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by ScottW
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Amazon Capitol One Points...
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: Amazon Capitol One Points...

Amex reward points can also be used directly on Amazon, but spending them there is a poor value. Can't apply them towards a statement credit AFAIK. Best exchange rate for me is to convert the points into gift cards, and fortunately Home Depot is among the choices that offer the best % return.
by ScottW
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Why does my lawn do this in the winter?
Replies: 10
Views: 893

Re: Why does my lawn do this in the winter?

Can you explain to a newbie like me how a warm season grass sneaks into a cold season lawn? I definitely didn’t plant if so am curious! Seeds blowing in from a neighbors yard, or transported by small animals like squirrels, or contamination of the last bag of seed you planted with "weed seed" or "o...
by ScottW
Sat Dec 14, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Why does my lawn do this in the winter?
Replies: 10
Views: 893

Re: Why does my lawn do this in the winter?

Kinda looks like the patchy pattern of a warm season grass (e.g. bermuda grass) mixed into your cool season lawn. Does that stuff actually look like a grass up close? I also see patches of stuff that look more green and might be a different type of weed. Can you get closer pics down at turf level?
by ScottW
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Soil Fertility
Topic: Soil Test Results - Looking Good, So Now What?
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Soil Test Results - Looking Good, So Now What?

The spreadsheet from that thread I linked does the calculations. I've used Excel enough that I can figure out what formulas it's using and which user input values they're based on. The general idea is that the various nutrients/elements are used at known ratios based on grass tissue analysis. Everyt...
by ScottW
Fri Dec 13, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Brown Patch Disease Or dormscyt
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Brown Patch Disease Or dormscyt

If it's bermudagrass the stolons should be tough enough that you can dig a bit below the soil surface (your bare hands might suffice if the ground isn't frozen) and pull them up to know for sure. I have a small area of bermudagrass in my TTTF. I pulled some by hand where it was obvious earlier this ...
by ScottW
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: Soil Fertility
Topic: Soil Test Results - Looking Good, So Now What?
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Soil Test Results - Looking Good, So Now What?

I've been reading about MLSN (minimum levels for sustainable nutrition) and playing around with some spreadsheets to calculate nutrient usage & fertilizer stuff. Our forumites have created a Google sheet that you could play with if you get bored during the winter down time. See this thread . There's...
by ScottW
Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Outdoor Living & Other Hobbies
Topic: Wet shaving?
Replies: 79
Views: 7846

Re: Wet shaving?

Been wet shaving for 5-6 years now. Started with a Jagger DE89 but mostly use a Gillette slim adjustable or super speed now. I have a black beauty that dates to the quarter & year I was born. Mostly settled on Astra SP blades. Feathers are nice too. I get 3 really good shaves out of a Feather then t...
by ScottW
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Soil Fertility
Topic: New Feature 6-0-0 supplier needed - ePestHero is no more
Replies: 20
Views: 1718

Re: New Feature 6-0-0 supplier needed - ePestHero is no more

I just ordered Main Event from the above link, 6 bags to get free shipping @ $18.95/bag = $113.70 total. For quantities of 3-5 bags, shipping adds another $3-4 per bag. My 6 bags should keep me set for a couple-few years. I dilly-dallied long enough for epesthero to run out of Feature (permanently, ...
by ScottW
Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lawn Memes
Replies: 1111
Views: 108242

Re: Lawn Memes

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by ScottW
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Soil Fertility
Topic: Lawn Rebuild Q
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: Lawn Rebuild Q

Soil test first. If you're going to be tilling, you might as well know what & how much of various amendments you could possibly add while tilling vs. spreading later. Figure out what grass type you actually want to grow. Full/dense shade is not my strong suit but it could be any of the fine/chewings...
by ScottW
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Transition zone - Is anyone still fertilizing?
Replies: 36
Views: 1976

Re: Transition zone - Is anyone still fertilizing?

I fertilized pretty continuously once I started the blitz, but I started a bit late after a partial reno/overseed so as not to push the existing turf to outgrow the new seedlings. Started with just .25 lbs N/M from 10-10-10 early October, then 0.5 lbs N/M every 2 weeks from urea or AMS. Last Thursda...
by ScottW
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Tenacity and surfactant
Replies: 16
Views: 715

Re: Tenacity and surfactant

If i was to do a prodiamine treatment this spring, would that prevent me from overseeding in the fall? No. If you check the label it will tell you how much to apply to get X months of preemergence activity. For example: On average, 1 pound per acre (0.37 oz per 1000 sqft) controls crabgrass for 5 m...
by ScottW
Thu Nov 21, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Lime now?
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Re: Lime now?

If your spring soil test said you need lime and you haven't done it yet, definitely do it now. Waiting does you no good whatsoever. Calcium carbonate is very poorly soluble in water. Moderating soil pH below the surface is improved by the limestone being physically broken down from the granular form...
by ScottW
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: Pest Control
Topic: Mosquito Control Basics
Replies: 114
Views: 9674

Re: Mosquito Control Basics

I sprayed our front porch area with BIfen and have seen no change to the damn wood boring bees. They are still eating the hell out of our bench out front. A few months late for this reply to be of use to you, but maybe to someone else... Carpenter bees just love my wood fence posts, and they seem r...
by ScottW
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Weed Identification
Topic: Ohio weed - red flowers - What is it?
Replies: 3
Views: 895

Re: Ohio weed - red flowers - What is it?

Based on your last pic, I only see a few isolated clumps of grass that might be desirable. Looks like mostly weeds within weeds. In areas like that I wouldn't bother with selective herbicides, just hit it all with glypho. In areas that are mostly good grass with isolated weeds, sure, spot spray with...
by ScottW
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Nutsedge in 30 day old lawn(spray or no)
Replies: 6
Views: 431

Re: Nutsedge in 30 day old lawn(spray or no)

In an area that had been heavily overseeded with TTTF, I sprayed some nutsedge with a sulfentrazone product about 2 weeks after TTTF germination, and I regretted it. I would wait until next year to hit it.
by ScottW
Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Can I throw down Urea while Raining or on Wet Lawn?
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: Can I throw down Urea while Raining or on Wet Lawn?

You can apply it but if urea prills stick to wet grass blades it will cause localized burning. My recollection from my years in Seattle is that PNW rain/drizzle is not always vigorous enough to wash the pellets down off the blades, so you may have to water anyway. If you put it down while it's activ...
by ScottW
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Why does Pennsylvania have a "State Mix"??? (random rant thread, FYI)
Replies: 9
Views: 525

Re: Why does Pennsylvania have a "State Mix"??? (random rant thread, FYI)

Perhaps it’s a game of how soon do you want your lawn to go brown versus how easy do you want summer lawn care to be. That's basically the case here. My TTTF stays green year round. No issues keeping a deep green through winter. It will look less than awesome in summer if I don't keep up water and ...
by ScottW
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Where’s the rain?
Replies: 60
Views: 2103

Re: Where’s the rain?

1.7" at my house. Looks like the sprinklers can take a well-deserved rest!
by ScottW
Thu Oct 10, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals
Replies: 19
Views: 559

Re: Low cost lawn care, minimal chemicals

Dense and high-mowed TTTF lawns, around here at least, are susceptible to fungus e.g. brown patch in late spring to summer. Fungicide is not "necessary" if you don't mind the dead spots, and it will eventually recover, but propiconazole would cost you about $5 per app. Maybe up north there you get l...