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Location: Avon, IN (west side of Indianapolis)

Grass 18k Total: Front 8k (Bewitched Monostand 2020 Reno), Back 10k (Northern Mix)

Mowers:
  • Toro Timemaster
  • Swardman Edwin 2.1
Products:
  • Tenacity- Herbicide
  • Trimec- Herbicide
  • SedgeHammer- Herbicide
  • Serenade- Fungicide (Preventative)
  • Headway (Propi/Azoxy) Granules- Fungicide
  • Propiconazole 14.3- Fungicide
  • Prodiamine 65 WDG- Pre-Emergent
  • T-Nex- PGR
  • Ferromec AC 15-0-0- Fertilizer
  • Milorganite- Fertilizer
  • 10-10-10- Fertilizer
  • 0-0-50- Fertilizer
  • 46-0-0- Fertilizer
Goals:
  • Lower soil pH, working toward optimum range (8.3 on 2020 soil test)- acquire sulfur or change N apps to 21-0-0
  • Top dress/level to assist with reel mowing experience
  • Improve irrigation accuracy, measuring individual zone outputs
  • Landscape/Mulch around obstacles in yard (electrical box, raised garden bed, swingset, fence line) to make mowing and trimming more efficient and less time consuming
  • KBG plug property line/reno area where germination was most sparse
  • Monitor 5 test plots (Barenbrug RPR, Bewitched/Award KBG, SS Sunny Mix, Bewitched KBG/Slugger PR, SS KBG Mix) in back yard to plan for potential back yard reno
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4-Mar-2021
Couldn't help but get a few passes in with the Swardman to scratch the itch.
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14-Mar-2021
Put down 1st of Prodiamine split app that I am planning for the spring (2nd app planned for late May after doing some leveling with sand/soil). Still a tad early based on GDD tracker, but a good rain tomorrow will soak it in.
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Have a few spots to hand pull/dig out, but overall I think things are looking good going into the season.
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Good for you getting the pre-em down. How bumpy is the lawn and how much topdressing do you plan to use?

I'm rooting for the Bewitched / Award plot.

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@jskierko Lawn looks great. I like how dominant your lawn looks against your neighbors I bet they might start taking care of the lawn now.

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bf7 wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:30 pm
Good for you getting the pre-em down. How bumpy is the lawn and how much topdressing do you plan to use?

I'm rooting for the Bewitched / Award plot.
It's really been hard to assess how bumpy the lawn is. I will have to wait until my first mow to get a good feel. I have one area in my front yard where a buried downspout empties into the yard and drains out to the sidewalk. Over time it has sunk several inches, so that area will be my biggest challenge and obviously will have to be done over many months if I want to keep the yard intact without having to re-seed.

And that is the plot I am rooting for as well. I have hopes of doing a Bewitched/Award/Mazama blend or something similar when I reno the backyard. All plots look terrible right now as they were planted late (September 2020), had no pre-emergents or weed treatments, and are in the highest area of my property with the hardest soil. Basically I wanted to see which one would be the most resilient. Hopefully I will get some pics up this weekend.
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Picked up some new toys today. Stihl KombiSystem with blower, edger, trimmer, and bed redefiner. Fired up the motor today and could feel how powerful the system is. Been raining all day, so if I actually put it to use I'd just end up making a muddy mess.
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20-Mar-2021
Gave the lawn a cleanup mow and sidewalks edged (HOC 1"). Heard a few other mowers going in the neighborhood, but most will hold off as long as possible. Couldn't come soon enough for me.
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Scalped spot from last fall starting to repair itself.

A few aerial shots below. Reno still has some filling in to do on the property lines, will plug those areas in the next few weeks.

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31-Mar-2021
Finally a day off after 10 straight days of working and giving Covid shots, felt great to get back out there!
Double cut the back yard salad bowl mix to 1.75". If only the Triv didn't need mowed every day it'd be looking good!
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Bewitched didn't get mowed today but is holding steady at 1" HOC. Don't think I'll have much wiggle room to drop it any lower unless I do some leveling in certain areas.
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4-Apr-2021
Mowed bewitched to 7/8" today. Not too crazy about the color, but it looks like I've still got quite a bit of dead material from winter in the stand. I decided I'd jumpstart it by giving the lawn its first dose of N for the year. 0.25 lb N/K (0.20 lb from urea and 0.05 lb from ferromec ac at 4oz/k). Hopefully that will encourage it to fill in a bit on the property lines where it's thin. Definitely need to focus on slowing down my passes. Every small bump causes the Edwin to slide quite a bit. Makes me feel like I can't mow a straight line.

