centipede lawns here mowed with rotary so they must be doing something right. At this point I think trying a ...
by daviddsims
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: Centipede Thatch Layer
Replies: 15
Views: 487

Centipede Thatch Layer

I was just looking at my back yard which is still centipede and noticed a lot of thatch in certain areas. The ground is very spongy and I can pull it up easily. I mowed at about 3 inches last year and apparently that is not ideal. It sounds like centipede is sensitive to de-thatching due to the stol...
by daviddsims
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Warm Season Lawns
Topic: New Sod Prep And Install
Replies: 4
Views: 262

New Sod Prep And Install

I'm getting ready to get rid my centipede in the front yard and lay down palisades zoysia. My plan is to kill, till in some compost and starter fertilizer, and lay the sod. Is there anything else I'm missing? I have about 2,500 sq feet to lay.
by daviddsims
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Spreader Question
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Spreader Question

I'm leaning toward an Earthway or Brinley spreader over the Scott's Elite.
by daviddsims
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Spreader Question
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: Spreader Question

Thanks for the advice. I have centipede so I am going to do very lite applications this year and try not to exceed 1-1.5 N total for the year.
by daviddsims
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Spreader Question
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Spreader Question

I'm in need of a spreader but am torn on what to get. I have about 18k of yard to fertilize but it only requires about .33-.50 pound per 1k. With this low of a requirement and only needing 1lb a year should I just buy a cheaper Scott's or even just consider liquid fertilizer? .33 of a lb just seems ...
by daviddsims
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Soil Fertility
Topic: Centipede Soil Sample Results
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Centipede Soil Sample Results

reauxl tigers wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:55 pm
How did you go about getting a soil test from the ag center?
I just used ziploc bags and printed the form from online. It only took a week or so from the time I sent it off to get results.
by daviddsims
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Warm Season Lawn Journals
Topic: CenlaLowell Lawn Journal
Replies: 78
Views: 6440

Re: CenlaLowell Lawn Journal

Are you going to supplement that with fertilizer as well?
by daviddsims
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Soil Fertility
Topic: Centipede Soil Sample Results
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: Centipede Soil Sample Results

@SCGrassMan you don't know how much that has crossed my mind. I have a small patch of palisades zoysia in the front that I would love to finish out.