RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

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robbybobby
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RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by robbybobby » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:17 am

Hey TLF!

Been a member since May '17. I remember the night because my girlfriend (now fiancé) walked out on me at 2 in the morning looking at my laptop in pure bliss. She asked me what I was looking at with one thought in mind...and was taken aback when showed her that I was watching someone cut their grass with a Tru Cut C-25.

Well fast forward to 2018. We bought our first house in August and I finally have a yard to call my own. Living in Dallas, TX.

Inheirited Specs:

Front Yard - 1.5K sqft - St. Aug
Back Yard - 5.5K sqft - Weeds and Trees.

Aug -

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Dropped an application of Celcius and was able to knock the majority of what was in the yard out over the next few weeks. Thought not able to put down some Pre-M before the winter (late acquiring supplies). I was going to overseed to keep the green.. timing just didnt work out.

Fastforward to today -

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Overseed with PRG in mid October and it has yielded some great results! I am having some sedge activity, though not a ton. Any recommendations for cool weather to set this back?

Spring Plans:

Front yard (St. Aug)
- Pre M / Celcius App
- Dethatch? How?
The grass is roughly 2 inches taller than the sideway. The lowest HOC I was able to achieve towards the end of the year was 3 inches. My TruCut just bounces like no other. So much squish when I walk.

Back Yard -
- Kill off all grass.
- Pre M (Prodiamine)
- Removed 14 tree stumps that are scattered around the yard.
- Level the yard. Retain the gradual slope away from the house.
- Insall an irrigation system
- Sod.

I have a TruCut H-20 that I need to learn more about. Toro Rotary that does the dirty work for me.

Looking forward to posting more along the journey!

-Rob
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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by robbybobby » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:22 am

For educational purposes...

Anyone familiar with what kind of tree these are? I absolutely love them - skinny, tall, green all year.

My research points to a Eastern Red Cedar but that my best guess.

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It has been dropping these during the winter.

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Thanks!
-Rob
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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by Kicker » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:49 pm

Welcome, Always good to have another lawn from DFW to compare. I don't have a journal up yet but will be starting one this year I imagine since i picked up a Toro Greensmaster 1000 this winter.

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1/11/19 Update - Trees and Weeds

Post by robbybobby » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:44 pm

A few of the cedars got a trim Wednesday ahead of bulk trash pickup.
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These basically encompass everything I have in my yard right now. What are some cool weather recommendations to knock these out?


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1.24.19 Update

Post by robbybobby » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:33 am

Frost delay in Dallas.


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Re: 1/11/19 Update - Trees and Weeds

Post by Austinite » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:59 am

robbybobby wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:44 pm
A few of the cedars got a trim Wednesday ahead of bulk trash pickup.
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These basically encompass everything I have in my yard right now. What are some cool weather recommendations to knock these out?


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that parsley looking weed is Parsley Peirt. I've tried a couuple selectives with no luck. Likely because of the cold weather. Im waiting until we warm up and Im going to hit them with Celcius.
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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:45 am

robbybobby wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:22 am
For educational purposes...

Anyone familiar with what kind of tree these are? I absolutely love them - skinny, tall, green all year.

My research points to a Eastern Red Cedar but that my best guess.

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It has been dropping these during the winter.

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Thanks!
-Rob
I suspect these are Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana which are actually Junipers, but are commonly called cedars. The blue berries come from the female trees.

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Re: 1/11/19 Update - Trees and Weeds

Post by robbybobby » Sun Jan 27, 2019 5:02 pm

Austinite wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:59 am
robbybobby wrote:
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:44 pm
A few of the cedars got a trim Wednesday ahead of bulk trash pickup.
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These basically encompass everything I have in my yard right now. What are some cool weather recommendations to knock these out?


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that parsley looking weed is Parsley Peirt. I've tried a couuple selectives with no luck. Likely because of the cold weather. Im waiting until we warm up and Im going to hit them with Celcius.
Thanks for the reply Austinite! Like you, I spot sprayed with some Spectracide (which highlights Parsley Peirt) with little to no luck. I have celcius in the waiting.
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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by robbybobby » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:21 pm

Powhatan wrote:
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:45 am
robbybobby wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:22 am
For educational purposes...

