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by Deadlawn
Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:04 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Moss invasion, when to kill?
Replies: 19
Views: 1700

Re: Moss invasion, when to kill?

@Deadlawn ill look and see what I can find. And I can aerate myself by renting one at HD but always thought to do it when seeding. If that isn’t the case can I aerate in the spring? Fall is the best time to aerate, but spring is OK as long as the ground isn't too wet. And not too late that there is...
by Deadlawn
Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:41 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Moss invasion, when to kill?
Replies: 19
Views: 1700

Re: Moss invasion, when to kill?

Alright I got some pics today in 21° weather this morning. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51824439994_5fcc0bc7c8_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51824206033_87681dbda3_c.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51824098231_b5a7f3dfdf_c.jpg That soil test was from last spring and I hav...
by Deadlawn
Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:07 am
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: Tree Identification
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: Tree Identification

Did the younger growth have horizontal lines on the bark? If so, that's cherry. Makes nice furniture and can be used for firewood too.
by Deadlawn
Wed Jan 12, 2022 9:03 am
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: Year round weed issue in mulch areas
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: Year round weed issue in mulch areas

I concur with @bernstem . Artificial mulches or "weed barriers" are a pain. I moved into a house with this stuff in part of the yard. Nearby tree roots have penetrated it so it is impossible to remove.
by Deadlawn
Wed Jan 12, 2022 8:41 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Moss invasion, when to kill?
Replies: 19
Views: 1700

Re: Moss invasion, when to kill?

Moss is a messenger of a larger problem. You wouldn't kill the messenger, would you? If you don't correct the underlying problem, the moss will come back. I don't see anything in your soil test that makes me go "aha!". The only things I can come up with are soil compaction, moisture and shade. You c...
by Deadlawn
Sun Dec 19, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Moss removal
Replies: 2
Views: 481

Re: Moss removal

Think of moss as a messenger of a problem, not the problem itself. You wouldn't kill the messenger, would you? Moss grows in areas where: 1) There is mostly shade. 2) In compacted soil. 3) In soil that is devoid of nutrients - especially calcium deficient. 4) In acidic soil. 5) In areas that never d...
by Deadlawn
Wed Dec 15, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Comparing Soil Tests in Thriving vs. Dead lawn area
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Re: Comparing Soil Tests in Thriving vs. Dead lawn area

There is nothing in the soil test results that would indicate the different growth results that you are having. I would look into the amount of sunlight direction, water, soil density, or possibly contamination from chemicals or nearby landscapes. Pics, description, history of applications of the t...
by Deadlawn
Sat Dec 11, 2021 12:18 pm
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Comparing Soil Tests in Thriving vs. Dead lawn area
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Comparing Soil Tests in Thriving vs. Dead lawn area

I didn't get any responses in the Nutrients & Soil Fertility subforum, so I'll try posting this here. Contrary to my screen name, my Fall 2020 seeded lawn areas were mostly a success through now. I did have one area that perished. I decided to get soil tests and compare an area that thrived to an ar...
by Deadlawn
Wed Dec 08, 2021 5:05 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Re: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

@Deadlawn: C4 grasses are warm-season grasses. Got it, thanks! I actually used to have a large part of my lawn zoysia when I lived in NJ. I'm in MA now and I see zoysia lawns which are brown 8 months of the year here. It's a lush carpet when green, but its aggressiveness can be a royal pain. Yeah, ...
by Deadlawn
Wed Dec 08, 2021 4:32 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Re: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

Green wrote:
Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:51 pm
@Deadlawn: C4 grasses are warm-season grasses.
Got it, thanks! I actually used to have a large part of my lawn zoysia when I lived in NJ. I'm in MA now and I see zoysia lawns which are brown 8 months of the year here. It's a lush carpet when green, but its aggressiveness can be a royal pain.
by Deadlawn
Wed Dec 08, 2021 4:28 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Overseeding with different seed
Replies: 17
Views: 1348

Re: Overseeding with different seed

That looks pretty good to me. Is that at 1.75 in, and what month is that from? That's what I thought. I certainly would have no complaints. 1.75 in. may work in the constantly cool and moist environment of Vancouver, WA, but certainly not here in the Northeast without it being high maintenance.
by Deadlawn
Wed Dec 08, 2021 6:47 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Re: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

@Deadlawn, what you said about KBG versus TF sounds very logical, and I would expect that type of outcome...basically a tossup. The C3 biology ends up being the limiting factor during drought. Both will die. A small amount of KBG might survive severe drought due to rhizomes staying viable, but you'...
by Deadlawn
Tue Dec 07, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Re: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

Yes, but the points made above are that dormancy looks a bit different than with KBG. TTTF likely has to keep a bit of green on it down near the crown throughout dormancy to survive. In order to do so, it may need more frequent watering of 1/4 inch or so than KBG. Probably depends how deep the root...
by Deadlawn
Tue Dec 07, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Comparing Soil Tests in Thriving vs. Dead lawn area
Replies: 4
Views: 802

Comparing Soil Tests in Thriving vs. Dead lawn area

Hi all, Well, contrary to my screen name, my Fall 2020 seeded lawn areas were mostly a success through now. I did have one area that perished. I decided to get soil tests and compare an area that thrived to an area not too far away that perished. These were the results of my soil tests: Thriving Gra...
by Deadlawn
Tue Dec 07, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Overseeding with different seed
Replies: 17
Views: 1348

Re: Overseeding with different seed

It appears your only reason for adding PRG is to make better stripes. Can I ask how a different grass type will achieve this?
by Deadlawn
Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Re: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

According to another source I read a while back, PR is even worse than TF at dormancy, and also worse at avoidance...not to mention more cold susceptible as well...making it by far the least drought tolerant and extreme temperature tolerant turfgrass (yes, even worse than FF, too). Maybe cultivars ...
by Deadlawn
Mon Dec 06, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Re: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

All you need to do is search in the univ websites. Here are two: Species: Tall fescue is one of the last to show drought symptoms, many days to weeks following bluegrass or perennial ryegrass. Since dormancy is a survival mechanism, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass tend to survive drought ...
by Deadlawn
Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Re: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

Someone once said that KBG can go brown and dormant and recover, but when fescue transitions to brown it is dead. So I tend ti think that fescue dormancy is less resilient and a short period when it halts growth and turns dull/grey but will turn brown and die without a water after 2-3 weeks in heat...
by Deadlawn
Sat Dec 04, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Re: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

Thanks for your input, Powhatan . This sort of makes sense with any grass. There were a few people on this site who claim that KBG could go dormant more easily even though it didn't have the deep roots that tall fescue does. I had much better success with newly seeded areas this past year than in pr...
by Deadlawn
Sat Dec 04, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?
Replies: 22
Views: 1568

Tall Fescue - Does it or does it not go dormant in the heat of summer?

I have read here on this site that while tall fescue is a heat and drought tolerant turf grass because of deep roots, when the roots finally run out of water, it doesn't have the ability to go dormant like KBG, so will just die. But here on the Maryland Extension page, they state that tall fescue do...