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jskierko's 2020 Lawn Reno- Bewitched Front

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Background/Intro: Long time lurker, 1st dedicated thread. Moved into this house in 2012 (house had 1 prior owner, built in 2011). Yard was likely seeded with contractors mix or simple northern mix. I have overseeded a few years back with a Scott's Sun and Shade mix, so right now the lawn is a good mix of bluegrass, rye, and fine fescue (with some nasty clumping tall fescue mixed in). I turned into a true lawn nut last year (2019). My previous practices were cutting the yard (mostly bagging) once a week with disregard to the 1/3 rule and spot spraying weeds when areas exploded in the yard. I have become more diligent with pre-emergent applications, fertilization, and reacting to what my yard is displaying. Last year I installed a 14 zone irrigation system, top dressed entire yard with compost to add OM, followed Milorganite holiday applications, and went through fall nitrogen blitz. This year I added a preventative Serenade regimen, conditioned soil bi-weekly with Kelp/Humic/SLS and have experimented with PGR and foliar iron applications.

Overall my NoMix was probably one of the nicer lawns in the neighborhood due in part to a lot of the work I have been putting in over the last 1-2 years, but I wanted to take things to the next level. I have been renovating my front/side yard, deciding on a Bewitched monostand. I have read through several renovations threads on various sites and looked at previous years NTEP results, and the overall look, texture, and compact growing height appealed to me. The total area encompasses ~8000 sq ft of turf.

Aerial shot from May 2020
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Aerial shot after 1st round of glyphosate outlining reno area
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Timeline of events:
7/26: Glyphosate blanket app #1
8/1: Scalp mow and bag #1
8/6: Glyphosate blanket app #2
8/10: Scalp mow and bag #2
8/12: Glyphosate spot spray
8/12: Top Dress with top soil to level/fill low spots
8/13: Seed Down @ 2.7lbs/k with Bewitched KBG, Roll, Scott's Starter w/ Tenacity, top dressed w/ 0.25" peat

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Area #1:
Day 1 (8/14)
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Day 15 (8/28)
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Day 22 (9/4)
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Day 30 (9/12)
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Day 42 (9/24)
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Day 52 (10/4)
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Day 66 (10/18)
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Day 84 (11/5)
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Area #2:
Day 1 (8/14)
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Day 15 (8/28)
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Day 22 (9/4)
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Day 30 (9/12)
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Day 42 (9/24)
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Day 52 (10/4)
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Day 66 (10/18)
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Day 84 (11/5)
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Area #3:
Day 1 (8/14)
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Day 15 (8/28)
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Day 22 (9/4)
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Day 30 (9/12)
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Day 42 (9/24)
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Day 52 (10/4)
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Day 66 (10/18)
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Day 84 (11/5)
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Area #4:
Day 1 (8/14)
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Day 15 (8/28)
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Day 22 (9/4)
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Day 30 (9/12)
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Day 42 (9/24)
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Day 52 (10/4)
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Day 66 (10/18)
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Day 84 (11/5)
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Area #5:
Day 1 (8/14)
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Day 15 (8/28)
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Day 22 (9/4)
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Day 30 (9/12)
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Day 42 (9/24)
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Day 52 (10/4)
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Day 66 (10/18)
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Day 84 (11/5)
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Area #6:
Day 1 (8/14)
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Day 15 (8/28)
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Day 22 (9/4)
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Day 30 (9/12)
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Day 42 (9/24)
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Day 52 (10/4)
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Day 66 (10/18)
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Day 84 (11/5)
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Area #7:
Day 10 (8/23)
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Day 14 (8/27)
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Day 22 (9/4)
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Day 30 (9/12)
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Day 42 (9/24)
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Day 52 (10/4)
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Day 66 (10/18)
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Day 84 (11/5)
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Area #8:
Day 10 (8/23)
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Day 14 (8/27)
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Day 22 (9/4)
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Day 30 (9/12)
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Day 42 (9/24)
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Day 52 (10/4)
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Day 66 (10/18)
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That filled in really nicely, especially Area #7 which appears to have a decent slope. Once this matures, it is going to look amazing!

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zeus201 wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 8:04 pm
That filled in really nicely, especially Area #7 which appears to have a decent slope. Once this matures, it is going to look amazing!
Thanks! I threw down some Pennington Slopemaster in a few areas and was really impressed with how it held everything in place. I had one bad downpour on Day 5 and I only had about a 5 ft section of washout/runoff that looked rough. I have been very impressed with its ability to fill in, even in this short amount of time! Held off on doing any re-seeding/spot seeding and just played the waiting game and it's turning out nicely.

I have been mowing as low as possible with my rotary (1.75"), but hopefully will train it down next year once I get my hands on a reel mower.
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I have to give a shoutout to @Pete1313, as his reno was a huge source of inspiration! I also liked seeing his progression pictures, which is why I committed to taking pics from the same spots. Seeing the reno on a daily basis makes it seem like nothing is happening, but when you flip through a progression of pictures its amazing to see the difference!
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Super results. Nicely done. :thumbsup:

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Put down 0.25 lbs/k of N via urea (which I have been doing weekly since day 30). Also got a new toy in and tested it spraying tenacity on an area of bentgrass (not in reno area). Such even and consistent spray compared to pump spraying!
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Dropped HOC to lowest setting on Timemaster today, 1.25". Only did this on side yard and kept front at 1.75" as the slight slope, I felt, would lead to a good amount of scalping.

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Lost a little bit of color bringing height down, but still looks good for less than 2 months old.

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Wasn't able to avoid all scalps... caught a few areas like this, tried to flatten them out as good as I could. Need a reel mower!

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Loving the density!
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New lawn just celebrated 2 months yesterday!
Mowed down to 1.25" on the side and 1.5" on the front with the rotary. Lowest I can go without scalping like crazy.
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Some scalping was unavoidable :roll:
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Finished up by putting down foliar urea and some iron (Ferromec AC @ 2oz/k). Total N of 0.25lb/k. Watered in a few hours later. We'll see how it responds and see if we can darken it up a bit.
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Beautiful fall day in the Indy suburbs. Mowed to 1.25" on reno area and 2.25" on backyard mix.
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Surrounding areas show the extent of the dry spell we have been dealing with for the summer/fall.

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Love seeing the side by side difference of the northern mix vs the uniformity of the monostand.
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Cleaned up some much neglected mulch rings in the reno area and adjusted sprinkler heads back to "normal" operation. Had them overspraying big time to ensure adequate coverage after seed down.
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Day 66 pics updated for each reno spot at start of thread. Dropping the HOC caused some loss of color. Hoping getting accustomed to this HOC, the addition of PGR next year, and some time to mature it continues to darken up.

Some areas on the property lines remain thin, but have slowly been filling in. Not sure if this was a watering issue or due to overspray from pre-emergent application (neighbors on both sides have lawn services and I witnessed both lawns getting sprayed within the first few weeks of reno).
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Mowed at 1.75" today. Raised height of cut as ground was still a bit wet from the almost 3 inches of rain we've received in the last 3 days. That equals the total amount of rainfall that we had received since the beginning of August. I didn't want to mow as low as I have been as I felt my risk of scalping was much greater, mower sank in quite a bit in the wet areas. Deep and often muddy tire tracks made it a not so pretty mow, but with more rain in the forecast it needed to get done.

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Had a few unwanteds popping up and hand pulled what I could see. Going herbicide free until spring as I don't have a lot of weed pressure in reno area (at least that I can see yet).
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