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DFWdude’s lawn journal

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We moved into our current house 27 SEPT 2019. Here is a picture of the lawn we inherited.

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When spring 2020 hit, there were more weeds than grass. I hadnt found this site yet, so I hit it with all sorts of chemicals. Some worked, some didnt. My wife and I ended up spending time each night ripping weeds out by hand. When we each filled a 5gal bucket, we’d stop for the day. Shockingly, that process went on for a looooong time.

I spot leveled an area, fired my landscaper in April and took over the upkeep, and fertilized as best I could.

Here are some pictures from 03 JUL 2020

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I found this site when I ran into irrigation issues around AUG, and I’m so glad to have this resource!

Here is a picture from last week, as things are declining into fall.

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The lawn still has a nasty thatch issue, and feels like you’re walking on a wet sponge. Come spring time, I will scalp, dethatch, level and start reel mowing. Will definitely post updates as actions take place. Just wanted to get the thread primed for action!
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Post by dubyadubya87 »

Looks like you have a great base to build from, nice and thick. Exactly what I would do too; get that extra height and thatch off and mow it lowwwww.

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Started the year with a front yard scalp


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Also, due to some life events I dont think that I’ll be able to reel mow everything. Current plan is to reel mow the front, and a small section of the back. The remainder will get dealt with via the ztr.

Spring weeds exploded this year, even w a heavy pre-e. So dealing with those and will then scalp the back.


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Decked the backyard to an inch in preparation for dethatching and scalping


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Dethatched maybe a 1/3 of the back yard. Holy moly I have a thatch problem!! I mean, I knew I did...but yikes.




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A better comparison shot of the progress thus far. Left side has been dethatched.


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Finished detatching and scalped my area to be reel mowed.

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Have been regularly reel mowing the areas that I will maintain short, but have been bad at logging the mows on my calendar. Will do so from now on so I have a record to compare against next year.

Reel Mowed today. Still waiting for 80degree temps, so things have not greened up too much yet.



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Backyard area where I am reel mowing is coming in well

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Just had some downspout pop up emitters tied into our drainage line. The crew asked if I had a reel mower.
First people to notice. I almost hugged them.


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My back hurts just reading this. A lot of work. What a beautiful yard and property! I’m sure it will be worth the extra effort soon.

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GoDawgs wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:11 pm
My back hurts just reading this. A lot of work. What a beautiful yard and property! I’m sure it will be worth the extra effort soon.
Many thanks, sir. Much appreciated!
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Making progress


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Golf ball for HOC reference


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Well, I have decided to try and reel mow the entire lawn. Even w full green up incomplete, i can tell how much better it will look. Plus, the mowing is sort of addicting.
Gonna fill some more bags w clipping tonight!
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Snuck some mowing in during lunch


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Looking really good!

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UltimateLawn wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 12:11 pm
Looking really good!
Thanks! What part of Dallas are you in?
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Grapevine. Trying to do St Aug here in direct sunlight and fighting bermudagrass encroachment. Lots of destruction/rebuild going on over here. I need to send some updated pics on my journal.

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I’m next door in the oh-so-evil town town that just got international attention with our election.
Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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