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Powhatan's 2021 Lawn Journal

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2020 Journal
2021 Lawn Plan
Objectives: biodiverse, reduced inputs, non-irrigated, heat and drought tolerant



Mid/Late Winter:
  • Hand-pull weeds.
  • Virginia Tech soil sample test.
  • Sow shady and deer resistant native plant seed mixes.
  • Dormant overseed fescue and shade grass seed - DLF Pickseed coated KY-31, LESCO All Pro Transition Tall Fescue Seed Blend (TTTF), and Scotts coated Dense Shade Mix (TTTF/KBG/CRF).
Spring:
  • Lite overseed white & strawberry clover areas if needed.
  • Hand-pull or spot spray weeds with Mirimichi Green PRO Weed Control.
  • Spray glyphosate on poa trivialis patches as needed, re-seed dead patches.
  • Garden Safe organic Neem Oil Extract - spot treat grass fungus & garden pests.
  • Lime - (if soil test recommended) to raise pH.
  • LESCO CarbonPro-G soil improver.
  • LESCO Acelepryn (chlorantraniliprole 0.067%) 0-0-7 SOP Insecticide - same active ingredient as Scotts GrubEX.
  • Safer Brand Lawn Restore 9-0-2 low nitrogen slow release organic fertilize.
  • LESCO 0-0-45 PCSOP - (if soil test recommended) improves overall plant health going into Summer stress.
  • Mulch mow grass @ HOC 3.50” (bag mow HOC 3.25" for more airflow if disease present).
Summer:
  • Hand-pull or spot spray weeds with Mirimichi Green PRO Weed Control.
  • Garden Safe organic Neem Oil Extract - spot treat grass fungus & garden pests.
  • Safer Brand Lawn Restore 9-0-2 low nitrogen slow release organic fertilize.
  • Mulch mow grass @ HOC 3.50” (bag mow HOC 3.25" for more airflow if disease present).
Early Fall:
  • Hand-pull or spot spray weeds with Mirimichi Green PRO Weed Control.
  • Lime - (if soil test recommended) to raise pH.
  • LESCO CarbonPro-G soil improver.
  • Nutrients Plus Screamin' Green 16-2-3 low nitrogen hybrid fertilize.
  • Mulch mow grass & leaves @ HOC 3.50”.
Mid Fall:
  • Hand-pull weeds.
  • Nutrients Plus Screamin' Green 16-2-3 low nitrogen hybrid fertilize.
  • Mulch mow grass & leaves @ HOC 3.50”.
Tasks Completed
Jan:
  • Soil sample.
Feb:
  • Hand-pulled poa trivialis, mouse-ear chickweed, and hairy bittercress weeds.
  • Broadcasted 50# fast-acting calcitic lime, 50# DLF Pickseed KY-31, 10# LESCO All Pro Transition TTTF, and 3# Scotts dense shade TTTF/KBG/CRF mix.
  • Broadcasted 0.50# white & strawberry clover seed mix over select areas of the lawn.
  • Sowed native wildflowers seed mixes, combined the seed mixes with sphagnum peat moss filler material and hand-broadcasted over several prepared beds bordering the lawn.
Mar:
  • Hand-pulled poa trivialis, orchardgrass, mouse-ear chickweed, poa annua, and hairy bittercress weeds.
  • Spot sprayed Mirimichi Green Weed Control Concentrate @ 13% mix rate on mouse-ear chickweed and hairy bittercress weeds bordering the lawn. I also sprayed moss growing around the house perimeter.
Apr:
  • Hand-pulled poa trivialis, orchardgrass, poa annua, and hairy bittercress weeds.
  • Spot sprayed Mirimichi Green Weed Control Concentrate @ 13% mix rate on various weeds.
  • String trimmed grass high tops around the house perimeter.
  • Sprayed N-Ext RGS @ 6oz/M rate.
  • Broadcasted 50# Nutrients Plus Whole Shebang 6-2-4 hybrid fertilizer and 80# LESCO CarbonPro-G soil improver.
  • Mulch mowed @ HOC 3.50", going down to 3.00".
  • Mulch mowed @ HOC 3.25". Sprayed Ortho Nutsedge Killer on suspect sedge plants.
  • Soil temps 65F+ now. Broadcasted 50# Safer Brand Lawn Restore 9-0-2 organic fertilizer.
  • Broadcasted 50# LESCO Acelepryn (chlorantraniliprole - GrubEx) 0-0-7 and 25# LESCO (prodiamine 0.68%) preM 0-0-7.
May:
  • Hand-pulled poa trivialis, orchardgrass, marestail, lespedeza, and dogfennel weeds.
  • Sprayed N-Ext RGS @ 6oz/M rate.
  • Mulch mowed @ 3.25”.
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Sent soil sample to Va Tech soil testing lab last week, awaiting report. Suspect pH will be low and need adjustment. I'll finalize my SiteOne lawn supplies order for the year once soil report received.

