simplesimon’s 2021 lawn journal (TTTF in Massachusetts)

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simplesimon’s 2021 lawn journal (TTTF in Massachusetts)

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I had contractors over to do landscaping work and install a patio. In the process half the grass was wiped out. They put down seed and starter fertilizer (no idea what they used) after they were done in mid-August but Hurricane Ida washed out about half of the seed they put down. The front yard has irrigation but I got some installed in the backyard since the yard was a mess already.

I used to have a local guy maintain the lawn but I was not impressed with the results after two years and much $ spent and decided to research DIY. I found TLF shortly thereafter and so my journey begins…

8/25 - trying to figure out next steps…the seed that contractors put down germinated about a week prior
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8/31 – scalped the lawn in preparation for seeding of my own. Didn’t get to seed right away as I got the fortunate news that I was bumped up the waitlist to get my shed installed on 9/1.
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9/2-9/3 - seeded with SS1000 TTTF blend.
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9/10 - we have liftoff!
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9/13 (today) - Adjusted one of the sprinkler heads in the back’s coverage as one area of the lawn that looks like it will be thin had triple irrigation coverage. I’ll revisit in a couple weeks and see if I need to reseed.
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Nice! Take back your lawn, and welcome to TLF! You look like you're in pretty good shape. Just spoonfeed N in the fall and you should be in great shape for the spring.

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Chris LI wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:59 pm
Nice! Take back your lawn, and welcome to TLF! You look like you're in pretty good shape. Just spoonfeed N in the fall and you should be in great shape for the spring.
Thank you! The lawns on these journals give me some hope. I'm wondering if I should just try to seed the thin spots now.

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simplesimon wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:09 am
Chris LI wrote:
Mon Sep 13, 2021 5:59 pm
Nice! Take back your lawn, and welcome to TLF! You look like you're in pretty good shape. Just spoonfeed N in the fall and you should be in great shape for the spring.
Thank you! The lawns on these journals give me some hope. I'm wondering if I should just try to seed the thin spots now.
If you have seed left there's no reason not to. I'm in MA as well and have seeded tttf succesfully at this point in September. Returns diminish greatly seeding into October.
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Carlson wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:13 am
If you have seed left there's no reason not to. I'm in MA as well and have seeded tttf succesfully at this point in September. Returns diminish greatly seeding into October.
Thanks - storm's rolling through next couple days, I'll get on it this weekend.

Where in MA are you located? Your first reno journal was motivating for me!

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Seeded bare patches with the seed I had left and Slopemaster on top. Wish I had more seed.


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looking good

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I gave the old grass a mow and tried to avoid the more recently seeded areas. Not ideal but the previous grass was getting long. HOC of 3".

The grass looks decent from most angles except when standing directly over it looking down. :(

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simplesimon wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:24 pm
Carlson wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:13 am
If you have seed left there's no reason not to. I'm in MA as well and have seeded tttf succesfully at this point in September. Returns diminish greatly seeding into October.
Thanks - storm's rolling through next couple days, I'll get on it this weekend.

Where in MA are you located? Your first reno journal was motivating for me!
North end of Middlesex County, here.

Good luck with the weekend seeding!
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Carlson wrote:
Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:12 pm
simplesimon wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:24 pm
Carlson wrote:
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:13 am
If you have seed left there's no reason not to. I'm in MA as well and have seeded tttf succesfully at this point in September. Returns diminish greatly seeding into October.
Thanks - storm's rolling through next couple days, I'll get on it this weekend.

Where in MA are you located? Your first reno journal was motivating for me!
North end of Middlesex County, here.

Good luck with the weekend seeding!
I ended up seeding today as the forecast showed that potential storm was much weaker than anticipated...ran out of seed though! Oh well...next year...

I'm in Norfolk County along 95.

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Nothing wrong with adding a bit more seed in the spring or even next fall. That's part of the fun for TTTF for me!
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Going on vacation starting tomorrow, so I was eager to put down the lime I’ve been waiting to do. It rained this morning and I waited a little bit after it stopped raining to go out and do it and like an idiot left some footprints in soft spots. Lesson learned…

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Bah...couldn't help myself and ordered more seed to seed bare spots. I figured better a little late now than try to seed in spring or wait another year.

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Mowed to 2” and put SOP down today.

Plan to reseed bare spots tomorrow (not pictured, side lawn that is patchy) when my SSS order comes in.

My N-Ext RGS came today and I’ll be combining that with my first N spoon feeding Friday.


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Last seeding of the season, hoping for a warm October. Figured this and a spring seeding were equally not ideal times. These are the side areas where there were a decent amount of bare spots due to erosion. The blue is Slopemaster I put on top. The areas in front of the spruce tree have been muddy for weeks due to watering…the area doesn’t get a ton of sun and I think there’s extra sprinkler coverage…going to have to figure that out.


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What seed did you go for for the late touch up in back? If it has fescue or rye in it I bet it'll have a good chance to get going before it gets too cold. I have a mind to throw a few more handfulls of seed around in a few places this weekend myself!
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Carlson wrote:
Thu Sep 23, 2021 6:28 pm
What seed did you go for for the late touch up in back? If it has fescue or rye in it I bet it'll have a good chance to get going before it gets too cold. I have a mind to throw a few more handfulls of seed around in a few places this weekend myself!
TTTF, I hope so! There are patches in the front from the old lawn that don't match but right now it's just green and that's okay. I might ask next year what it is and if its worth keeping around.

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Put down some Bioadvanced fungicide at the curative rate for the issue here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=32503

Threw down Milo and RGS afterwards and watered everything in. Humidity is starting to break, hopefully stays that way the rest of the year.

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Second (or third?) mow, HOC 2”. Not sure how much the bare spots will end up filling in but I’m starting to accept it won’t be perfect and feel pretty good about progress so far thanks to this forum and journaling everything.

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Found an old photo in my phone. First is from 8/22 after one of the big storms and I was having my irrigation fixed. Second from 9/27.

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