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by rtdad
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals
Replies: 19
Views: 570

Re: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals

Well this thread has been much more helpful than I imagined! Thanks all. I like the discussion of when to seed. I overseed both spring and fall due to thin and patchy areas (due to dog, kids, me playing with kids + dog).. Personally, spring overseeding has worked well for me but weeds pop up quickly...
by rtdad
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals
Replies: 19
Views: 570

Re: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals

2 things I would consider: Pre-em and Urea. Pre-em might be tough if you plan to over seed twice a year, but will definitely keep weeds at bay. Urea for the Fall applications. Both of these might be an initial upfront cost, but at 3,800 sf, they would last you years. Prodiamine likely for the rest ...
by rtdad
Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals
Replies: 19
Views: 570

Re: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals

uts wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:53 am
You live in Massachusetts, switch to baystate fertilizer from milo. 15 a bag will come down to 5.

Great tip! Thanks..
by rtdad
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals
Replies: 19
Views: 570

Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals

So I used to spend freely on home upgrades when they were not necessary/broken such as new siding, roof, boiler, patio, walkways, driveways, full backyard Renos, etc. I've shifted my focus to obtaining the best results for the least amount of money due to paying off debt, maximizing retirement fundi...
by rtdad
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: 2019 Fall Nitrogen
Replies: 220
Views: 12977

Re: 2019 Fall Nitrogen

davegravy wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:14 am
rtdad wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:13 pm
I have never been a proponent of accurately measuring everything...
Please don't tell me you're a doctor :P

Everything comes prepackaged nowadays and if not my pharmacists and nurses got my back! :thumbup: Kidding!
by rtdad
Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: 2019 Fall Nitrogen
Replies: 220
Views: 12977

Re: 2019 Fall Nitrogen

I have never been a proponent of accurately measuring everything I throw down FYI, This is a good way to kill a lawn. FYI best year ever this year, never killed anything. But then again it's pretty hard to kill my lawn when the worst thing I put down is milo sometimes and light on the starter fert ...
by rtdad
Sat Oct 05, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: 2019 Fall Nitrogen
Replies: 220
Views: 12977

Re: 2019 Fall Nitrogen

I have never been a proponent of accurately measuring everything I throw down so today I grabbed a small bag of Scott's winter guard which is designed to treat 5,000 sq ft and tossed it all down on my 3,800. Lightly watered in. We'll see what happens!
by rtdad
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:34 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: time needed to kill, rake, and seed?
Replies: 21
Views: 528

Re: time needed to kill, rake, and seed?

This is what is (was) so confusing to me. Everyone says (and research says the same) that Fall is the best time to seed grass. However, the time is so short to me. Its only one week out of August, and it seems that we are down to reseeding rye or waiting until next year. I don't necessarily agree w...
by rtdad
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: I can't grow anything in front of my house!
Replies: 6
Views: 337

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

chrismar wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:41 pm
Define “lots”, is it more than a dozen in a square foot?

I didn't dig up enough to check, but I would say possibly yes.
by rtdad
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:29 am
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: I can't grow anything in front of my house!
Replies: 6
Views: 337

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

Lots of water Water almost daily This may be an issue. I agree with chrismar that you need to water when you need to. You may accidentally be causing root rot or not allowing oxygen to be present at the root level d.t too much water. Basically drowning the plant. I think you're right. I think last ...
by rtdad
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: time needed to kill, rake, and seed?
Replies: 21
Views: 528

Re: time needed to kill, rake, and seed?

I would only do it if you were planning for an all perennial ryegrass stand of grass. And you wouldn't be able to fallow. This is what is (was) so confusing to me. Everyone says (and research says the same) that Fall is the best time to seed grass. However, the time is so short to me. Its only one ...
by rtdad
Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: Pest Control
Topic: Grubs found when newly seeding! Treat or leave them?
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: Grubs found when newly seeding! Treat or leave them?

Decided to treat with Grub Ex..
by rtdad
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:17 am
Forum: Pest Control
Topic: Grubs found when newly seeding! Treat or leave them?
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Grubs found when newly seeding! Treat or leave them?

Found grubs while I was prepping to seed the front yard. Some clumps of grass came up too easy. Wondering if I should just wait until the spring to treat or blast them now with Grub Ex or similarly recommended product?
by rtdad
Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: I can't grow anything in front of my house!
Replies: 6
Views: 337

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 rtdad
Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Landscaping
Topic: I can't grow anything in front of my house!
Replies: 6
Views: 337

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

Pics below Every year I plant different flowers and nothing makes it more than a few months. I've tried local nursery hydrangeas, then mostly big box stores. Left side of my house is shaded, right is full sun for 5-6hrs a day. I've seen grubs, do you think they are taking over? Below is how I prep t...
by rtdad
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Grub control?
Replies: 9
Views: 377

Re: Grub control?

All great responses!

I think I will wait until next spring to do a grub ex application. Thanks guys
by rtdad
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Grub control?
Replies: 9
Views: 377

Grub control?

I think this is one of the very best sources of information on lawn care, so that's why I'm choosing to post here. (I've already googled and read up a bit, but trust you guys more! :thumbup: ) Could you guys educate me on grubs? IE: How to spot grub problems, how and when to address it, etc? I ask b...
by rtdad
Fri Aug 23, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lawn care chemical safety? Calling all experts & nuts!
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Lawn care chemical safety? Calling all experts & nuts!

Are there any experts here on chemical safety? How safe are lawn care chemicals? Specifically glyphosate. I just watched some documentaries questioning the safety and how much money plays a roll in the studies done on these chemicals. I'm concerned it's now found in our food, mothers breast milk, an...
by rtdad
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Cost vs benefit of lawn care
Replies: 41
Views: 1070

Re: Cost vs benefit of lawn care

I've never honestly sat down and looked at it too hard if I'm being completely honest. The first year was a lot more expensive as it required buying a lot of chemical stuff that lasts a really long time. Talking things like Prodiamine/Tenacity/Azoxy etc. where the upfront cost is expensive as I can...
by rtdad
Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Cost vs benefit of lawn care
Replies: 41
Views: 1070

Re: Cost vs benefit of lawn care

No seed? I feel like that's a big cost.. along with anything major like top dressing.. Whether or not seed is regularly needed depends upon grass type. For tall fescue or perennial ryegrass, regular overseeding is a part of the planned maintenance. For Kentucky bluegrass, you'll be best off seeding...