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by bernstem
Fri Jan 21, 2022 12:30 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: When to apply prodiamine?
Replies: 8
Views: 282

Re: When to apply prodiamine?

Prodiamine can also last up to 7 months in the transition zone depending on application rate. I’m planning to do a renovation in the fall. What rate should I use? 3lbs per 1000SF? I would not use Prodiamine if I was planning a renovation. There is a non-zero risk of affecting germination. I would r...
by bernstem
Thu Jan 20, 2022 3:00 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Move sprinkler head to install mailbox?
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Move sprinkler head to install mailbox?

There might be a small area that isn't as well irrigated, but it should be OK as long as there is adequate overlap from the adjacent sprinklers. If you do end up with a dry spot, then you can splice in a small microspray drip head to cover the area.
by bernstem
Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:31 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: When to apply prodiamine?
Replies: 8
Views: 282

Re: When to apply prodiamine?

Prodiamine can also last up to 7 months in the transition zone depending on application rate.
by bernstem
Wed Jan 19, 2022 7:27 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Blue Note
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: Blue Note

Maybe @bernstem can chime in with what he thought of the color of his Moonlight, which falls in that same class. I had Moonlight SLT in a blend with Award and Prosperity. At the time I picked my blend, Moonlight was one of the darkest Compacts. I could not tell the difference in color between the t...
by bernstem
Wed Jan 19, 2022 4:46 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: To roll or not to roll
Replies: 4
Views: 253

Re: To roll or not to roll

If you are seeding into bare dirt, then breaking up the top 1-2 inches with a harley rake, light cultivations, etc. can help a lot. Once you have it broken up, light raking to even it out, seed, and rake again with a peat moss top dressing works great. I would advocate rolling after the last raking ...
by bernstem
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:53 am
Forum: Equipment & Tools
Topic: Lesco 50# vs 80#
Replies: 18
Views: 1513

Re: Lesco 50# vs 80#

I have a Site One about 40 miles from me. Thier web site says to log in to get your price. Are there any requirements or benefits to becoming a "member". Don't really have a use for them on a regular basis. I am going to buy an 80# spreader though. I found one on Ebay for $495 with free shipping. N...
by bernstem
Tue Jan 18, 2022 10:52 am
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Move sprinkler head to install mailbox?
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Move sprinkler head to install mailbox?

Assuming it was installed on a swing arm/funny pipe it is trivial to move. It most likely won't even require cutting pipe. Cut the sod and set aside. Dig up the head and enough of the supply pipe to move it where you want and then refill the hole and replace the sod. If you have to shorten the pipe,...
by bernstem
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Low Potassium.
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Low Potassium.

Well, you will need 3 lbs of the 0-0-31 per 1000 square feet. That is 90 lbs of product per applications. That is 10 gallons per application. My calculation has that at about 500.00 per application. Shipping the 0-0-50 is going to be cheaper.
by bernstem
Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:50 pm
Forum: Irrigation
Topic: Sprinkler Design to large for Rainbird to Handle - 300' Yard
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Re: Sprinkler Design to large for Rainbird to Handle - 300' Yard

I can't see your pictures. I would suggest using the "add image to post" button rather than linking from google.
by bernstem
Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:48 pm
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Low Potassium.
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Low Potassium.

Is that a liquid? If so, you will spend a lot of money to raise the K on 30,000 square feet. I would recommend looking for a source of sulfate of Potash (0-0-50). A single application is usually 1 lb/1000 square feet of K (2 lbs/1000 square feet of 0-0-50). For your 30k square feet, you would been 6...
by bernstem
Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:38 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawn Journals
Topic: HomerGuy's new construction lawn (2021) in Michigan
Replies: 16
Views: 533

Re: HomerGuy's new construction lawn (2021) in Michigan

To add on to g-man's post. Depending on your lawn goals, a soil test may be a good idea. If you do want to start increasing organic matter, incorporating compost at the time of seeding is the best way. For an established lawn, though, you are limited to top dressing 1-2 times per year (consider comb...
by bernstem
Mon Jan 10, 2022 5:13 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Neighbors grass creeping into mine. What type of grass?
Replies: 14
Views: 818

Re: Neighbors grass creeping into mine. What type of grass?

that is a fairly small area, but its densely infested. might want to consider killing it off with Glyphostate in late summer and reseeding. that would reset the area and from there you can maintain with suppressing treatments. Thanks for the reply. My only hesitation is that it would look a bit awk...
by bernstem
Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Calcium & Magnesium Test Strip Experiment
Replies: 9
Views: 453

Re: Calcium & Magnesium Test Strip Experiment

You may find a test for soluble N/P/K to be more useful than Ca or Mg. @Ridgerunner has a lot of knowlege on soil testing and the laboratory procedures used. I pinged them to this thread as they may have some resources for you to read up on soil testing methods.
by bernstem
Sun Jan 09, 2022 5:37 pm
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Calcium & Magnesium Test Strip Experiment
Replies: 9
Views: 453

Re: Calcium & Magnesium Test Strip Experiment

What are you trying to determine?
by bernstem
Sun Jan 09, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawn Journals
Topic: HomerGuy's new construction lawn (2021) in Michigan
Replies: 16
Views: 533

Re: HomerGuy's new construction lawn (2021) in Michigan

That is a huge project and turned out well all things considered. Lack of an irrigation system is challenging. There is a reason so many people sod new lawns. Honestly, I think that your plan to get grass into the soil to stabilize it was good and worked well. While not ideal, a spring seeding with ...
by bernstem
Sun Jan 09, 2022 8:48 am
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Got my soil tested, what to do with results now?
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Got my soil tested, what to do with results now?

You will want to wait until spring to apply anything. You don't need P or K. All lawns need Nitrogen to thrive. A good starting rate is 2-3 lbs/1000 square feet per year. Apply most of the Nitrogen in the fall. The applications rates recommended by the soil test will apply ~0.66 lbs of N/1000 square...
by bernstem
Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:28 pm
Forum: Nutrients & Soil Fertility
Topic: Questioning Nitrogen Recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: Questioning Nitrogen Recommendations

They are just assuming the amount of P and K that the lawn will use. There is no way to tell the amount of P or K needed from a nitrogen test alone. There is no math involved it just an assumption. For every pound of nitrogen, ~1/4#P and 1/2#K will be used. If your mulching most of the P&K will go ...
by bernstem
Sat Jan 08, 2022 6:23 pm
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Weed ID for Friend
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: Weed ID for Friend

Grass ID can be challenging. You need close up pictures of the blades, the auricles, and often the root system. If there isn't much of it, skip ID and just paint it with roundup since it grows so much faster.
by bernstem
Sat Jan 08, 2022 9:11 am
Forum: Cool Season Lawns
Topic: Reel Mowing RTF
Replies: 10
Views: 1532

Re: Reel Mowing RTF

https://i.postimg.cc/rp2hCkfS/20210630-072619.jpg That looks very nice. I have never tried low cut TTTF, but have been maintaining KBG low for a while. I have found that scarification every 4-6 weeks helps a lot with the appearance. I haven't seen any negative impacts, and it helps to even out the ...