Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

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jasonbraswell
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Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:17 pm

I recently joined this forum and currently, I'm learning a lot about bermuda.
My goal is to have some beautiful lawns like others on the site, but something more manageable for a few acres
But first pic of the thread, I started Aug 2017 with the largest lawn renovation in my life. :shock:
3.5 acres and a small cabin that needed to be torn down.
There is lake water back there somewhere

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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:26 pm

Fast forward a bit. House is up. Now we need to cover the brick with gray mortar with fill dirt.
First, septic tank install.
And a boom lift to finish chimney work.
Yard is still a disaster :?


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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:35 pm

House is done and somewhat on budget.
Now, we need to hire out some dozer and excavator work.
A lawn kind of seems hopeless at this point but we are glad to just have the area cleard.
Building is an exhausting process (BTW)

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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:45 pm

Put some hay around the foundation, but I think it just invited johnson grass.
Hired an irrigation company.
Installed gutter drains, irrigation, and decided to seed both bermuda and annual rye because it's Oct and we need something to control erosion over the winter.
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jasonbraswell
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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:49 pm

Rye grass coming in over the winter.
We got a lot of rain and all the mowing was terrible.
Glad this was one shot of annual rye, but it did the job of controlling erosion until bermuda could grow in.

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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:00 pm

Spring comes and I applied Lesco Pre-M in Feb.
Got a ton of rain and did not reapply; I think hindsight it would be good to have 2 or 3 applications in the spring/early summer.
So fast forward to June 2019 and decide to overseed the bermuda from fall.
I aerated and then spread seed. That seemed to work very well!
Not much survived. But the rye is dead as a possum. New seed is germinating and showing life

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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:39 am

Getting some results from the 30 lbs of seed.
(Lowe's Sta-green)
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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:03 am

Getting to where I am today. I bought more Pennington seed end of July. It had Mohawk and Sultan seed mixed. Thinking it will blend in with the Bermuda spread in June. I've got a lot of weeds that I can now shift my attention to focus on. It's been way to hot and seed needed time to mature before spraying. But overall pretty happy to finally have Bermuda established!
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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:04 am

Chomping at the bit to start spraying these awful weeds but wanted to give the Bermuda time to mature. Plus it's been a little too hot to spray.
Mixed these two together to cover grassy and broadleaf weeds. A lot of ground to cover with a backpack sprayer :? But I put out 24 gallons divided a week apart.
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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:07 am

Just sprayed the last 12 gallons this past Wednesday. Looking forward to seeing lots of yellow in the sea of green bermuda. We did add a few pallets of sod along the driveway and close to the house last fall. You can see the difference in bermuda species but it should be less noticable as the new bermuda fills in.
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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:21 pm

Weeds have taken a good hit with the spraying. Always more to spray ;)

Since these temps are going to hang around for a while. I decided to try out this fertilizer from Lowe's. $23 a bag seems to be a bargain for my size of lot.
Bermuda is coming in nice. Hope to get more density before winter hits.
The last lawn pic is from our second story. This one area of the lot seems to be struggling the most. I did not aerate very well during the first seeding here and that may be my problem. Still happy to have some grass!
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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:43 pm

Freshening up the flowers beds for Fall. Lowe's had several half dead Rose and perennials on 75% off clearance price. So basically free. Also several bags of mulch torn open for a buck.


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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:52 pm

Flashback pics coming up on my timeline
1 yr ago
Makes me appreciate all the progress and cuss less at the weeds😄

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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:36 am

The fert application greened things up nicely. Still trying to get this side to fill in. A lot of weeds. I sprayed again last night. Will see how yellow this turns in a few days. Gonna push one more fert application later this week and keep watering while the temps are still bermuda friendly.

I wonder if it's still too hot for pre-m?

Soil temps are around 80F.

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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:12 pm

Hit it with 250 pounds of PROGRO again.
Watering in. Last feeding of the year... (I think). Record 100F in the area today 🔥⛳🚜


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Re: Small Reno LOL-Clearing Property and Building a House

Post by jasonbraswell » Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:02 pm

Finally getting the green I was going for.
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