Carlson's 2020 Fun with Fescue

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Dan1234 wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:44 am
Hi Carlson - this is looking great! I'm using regenerate in mine as well, so hoping it comes in as nicely as yours.

Had a quick question looking through your journal, is the growth progress from your Aug 27 post and Aug 31 post really only 4 days? it seemed to take off considerably in that time frame. These seem to be some fast growing cultivars!

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Indeed it was. Some of that speed can probably be attributed to slice seeding (great seed-to-soil contact) plus the fact that I used Soil Moist on my seed before putting it down.
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Yard is looking great Carlson, very impressed with the renovation!

How much seed have you thrown down/1000 ball park? I saw you threw 60 down initially in what I think was the backyard overseed but just wanted to figure out where you are at compared to what I've been doing

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@elgrow thanks man!

For the front yard full reno I landed at 12.5lb/k over 8000 sq ft - so 100lb.

Back yard is about 10k sq ft - I had probably 2k sq ft of full reseeding and 8k sq ft of overseeding. I used 100lb total back there too between the initial seedings and repair work a few weeks later.
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Front looks amazing man! I've got a couple RM renos coming in now. Hope they turn out as well as yours did. Do you have a top view photo so we can see how thick it is?

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Front looks amazing man! I've got a couple RM renos coming in now. Hope they turn out as well as yours did. Do you have a top view photo so we can see how thick it is?
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Pretty happy so far. Tillering should keep increasing as I mow so it'll get a bit thicker yet.
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Just as an additional reference, here is the same view in the back yard. Same varieties of fescue but the back yard has a whole season in (overseed notwithstanding)
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the back and front looks great - can't believe how fine the blades are after one year, not as wide as most fescues!

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the back and front looks great - can't believe how fine the blades are after one year, not as wide as most fescues!
Oh yeah man these cultivars stay really fine - especially when I keep it at <3". If you don't look close enough at the blades to see the ridges/texture that fescue has you could easily mistake it for KBG.

I'll also say that even though rhizomatous fescue spreads nowhere near as well as KBG does, it certainly gets very dense if you keep it happy!
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@Carlson it looks like it's really taking off. You must be mowing like a madman to keep up with it.

@gatorguy do you have a journal for the RM reno? I really would like to see what an RM monostand looks like.

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Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:50 am
@Carlson it looks like it's really taking off. You must be mowing like a madman to keep up with it.

@gatorguy do you have a journal for the RM reno? I really would like to see what an RM monostand looks like.
I'm trying to keep it to 2-3 mows a week, but it's definitely putting on about ⅓" or so per day.
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thats great news on the spreading, not expecting kbg results, but anything to help keep it thicker will be great.

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thats great news on the spreading, not expecting kbg results, but anything to help keep it thicker will be great.
Yeah I mean to be clear, it would not fill in a sizeable gap like KBG would -- at least not for a few years anyway so you would have weed pressure. But it does do a good job thickening up in areas that are on the thin side.
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@bf7 I dont have one going although dont mind starting one. I actually have two renos one for a client and my own in RM. I posted a pic of mine at 9 days after seed down in the British Columbia hometown forum. Dont want to hijack @Carlson's thread. Loving the progress, gives me something to look forward to!q

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Went through your journal and the yard looks fantastic.. it seems within 30ish days you've gone up to a full lawn.

I wanted to ask you where you get your RM from? I searched everywhere and never found it. Ended up seeding 2 weeks later than planned.
Also why not add any KBG in the mix?

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uts wrote:
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Went through your journal and the yard looks fantastic.. it seems within 30ish days you've gone up to a full lawn.

I wanted to ask you where you get your RM from? I searched everywhere and never found it. Ended up seeding 2 weeks later than planned.
Also why not add any KBG in the mix?
I got the RM from Hogan this year - last year I ordered from Hearne but they haven't restocked this year. Called Hogan up, the gent I spoke with called DLF Pickseed, and a bag arrived at my door a couple weeks later.

Mostly because I just really like tall fescue, I guess. Fescues tend to be more drought-tolerant and heat-tolerant than KBG (generally, although there are exceptions), and ultimately I want to get my lawn to a point where it needs mininal watering beyond what rain provides. And while I know rhizomatous fescues don't spread like KBG, it is interesting to see what it can do on it's own.

Also I'm WAAAAAY too impatient to wait 2 weeks for germination only to have a pout phase right after hahaha. I will say I am jealous of the color I see on some of the KBG lawns though!
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Evening colors on a cool day 👌👌
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Gonna do a mow and a spray tomorrow. Definitely ½lb N/k of urea, plus some combination of rgs, humic 12, and air-8... I haven't decided if I want to do all three this week or just one or two yet.
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Is that what beauty looks like? Hope to get there next spring. Only 180 more days to go.
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Carlson wrote:
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Evening colors on a cool day 👌👌
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Gonna do a mow and a spray tomorrow. Definitely ½lb N/k of urea, plus some combination of rgs, humic 12, and air-8... I haven't decided if I want to do all three this week or just one or two yet.
Amazing color! Gotta love those evening shots in the fall.

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Thanks @bf7! Definitely satisfying.

Wound up mowing at 2.25" on Saturday and then spraying Sunday. On the spraying I actually skipped the urea since the growth rate is still so quick out there. Wound up doing 3oz/k of RGS and Humic12 plus 6oz/k Air-8. I'll do urea at 0.5#N/k next weekend.
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