2020 Redtwin's Lawn Journal

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Re: 2020 Redtwin's Lawn Journal

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Redtwin wrote:
Sat Oct 10, 2020 5:54 pm
I did a double-double to get it ready for the Hurricane Michael 2-year anniversary photo.
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Nice work! :thumbup:

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Thanks, @Ware!

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Front yard update:
I had an excavator come in and rip out the old stumps vs. grinding them down further. It was amazing to see how much material was still underground. He pulled out 5 large stumps and two little ones. The first picture is not actually a trunk, it's the tap root.

I still have a lot of old, dead sod to cut out. The clearing and grading is going slow but still progressing.
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Got the young folks out helping, and learning what hard work is about. Awesome!
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@Redtwin Its gonna look awesome in about 9 to 10 months!

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Thanks @JRS 9572 and @ENC_Lawn. There so many moving parts it's nice to have a little help from the littles.

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I love what you are doing with your drainage ditch area, it's one of the best ideas I have ever seen for something like that!!! It will look awesome once all the grass is grown in.
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Thanks @Mightyquinn. I've spent about 3 years fighting with the county to get a permit to install a culvert and finally just gave up. Each season they would come out with their excavators and dig it deeper and wider thinking that would increase the flow. The flow is limited by the driveway culverts, not the size of the ditch but trying convincing a county engineer of that proved impossible. This was my best option to level the yard but still maintain the ditch width and depth.

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Are you allowed to put gravel or rip rap in the ditch so you don't have to keep spraying it to keep the grass and weeds at bay?
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I think gravel would be out but I have considered some larger rocks. I'm trying to come up with ideas of how to close it off or make it less likely that someone will fall in it. I don't mind spraying it out. The only reason I haven't yet is because I need to torpedo grass to hold the soil together until I can get some turf going.

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@Redtwin Yeah...I like how you are framing the ditch.

Are you keeping the 419 up next to the house?

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ENC_Lawn wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:47 pm
@Redtwin Yeah...I like how you are framing the ditch.

Are you keeping the 419 up next to the house?
I am for now. Depending on how difficult it turns out to maintain two types up front, I may cut it out and replace with Empire. If that happens, I will probably put the cut 419 sod along the strip on the other side of my driveway and just let it go wild along with the salad bar on that side.

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Redtwin wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 2:25 pm
ENC_Lawn wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:47 pm
@Redtwin Yeah...I like how you are framing the ditch.

Are you keeping the 419 up next to the house?
I am for now. Depending on how difficult it turns out to maintain two types up front, I may cut it out and replace with Empire. If that happens, I will probably put the cut 419 sod along the strip on the other side of my driveway and just let it go wild along with the salad bar on that side.
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Finally got rid of all the old turf. It’s a clean slate now!
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Redtwin wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:10 am
Finally got rid of all the old turf. It’s a clean slate now!
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Great job! I've been following your lawn journal all year. And have read through your previous journals. You are doing an amazing job. I've actually learned quite a bit from your posts. I live just west of you in Walton County in Santa Rosa Beach. I started my own lawn rehab this year. So you and this entire TLF site have been a great resource to tap into. Keep up the great work!

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Thanks, @AFBiker2011!

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The back yard is holding tough. We’ve had a few cool nights but nothing drastic. I’m still catching a full basket for the 12k of 419.

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@Redtwin Wow...that looks really good for this late in the season!

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Thanks @ENC_Lawn, it's staying green but the color is washed out a bit as if it were cut at a very low HOC. I have it up to 5/8" but the color is still weak. I could probably hit it with some iron but I'm not too concerned about it.

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