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ctrav journal

Post by ctrav » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:01 pm

Oct 2016 - Purchased home with Bermuda front lawn. Lawn cut with older push mower non-self propelled.

Jul 2017 - pool install completed, irrigation and sod installed
Purchased Toro SS4225 ZTR

Sep 2017 - 2 live oaks and 1 red oak installed rear yard

Apr 2018 - purchased Toro 22’ self propelled

Lawn was maintained with Lesco 28-3-10 with two applications of sulfur in fall of 2017 and spring of 2018. HOC for front was 3” and 3 1/2’ for the rear.

2018 Soil Analysis


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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:19 pm

Lawn Care and Water Schedule:

Tuesdays - Front full maintenance with deep water just after midnight (wed morning). Rear quick cut
Fridays - Rear full maintenance with deep water just after midnight (sat morning). Front quick cut

8-14-18 started deep water program with intent of applying 1” of water on front lawn. This caused too much water runoff. Sprinklers adjust to current run time settings.

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8-16-18 deep water program started on rear yard.

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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:41 pm

8-28-18
Full front yard maintenance. Added 21-0-0 fertilizer (25#) and 12-0-0 Chelated Iron with micro nutrients (32 oz). First time applying 12-0-0 and 21-0-0.

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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:51 pm

8-30-18
Picked up a spare set of blades for the ZTR and a file. Angel grinder is on my list if I dont like the file...

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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:28 pm

8-31-18 Mower deck set at 2"

What a nightmare and blessing all in one. Long story short I was up in the garage changing or trying to change my ZTR blades. Had the hardest time getting them off. As I was putting on the new blades I notice something wasn't right with the deck. Sure enough the left side of the deck had popped off the lift bar and the left side lift bar was dislodged.

Got up this morning racking my brain, watching YouTube videos, posting on TLF and calling repair shops. Long story short (see post in equipment thread) I prevailed and all was right with the world. Mower is much smoother and better overall cut with new blades.

Did a quick cut on the front lawn and complete cut on the rear yard.
Put down 3 bags of 21-0-0
Sprayed on 12-0-0 chelated iron plus

I was so thrilled with mechanical work I washed ZTR and push mower :)

* Need to check deck balance and validate deck cutting height. Even at 2" HOC it seems lower. No visible scalping but some uneven areas??


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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:06 pm

Unable to cut due to rain!
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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:04 pm

9-4-2018

HOC 2"
The weather decided we had enough rain and the skys cleared.
Complete cut, edge and blow on the front
Quick cut on the back
Applied 1 bag of 0-0-50


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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Cory » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:10 pm

Have you aerated at all? My bet is that you have some serious compaction, especially in the ditch. Also could benefit from a scalp but it’s getting pretty late in the season, probably be better just to raise your HOC a little.

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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:20 pm

@Cory
Cory wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:10 pm
Have you aerated at all? My bet is that you have some serious compaction, especially in the ditch. Also could benefit from a scalp but it’s getting pretty late in the season, probably be better just to raise your HOC a little.
When I first cut down from 3" I went to 1 1/2" and it scalped too low in some areas thus I came up with a 2" HOC as my maintain height. I could easily go to 2 1/2" but I want the grass to spread and thicken more than grow vertical. Next spring I want to go back down to at least 1 1/2" and may try 1" with my maintain HOC of 2" (for some reason I like the grass at that level).

I agree there is lots of compaction in the soil. I aerated once last year and considering next spring. Someone also mentioned air8 as a good product to apply vs aerating??
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Post by Cory » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:44 pm

I have been using air-8 along with core aerating all season in my backyard. I wouldn’t use the air-8 as a replacement because it’s not an instant result, it’s just humic acid and potash. It needs to be used for an extended period of time for it to work the best, if it even really works at all.

