Fusebox7 - KBG Lawn Log

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fusebox7
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Post by fusebox7 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:13 am

The snow has melted and the arctic temps have left (for now)... and yet the deep green still persists... amazing.

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Post by Green » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:42 am

That is crazy. I'd love to know it's still green because of your weather, the grass cultivar blend, or because it's a first year lawn (which I've noticed usually retain color better).

Wait...its actually a second year lawn, right?
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Front: Northern mix - mostly TTTF, KBG, TTPR. Back: Firecracker and Bullseye TTTF with America, Rugby 2, Bewitched KBG. Upper Side: Mostly TTPR, KBG. Lower Side: similar to front. Low-input: TF/FF, KBG, PR. Always seeding somewhere or fighting Triv.

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Post by fusebox7 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:18 pm

Green wrote:
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:42 am
That is crazy. I'd love to know it's still green because of your weather, the grass cultivar blend, or because it's a first year lawn (which I've noticed usually retain color better).

Wait...its actually a second year lawn, right?
You and me both! ... 2nd year lawn it is. The 1st year it went dormant/brown very fast and stayed brown/dormant well into the spring. And I was thinking that as a first year lawn it would stay green like this. Nature!

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Post by Green » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:20 am

Still just as green? I noticed the few lawns on my street that still had some green have much less now than a month ago.
Front: Northern mix - mostly TTTF, KBG, TTPR. Back: Firecracker and Bullseye TTTF with America, Rugby 2, Bewitched KBG. Upper Side: Mostly TTPR, KBG. Lower Side: similar to front. Low-input: TF/FF, KBG, PR. Always seeding somewhere or fighting Triv.

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Post by fusebox7 » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:47 pm

@Green no idea lol we've been buried under snow this month... Will keep the journal updated as soon as I know that I still have grass under the snowy blanket :)

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Post by fusebox7 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:39 am

@Green et al. : Well here's the update for the "end of winter" shot... finally getting out from all of the snow and ice (hopefully until next winter). Stripes and GREEN still there... yes this is 100% KBG haha. Unbelievable. I actually am starting to think that the major contributor to this lasting green color is the low HOC. My back yard is about 50/50 but was cut at a higher HOC toward the latter half the 2018 growing season. My parking strip was cut a lot higher and is about 80/20 brown.

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Post by NoslracNevok » Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:17 am

I hypothesize the density provides greater wind cover. Looking great!!
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Post by fusebox7 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:09 pm

NoslracNevok wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:17 am
I hypothesize the density provides greater wind cover. Looking great!!
I would agree with that to some degree except most of the winter it's been buried under some nasty snow and ice. Lots of ice this year. I would've thought it'd be in pretty bad shape. Tons of freeze/thaw cycles too. Crazy.

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Post by Pete1313 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:22 pm

The color difference between your lawn and your neighbors is insane!
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Post by Green » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:32 pm

That is crazy. Maybe the wind just skimmed over it with the low HOC, so didn't dry it out all that much.
Front: Northern mix - mostly TTTF, KBG, TTPR. Back: Firecracker and Bullseye TTTF with America, Rugby 2, Bewitched KBG. Upper Side: Mostly TTPR, KBG. Lower Side: similar to front. Low-input: TF/FF, KBG, PR. Always seeding somewhere or fighting Triv.

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Post by JDgreen18 » Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:34 pm

Wow your grass looks great. Mine looks like it's dead lol most is brown with a little green underneath.
Hogans par 5 mix & northern mix in the front...Hogans kbg mix in the back

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Post by Chris LI » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:30 pm

If that's not a domination line, I don't know what is. Amazing!

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Post by fusebox7 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:15 am

@Pete1313 @Green @JDgreen18 @Chris LI Thanks - hope everyone survived the winter okay... it's almost time :)

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Post by fusebox7 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:38 am

I think today is the day for first mow... assuming I can walk on the lawn without leaving footprints. It's been a wet/rainy couple of weeks... but it's also been very cloudy and cold. The weather is finally breaking and yesterday reached 70 and we'll be close to 80 today but appearing to be steady in the 60s from here on out. It's nice to see the tree buds swelling and about to burst!

Lots of new landscape beds and plantings in the queue. We have a smaller lot (.26 acre) but we're trying to make it cozy and add some shape/dimension because of the slopes etc. It will look nice when I can actually get the time to work on it for an appropriate amount of time.

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Post by lobitz68 » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:46 am

Yard looks great. I noticed that lawns in my area that are cut shorter seem to be greener earlier as well. You may be on to something...

I got a sunburn out in my lawn this weekend. Ugh...

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Post by HomerGuy » Mon Apr 22, 2019 1:36 pm

I'm a bit east and south of you, and I think I'm going to be mowing for the first time in the next few days. Can't wait! Its been so wet that I want to give it a couple days to dry out good. The area on the north side of the house doesn't get as much sun and seems to stay wet longer.

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Post by MassHole » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:28 am

@fusebox7 - loved this thread. The time lapse pics rock. Great read!

Given what you've learned on the poa triv battle, would you recommend your Xonerate + Tenacity + PGR plan again? If so, what would your schedule / guidance be to someone battling triv in his Midnight KBG?
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Post by fusebox7 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:02 am

@massgrass thanks for reading and stopping by :)

re: Xonerate + Tenacity + PGR ... that was used on my "perennial" POA infestation. It absolutely wreaked havoc on everything - you have to be extremely careful about making sure that it is irrigated or you'll lose some of your good turf. This happened to me in one end of the property. I won't report results yet on the POA because it's too early and everything is just waking up here but once I'm confident (I'm not) that the POA is mostly eradicated, I'll post back :)

The only thing I've done deliberately with my triv was to physically DIG it out (not pull by hand) or glyphosate. I have one area that I glypho'd that I didn't transplant any KBG back into because I wanted to test the theory of triv coming back after being "nuked". This spring I am trying to see if I got the outer boundary (most literature will tell you to go anywhere from 6" to 36" outside of where you think you see it since stolons are embedded where you can't see). If I remember correctly I sprayed this area relatively early 2018.

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Post by fusebox7 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:04 am

@HomerGuy @lobitz68 it's time to wake after the long slumber :) This March/April has been rough! Everything here is slowly blossoming only to be set back by hard frosts... crazy. I can't believe it's almost May!

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Post by fusebox7 » Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:46 pm

Still in the middle of landscaping mania in the back yard. Up to 3-6 inches of snow predicted for tomorrow. Isn't it almost May? :(

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