OL 2019 Journal

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OL 2019 Journal

Post by OnyxsLawn » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:00 pm

Finally back at it! Spring has been busy trying to finish up projects from winter and getting ready for the warm weather.
We had a fairly mild winter here. No consistent snow cover and only the polar vortex to do damage. Both the back and front yards came out of winter well with no snow mold damage.

In the off season I picked up some new lawn tools including a jacobsen PGM 22 off Craigslist for very cheap, and some new Milwaukee tools, new backpack sprayer and their new attachment trimmer/edger. I also sold my tacoma and bought an Audi S4. Far less practical but it can still do the important jobs.
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The Jacobsen was in pretty good condition when I got it but still needed some tuning up. In addition to the usual oil change/airfilter/spark plug tune up, I cleaned with reel with a flap disk on a rotary tool and then backlapped to sharpen it. The reel only has one small bend at the end of one of the blades but its been ground down so it still cuts properly. It should get me through the year. I'd like to replace it with a 9 blade reel eventually. The front roller bearings were completely destroyed (wouldn't even roll) so I ordered up a new smooth front roller and the extra long front brackets from R&R. The new roller is great but the brackets that were sent were too wide for the slots they slide in. After some time with the belt sander the brackets now slide easily up and down for adjusting the HOC. I set the HOC to 7/8" to start with for the year and will likely stay pretty close to this until I get the lawn a bit smoother.

Last year I renovated both the front yard (fall, KBG) and the Back (spring, TTTF PRG KBG mix). Let's start with the good:
The front yard filled in nicely last fall and i look forward to pushing it to thicken up in some areas throughout the spring.
Where it started:
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Where it finished last year:
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This year I started with a good raking to clean up the dead leaves and winter debris. Last weekend I applied a low rate of an 18-3-6 liquid fert with some iron in it to kick things off as well as some Tenacity to act as a temporary pre-emergent (forgot to pick up prodiamine early enough) and to take care of some broadleaf weeds popping up. I also mowed for the first time with a real reel mower today. Apart from being a bit of a learning curve it's good fun and leaves the lawn looking great.

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The Bad:
My back yard is not looking near as crisp as the front. Between the 2 dogs, summer stress after spring seeding, and building a new fence (lots of compaction and ruts from the tractor used to pull and set posts), it needs plenty of love, but first the background.
A year ago I planted TTTF and after poor germination threw down some PRG and KBG seed is a desperate attempt to get it to fill in.
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Before the neglect to reno the front yard and the fence build.

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This spring i've transplanted about 75 KBG plugs that I grew in trays into the bare and dead patches. I've also pulled about another 100 plugs from where I will be building a shed to fill in the rest of the bare patches. The back also got the same fert/tenacity mix as the front yard.
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The Plan:
First and foremost I need a shed to hold my growing collection of lawn equipment.
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I will hopefully be framing the majority of it this weekend.
My plan for the lawn this spring is to continue spoon feeding both the front and back yards at a low rate (0.5 lb N/ K every 3 weeks) in order to push the grass to fill in. Once the spring flush starts I'll be doing some leveling in the back yard to get it smooth enough for the reel mower to not scalp the patches of good grass. I'll also slowly lower the HOC in the back from 2" to the same height (my goal is 3/4" but we'll see how I like it) as the front yard.
As always this big guy will be there to help whenever i'm outside.
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Re: OL 2019 Journal

Post by g-man » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:14 pm

Awesome news on the reel. If you want prodiamine, let me know when you are in Indy. I have plenty for a few decades.

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Post by OnyxsLawn » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:18 am

As soon as the back yard started perking up and looking good. I trampled it significantly in order to build a shed for storing all my lawn supplies.
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I finished most of the frame in one day but didn't get any further because yesterday it rained all day and even snowed a bit. These cold temperatures really aren't helping the front lawn take off. It's still barely growing and has a lot of brown in it, much more than the grass in the back.
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Post by OnyxsLawn » Fri May 03, 2019 2:44 pm

Figured its time for a lawn update even though I'm still not thrilled with how it's going. Last week I got a little heavy handed with my weed killer spot spray and did some damage to the surrounding turf. we'll see if it ever comes back, if not I'll be transplanting some plugs.
Over the weekend I went to my favorite nursery in Cleveland and bought a ton to fill in my beds especially along the back fence.

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This week has been filled with constant rain (about 3") but I have had a chance to get out and mow a couple times and put down about 0.5 lbs N/k from urea.

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The spots that struggled last year are still slow to take off this spring. I think I'm going to put down an app of azoxy to see if that helps if it is a fungus. I didn't initially suspect fungus because there was a lot of brown from winter but now after reading some other posts I'm second guessing myself.

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I'll give it a little more time to take off before I start really freaking out.

In the back I dropped the HOC from 2" to the 3/4" I've been cutting on the front.

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Today it looks far worse than when I first cut it. Still lots of flopped over longer blades of grass blades in the thinner areas. the crowns are also turning very yellow. In contrast to the front though, it's growing like crazy. cutting every other day to stay on top of it and help it adjust to the new HOC.

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I think I really need some good sunshine to get everything going nicely.

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Re: OL 2019 Journal

Post by OnyxsLawn » Thu May 09, 2019 7:39 am

Spread 40lbs of The Andersons Humic DG on Monday.
Yesterday I mowed with the rotary at 1.5" first to help vacuum up some of the more horizontal long grass blades then mowed with the reel at 1". Only cut the back as the front still isn't growing fast so it didn't need it. Is this just the growth habit of dwarf cultivars compared to big box seed? we've gotten a decent amount of sunshine and temps are in the mid 60s to 70s during the day.
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Re: OL 2019 Journal

Post by OnyxsLawn » Mon May 13, 2019 2:17 pm

@g-man I can see how you have a decades worth now!
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I weighed out 2 years worth of applications and didn't make a dent. Trying to get my parents to buy the rest off me for their 4 acres. That should use it up before it goes bad.
Got a good mow in this afternoon.
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There are still a lot of stragglers left over and the cut isn't the cleanest so I've been talking to the superintendent of the warren golf course to see if they've got some time to sharpen the reel for me and probably do the bearings and bed knife at the same time.

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Re: OL 2019 Journal

Post by g-man » Mon May 13, 2019 2:23 pm

FWIW, I don't think it goes bad if you keep it sealed away from heat.

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Re: OL 2019 Journal

Post by MooreGreen55020 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:53 am

How are you liking the Jacobsen? I’m looking at one for $500 it’s a late ‘90 model.

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Re: OL 2019 Journal

Post by OnyxsLawn » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:05 pm

MooreGreen55020 wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:53 am
How are you liking the Jacobsen? I’m looking at one for $500 it’s a late ‘90 model.
It’s great! Needs a sharpen but still cuts great. I think the combined drive and operator presence control is the best design on greens mowers. A little unwieldy in my tight corners along the patio but I’m getting better.

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Re: OL 2019 Journal

Post by OnyxsLawn » Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:08 pm

Some recent pics of the yard and flowers. Mega stripes were time consuming but look good. Wish the sun was out to make them pop more.
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Post by OnyxsLawn » Fri Jun 14, 2019 4:11 pm

Some arched stripes for a gorgeous Friday afternoon!
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