G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by Chris LI » Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:11 pm

If you have a larger amount of soil to sift. You can build a sifting box to set on top of your wheelbarrow, for cheap. My Dad built one when I was a toddler and it lasted about 25 years.

Take a 2x4x8 and cut it into equal sections (10 footer if you want a slightly larger box-2x6 for deeper box). Frame the box out and hammer staples into 1/4" hardware cloth. This should run about $20. We used it for years to sift soil for the garden. I'm proud my Dad taught me to "make good dirt", as he would say. This was part of doing that.

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:59 am

Chris LI wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:11 pm
If you have a larger amount of soil to sift. You can build a sifting box to set on top of your wheelbarrow, for cheap. My Dad built one when I was a toddler and it lasted about 25 years.

Take a 2x4x8 and cut it into equal sections (10 footer if you want a slightly larger box-2x6 for deeper box). Frame the box out and hammer staples into 1/4" hardware cloth. This should run about $20. We used it for years to sift soil for the garden. I'm proud my Dad taught me to "make good dirt", as he would say. This was part of doing that.
I might end up doing that for my backyard in the future.

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by Chris LI » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:49 pm

:thumbup:

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:54 pm

Triage is going well. Also the lawn looks amazing.
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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by ken-n-nancy » Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:02 pm

tneicna wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:54 pm
Triage is going well. Also the lawn looks amazing.
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That does look amazing. Midnight is still one of the best cultivars available for sunny areas. I don't know anybody who's seeded Midnight in full sun and ended up regretting it.
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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:28 pm

Triage bucket.

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Post by tneicna » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:30 pm

I put down a heavy heavy amount of biosolids. About 50lbs per 1ksqft about 4 days ago.

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by g-man » Mon Jul 29, 2019 8:40 pm

The color is really dark. Awesome.

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Post by tneicna » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:00 pm

Already seeing germination with Kentucky Bluegrass. 5 days. This is a record for midnight type cultivars.


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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:07 pm

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Lowes has M in stock.. first time in months. I picked up quite a few bags. Ahh the smell. How I've missed you!

I applied one bag to the front yard at a rate of 30lbs per 1ksqft.

I'm attempting to increase the amount of organic material in the lawn + combined with high rates of Humic/SWE/Fluvics and Tournament Ready - this has loosened up the soil that it feels semi spongy in areas - and those areas are doing fantastic with color and density!

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Mon Aug 05, 2019 1:02 am

There are some other spots with poor soils in my lawn. Will have to correct those very soon, I hope.

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Post by tneicna » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:30 pm

The lawn is greening up nicely. Put a very low dose of PGR on it 2 days ago.

When 95% of your neighborhoods lawns look awful, and yours clearly stands out.

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Thu Aug 08, 2019 11:10 am

Drought conditions. Still holding color.

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Post by tneicna » Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:24 pm

Applying some medicine, as drought conditions have started.

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:51 pm

One of the more recent Tiraged areas had 5 grubs in it. Those areas were showing signs of stress.

More surgery is performed on the area close to the driveway, about 3 inches from the asphalt is showing heat stress.

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:51 pm

Ordered 50lbs of this, as it's of very high quality:

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by forumaccount » Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:02 am

tneicna wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:40 pm
Here are some problematic areas. Pulling up some soil indicates the soil is extremely compacted in those areas, and there are sub-surface pieces of limestone/gravel which are affecting the turf in the summer months. I'll have to triage those areas in a few weeks with removing the existing topsoil and replacing it with some mixture of bagged topsoil.

Using a Penetrometer shows that parts of the lawn that are lush and growing are ~=<100psi, and the other areas that are struggling are near ~=200psi. (Sorry, it's hard to take a picture of the results with a phone while holding the Penetrometer).

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Looks exactly like what is happening in small sections of my back yard. Unscientific handheld shovel tests confirm extreme compaction (damn near as hard as brick) compared to healthier sections. Strangely enough, these extremely compacted sections are in a yard that was recently re-graded (with additional soil brought in) with massive tiller-like equipment. Doesn't make any sense.
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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by Chris LI » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:12 am

tneicna wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:51 pm
Ordered 50lbs of this, as it's of very high quality:

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Have you applied kelp meal in the past? If so, what type of results did you see? I started using GS Plant Foods liquid concentrate this summer to give a boost while applying water heavily to combat the typical heat/drought conditions of summer. It has helped in the hot sunny areas, and has definitely made a difference under my maples which tend to suck up water and nutrients from the turf.

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by tneicna » Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:02 am

Chris LI wrote:
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:12 am
tneicna wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:51 pm
Ordered 50lbs of this, as it's of very high quality:

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Have you applied kelp meal in the past? If so, what type of results did you see? I started using GS Plant Foods liquid concentrate this summer to give a boost while applying water heavily to combat the typical heat/drought conditions of summer. It has helped in the hot sunny areas, and has definitely made a difference under my maples which tend to suck up water and nutrients from the turf.
Yes, I have. I normally put down 10lbs per 1ksqft, but now i'm doing 4lbs per 1ksqft.

The bioconstituents of SWE/kelp really help with heat stress.

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Re: G's Lawn Journal - Midnight KBG

Post by Chris LI » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:55 am

Thank you.

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