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Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:47 am
by Powhatan
2020 Journal
2021 Lawn Plan
Objectives: biodiverse, reduced inputs, non-irrigated, heat and drought tolerant



Mid/Late Winter:
  • Hand-pull weeds.
  • Virginia Tech soil sample test.
  • Sow shady and deer resistant native plant seed mixes.
  • Dormant overseed fescue and shade grass seed - DLF Pickseed coated KY-31, LESCO All Pro Transition Tall Fescue Seed Blend (TTTF), and Scotts coated Dense Shade Mix (TTTF/KBG/CRF).
Spring:
  • Lite overseed white & strawberry clover areas if needed.
  • Hand-pull or spot spray weeds with Mirimichi Green PRO Weed Control.
  • Spray glyphosate on poa trivialis patches as needed, re-seed dead patches.
  • Garden Safe organic Neem Oil Extract - spot treat grass fungus & garden pests.
  • Lime - (if soil test recommended) to raise pH.
  • LESCO CarbonPro-G soil improver.
  • LESCO Acelepryn (chlorantraniliprole) 0-0-7 SOP Insecticide - same active ingredient as Scotts GrubEX.
  • Safer Brand Lawn Restore 9-0-2 low nitrogen slow release organic fertilize.
  • LESCO 0-0-45 PCSOP - (if soil test recommended) improves overall plant health going into Summer stress.
  • Mulch mow grass @ HOC 3.50” (bag mow HOC 3.25" for more airflow if disease present).
Summer:
  • Hand-pull or spot spray weeds with Mirimichi Green PRO Weed Control.
  • Garden Safe organic Neem Oil Extract - spot treat grass fungus & garden pests.
  • Safer Brand Lawn Restore 9-0-2 low nitrogen slow release organic fertilize.
  • Mulch mow grass @ HOC 3.50” (bag mow HOC 3.25" for more airflow if disease present).
Early Fall:
  • Hand-pull or spot spray weeds with Mirimichi Green PRO Weed Control.
  • Lime - (if soil test recommended) to raise pH.
  • LESCO CarbonPro-G soil improver.
  • Nutrients Plus Screamin' Green 16-2-3 low nitrogen hybrid fertilize.
  • Mulch mow grass & leaves @ HOC 3.50”.
Mid Fall:
  • Hand-pull weeds.
  • Nutrients Plus Screamin' Green 16-2-3 low nitrogen hybrid fertilize.
  • Mulch mow grass & leaves @ HOC 3.50”.
Tasks Completed
Jan:
  • Soil sample.
Feb:
  • Hand-pulled poa trivialis, mouse-ear chickweed, and hairy bittercress weeds.
  • Broadcasted 50# fast-acting calcitic lime, 50# DLF Pickseed KY-31, 10# LESCO All Pro Transition TTTF, and 3# Scotts dense shade TTTF/KBG/CRF mix.
  • Broadcasted 0.50# white & strawberry clover seed mix over select areas of the lawn.
  • Sowed native wildflowers seed mixes, combined the seed mixes with sphagnum peat moss filler material and hand-broadcasted over several prepared beds bordering the lawn.
Mar:
  • Hand-pulled poa trivialis, orchardgrass, mouse-ear chickweed, poa annua, and hairy bittercress weeds.
  • Spot sprayed Mirimichi Green Weed Control Concentrate @ 13% mix rate on mouse-ear chickweed and hairy bittercress weeds bordering the lawn. I also sprayed moss growing around the house perimeter.
Apr:
  • Hand-pulled poa trivialis, orchardgrass, poa annua, and hairy bittercress weeds.
  • Spot sprayed Mirimichi Green Weed Control Concentrate @ 13% mix rate on various weeds.
  • String trimmed grass high tops around the house perimeter.
  • Sprayed N-Ext RGS @ 6oz/M rate.
  • Broadcasted 50# Nutrients Plus Whole Shebang 6-2-4 hybrid fertilizer and 80# LESCO CarbonPro-G soil improver.

Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:57 am
by Powhatan
Sent soil sample to Va Tech soil testing lab last week, awaiting report. Suspect pH will be low and need adjustment. I'll finalize my SiteOne lawn supplies order for the year once soil report received.

Hand-pulled several weeds in planned native wildflower beds bordering the lawn and fed those pulled weeds to the compost tumbler. Recent rains made soil very soft which allowed weeds to pull up with roots very easily. Soil is dark color with lots of earthworms, don't need to mechanical aerate the lawn. The soil improver amendment products I'm using are making a difference.

Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:24 pm
by Powhatan
Felled a dead oak tree. I used a bore cut instead of a back cut cause I wasn't sure how much dead rot was in the tree center. The neighbors will cut up what they want for fire wood.

Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:16 pm
by Powhatan
Received Va Tech soil sample report. Need to add some lime, all else looks satisfactory for a sandy loam soil. I can finalize my SiteOne order for the year now.

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Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:44 pm
by Green
Interesting results. What type of Lime will you use since the Calcium is high and Magnesium sort of high?

Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:43 am
by Powhatan
Green wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:44 pm
Interesting results. What type of Lime will you use since the Calcium is high and Magnesium sort of high?
The Calcium and Magnesium are actually coming down from very high (VH) 2019 report to high (H) 2021 report; I didn't put down any lime this past two years. Three to four years ago I probably put down too much dolomitic lime along with fast acting trying to target recommended 100#/M 2017 report.

This time I'll use LimeLight Pro-Cal Enhanced Pelletized Granular Calcitic Lime from SiteOne, $15.00 for a 50 lb bag. The CCE is slightly higher in LimeLight than Pennington Fast Acting Lime. Pennington recommends 12#/M rate for the high 5-6 pH range adjustment. So for LimeLight I'll use 5#/M in the spring and another 5#/M in the fall this year. Hopefully 10#/M will be sufficient for a scientific wild-@ss guess (SWAG). :wink:

Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:26 pm
by Powhatan
Soil temps mid-40sF this past week. Noticed new clover emergence. Same thing occurred last Jan when soil temps also in the mid-40sF.

Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:32 pm
by Powhatan
Split firewood. Received SiteOne lawn supplies. The LESCO All Pro Transition Tall Fescue Blend has 0%/0% weed seed with two of the three cultivars listed in NC's 2020 top performers.

Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2021 8:51 am
by Powhatan
When moss reproductive spore stems appear that cues me to broadcast winter dormant grass overseed.

Re: Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

Posted: Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:21 pm
by Powhatan
Soil temp 37F @ 2" depth. Hand-pulled poa trivialis clumps.

Warmer ~50F air temps and rains forecasted within next two weeks; I plan to broadcast fast acting pelletized calcitic lime first, then dormant grass & wildflower seeds soon thereafter. Anticipate beginning emergence by late next month when soil temps warming to mid-50sF.