Hand-pulled several weeds in planned native wildflower beds bordering the lawn and fed those pulled weeds to the compost tumbler. Recent rains made soil very soft which allowed weeds to pull up with roots very easily. Soil is dark color with lots of earthworms, don't need to mechanical aerate the lawn. The soil improver amendment products I'm using are making a difference.

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Felled a dead oak tree. I used a bore cut instead of a back cut cause I wasn't sure how much dead rot was in the tree center. The neighbors will cut up what they want for fire wood.

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Received Va Tech soil sample report. Need to add some lime, all else looks satisfactory for a sandy loam soil. I can finalize my SiteOne order for the year now.

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Interesting results. What type of Lime will you use since the Calcium is high and Magnesium sort of high?
Front: Northern mix - mostly TTTF, KBG, TTPR. Back: Firecracker and Bullseye TTTF with America, Rugby 2, Bewitched KBG. Upper Side: Mostly TTPR, KBG. Lower Side: similar to front. Low-input: TF/FF, KBG, PR. Always seeding somewhere or fighting Triv.

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Green wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:44 pm
Interesting results. What type of Lime will you use since the Calcium is high and Magnesium sort of high?
The Calcium and Magnesium are actually coming down from very high (VH) 2019 report to high (H) 2021 report; I didn't put down any lime this past two years. Three to four years ago I probably put down too much dolomitic lime along with fast acting trying to target recommended 100#/M 2017 report.

This time I'll use LimeLight Pro-Cal Enhanced Pelletized Granular Calcitic Lime from SiteOne, $15.00 for a 50 lb bag. The CCE is slightly higher in LimeLight than Pennington Fast Acting Lime. Pennington recommends 12#/M rate for the high 5-6 pH range adjustment. So for LimeLight I'll use 5#/M in the spring and another 5#/M in the fall this year. Hopefully 10#/M will be sufficient for a scientific wild-@ss guess (SWAG). :wink:

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Soil temps mid-40sF this past week. Noticed new clover emergence. Same thing occurred last Jan when soil temps also in the mid-40sF.

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Split firewood. Received SiteOne lawn supplies. The LESCO All Pro Transition Tall Fescue Blend has 0%/0% weed seed with two of the three cultivars listed in NC's 2020 top performers.
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When moss reproductive spore stems appear that cues me to broadcast winter dormant grass overseed.
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Soil temp 37F @ 2" depth. Hand-pulled poa trivialis clumps.

Warmer ~50F air temps and rains forecasted within next two weeks; I plan to broadcast fast acting pelletized calcitic lime first, then dormant grass & wildflower seeds soon thereafter. Anticipate beginning emergence by late next month when soil temps warming to mid-50sF.
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Noticed different animals this winter either foraging or passing through the lawn area: deer, rabbit, opossum, squirrel, coyote, raccoon, and fox. I also saw one river otter, but I think that was during late fall. The beavers are in the fresh water lake.

Soil temp near house 43F and away 39F @ 2" depth. Hand-pulled some marestail weeds and one poa annua weed.

Soil feels water spongy to the touch due to melting snow and rains, needs to dry some before I broadcast lime so the lime will be absorbed into the soil profile instead of being washed off.

Moss species are beginning to show spore seta (stalk) growth. Time is nearing for me to broadcast seeds.
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Lots of robins, blackbirds, and cardinals were on the lawn yesterday afternoon feeding on earthworms.

I was hoping the ground was dry enough to broadcast lime today, but the weather dropping snow had other plans. So I wait again for another opportunity ...

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Soil temp 42F @ 2" depth. All the ~3" snow cover that fell yesterday melted away by this morning. The soil felt slightly moist at noon today, not spongy like it was on Friday. Extended weather forecast air temps 40sF/20sF with snow/ice/rain chance almost every other day, good timing for dormant seeding.

Broadcasted 50# fast-acting calcitic lime, 50# DLF Pickseed KY-31, 10# LESCO TTTF, and 3# Scotts dense shade TTTF/KBG/CRF mix. I then rode the riding lawn mower over the sown grass seeds to push them down for good seed to soil contact.

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Broadcasted 0.50# white & strawberry clover seed mix over select areas of the lawn.

Next I need to sow shady and deer resistant native wildflowers seed mixes over several bed plots boarding the lawn that I've cleared out.

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@Powhatan are the wildflowers perennials, annuals, or a mix? Do you rely on rainfall for water/germination? I've planted a couple of small areas this season but plan on doing much more in the future.

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