g-man 2019 Lawn Journey

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g-man 2019 Lawn Journey

Post by g-man » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:01 am

Lets continue the journal in to my 6k lawn. This is a lawn in one of the Indianapolis suburbs that I'm reel mowing at 24mm (~1in).

Cross References:
The early years: 2016-2018
220E Rebuild
Soil test 2019
Soil Test 2016-2018

Goals for 2019:
- Grade and reno the backyard with bewitched kbg
- Reduce my inputs (aka move more into maintenance)
- Add shrubs and improve landscape
- Finish the front yard irrigation zone and add the rachio flow meter

Winter
It was challenge this year. Polar vortex and windy days sucked the moisture out of the lawn (dessication). My lawn normally stays green in the winter, but not this year. It did recover the color and it is looking pretty good right now.

11Mar2019
Dormant lawn
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Re: g-man 2019 Lawn Journey

Post by g-man » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:11 am

A warm day in Feb
Pruned the trees and rose bushes.

17Mar2019
Took soil samples and dropped SOP (1lb/M). I knew I needed the potassium, so I dropped some without getting the soil results back. I also did a clean up mow with rotary to pickup any branches.

23Mar2019
First reel mow!!! Tuned up the 220E and replaced chains/sprockets. Found a tunnel mole in the backyard on the initial perimeter pass. Used the 220E to get it flat. Mowed the front yard and when I returned there was a new tunnel. He/she was on the move. It was moving around 1in every 20s. I used the 220E to get the tunnel flat, permanently flat.
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27Mar2019
I took this mid second reel mowing. On the right side you can see the Reno from last year. The Reno looks better than my nomix. The TTTF at 1in took a beating and it has white leaves. I think it will recover.

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Post by g-man » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:19 am

29Mar2019
A perfect drizzle rain for prem. I missed the opportunity.

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Re: g-man 2019 Lawn Journey

Post by ronjon84790 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:31 am

Looking forward to following this year.

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Post by Alex1389 » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:55 am

@g-man any theories on why your NoMix greened up and your neighbors' have not yet?

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Post by g-man » Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:04 am

@Alex1389 yes. Fall Nitrogen.

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Post by g-man » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:30 pm

Not only Purdue is out of the final four, but also this.

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This morning with better lighting. The weather folks never talked about snow. The roads weren't prep or treated. Good Indiana weather, if you don't like it, wait an hour it will change.

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Re: g-man 2019 Lawn Journey

Post by Pete1313 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:02 am

:shocked:
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Post by g-man » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:58 am

It been a busy last couple of days. The kids has spring break this week. We went to Cincinnati to see 100% Perennial Ryegrass. The boy watched a game eating peanuts and cracker jack. :-D

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The snow stayed until late Monday on the yard. We returned Wednesday and the lawn needed a mow. It is starting to take off.
03Apr2019 Before mowing
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03Apr2019 after mowing
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Thursday morning I spent it here.
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Thursday/Friday I spent the afternoon doing the retention wall on the left side of the house. The ground was moist on Thursday and I was able to do a lot. It rained on Thrusday night and Friday was slow with all the mud. Getting it leveled in all directions is hard.

I got 15 bags of mulch from the Lowes special. My son took all the old mulch out and we then placed the new one. I redefined most of the beds. Two of them have plenty of bewitched KBG that I want to transplant.

Yesterday I did another mow. I'm at 24mm (1in) and I dont like it this high. I want to leave the reno areas at 1in thru the summer. I edged, trimmed and striped the lawn for spraying. I then finally sprayed prodiamine at 5grams/ksqft (0.32lb ai/acre rate). I sprayed the whole yard at this rate. I plan to do a second (split) app in 8 weeks but only to the areas not getting a reno.

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Reel low Northern mix (look at the TTTF at 1in):
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Last night pictures. (the pixel night images look great)
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After all this work, today(07Apr2019) it is supposed to rain and I'm going to rest.
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Re: g-man 2019 Lawn Journey

Post by Pete1313 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:16 am

g-man wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:58 am
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I really like this pic. You can see the stripes, but what stands out to me is the crisp, clean edging. I see the sign in the next door neighbors lawn. Did they get tired of competing with your yard?. :lol:
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Post by social port » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:15 am

Pete1313 wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:16 am
g-man wrote:
Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:58 am
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I really like this pic. You can see the stripes, but what stands out to me is the crisp, clean edging. I see the sign in the next door neighbors lawn. Did they get tired of competing with your yard?. :lol:
Agree. It is looking great already, g-man.

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Post by g-man » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:09 pm

@Pete1313 and @social port , you guys like the picture I did not plan or even stopped to take. I went get my son from the neighbors house and took that image while walking.

She got relocated to California from work in October. It is finally pending. It needs prem.

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Post by KHARPS » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:28 pm

Looking good! I think you accidentally captioned a couple of those pictures as “May” instead of “April”

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Post by g-man » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:21 pm

Spring flush is here. My last mow was on Saturday. After looking at it today, I could mow again today.

Growth Potential is high. Water usage is about 0.1in per day. We had nice rains that are maintain the field capacity all good. Dollar spot probability is increasing, so I need to get the hose ready for dragging.
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I want to highlight two things with this image. I have not applied any nitrogen to my lawn since 15oct2018. I also did not apply the late winterizer application either (after top grow stops).

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Post by OnyxsLawn » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:22 am

@g-man Are you planning on applying any N to your reno area in the back this spring?

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Post by g-man » Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:38 am

Yes. This week. I dropped alfalfa pellets but those take a while to feed.

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Post by g-man » Thu Apr 18, 2019 7:21 am

13APR - Built some more trenches to channel water out of the backyard and prep for leveling. Took bewtiched from the mulch bed and plugged into the side yard.

16APR - 1lb of K and P/ksqft. Reno area got 0.25lb of N/ksqft. It is spreading.

Mowed with single doubles on Tuesday night. Clippings were at 1in in length and hoc at 1in. No nitrogen.
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17 Apr - 7am images (still dark) - using Pixel Night mode

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Next steps:

- The Reno might need iron. Let's see how it responds to AS.
- There are a couple of grassy weeds that will get round up.
- Monitor the neighbor yard that looks to have leaf spot.
- Grow is crazy, but will wait for seedheads to pop up before PGR.

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Post by Pete1313 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:25 am

@g-man, looking good! :thumbsup: question, what are your thoughts on waiting until seed heads before primo compared to starting on it after the 2nd true full mow? Is the wait due to the part you renovated?
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Post by g-man » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:09 am

My thoughts are that I don’t like the seedhead phase. It is about to start soon. I think if I start pgr, I’m just going to extend it because the grass is growing slower.

By the way, I’m in my 4th true mow this weekend. I’m at a rate of 1in of grow in 5days.

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Post by Pete1313 » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:14 am

Makes sense. I'll do my second true mow on Saturday. Alittle behind you as I'm further north, but looking forward to get back on the primo as the growth is ramping up in spots.
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