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by massgrass
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Starting care for 1.5 acres without breaking bank
Replies: 23
Views: 801

Re: Starting care for 1.5 acres without breaking bank

I would suggest using the urea last. I believe the current thinking continues to be that late season potassium application can contribute to snow mold.
by massgrass
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: New to Timemaster and striper
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: New to Timemaster and striper

Very cool idea, would also like to see a photo of the mounts and maybe a link to the broom you used.
by massgrass
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: MA seeding on 1st wk october. what do i do?
Replies: 15
Views: 438

Re: MA seeding on 1st wk october. what do i do?

This was pretty much what happened 23 years ago when we built our house. Our closing was on October 3rd and the builder had just seeded our lot with some unknown brand of athletic field mix. The weather was warm and I was working from home and was able to keep the seed wet. The germination rate was ...
by massgrass
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Soil Fertility
Topic: 15-0-15 fertilizer in Massachusetts?
Replies: 8
Views: 226

Re: 15-0-15 fertilizer in Massachusetts?

Are you anywhere near Ventura Grain in Taunton? Last year I bought 50lb bags of 0-0-52 organic SOP for $45 and 50lb bags of 46-0-0 urea fertilizer for less than $20 from them. I also like the 0-0-50 granular SOP from kelp4less ( link ), which is periodically on sale and is easier to spread than the ...
by massgrass
Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Garage Door Openers
Replies: 29
Views: 532

Re: Garage Door Openers

gm560 wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:36 pm
Oh man, I totally screwed you! Sorry man.
Ha! :D
by massgrass
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Garage Door Openers
Replies: 29
Views: 532

Re: Garage Door Openers

I have a 23 year old Craftsman (made by Chamberlain) that is still chugging along and wouldn't have a problem replacing it with another Chamberlain when the time comes. I also have the Chamberlain myQ wifi hub, which was $20 during the Black Friday sales last year. Guess I jinxed myself, the sprock...
by massgrass
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Garage Door Openers
Replies: 29
Views: 532

Re: Garage Door Openers

I have a 23 year old Craftsman (made by Chamberlain) that is still chugging along and wouldn't have a problem replacing it with another Chamberlain when the time comes. I also have the Chamberlain myQ wifi hub, which was $20 during the Black Friday sales last year.
by massgrass
Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Titan spreader back in stock
Replies: 29
Views: 2516

Re: Titan spreader back in stock

Dumb question, what is the plastic wing nut piece that fits over the 10mm bolt used to set the spread rate called? I lost mine somehow and would like to buy or 3D print a replacement, but I don't even know what I'm looking for., Answering my own question, the M6 Wing Nut printed from thingiverse.co...
by massgrass
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Awesome Spreader Deal
Replies: 56
Views: 7030

Re: Awesome Spreader Deal

Just noticed a Jonathan Green clone of this spreader when I was at the local True Value today: Jonathan Green New American Lawn Deluxe Rotary Spreader Also saw Grass Daddy testing yet another clone by The Andersons: The Andersons Yard Star Broadcast Spreader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al0pRk7to1Q
by massgrass
Wed Aug 12, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Titan spreader back in stock
Replies: 29
Views: 2516

Re: Titan spreader back in stock

Dumb question, what is the plastic wing nut piece that fits over the 10mm bolt used to set the spread rate called? I lost mine somehow and would like to buy or 3D print a replacement, but I don't even know what I'm looking for.,
by massgrass
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Titan spreader back in stock
Replies: 29
Views: 2516

Re: Titan spreader back in stock

That's a cool idea. My son has been printing all kinds of useful stuff for around the house, but I didn't think of asking for a spreader agitator upgrade.
by massgrass
Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone able to take advantage of lower mortgage interest rates?
Replies: 94
Views: 5017

Re: Anyone able to take advantage of lower mortgage interest rates?

Check out the Spectrum Home Loan at Pawtucket Credit Union. 2.90%, no closing costs, no points. Basically a free refinance for you, and it seems like you're in a good position years wise to drop a little and some years. I went through them, and it was an easy painless process. https://www.pcu.org/m...
by massgrass
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone able to take advantage of lower mortgage interest rates?
Replies: 94
Views: 5017

Re: Anyone able to take advantage of lower mortgage interest rates?

Amazing how low rates are. I currently have a 15 year @ 3.125%, but my balance is low enough where refinancing doesn't make sense financially.
by massgrass
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car Buying 🚙
Replies: 20
Views: 588

Re: Car Buying 🚙

That's actually not a bad tactic. I did hit up every dealership I am willing to drive to if I get the right price. It's impressive how quickly prices drop from a simple email. Yeah, it only takes one good quote to keep in your back pocket that you can use to work on the others. I contacted every de...
by massgrass
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Car Buying 🚙
Replies: 20
Views: 588

Re: Car Buying 🚙

I just used the "internet attack" technique to get quotes from six dealers while helping my son buy a 2020 Toyota Corolla LE. Sedans aren't in demand like SUVs, so inventories are pretty good and I was able to get 19% off MSRP after incentives on a low margin car. I'm bringing him to the dealership ...
by massgrass
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Titan / Earthway 2150 / Brinly-Hardy 50 lb Spreader Settings
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Titan / Earthway 2150 / Brinly-Hardy 50 lb Spreader Settings

FWIW, I use #12 on my Brinly for the DiseaseEx preventative rate. I apply it to every 3rd stripe from my Toro TimeMaster.
by massgrass
Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Lower cutting height on front wheels
Replies: 19
Views: 692

Re: Lower cutting height on front wheels

I read on on another site that some landscapers using the Toro Timemaster have the front height 1/2" lower (one setting) than the rear height for better airflow to the deck (providing a better cut). I've been doing that for 2+ years with no adverse effects, but haven't noticed much of a difference e...
by massgrass
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Did a dethatch test strip - doesnt look good!
Replies: 11
Views: 506

Re: Did a dethatch test strip - doesnt look good!

Yeah, even a tine dethatcher can be a bit rough on my lawn. I usually do it in late summer/early fall and it does recover just fine. I pulled out a good amount of moss in a problem area last year and the turf filled in pretty nicely since then.
by massgrass
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Checkmate Lawn Striper
Replies: 99
Views: 14818

Re: Checkmate Lawn Striper

Royale_with_cheese wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:42 am
Probably not that handy, that looks professionally made! Care to share your material list?
This looks similar:

by massgrass
Mon May 18, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Leaky backflow preventer
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Leaky backflow preventer

I dealt with a similar problem with my old Watts backflow device for several seasons. Initially, I had to clean mineral deposits off of the vent float and vent spring to get a good seal. I also found it useful to leave the valve between the backflow device and the sprinkler system closed when I init...