Anyone familiar with what kind of tree these are? I absolutely love them - skinny, tall, green all year.

My research points to a Eastern Red Cedar but that my best guess.

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It has been dropping these during the winter.

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Thanks!
-Rob
I suspect these are Eastern Red Cedar Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana which are actually Junipers, but are commonly called cedars. The blue berries come from the female trees.
Thanks for the insight Powhatan! From what I can gather I have 2 females and 4 males in the backyard.

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PGR Goodies

Post by robbybobby » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:55 pm

Took advantage of the chemical exchange (fantastic idea) - got 16oz of PGR from @Polarjk.
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PRG Kill Off

Post by robbybobby » Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:37 am

1st “I’m a dumba**” experience in the books!

On Jan 18, I sprayed a decent dose of Image on my backyard. I had had positive experiences with it in the past (on Bermuda) so I figured I’d let it knock out all the nutsedge, dollarweed and parsley peirt in the backyard.
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A day later I read some fine print and saw it would kill off PRG....(genius)...Sure enough when warmer weather came, she gone.

This morning, Feb 4.
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As you can see, my backpack spraying still needs some fine tuning as there are a few spots of lush PRG still. I’ll finish off the kill with some MSM later this week.

Aiming for PRE-M app next weekend. I don’t have irrigation so I’ll be planning around some wet forecasts

- Rob
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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by robbybobby » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:10 pm

Busy day on the lawn today. 2.15.19.

I'm getting over a cold, so I figured i'd save my voice get outside in the nice weather and put some work in. 73* in Dallas today! (It'll be 35 by morning tomorrow ha)

Today's activities:

- Picked up a weeks worth of dog turds.
- Took the Toro Rotary as low as it could go over the entire lawn. Mostly picked up sticks from the the trees, very little growth since I accidentally killed off my PRG.
- Scalped with the Tru-Cut H20. I got her down to about 3/8s before catching dirt in some areas.
- Dethatched at the middle setting with my new Greenworks. Worked like a charm but extension cords are a piece of work!
- Toro Rotary to bag all of the thatch. Generated 4 - 40 gallon bags. Mind you, the bottom 2/3rd of my yard was allll weeds when we purchased so no thatch to really speak of.
-Scalped again.

Before: * I got trigger happy before the picture...so the first little portion is already scalped.

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I need to purchase some MSM to kill off the remaining PRG but I have been slacking on that. Ordered a scale to properly measure out my mixes like many suggested. Waiting on that and a rain day before applying Pre-M to the front and back.

- Rob
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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by robbybobby » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:45 pm

3/7/19

MSM app down to kill off the PRG. Applied at .5oz/acre which came out to roughly .057oz for my 5k backyard.

3/8/19

Half app of Pre-M at the yearly max (.83/k). 2.075 oz for the backyard (2.49oz with the red solo cup). .83 oz for the front yard.
Prepped for my line domination ha went about 2 feet into the neighbors yard both ways.
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3/9/19

We got dumped on for about 45 minutes... and if that wasn't enough we have thunderstorms in the forecast the next 3 days.

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Going to get the tru-cut services and backlapped at a local golf course here shortly before the tru season starts!

-Rob
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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by robbybobby » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:33 pm

As predicted - Dallas got destroyed over the course of the morning. I even lost power for a good hour +.

So the Pre-M and MSM is watered in....let’s just hope I did a good broadcast app :)

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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by robbybobby » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:51 pm

Was able to take advantage of the awesome weather in Dallas today.

Things tackled:
Rotary Cut - Lowest Setting
Reel Scalp - Lowest setting without hitting dirt.
Dethatch
Rotary - Bagging

Took me the better part of the afternoon. Roughly 4 hours... im starting to see some baby Bermuda coming back!


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robbybobby
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Re: RobbyBobby Lawn Journal

Post by robbybobby » Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:42 pm

Sooooo I detatched my St. Aug front yard today. I didn't go very deep to avoid any true damage. Accumulated 4 - 30 gallon trash bags. Honestly, cant say it looks a whole lot different on the majority of it but some it areas got thinned out pretty good. Worst case .... maybe best case - I killed it and the bermuda on either side of me will slowly take over!

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