Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by Budstl » Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:21 pm

@NoslracNevok that mazama looks fantastic. Can't wait to see how it handles the stl summer. Also what have you done to keep the grass so green? Mine looks like the typical winter lawn.

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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:01 pm

Hard to say due to the variables. Perhaps the crisp reel cut helps it stay happy longer, maybe the low HOC helps in some way. Maybe the build up of various micro/macros I've been putting down, or the combination of it all. Could be the liquid Iron I added, but that was back in late Oct.

Oct 27: Liquid Iron, 4 lb Chicken poop product .5N, .5P
Nov 4: 1 N (urea), 2lbs chicken poop
Nov 22: 1.5 N (urea)

I never would have thought the color variation in KBG cultivars could be so different, the Bewitched and Mazama make my Barenbrug HGT look lime green. Funny looking back just two years ago I didn't know the difference in grass types, yet alone cool/warm season, cultivars, etc.
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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by Budstl » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:26 pm

@NoslracNevok your lawn still green?

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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:44 am

I'd say so. My hell strip today:
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I'll snap a pic when I'm off work later today.👌
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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:52 pm

@Budstl photos taken today. Wish it we're more sunny. HOC on hell strip ~0.5"
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Mazama KBG:
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Bewitched KBG:
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Mazama Bewitched 1:1 mix:
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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by Budstl » Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:31 am

@NoslracNevok this looks amazing. Still so green. It looks like you put down artificial turf for the winter. I gotta get on your plan. Happy new year!

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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:37 am

@Budstl Thanks! My 71st and last cut was Dec 22, which was a very small clipping yield. I'm going to experiment with PGR this year, probably propose a group buy in our local STL thread.

Happy New year to you!
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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:13 pm

Jan 4, 72nd mow, small clippings yield. The main portion of the lawn hasn't been cut for a while, nice to trim it up as well.

My back yard I haven't posted about since progress came to screeching halt when it started flooding. Here's its current status.
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Here's a vid of how I keep track of my lawn care and make decisions. Happy New Year!
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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by Scagfreedom48z+ » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:34 pm

Budstl wrote:
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:31 am
@NoslracNevok this looks amazing. Still so green. It looks like you put down artificial turf for the winter. I gotta get on your plan. Happy new year!
Wow! I have to agree, that looks fake. I popped open your video below and it’s unbelievable how green your lawn is compared the rest of the lawns that are brown and dormant. I’m definitely a firm believer in the Mazama and Bewitched combo mix!

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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by Pete1313 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:59 pm

Love the video on your spreadsheets! Can I hire you to do mine? :nod:
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Re: Koven's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by iowa jim » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:44 am

NoslracNevok wrote:
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:52 pm
@Budstl photos taken today. Wish it we're more sunny. HOC on hell strip ~0.5"
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Mazama KBG:
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Bewitched KBG:
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Mazama Bewitched 1:1 mix:
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I wish mine would have stayed as dark green as yours, but i think i live to far north for that. I can still see where your bewitched is still a shade lighter than your mazama, in mine it started out lighter but by October i could not tell the difference in the 3 cultivars that i planted and i got down on my hands and knees to look. I got my midnight and bewitched from seed super store and my mazama from long island cauliflower association. I don't know if that made a difference or not, on where you got your seed. Seed super store now carries the mazama, but if i remember correctly there was a place called ford seed or something like that, that had it much cheaper for those that are interested in mazama.

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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:43 am

@Scagfreedom48z+ Thank you and you won't regret going with that combo!

Whenever a neighbor asks how I make it so nice, my first thought is:


@Pete1313 I love simple, beautiful, useful spreadsheets. Ha, for you, this sheet's on me ;)

@iowa jim Indeed, I'd say I'm a month or so behind you guys around the Chicago latitude. It's insane how much fluctuation there is in grass seed price. SSS tends to be wildly overpriced, but you get the convenience and availability of the best seed out there.
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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by Scagfreedom48z+ » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:19 pm

I’m curious, did you overseed any of your existing turf with Mazama and bewitched? I have existing lawn that I want overseed with those 2 cultivators, along with TTTF.

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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:59 pm

@Scagfreedom48z+ I did a lazy man's overseeding, just threw down what I had remaining. I couldn't tell you how (in)effective it was.
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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:33 am

Well, someone drove through my hell strip again, making a giant arch indentation.
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I tamped down the outside of the arch where most of the soil was squeezed. Doing so moved it back a little. 3 min vid showing this abomination:


Even before I was into lawncare, I'd never drive on someone else driveway (much less their lawn) out of respect.
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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by ronjon84790 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:39 am

+1 I feel your pain. I’ve had multiple people do this to my hell strip! Some people are too lazy to make a three point turn :(
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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by jabopy » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:22 am

It happens a lot round ours! You did a great job getting it sorted. I do like your head torch.

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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by Chris LI » Sat Jan 12, 2019 7:14 pm

I feel your pain. Not cool! It makes you want to retaliate! Nice job at tamping. When the growing season starts, you might want to try a manure fork with a 2x4 block or brick as a fulcrum, if you still have a depression. Then a watering can with your soil conditioner/aerator might help loosen up the remaining turf.

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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by NoslracNevok » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:34 am

It's safe to say, 2019 is kicked off for my lawn! Aww yea!

Soil temp today is 40, it was about 45 yesterday.
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Yesterday it rained pretty good, used the opportunity to roll my lawn, taking out some of the dips and bumps that developed over winter. I also core aerated my front lawn by hand.

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My shoulders and hands are pretty sore this morning. Doing this by hand sucks, but I'd say worth it for an area 1k sqft or less. I took me about an hour and another 20 mins to rake the cores up.

Here's a video of yesterday's opening games.


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Hopefully my other neighbor will let me Reno our shared hell strip, which I plan a seed down date of April 1 or sooner. It's a high risk, but worth it. Currently it's in terrible shape. It will be a monostand of Mazama KBG I've left over from the fall reno.

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Re: Kove's lawn (Saint Louis, MO)

Post by Ware » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:43 am

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