JayGo's Journal (Texas Tifway)

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JayGo's Journal (Texas Tifway)

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I should've started a journal when I joined TLF. But there's no time like the present, so here it goes.

Day 1 of the 2021 season. Last week, Texas was busy being it's funky self by giving us the worst winter storm we'd had in decades.

I scalped both front and back yards down to 3/8". I hit dirt in a few spots, which really bums me out considering how aggressive I've been with leveling over the past 3 years. 😞

I also scarified. I made 5 passes on the front and 6 in the back.
All in all, there were approximately nine 33 gal bags full of debris from scarifying alone, and then about another six bags from the scalp clippings. 👀

I’m waiting to put down pre-em, but there is rain in the forecast for the next few days. However, it could be the kind of rain that’s perfect for watering in my application. 🤷🏽‍♂️

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i've been hoping you'd do a journal since we met last fall. Following...

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Thanks, @Getting Fat. Looking forward to sharing.

Have you started your season, yet? I assume you’ll be breaking in that dethatcher. 👍🏼

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I was finally able to put down a pre-emergent app today after waiting for rains to pass and after helping both neighbors scalp and scarify their lawns. I made three trips to recycle center to drop off about 38 33-gallon bags of clippings and turf debris.
My lawn is starting to show a few patches of green here and there.

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With the bright sunlight today, I can see quite a lot of green up happening in the backyard. 👍🏼

Brought up the canopy and thinned out the top part a bit on the elms. It's a love/hate relationship with those trees. We love the shade during the hellish Texas summers ☀️🌡 but that obviously means less sun for the turf. Those elms have flourished over the last two years, so there is a bit of thinning taking place around those trees.
The area marked with red has so little turf now because of the shade that I'm just going to build a 10x12 shed there.

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Starting to get some green up throughout the lawn.
Cleaned up the flower beds and cut back all dead branches on oleander and all crepe myrtles.

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AT&T came and dug when they installed a new line to my house. But at least the damage was minimal. I'd planned doing more leveling this year anyway, so....
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Looks great so far! I need to work on defining a new edge around my trees. The way you did it in the front looks great.

I’m in Cedar Park and I scalped yesterday.

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@itsmejson, thank you, sir!
I get asked about that edging all of the time.

I use this. Got it at Home Depot. The blade is the perfect size as far as creating a deep enough edge that'll keep turf from growing into the mulch.
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Sweet. I’ll have to get one this weekend. Do you use mulch or garden soil I can’t tell from the photos.

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@itsmejson, I use mulch...about 1 to 2” max.

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I think I'll call today my first official mow of 2021. Lots of green up. Looks like the lawn may soon be ready for its first feeding.
My crepe myrtles and shumard oak have yet to bud. 🤞🏽 Plus it's not looking like most of my flower bed plants survived the Freak winter storm from a month ago.

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Line where AT&T dug my new internet line is much more visible now that grass is coming in.
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This area at bottom of photo is the one that is still mostly dormant.
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my landscaping plants also took the brunt of the "event" a few weeks ago. No idea what will die and I've received conflicting advice - cut it way back vs. do nothing and see what happens. Who knows?

you gonna drop straight AMS?

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Yep, I’ve read the same conflicting info, too. After pruning my trees and crepe myrtles, I went ahead and cut back everything in the flower beds. Plants didn’t look “dormant," they looked more dead from the winter storm. Upon cutting the dead stuff off, I got to parts that showed life. Some plants in the beds are sprouting a bit of green. Some aren’t. We shall see.

Plan is to use AS, but I’m just waiting on my sprayer to arrive.
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Pretty cool what 2 days of sun will do.
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2 weeks ago, green up and growth was coming in super quick for about 3 or 4 days, but then it really slowed down. Today was mow #2 at 1/2" today. Also, today was the first 1/4 lb of N feeding with a 12-12-12.

Some of the flower bed plants are showing signs of life. 🌷🌸🪴🌼🌺. After seeing some new buds, I'm going to wait another 2 weeks to see if any of the brown/wilting stuff springs back from the winter freeze.

Shumard oak and crepe myrtles started to bloom a few days ago. 🌳🌿 Elm trees in the backyard are all blooming, too.

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The line that AT&T dug is really starting to b other me more now that the turf is greening up. Hope I can wait until I level in a couple of months.
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Area on left in this next pic continues to be the slowest to green up this year. Hadn't been the case in previous years.
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Area on lower left in this pic gets a lot of shade from fence at this time of year.
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Rushed mow today. Was only able to squeeze in the front yard. We're still getting cool nights in the 50's here in Central TX. I'd say lawn is about 90% green now.

After giving the flower beds some time to recover from the historic freeze we got, I think it's clear only about half of the plants survived. Time to replace the ugly stuff and get them poppin'.

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lawn looks great jay. Think its time to pull the cords off that tree?

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@Getting Fat, thank you! Trying to get it going again.

Regarding the stakes, believe me I’m eager to get them off. Normally, I wouldn’t stake a tree, but the tree is so tall that the winds from the south started to make the tree lean after about 2 weeks from when it was planted, so I added another 2 stakes for stability. An arborist friend said to leave the stakes for about a year and then take them out. It’ll be a year in July. ⏳

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Finally had a chance to mow the backyard.
A little too windy today, but I'm hoping to use the new sprayer tomorrow to apply some micronutrients.

Liking the green up, but looking forward to more lateral growth. Seeing quite a few bare spots I haven't had before. 🤷🏻‍♂️

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