BUTTER 2021

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Another wonderful fall day today. 60°
The lawn really didn’t grow much from last week.
It probably didn’t need mowed. So I mowed it…twice. First direction mulch. Second direction bag. Took off an inch or less. Maybe the last cut of the year. Maybe not. Probably not. I hope not.
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Fantastic!

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@Chris LI Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Like every year I have a lot to be thankful for.

The lawn is starting to fade. Still has decent color in the right light but slowly fading.
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@Butter it’s still looking good.

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@Jeff_MI84 Thanks!

I mowed today. The turf hasn’t really grown since the last mow. I was just chomping up leaves and keeping the stripes sharp. Pretty good chance this is the last mow. With temps above freezing I’m going to run my irrigation tonight. It’s really dry. Lighting was much better in today’s pic compared to yesterday’s Thanksgiving pic.
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Winterized the irrigation on Tuesday. I probably should have watered one last time but I didn’t.
Today was a record high temperature. 74°
Previous high was 70° in 1889.
The color is holding on but the fescue is not growing, the Poa triv is growing but the fescue is not. No pics. It was nearly dark when I got home from work.

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I have always wanted to mow in December so today I did. I dropped el Toro one notch, 2.75”, and mowed. The last mow of the season.
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😲 still looks incredible! I did my first ever December cut today. Definitely no regrets. I'll go for it every year now.

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@Butter hot dang!

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@bf7 @mowww Thanks!
I’m not ready for the season to be over.

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Last mow, again!
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Temps have been up and down. Nothing too cold yet and some really nice highs. No rain for over a month.

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Crazy day of weather yesterday. Seemed like June rather than December. Record high temp of 75. Strong winds all day. 40-50mph sustained winds with gusts up to 70mph from the south. It's Kansas so we are used to wind but this was a lot. Early evening the wind shifted to the west and brought a thunderstorm that produced a little bit of rain. Maybe 1/2", hard to know for sure because it was raining sideways. The air smells like cheap cigars from fires to the west. More seasonal weather today.

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First day of winter. It’s gotta start before it can end. Temps have been more winter like lately but still not too bad. The color has really taken a hit in the last week and a half.
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This the third year that I’ve given lawn calendars to my family for Christmas. It started as a joke and now they expect them. Anyway they arrived today so I’m reliving better lawn days.
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Merry Christmas! Record high Christmas Eve.
73°. Previous high was 68° in 1889. The weatherman said there are a lot of similarities between December 1889 and December 2021.
This is the third record high this fall/winter. Two have been from 1889. So I guess we’re on a 132 year cycle. Anyway I mowed. No growth, just chopping up leaves. It’s pretty cool to mow on Christmas Eve!
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Love the lawn calendar and may put this on my list for next year! Do you choose seasonally appropriate pics for the month (i.e. snow-covered lawn in the winter, leaves on the lawn for Oct/Nov, etc) or do you just put a collection of your best together?
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@jskierko All the pictures are from this year and from the month they represent. Snow cover for January and February. Flag for July. Most months I just use the best pic. I take a lot of pictures so I use the best for each month. And of course I have some lawn selfies for some months. It’s been a fun thing to do for the last few years. It’s my way of sharing my lawn craziness with my family!

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2021 was a good lawn year for me. Now that it’s over here is the wrap up post.
Weather
Low temp. -17° on February 15th. Probably the scariest night of my adult life. Other than that winter wasn’t too bad. 5 or 6 days with lows at or below 0°.
High temp. 103° on August 12th. 6 days with highs 100° or above. Countless days mid to upper 90’s.
48.5” of rain. 36” is average.
12.5” of snow.
12.5” of irrigation.
Nutrition
4 lbs of N/k. That’s down more than a pound from last year. Carbon X, soybean meal and Ammonia Sulphate.
Also micro nutrients and humic.
I started using Main Event Iron with good results.
Mowed 52 times between March 20 and December 24.
I got a new mower on Father’s Day. Toro super Recycler, el Toro.
I dormant seeded for the first time this year. It was very successful. February 27th.
I only had to spot seed about 5 or 10 sq. ft. this fall. I pre germinated the seed. First time doing that.
I managed to get by with very little damage from drought and fungus.
Also by dumb luck I avoided armyworm damage that was bad in my area. I had lots of damage in the backyard that I don’t treat but none in the front.
Over all it’s been a pretty good lawn year. I only freaked out publicly a couple times.
Big thanks to everyone that makes TLF possible. I learn something new here every day.
I’m happy to have my little part of TLF and thanks to anyone whose followed along this year. I’m sure I’m forgetting something I wanted to say but I’ve rambled on enough.
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See ya next year!

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