KSTurfguy Lawn Journal 2020

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Some early morning shots of the test plot and the front lawn. Mowed yesterday, test plot is at 2.125" and rest of lawn is at 3". KBG section of the test plot is thickening back up but don't think it will completely fill in by Winter. By next May I think it will be looking good again, I just have to keep it alive next summer haha. This weekend the plan is to apply 1/2 LB of N via 46-0-0 to the lawn. Also today I'm going to spray 3oz per 1k of Humic12 and Microgreen.

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Test plot mowed today at 2". Pretty significant color difference now between 100% KBG and other 2 sections.


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My fert program has been delayed all Fall. Got my Sept app down about 2 weeks later then normal and now been trying to apply 1/2 LB of Urea for last few days but keep getting busy or weather doesn't cooperate like today really windy. Will try to do it tomorrow.

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Mowed today at 2.75". The main yard looks decent but really haven't done much to it this Fall compared to normal. No aerification, no overseed, and pretty much just let mother nature handle the watering. Its received about 1.3 pounds of N per 1k sqft since Sept.

Was waiting all Fall for the county to level the lawn before I seeded but they never got to it. Oh well I guess. Need to clean out the ditch line. Also the brown spots you see in the close up shot is some dead crabgrass. Clearly yard wasnt weed free this summer but was way better then last year. I'm getting there.


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*Got a new phone recently and still trying to figure out what setting takes the best picture. First picture the lawn looks fairly close to what it does in person but 2nd picture the lawn in person looks a lot darker then that.
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Mowed maybe for the last time today at 2.75". Mostly chopped up leaves.

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@ksturfguy Looks good!
This has been a challenging fall...oh every season in Kansas is challenging!

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@Butter yes it has. I saw the National Weather service tweet the other day that SEPT was the 6th warmest on record and OCT was the 6th coldest. We've been below average for a lot of November so far too. Kinda sucks but what can you do lol.

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Some leaf cleanup today.

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Well time to get this going again. Winter was fairly mild and slightly wetter then average. This Spring is definitely off to a quicker start then last year. Using the GDD Tracker which is one of the sites I use to time Pre-Em apps, last year on this date the 32 GDD was 135. This year it's 381.

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I applied 4 LBS per 1k of Lesco's 14-0-7 with Prodiamine today which equates to about .55 LBS of N per 1k.

I still haven't mowed but most likely will next week. Today and tomorrow going to be warm but a strong cold front moving in Thursday night that will bring lows into the mid 20's for Friday and Saturday morning and highs in the 30's and 40's. Next week it should warm back up and will be go time.

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This Spring I have a few areas I want to level but other then that want to keep focus more of my attention on cleaning up my flower beds.

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Well see if I can get the test plot to thicken back up. If you remember the KBG struggled late last summer.

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Mowed for the first time today. HOC was 3". Meant for it to be 2.5" but appears the shop fixed the deck height so the blade height actually matches what the gauge shows. I didnt check it until after the mow.

Overall I'm very pleased with the yard. Color looks great for late March. I do have a few weeds that I'll try to treat in a few days but I really can't complain.

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As you can see in this picture the county never came out last fall to fix that mound they left in the yard. I will make sure they do it late this summer so I can seed in the fall.

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Mowed again today at 3". Will probably start spot spraying weeds soon.

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ksturfguy wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:00 pm
Mowed again today at 3". Will probably start spot spraying weeds soon.

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Looks like that color is coming around.

Will you remind me: do you use a striper with your Gravely?

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social port wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:37 pm
ksturfguy wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:00 pm
Mowed again today at 3". Will probably start spot spraying weeds soon.

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Looks like that color is coming around.

Will you remind me: do you use a striper with your Gravely?
I do not. Only thing I have adjusted since i bought it is installing high lift blades vs the standard.

And thanks color is amazing for this time of year. Actually much darker green then picture shows.

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Mowed yesterday. Will start spot spraying weeds tomorrow.

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Also I find this picture interesting. Really shows how much slower the KBG is waking up compared to the fescue. The far left is the TTTF/KBG mix, middle is KBG and right is TTTF. My 1000k reno from last fall which is 100% Mazama KBG has also been very slow growing compared to the main fescue lawn.

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Looking good!

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Not much to report lately. Spot sprayed some weeds on the 7th. This last week temps were much colder then normal. We look to get back to normal this week though.

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Very nice!

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Wow, @ksturfguy. That is looking really good.

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Been mowing like crazy and spot spraying weeds. Will do a fert app here in a week or 2.

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The Husky enjoying the nice Spring day.

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Mowed. Also applied 32-3-8 with 2% iron. Equals about 0.80 Lbs of N per 1k. Things are looking great right now. Outside of mowing haven't done a lot. Ive applied about 1.3 LBs of N so far this spring and wont apply anymore until Sept. Spot sprayed weeds a couple times and just mowing twice a week. Haven't had to irrigate yet.

The mazama reno from last fall is the only area im treating different this year. Im mowing that about an inch shorter, spoon feeding it with N, also applying some N-EXT products i had left over from last year. Yesterday i also threw some sand down to help level a couple areas.

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3.25" HOC.

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