Green's Lawn Journal

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Oh okay.

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Got at least 0.1 inch of rain last night, and a bunch more leaves came down. Tonight: going into the upper 20s. Shut off the front water just in case.
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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Wow, still on the front page after 3 days as the season slows...

Yesterday: Mowed the majority of the low input area and mulched a large amount of leaves in. Down to 3.6 inches now. Definitely took something off, but didn't measure as I didn't bag. Raked a few remaining leaves.

Today: Got at least 0.1 inch of rain last night. I like the light rains. A little flooding...and of course some areas are very soggy.
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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Mulched leaves in main front real quick.
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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Got a trim and mow in on the lower back. Bag mowed at ~3in, including the upper back up to the steps, and the border where the natural area meets grass. Once again, I got clippings (0.25-0.5 inch). One week since the prior mow.

At family member coastal CT lawn: checked soil temps. Roughly 40F, maybe 42. Neighboring lawn has a lot of Zoysia. Still a hint of green left in the Zoysia blades.
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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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Got around 0.1 inch of rain today plus some snow flurries at one point. First of the season.

Picked up a bag of Scotts GreenMax fertilizer (my favorite formula to use as a final Winterizer fert).
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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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Cold like Winter today...high was around 40, but in the very late afternoon, it was 34-35F.

Neighbor in back mowed and mulched leaves today. Very surprised. Usually quits before October. Had not done anything in weeks.

Overall, lawns are not holding color well this Fall. At the moment, mine is one of the best. Last year, it was pretty bad. Only thing that changed was more Potassium (even into the Fall) this year.

Neighbor 11 lawn was fertilized on 11/22. We'll see how it looks in March versus other timings. Experiments continue...
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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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Warm enough to get out and work on leaves. Used the mower to bag up leaves from the side front and upper back, and relocated them to the side where I mulched them in, and the low input area. Got a few clippings despite not lowering the deck to the previous mow height for a true mow.

Grass especially in back where it's more shaded is losing color and stiffness. Also has a good amount of brown from disease damage. (Amount of active disease may be decreasing as it gets colder.)

Trying to figure out if there's enough rain coming late week for a final winterizing N app.
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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Mulched leaves in lower back. Not many, so they often flew everywhere out from the mower. Then dropped deck and bag mowed grass and remaining leaves. Did the same with upper back, except bagged most of the leaves (except near shed and house where I mulched) and ended up triple mowing the area due to deck height error.

Mower engine started to smoke. Checked and cleaned air filter, checked oil level, and added a bit of seafoam to the gas tank. It turned out that mulched leaves had gotten into the engine area and were burning up; blew it out well and problem was solved.

Started the side. Did other (garage) side with bag mowing at top height. Bag mowed side front. Started to mulch leaves in main front. Plan to finish mowing tomorrow; hoping for dry ground.

HOC: ~3 in setting. Grass clippings were cut off in all areas. Nothing crazy long, but had slight growth even in back. Clippings mostly 1/8 to 1 inch, but a few longer and shorter ones.

Dandelions are damaged but still green.

Got a small bag of Anuvia fertilizer (from domyown since no one local seems to sell it) to finally try out for next year. Very interested to see how it works.
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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Trace amount of rain overnight. And again this afternoon, but I got to mow as it was just a bit damp. Wind increased toward the end of mowing...

Finished mowing and leaf cleanup for the week. Front and rest of the side. Mowed at ~3in setting again, and bagged the grass and leaves as I've been doing the last few weeks. Got clippings, but not a ton (just like the other areas yesterday). I think this may have been the last true mow for the year. (Will likely do one more over the next week or so to get the grass just under 3 inches in some areas.)

Also mowed most of the near part of the low input area, mulching leaves in the process (3.6 in). In addition, mowed the uneven area behind the shed for the first time in a long time (at 4 in with the Toro because the ground is so uneven). Mulched the leaves there as well.

Hand trimmed near hellstrip areas and utilities in the front.

Tonight, got some wind gusts (with some rain) which brought down more leaves and some sticks (mostly in the back), so it's no longer clean like it was earlier today.
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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Yesterday: checked soil temps. 40F on average. Not lower, but some places higher.

Today: blew leaves off back lawn and adjacent hardscape and bed areas into natural area and also low input area and then mulched them in. Picked up sticks.
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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Sprayed final app of biofungicide (Sonata - 4oz rate) w/ Nu-Film (0.5 tsp rate) on upper and lower back at 3PM, so it had a chance to dry properly. Gave the P95 mask a try. Seemed to work pretty well despite the valve. Didn't really smell a lot of the spray.

Then later, blew leaves from the side front plus bed edges, to the main front.

Then mulched leaves on the main front and the adjacent side.

Brought in one of the front hoses. Only one each left in both front and back now.
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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Got 0.2 inch of rain last night. Surprised it was at the higher end of the predicted range. If I had had time to do the fertilizer, it might have worked out. Then again, there is a lot of wind today, so whatever didn't get watered in would volatilize with the damp ground. More rain is predicated tonight, but only 0.01-0.1 inch is likely. We'll see. In any case, there will likely be another rain chance later in the week, and the soil is still above 40F, so there is still time.
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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