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Big old hunk. Good work getting that outta there.

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4 days since last mow, grass out of regulation, had a good 1/2" taken off. Front yard is still recovering from the dethatch, but both sides of the house are just about back to full strength. Backyard NoMix (as seen in the bottom aerial shots) still has a long way to go and a few spots may not have the gusto to make it back until fall blitz.

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With the current raining weather, I would give it some fast nitrogen to help recover from the damage.

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Wife sent me these pictures of our backyard right after a downpour today. This is maybe the 3rd time I've seen this happen in the 9 years I've lived here. Pop-up showers have been the norm here for the past several days, making any planning or predicting just about impossible. Grass is growing like crazy and it's been impossible to coordinate my time off of work with a long enough dry spell to get anything done.
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I feel your pain.

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@Harts, here is my rubber mulch around the swingset. I picked up some rubber landscaping edging to separate the rubber mulch from the hardwood mulch that runs the entire length of my fenceline.

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Per @g-man's advice, gave the yard a small shot of N to help it recover with the dethatch stress. It is slowly coming back. Front faces due north, so it doesn't get the full sun that the rest of the yard gets, but it'll get there.
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Don't like mowing when the ground is saturated and water collects on the property line on the left side of this pic. The rear roller does a great job of getting the grass nice and dirty in that area.
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Insane amount of growth with a combination of N and all the rain we've been getting. Swardman missed a few of the longer blades (understandably so at this length).
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Who says reel mowers can't handle slopes? Probably putting a lot of stress on the belts in this area.
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Lookin good! That last picture gives me hope for my slopes. Although they don’t get nearly as much sunlight as that area does.

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lbb091919 wrote:
Wed Jul 14, 2021 10:19 pm
Lookin good! That last picture gives me hope for my slopes. Although they don’t get nearly as much sunlight as that area does.
Put some Pennington Slopemaster down on your slopes. I had a solid rain 5 days after seed down and this area held up flawlessly while some gentler slopes (where I didn't put it down) did not.
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Good to know it works. That’s what I was planning to do

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Update from 5 test plots planted on 2-Sep-2020 (top to bottom in the picture below)
1) Barenbrug RPR
2) Bewitched/Award KBG
3) SS5000 (Grand Slam PR, Radar Chewings Fescue, Midnight, Mazama, Bluebank KBG)
4) Bewitched KBG/Slugger PR (25/75)
5) SS1100 (Bluebank, Bewitched, Blue Note KBG)
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Again, these are all in my back yard which is a lot lower input than my reno area. Test plots with the rye grass fizzling out, regardless of the adequate rainfall. Most impressed with plot 5, even though the color is a bit more "light green" than I'd like to see, probably due to blue note if I had to venture a guess (described as having a "moderate green color", but good spring green up). Kind of makes me want to try a duostand with Bewitched/Bluebank. Not sure if I'll ever veer from a monostand though due to my obsession with the uniformity.
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Just went 10 days without mowing, probably the longest stretch I've gone without mowing during the growing season in years. Left for a week-long vacation on 7/17 and the few days leading up to it were all rain so I wasn't able to get a last minute mow in to hold it over. Had to bring out the rotary to clean it up, too long for the swardman. Also dropped SOP today at 2lbs/k.

I don't think it rained after I left (naturally) and I only triggered the irrigation once, so things dried out pretty quick (Edit: 6.29" of rain the first 2 weeks of the month, then 0.04" of rain the week I was gone). Today was the first day that it seemed "dusty" when doing my edging. Pics from today's low rotary mow below.
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Bonus pics: vacationed on Lake Michigan and couldn't help but dream about having a view like this while mowing. Found myself looking at lawns more than the beach/lake. Almost offered to volunteer my mowing services for free.
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Another bonus pic: came back from vacation to find some new gear waiting for me :thumbup:
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jskierko wrote:
Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:12 pm
I don't think it rained after I left
Of course! Everything still looks fantastic. These cultivars we use are trained to handle large amounts of stress.

Did you measure how long the grass was when you got back? Did you put down any PGR prior to leaving?

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bf7 wrote:
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Did you measure how long the grass was when you got back? Did you put down any PGR prior to leaving?
I did not measure. It still looked short compared to the neighbors on either side of me (as they each keep 4+ inch lawns). But anyone who frequents my street certainly had to know that I was not around. Here is a pic I took before mowing (don't mind the sedge). Again, hard to tell since it's up against a tall bordering lawn, but based on the clippings I was getting it was probably just over 2 inches.

I did put t-nex down on 7/14. Can't imagine how long it would have been without it. The grass was out of regulation prior to that. I certainly have not done the lawn any favors this season by going in and out of regulation, putting it under undue stress, and experimenting in general. Hope to get back to basics/consistency next year.
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jskierko wrote:
Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:13 pm
bf7 wrote:
Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:53 am
Did you measure how long the grass was when you got back? Did you put down any PGR prior to leaving?
I did not measure. It still looked short compared to the neighbors on either side of me (as they each keep 4+ inch lawns). But anyone who frequents my street certainly had to know that I was not around. Here is a pic I took before mowing (don't mind the sedge). Again, hard to tell since it's up against a tall bordering lawn, but based on the clippings I was getting it was probably just over 2 inches.

I did put t-nex down on 7/14. Can't imagine how long it would have been without it. The grass was out of regulation prior to that. I certainly have not done the lawn any favors this season by going in and out of regulation, putting it under undue stress, and experimenting in general. Hope to get back to basics/consistency next year.
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Good to know. I have another 9 day trip coming up end of Aug. Before my last one, I put down 0.4 oz/k with great success. Barely grew at all. Debating whether to keep it under regulation prior to the Aug trip since I had some bronzing recently after going rogue with the propi. I think a dose prior to leaving will be necessary though to not end up with 3+ inch grass.

Amazing how your stripes stayed intact with all the growing happening.

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Been about 2 weeks since any substantial rainfall and things are starting to fade and show stress around the area, with my yard being no exception especially around the edges. Plan is to ride it out and start hitting it with N here in about 4 weeks.

Put down:
T-Nex @ 0.375 oz/k
Clearys @ 2 oz/k
Main Event @ 2 oz/k

HOC: 13/16"
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7k sq ft reno (saving about 3k for the kid/dogs). Why not? Couldn't let everyone else have all the fun without me this fall. More Bewitched mono incoming.

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1st gly down on 7/14. (Yes I missed a spot or 2 on my first gly app). Went on vacation 7/17-7/24. Came back to this. Did not tell wife. If I could have captured the look on her face when we returned :shock:
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Being gone for a week after gly leads to a lot of flopping over... lots of work to get this cut down but the scarifier cartridge is a beast.

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Even the dogs don't dare desecrate the reno area...
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Haha. You’ve got some cojones! I dig it! It looks like you got a great kill on your first batch. What are the cliff notes moving forward and planned seed down date?

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Golden retrievers love renovating…. Looks good

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