livt0ride - Backyard Renovation - Green Installation 2021

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livt0ride
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Re: livt0ride - Backyard Renovation - Green Installation 2021

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It's starting to be really visible from a distance now :D I'm starting to think that I should have just used a regular hand spreader instead of the drop spreader. The USGA recommendation was to mix with a organic fertilizer. I didn't have one so just mixed with a granular fert in a drop spreader. I ended up hand seeding the edges since I didn't feel the coverage was good with the drop spreader on the sides so that should come in a bit later. I can see grass all through the green, but looks heavier on the edges since that's where I started and it must have dropped more seed at the beginning. Overal I am happy with the results though. Getting dirt today for the rest of the yard. I'm going to till the soil in to the existing.

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Topsoil is here. I have some work to do :)
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Re: livt0ride - Backyard Renovation - Green Installation 2021

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The green was looking a little thin in the middle and the edges. I spread a little more seed on it. (I shoulda just used my hand spreader to begin with on such a small area) Hopefully it starts filling in. Bentgrass creeps so I should be fine I guess :dunno:

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Busy weekend. I decided that I needed to till in the soil I got since it wasn't that great. It's hard to get quality topsoil in Utah. I ended up doing more work than needed likely. I got a tiller and ground up the existing turf and topsoil. It created a mess I had to clean up to be able to level properly. I didn't get any pics of it tilled up, but have some after I flattened it out a little with the riding mower.


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The green is starting to fill in a bit. Should start to see the other seedlings soon I planted after I realized I didn't get good coverage the first time.


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Here is what it looks like after I got all the old grass cleaned out. I just need to do final leveling and seed.


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Re: livt0ride - Backyard Renovation - Green Installation 2021

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Put down some fert at .3 N per 1000. Def need to rake in some more seed... Wish I would have used my hand spreader in the beginning. Going to hopefully get the rest of the lawn seeded tonight. I'm a little late, but hopefully I have enough time. It's still going to be warm here for the next few weeks.


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I was able to get the ground prepped finally last night. I got my seed down. I am putting in Barenbrug turf blue pro. Started putting out some peat. Need to go get a few more bags today.
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It's starting to come together. I have a little bit of cleanup work to do, but overall it's looking good. We got a little bit of rain today which is rare being in Utah. Can't wait to start seeing germination for the rest or the yard. The green is starting to fill in. I still have some seed that hasn't germinated yet in the middle.

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It's been eye opening seeing how much tuning I need to do with the sprinklers since it is bare ground. It has been a huge help to see what is getting proper coverage with this process. I should be able to match up the correct nozzles and spray patterns for proper watering in this new stand. If you haven't seen the Aussie lawns new irrigation setup video go check it out.


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I just keep staring out the back window waiting for germination. I think I have issues lol. I will be giving the green it's first cut today. I can't wait.

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Going outside to get my first mow in! I am following the USGA tips for success. I will be mowing at .25in since I don't have it filled in and my surface isn't that smooth yet. It's my first time cutting a green so I don't want to go low and rip everything out.

TIP 11: Begin mowing as soon as turf is well rooted
Initial mowing heights on new bentgrass putting greens
should be no higher than 0.25 inch. Bermudagrass mowing
heights should also be 0.25 inch or less. The mowing height
for the first cutting depends largely on the smoothness
of the surface. For both bentgrass and bermudagrass,
low and frequent mowing encourages the rapid lateral
spreading that is critical to obtain complete turf coverage.
Since it is almost impossible to keep new putting surfaces
perfectly smooth due to the frequent irrigation necessary
during establishment, some scalping is inevitable. However,
it is better to scalp new turfgrass plants early to allow time
for recovery rather than waiting to lower the height of cut
and risk scalping just prior to opening.

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I just finished the first mow! So exciting. First time cutting bentgrass for me. I def expected some scalping, but overall I think it is looking great. Looking back a few weeks I can see how much it has filled in and now that I can mow it should start wanting to creep sideways more. Here are the results.

Got the GM1000 backlapped yesterday in prep for the first cut
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Here is the first pass
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Def some scalping. The ladybug survived I'm taking that as good omen
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Closeup of a thick area next to a scalped area
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Looks great so far! It’s going to be amazing having a green in your backyard! Looking forward to seeing it grow in more.

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Night shot of the fescue front yard. I've got it looking decent. We'll see how the backyard goes next season before I decide if I'm keeping it or not. Need to level some low spots and aerate it in the next few days. The mums are starting to bloom.

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kman6234 wrote:
Thu Sep 16, 2021 5:17 pm
Looks great so far! It’s going to be amazing having a green in your backyard! Looking forward to seeing it grow in more.
Thanks! Yeah it seems so thin to me and time is running out for fall. I put seed in the thin spots after I cut it. I planted the KBG way too late. I think it will germinate Monday. Fingers crossed.

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Grass babies!!! 9 DAS! Also a weed in the foreground lol


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Night shot


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Front after a mow tonight. Going to aerate tomorrow if I can get a machine to rent.
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Day shot of the front. I don't think it's ever looked better. Def not perfect, but I'm proud of how the fescue looks.

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Starting to see the green haze. KBG is coming in. Green HOC is currently .250 still.


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Put down some disease ex and .3N/k (1.5lb) of 13-0-26 fert on the green. I think I was getting too much water on it at night since I was irrigating the rest of the lawn for germination. backing of watering late in the day.

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