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by Delmarva Keith
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: suggestions for replacing a faulty index valve
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: suggestions for replacing a faulty index valve

As g-man said, you’ll need a pump start relay. If your system doesn’t already have one, you have to get one and install it (it likely has one already but who knows). Here are a couple: https://www.rainbird.com/products/psr-universal-pump-start-relay https://www.hunterindustries.com/irrigation-produc...
by Delmarva Keith
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: suggestions for replacing a faulty index valve
Replies: 4
Views: 105

Re: suggestions for replacing a faulty index valve

I’d go with either Rainbird or Hunter valves and controller. Both are solid, well supported brands, at least where I am. All you need to do is change the indexing valve to two separate zone valves and wire that to a new controller. https://www.rainbird.com/sites/default/files/media/documents/2019-10...
by Delmarva Keith
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Soil Fertility
Topic: Surfactants
Replies: 10
Views: 290

Re: Surfactants

Surfactants can turn selectives into non-selectives depending on what it is, environmental and plant conditions and how the desirable plants are intended to metabolize the selective. For some herbicides, certain surfactants are antagonists (as an example, many oil based adjuvants reduce gly effectiv...
by Delmarva Keith
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Are there any guides/success stories out there for growing in moderate/dense shade?
Replies: 19
Views: 1085

Re: Are there any guides/success stories out there for growing in moderate/dense shade?

Green has the right idea but try fescue if you’re worried about annual rye not blending in. Fescue can make a pretty nice looking lawn in about four weeks. Maybe research a variety known for fast establishment. When I do the shady spots every year I just use whatever I’m using that year. So far wor...
by Delmarva Keith
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Are there any guides/success stories out there for growing in moderate/dense shade?
Replies: 19
Views: 1085

Re: Are there any guides/success stories out there for growing in moderate/dense shade?

I have a deep shade area that I grow grass on (will be changing to some other type of ground cover eventually but it’s turf for now). I do a heavy overseed with fescue mid to late September. It grows very slowly but pretty well for about a year and thins by late Summer. Overseed again, etc. I didn’t...
by Delmarva Keith
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Post emergent for Clover + Ground Ivy?
Replies: 10
Views: 224

Re: Post emergent for Clover + Ground Ivy?

If Crossbow isn’t working on that seems likely that you have to be doing something wrong. For rates, spot spray or not you have to calibrate your technique. Yes, it is a pain. No, there isn’t another way. Mark out an area of concrete or blacktop (say 100 sq ft) and spray with plain water as you woul...
by Delmarva Keith
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Downsides of pushing N hard
Replies: 22
Views: 946

Re: Downsides of pushing N hard

The only thing I can figure about too much N is looking at what golf course seem to do. Lower rates more frequently and watch the turf response. If it responds, it’s using the N. If it doesn’t, you blew it and have too much or something else is wrong. The downside would kick in if you’re not watchin...
by Delmarva Keith
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:58 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Best KBG for the transition zone?
Replies: 14
Views: 408

Re: Best KBG for the transition zone?

I’m in the northern part of what is generally considered the transition zone, in Maryland, but our summers here are every bit as hot and humid, with unreliable, feast-or-famine rainfall as North Carolina and Tennessee. The main difference being that our winters are colder. I’m basically where you a...
by Delmarva Keith
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Best KBG for the transition zone?
Replies: 14
Views: 408

Re: Best KBG for the transition zone?

I’ve been tracking Pete at GCI Turf who is doing some testing and knows t-zone hot, humid, not enough rain conditions. I think his current blend includes midnight. Not sure what the new blend will have. Can save you a lot of time and effort to see how his experiments turn out. There certainly can be...
by Delmarva Keith
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: Solar Landscape lighting
Replies: 25
Views: 1542

Re: Solar Landscape lighting

I was looking at the Volt landscape lighting but now wondering if the solar lights would work just as good. It would definitely be a lot easier to install. For solar v. wired, depends on where you plan on putting them (sunny area) and the purpose. If it’s just for path lighting, in an area that get...
by Delmarva Keith
Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: New Guy! Need irrigation help
Replies: 9
Views: 291

Re: New Guy! Need irrigation help

Irrigating 1.2 acres that includes an acre of turf on only $650 a month is pretty good. I have about an acre of landscape total, 20k is turf, and have an irrigation well, but my equivalent water cost would be around $575 per month in the Summer. I’d encourage you to really go over your entire system...
by Delmarva Keith
Thu Sep 19, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Lawn watering with a private well
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Lawn watering with a private well

I agree with mtroo , get the data from a well expert. Most places with domestic wells require a well yield test to complete the permit and each time a property is sold. The records should be on file in some government office somewhere. If not, a well guy can test the yield and tell you how many gall...
by Delmarva Keith
Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Day 10 and kbg germination is still pathetic, is this normal?
Replies: 29
Views: 1189

Re: Day 10 and kbg germination is still pathetic, is this normal?

That slow start might be why there’s not a whole lot of KBG around here. Nightime temps remain in the fungus zone until right about now (Syngenta is still predicting moderate risk for anthracnose and brown patch this weekend). It looks like go time right now for seed but any earlier seems a big risk...
by Delmarva Keith
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Day 10 and kbg germination is still pathetic, is this normal?
Replies: 29
Views: 1189

Re: Day 10 and kbg germination is still pathetic, is this normal?

This is great to hear. I didn't realize there were so many folks with Mazama monos at this point. :) I checked out your journal and just pulled the trigger on 10lbs from Ford & Sons so I'll have some at my disposal. I'm still on the fence about whether to just overseed my front with more Barserati,...
by Delmarva Keith
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Where to buy 3/4 poly pipe
Replies: 1
Views: 90

Re: Where to buy 3/4 poly pipe

The Lowes near me sells it. What are you using it for? If irrigation, I’d suggest spending a little extra for the 160 psi rated (SDR 11).
by Delmarva Keith
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Day 10 and kbg germination is still pathetic, is this normal?
Replies: 29
Views: 1189

Re: Day 10 and kbg germination is still pathetic, is this normal?

I seeded some KBG a little late last year (beginning of October) and it seemed to basically do almost nothing. Sparse, tiny sprouts right into Winter. I thought it was pretty much a failure for how bad it looked that far in and chalked it up as a bad experiment in getting behind the 8 ball with seed...
by Delmarva Keith
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 10
Views: 367

Re: Gloves

For any type of dirty or chemical work I always wear 9 mil nitrile and for blister or cut causing type work add a pair of big box cheap leather gloves on top of that. The nitrile under the leather prevents the leather from getting all sweated up and nasty. Haven’t had a bad blister or cut since I st...
by Delmarva Keith
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Help w/ underground hose-end system
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Help w/ underground hose-end system

I see what you’re after and it’s a bit of an odd shape. The usual method is to break any area up basically into triangles and rectangles with sides equal to the throw and heads at the vertices. Try doing that with this area. Remember you can adjust the throw a bit to avoid watering things outside th...
by Delmarva Keith
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hurricane Dorian - Second Coming of Andrew?
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: Hurricane Dorian - Second Coming of Andrew?

I’m not sure if good ole is still checking in on the forum or not, but I saw a report indicating that the storm would impact Savannah. Hope everyone is able to stay safe. Also been seeing the Delmarva Peninsula mentioned a lot. I assume that is where @Delmarva Keith is located. Hoping everyone stay...
by Delmarva Keith
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Pest Control
Topic: Tons of slugs in my lawn
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Tons of slugs in my lawn

I remember pie pan tins half filled with beer will attract and drown them. You may need a lot of tins set out at first.