Also pulled 18 plugs out from various areas to send off for soil testing. Need to invest in a soil probe because I have just been using the pro plugger and it's a pain to have to go backfill those holes.
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Here's an "oops". Was showing the swardman to a buddy, so I raised HOC as I just wanted to give a quick display and not an actual mow. Forgot to tighten bolt on side opposite the height adjustment. As soon as I hit the grass the reel/bedknife slipped to 0" and dug into the ground.
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I disagree on the color - I think it looks very green for early April. That dead stuff will be gone in no time.

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I have to agree, something is odd with the color. I have bewitched too and it is fairly green now.

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g-man wrote:
Mon Apr 05, 2021 3:17 pm
I have to agree, something is odd with the color. I have bewitched too and it is fairly green now.
If his is odd then mine must be a horror show :lol:

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@bf7 he lives on the other side of indy. He has a bewithed at 7/8in, so very similar to mine. Maybe it is still some yellow tips from the winter that need some mowing off.

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Bewitched front holding steady at 7/8". Still seeing a bit of yellow, but I think the color has improved a bit since the previous mow.
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Sending soil samples off to 2 labs today (Waypoint and A&L Great Lakes). Crazy to see the differences in soil consistency between different parts of my yard.
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Mowed back with the Edwin at 1.75". Stripes like a dream. And yes, that is pure Triv between those 2 trees :|
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Blanket sprayed Trimec Classic at 1.25 oz/k over the entire yard after a weekend of rain helped aid the weed growth. Flushed the sprayer out as the sun set.
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jskierko wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 9:50 am
Bewitched front holding steady at 7/8". Still seeing a bit of yellow, but I think the color has improved a bit since the previous mow.
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Sending soil samples off to 2 labs today (Waypoint and A&L Great Lakes). Crazy to see the differences in soil consistency between different parts of my yard.
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Mowed back with the Edwin at 1.75". Stripes like a dream. And yes, that is pure Triv between those 2 trees :|
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Man! Those back yard stripes!!🔥🔥.. even with the triv! Teach me how to mow straight lines lol.

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Bought a 7" hex plugger to aid in the mechanical removal of some spots of triv in the backyard. Figured this would be the more organic route to go as I have 2 dogs and a 5 year old that I don't want to expose to glyphosate. I have some massive areas and hope to undertake some bigger areas once I get some time off of work.
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Also gonna try to incorporate a little bit of @jrubb42's low cut turf strategy. This is just a test area. Had my bewitched mowed to about 1.5" after the reno last fall and have bounced around between 0.75" to 1" this spring (now that I have a reel). Color hasn't seemed to really be there so I ran the scarifier over the area and scalped it down to just over 0.5". Gonna see how well it bounces back and see if there is an improvement in color.

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Soil Test results are in. Sent to 2 labs this year (Top: Waypoint, Bottom: A&L Great Lakes) just to see if there were any glaring variances between reports. I only took 1 sample over the entire yard due to the fact that my previous tests were fairly consistent in results when testing the front and back separately. Some things that stood out to me:
  • pH- decreased to 7.5 from 8.1 last year, no ideas on the drop in pH, but definitely not mad about it. I will probably apply sulfur once this spring to boost sulfur number and hopefully get some additional pH lowering.
  • K- was 64ppm last year, now up to 148-159. Did nothing specifically targeted for K other than apply 10-10-10 several times throughout the growing season last year. I do have SOP on hand, so I plan on putting down at least 2-3lbs/k over 2 different apps to boost potassium and raise K:Mg ratio.
  • Organic Matter- was 3.15 (front)-3.5 (back) last year, up to 3.5-3.8 this year. Prior to getting serious about my lawn I did a lot of bagging, including bagging leaves. Last year I top dressed with compost and mulched all clippings/leaves in fall.
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