Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

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Noticed different animals this winter either foraging or passing through the lawn area: deer, rabbit, opossum, squirrel, coyote, raccoon, and fox. I also saw one river otter, but I think that was during late fall. The beavers are in the fresh water lake.

Soil temp near house 43F and away 39F @ 2" depth. Hand-pulled some marestail weeds and one poa annua weed.

Soil feels water spongy to the touch due to melting snow and rains, needs to dry some before I broadcast lime so the lime will be absorbed into the soil profile instead of being washed off.

Moss species are beginning to show spore seta (stalk) growth. Time is nearing for me to broadcast seeds.
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Lots of robins, blackbirds, and cardinals were on the lawn yesterday afternoon feeding on earthworms.

I was hoping the ground was dry enough to broadcast lime today, but the weather dropping snow had other plans. So I wait again for another opportunity ...

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Soil temp 42F @ 2" depth. All the ~3" snow cover that fell yesterday melted away by this morning. The soil felt slightly moist at noon today, not spongy like it was on Friday. Extended weather forecast air temps 40sF/20sF with snow/ice/rain chance almost every other day, good timing for dormant seeding.

Broadcasted 50# fast-acting calcitic lime, 50# DLF Pickseed KY-31, 10# LESCO TTTF, and 3# Scotts dense shade TTTF/KBG/CRF mix. I then rode the riding lawn mower over the sown grass seeds to push them down for good seed to soil contact.

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Broadcasted 0.50# white & strawberry clover seed mix over select areas of the lawn.

Next I need to sow shady and deer resistant native wildflowers seed mixes over several bed plots boarding the lawn that I've cleared out.

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@Powhatan are the wildflowers perennials, annuals, or a mix? Do you rely on rainfall for water/germination? I've planted a couple of small areas this season but plan on doing much more in the future.

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Wiley wrote:
Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:11 am
@Powhatan are the wildflowers perennials, annuals, or a mix? Do you rely on rainfall for water/germination? I've planted a couple of small areas this season but plan on doing much more in the future.
@Wiley the shady and deer resistant seed mixes are mostly perennials with some annuals. I usually rely on rainfall, but may have to lug the garden hose or watering can around to the various wildflower seed beds if the soil starts to dry out.

There are zillons of shady trees surrounding my lawn/woods and ferns are the most abundant "ornamentals" along with various weeds. I planted some native plants a few years ago, but the animals ate most of those, so I'm trying something different. I don't expect all the various wildflower mix components I'm sowing to survive the growing conditions in my area; hopefully, there will be strong survivors that will adapt.

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Thanks for the info. My situation is similar but with a mix of shade and some full sun areas. I too plan on doing some more seasonal seeding of native wildflowers and letting mother nature decide on what survives. Good luck this season!

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I’m a newbie
I live in Yorktown and I’m sending the soil test to VA tech Friday to see if I have to put lime.
Do you recommend I detach in March before applying Pre Em? I also wanted to seed in the backyard next month do you think is a good Idea? I do have a sprinkler system.
Thank You

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ccarlos19 wrote:
Wed Feb 10, 2021 6:50 pm
I’m a newbie
I live in Yorktown and I’m sending the soil test to VA tech Friday to see if I have to put lime.
Do you recommend I detach in March before applying Pre Em? I also wanted to seed in the backyard next month do you think is a good Idea? I do have a sprinkler system.
Thank You
@ccarlos19 two years ago I sent in a soil sample to VaTech mid-Feb and received my report a month later. I found out that time of year the farmer's samples have priority processing, so your sample reporting might also be delayed.

With TTTF you normally don't need to dethach, but if your turf layer has a noticeable un-decomposed build up then it would be beneficial to dethach. My lawn is ~5 years old and I've never dethached.

Overseeding cool season grass in spring, especially in the transition zone, is not the preferred time to do it ... but each lawn has it's own unique growing conditions so it may work for you. It's just another tool in the tool box. Starting late May through summer months air temps & humidity levels rise thus consequently turf fungal disease pressure increases so that is something to be aware when also irrigating.

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@Powhatan
Thanks for the help.
When you apply the Pre- Em. I was thinking the beginning or mid March.

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ccarlos19 wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:06 pm
@Powhatan
Thanks for the help.
When you apply the Pre- Em. I was thinking the beginning or mid March.
@ccarlos19 yes 50-55F average soil temperatures mid March in Yorktown according to the web GreenCast soil temp tool. That would be a good time to put down preM.

I’m giving the turf a break this year skipping preM. I hand-pull weeds throughout the year manually keeping weed pressure to a minimum.

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Sir thanks so much for your time and help
Look at my front after seeding last year.

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ccarlos19 wrote:
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:00 pm
Sir thanks so much for your time and help
Look at my front after seeding last year.
Very nice :thumbup:

Recommend you start a journal so you can take notes and track your progress.

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Received snow this week and ice forming today.

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