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by chrismar
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heating Season Thermostat Setting?
Replies: 18
Views: 545

Re: Heating Season Thermostat Setting?

During the day it ranges between 70-72°, depending on location (upstairs vs downstairs).

At night the downstairs thermostat goes to 60° (no one sleeps down there) and upstairs goes to 64°.
by chrismar
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Landscape drip line repair
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Landscape drip line repair

Yes, that should have what you need to make the repair, and yes, it's as simple as you describe. Cut out the damaged portion and use a coupler or two with some new line if needed to patch the gap. As far as deep, I use a landscape shovel to make a V in the soil and just jam it in as far as it'll go....
by chrismar
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: Resource
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: Resource

Check out Plant Amnesty on YT: https://www.youtube.com/user/plantamnesty/videos They also have a bunch of resources on their website: https://www.plantamnesty.org/ If I can't find what I'm looking for there, I look on various university extension websites, with a preference for those closer to where...
by chrismar
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Personal Weather Stations
Replies: 146
Views: 13600

Re: Personal Weather Stations

Has anyone seen these yet? https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tempest-a-revolutionary-personal-weather-system/#/ This part is interesting: Data Dividend - Get paid just for keeping the data flowing. I've been following WeatherFlow for a while and ended up backing their current Tempest project a few...
by chrismar
Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Wireless Routers
Replies: 15
Views: 394

Re: Wireless Routers

Big fan of Ubiquiti products as well. I've got a USG as my router, and 3 APs scattered about the house: a UAP-AC-PRO upstairs on the 2nd level ceiling, a UP-AC-LITE in the basement and a UAP-AC-M in the attic. With these 3 APs I get 100% coverage inside the house and out in the backyard, it's fantas...
by chrismar
Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: Ornamental grass
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: Ornamental grass

As soon as they’re brown and dormant like that it’s safe to cut back. I generally do mine around this time of year, before it gets too cold out. As for height, it depends on how big it is. The bigger it is the taller it needs to be cut. The reason being is, just like lawn grasses, if you damage the ...
by chrismar
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Weed Identification
Topic: Grassy weed
Replies: 2
Views: 133

Re: Grassy weed

Looks like baby crabgrass to me. I'm bad at weed ID, though. Hand pull if you can.
by chrismar
Tue Sep 10, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Should I upgrade my controller?
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Should I upgrade my controller?

Good question, I think they do have manual controls on the actual unit, but I've never used them.

Once it's programmed to your liking, I don't think it requires the app to be installed, but I could be wrong about that.

Hoping others can give more definite answers!
by chrismar
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Should I upgrade my controller?
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: Should I upgrade my controller?

Keep an eye on woot.com for a Rachio. They periodically have 8-zone controller for a pretty decent price. As far as installing goes, it's pretty simple. When I replaced my controller I took a pic of the wires going into the old one, and then just moved them across to the new one. It took 15-20 mins,...
by chrismar
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Weed Identification
Topic: Cool Season Weed Control Routine Maintenance
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Cool Season Weed Control Routine Maintenance

Hi Jeff! Welcome to TLF! 1) When using Tenacity as a pre-emergent (pre-m), it's not necessary to add a NIS. 2) Quinclorac does not have any soil residual, so it cannot and should not be used as a pre-m. It is a post-m only. 3) Tenacity as a pre-M is generally pretty short lived. I think it's only 30...
by chrismar
Mon Sep 09, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Starting to think about compressor for blowout
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: Starting to think about compressor for blowout

For blowing out irrigation systems it's all about volume and CFMs. The big diesel commercial units don't offer a lot of PSI, but they do offer a lot of CFMs. That said, for a DIY approach, the larger the volume of the tank means the more CFMs. That's why you see smaller tanks have smaller CFMs and t...
by chrismar
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: I can't grow anything in front of my house!
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Re: I can't grow anything in front of my house!

Define “lots”, is it more than a dozen in a square foot?
by chrismar
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: Tiger Lilly Grass Issue
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: Tiger Lilly Grass Issue

My lilies and irises look the same around this time of year. I think it's the change of season and them slowly dying back and storing energy in preparation for next spring.
by chrismar
Thu Sep 05, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: I can't grow anything in front of my house!
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Re: I can't grow anything in front of my house!

A few comments: 1) Stop amending the soil at planting time. A handful or two of compost is fine, but replacing 1/2 or more of the soil in the planting hole with "new" soil is causing some serious confusion for the plants. They need to be able to adapt to the native soil, and not the bagged soil you'...
by chrismar
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: Brown spots on hydrangea leaves
Replies: 4
Views: 303

Re: Brown spots on hydrangea leaves

Mine get it too. I spray mine a few times with Immunox in the spring and it definitely helps.
by chrismar
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Outdoor Living & Other Hobbies
Topic: Pellet Grills
Replies: 83
Views: 5548

Re: Pellet Grills

I've been seeing an ad for a crowd funded "Z Grill" on my facebook feed, recently: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/z-grills-affordable-7-in-1-wood-pellet-grill Has anyone ever heard of it? I've been exploring pellet grills to replace my WSM, and this looks like a decent prospect. edit: the forum ...
by chrismar
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Anyone have a water softener?
Replies: 14
Views: 453

Re: Anyone have a water softener?

Or plumb a fixture in your home to spit out the hard water. :) For me it was easy, since my plumbing is PEX, but it could also be done for copper or pvc. Just tee into your pre-softener supply and then tee into your fixture's supply. Put a ball valve in after each tee to be able to swap if you get h...
by chrismar
Wed Aug 21, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Need help identifying Grass Type
Replies: 9
Views: 207

Re: Need help identifying Grass Type

Based on the seed head shape it looks like nutsedge. Can you take a closer pic of the problem grass?
by chrismar
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Walking on new seedlings?
Replies: 12
Views: 499

Re: Walking on new seedlings?

I know people get all uppity about walking on their grass babies, but not me. I was walking on them since first sprouting. I will say that I walked "lightly", but 200# is 200#, tippy toes or not. :D At the end of the day, 4 years post-reno, you can't tell where I did and didn't walk when they were y...
by chrismar
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: clearing ground ivy for herbicides
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: clearing ground ivy for herbicides

Triclopyr all the way for ivy. Don’t mow it or cut it first, you want the most surface area possible. It will come back and it will take 3, 4, 5 applications for a full kill. Ivy is pretty persistent and hard to kill, in my experience. Do be careful with the crape myrtle. A lot of times they have ro...