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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:11 pm

Cory wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:44 pm
I have been using air-8 along with core aerating all season in my backyard. I wouldn’t use the air-8 as a replacement because it’s not an instant result, it’s just humic acid and potash. It needs to be used for an extended period of time for it to work the best, if it even really works at all.
Thanks for that info...
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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:34 pm

Cory wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:44 pm
I have been using air-8 along with core aerating all season in my backyard. I wouldn’t use the air-8 as a replacement because it’s not an instant result, it’s just humic acid and potash. It needs to be used for an extended period of time for it to work the best, if it even really works at all.
When you aerate do you remove the cores or leave them? Do you top dress with sand?Last time I did it I just left the cores and did not top dress at all. Bringing in the amount of sand I would need was expensive so I avoided.

One of the issues Im having in the back is the sod not connecting in some areas (ruts if you will). Its getting better but not there yet...

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Here is a close up and yo can see where the ground actually splits in a few places. It is getting better but not there just yet...


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Post by Cory » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:44 pm

I dont topdress after, I drag around my drag mat to bust up the cores. I have aerated the backyard 4 times this year. I haven’t leveled my backyard yet but plan to next spring. I plan on buying 30 yards of sand in the spring, hopefully that’s enough to get it somewhat smooth.

If you have a pickup truck I would go buy a load of sand and fill all those cracks for sure.

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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:47 pm

Cory wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:44 pm
I dont topdress after, I drag around my drag mat to bust up the cores. I have aerated the backyard 4 times this year. I haven’t leveled my backyard yet but plan to next spring. I plan on buying 30 yards of sand in the spring, hopefully that’s enough to get it somewhat smooth.

If you have a pickup truck I would go buy a load of sand and fill all those cracks for sure.
I was hoping it would all fill in by now so next spring I may have to do that...
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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:12 pm

ctrav wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:47 pm
Cory wrote:
Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:44 pm
I dont topdress after, I drag around my drag mat to bust up the cores. I have aerated the backyard 4 times this year. I haven’t leveled my backyard yet but plan to next spring. I plan on buying 30 yards of sand in the spring, hopefully that’s enough to get it somewhat smooth.

If you have a pickup truck I would go buy a load of sand and fill all those cracks for sure.
I was hoping it would all fill in by now so next spring I may have to do that...
Just called a place for sand and for the front yard alone it was $1750 (30 yards) delivered. The back yard would be 3 times that price...OUCH!!!
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Post by Cory » Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:19 pm

That’s a lot! You should be able to find it for around $30 a yard. You should only need about 1 yard per 1k sqft. I need a lot because where the drain feild for the septic it’s really bad. I could probably get away with 20 but I’m hoping to have a pile left over for touchups throughout the year.

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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:19 pm

Removed tree stakes from the front lawn trees...


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Post by Kicker » Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:39 pm

at least they're full sized stakes.

When they built our house, they used 2-3 foot sections of those stakes and buried them under the turf with the wire still attached and wrapped around the trees. I pulled and pulled on the wire for about 10 minutes before i gave up and then pulled them out with my truck. I don't even know why they buried them so deep, it was ridiculous.

also super jealous of that house size/lot size, if only that could be had 30 minutes east of you.
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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:55 pm

Kicker wrote:
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:39 pm
at least they're full sized stakes.

When they built our house, they used 2-3 foot sections of those stakes and buried them under the turf with the wire still attached and wrapped around the trees. I pulled and pulled on the wire for about 10 minutes before i gave up and then pulled them out with my truck. I don't even know why they buried them so deep, it was ridiculous.

also super jealous of that house size/lot size, if only that could be had 30 minutes east of you.
More lots available so come on out...

I would really hate if my stakes were in the ground like yours :oops:
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Re: ctrav’s 2018-2019 Lawn Journal

Post by ctrav » Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:43 pm

9-7-2018
HOC 2"

To-Do Items
- have mower deck cutting height verified
- check tire pressure/consider replacing front wheels

Did not feel good about the Lesco 0-0-7 pre-M (staining issues) so I took it back and exchanged for Dimension 14-0-6. Cut front and back (no trimming on back) just before the rain started. Grass has best green color of the year thus far!

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