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Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:50 am
by Herring
After renovating the backyard from centipede to Arden 15 bermuda I’m now starting on the front. The area is 2,000sqft, with a side yard of 500sqft. When doing my last soil test the PH was much higher than the backyard. Plans are to remove the centipede and seed perennial rye, then to bermuda sod or sprigs in the summer.

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For seed I chose Hancock Seed Company’s Perennial Ryegrass. It’s Pinstripe II Perennial Ryegrass, the only info I can find is it’s from OreGro.

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I did a test run in my desk lawn to see what it will look like.

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September 16 was seeding day. I applied the seed and 10-10-10 fertilizer at 1lb/1000. I have the above ground irrigation sprinklers set on the Orbit B-Hyve hose end timers. I plan to keep the front at 3/4”, and the side yard rotary mowed tall around 3”-4”. I am also going to go back over with more seed soon to fill in the weak areas.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 9:48 am
by Herring
Day 10 after seeding is the first mow. I don’t know whether to add more seed or continue to wait and see. It was pretty tall and the roller rolled many grass blades over instead of cutting. While the seed has a good color for a temporary front lawn, I will choose a higher end seed for future over seeding that has a shinier leaf.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:31 pm
by Herring
Day 18 after seeding. The weather has been unpredictable but did get 2” of rain this week. Lots of areas are very thin and need more seed, I’m looking for a window when the weather turns cooler. The bare strip is a low spot that I think had some washout. My French drain runs from the backyard directly to the street under there so it will need leveling next summer. So far I’ve applied .5lbs/1000 of 13-13-13.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 3:19 pm
by JayGo
Alright! 👍🏼 Coming in great.

Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2021 4:13 pm
by Herring
When creating a pine straw border along the edge I discovered lots of grubs in the ground. I applied a 24 Hour Grub Control and Bifen IT at 1oz/1000 for any other insects. I still have some bare areas that washed out, killed by insects, or were just over watered on the hotter days. The temperatures have dropped into the 70s during the day so I decided to add more seed. I chose a small 5lb bag of Pennington Fairway Supreme Perennial Rye from Lowe’s and mixed this with a greens grade Milorganite 6-4-0, then went over the lawn a few times and dropped some seed by hand in the bare circles. I then rolled the JD 220B over the seed to push it into the ground. This seed had the fertilizer coating and looked much higher quality than the Pinstripe II that I seeded originally. Also, it will introduce three new varieties of ryegrass seed into the lawn as I only had one before. Given the area is only 2,000sqft I’m going to hand water not as frequently as before.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2021 1:50 pm
by Herring
The front’s getting to be fun and stripes nicely at 1.5”. I’ve cut it lower with the reel but it seems to thin it out and doesn’t look as good. Fertilizer has been 13-13-13 at .5lbs/1000 and greens grade Milorganite at .5lbs/1000. Still finding mole crickets so going to spray for those. Now I need to find a push broom for some touch up work.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Mon Nov 15, 2021 3:07 pm
by Herring
Lowered the height from 1.5” to .87”, then down to .75”. The stripes aren’t as noticeable but the color is great. I’ve been timing fertilizer around rainfall with 13-13-13 granular.

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There’s some trouble areas that didn’t get germination. These areas were probably from previous mower turns and turn arounds that compacted the ground.

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The side yard is 500sqft that I’ve been rotary mowing at 2.5”. I like the two contrasting heights.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2021 8:32 am
by Herring
Closing out the year with a centipede to perennial rye picture. Height of cut is 1”.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2021 12:06 pm
by Herring
Lots of great weather around Christmas and in the 70s this week. Height is 7/8”, I’ve tried a few different patterns including a double wide that was all over the place. Next year I really want to remove that crepe myrtle to keep from having to mow circles around it. I think the lighter marks are from rabbits, they’ve already trimmed back the liriope.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Wed Jan 05, 2022 10:43 am
by Herring
The temperatures have dropped, still mowing at 7/8”, no fertilizer has been applied recently. I got quotes for Latitude 36, Northbridge, Tiftuf, and Tifway 419 as options with the Tiftuf being considerable more expensive than the others.

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A friend brought a 2007 Toro Greensmaster 1000 to try on the ryegrass. This is the first time I’ve got to try Toro versus the John Deere. I will be on the lookout for one of these in the future.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:34 am
by Herring
Lowered the height of cut to .5” to see how the 11 blade reel will do at the lower height. Temperatures have been highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.

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Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 6:51 am
by Brodgers88
Looking great!

Re: Herring’s Front Lawn Renovation

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2022 8:30 am
by Herring
Brodgers88 wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 6:51 am
Looking great!
Thanks! I like this .5” height and is good to see where needs leveling before the summer.