Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

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Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:20 pm

2018 Journal

January
  • Hand-pulled some weeds: orchard grass, bittercress, spurge, and marestail; and some poa trivialis from nearby woods ... fed all those to the composter. Edit: Hand-pulled one poa annua that started to show a seed head.
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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:29 pm

@Green I noticed this clump with what appears to have a prominent mid-vein with two parallel veins and a boat tip. I wonder if this is some TBG characteristic HBG we discussed last month. It's even got some new growth coming out of the collar.

Mid-vein with two dark parallel lines (veins).
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Underside with mid-vein and what appears to be two dark parallel veins.
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Boat tip blades. New growth coming out of the collar.
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Edit: Here's some KY-31 I thought were interesting.

Located just outside the main lawn area. It was mowed to HOC 3.25" mid-Nov when the grass stopped (paused?) growing; I didn't cut it with the rest of the lawn when I mulch mowed the fallen leaves during late Nov. The deer apparently ate some of the top and left the sides, thus the side blades are longer than the top. After the snow in early Dec we've had some warm temps for several days and the grass responded.
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Same clump as above. There's new growth.
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This clump is located farther into the back lawn. Again, the deer have eaten the top and left the sides. Lots and lots of new growth.
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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Green » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:05 pm

@Powhatan, I saw Bluegrass that looked like that a few months ago in my back lawn, and I honestly don't know why it looks like that. I had not planted HBG there. I wanted to photograph it but didn't ever get to. Glad you did.

I suppose it could be HBG or TBG. But could it also be a reaction to the cold or something else? Its weird... it almost looks like a cross between KBG and Tall Fescue, which I think is technically impossible. I would cut it out, pot it indoors and try to grow it. And then maybe submit it to an expert or turfgrass breeder. That's what I would do if it were me. Or at least submit the photos.

Speaking of crosses, a TF/PR cross is possible. They're doing it for forage already, and call it rye-fescue. I hope they start doing it for turf soon, too. That will be cool.

I've also seen some other cool stuff, like Tall Fescue that had alternating green and white veins. I think that must have been due to Tenacity a couple of months prior. But it's still not the typical reaction...usually the whole cross section whites if it's going to...and much sooner.

Also watch that KY-31 plant for rhizomes in the Spring. It looks like it's going to start spreading a bit due to how the deer trimmed it. I think leaving the lower leaves longer and cutting the upper ones encourages spreading in Tall Fescues.

48 degree soil means you're definitely going to still have sporadic growth until the ground cools a bit more. We are at 40 and lower 40s here, and it basically doesn't grow at all. Maybe a little on a warm sunny day after rain, but that's about it. It still spreads underground a little, though. We are soon to get colder...tomorrow.
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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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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:19 pm

Air temp 22F, wind chill 10F, ground surface is frozen. Not much happening with the lawn today ...

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... so let's walk down the back woods path to take a peek at the fresh water lake.

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The lake level is about a foot higher than average. The beavers have been busy.

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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:06 am

A 23F frosty morning.

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No wind, good day to fell this dead oak tree. I'll put a cable high up attached to a come along to pull down combined with a hinge cut at the tree base, so hopefully the tree falls away from house. Neighbors will cut the trunk into fireplace length logs for their use.

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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:45 pm

Felled exactly where wanted it to go. :beer:

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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:51 am

Feb 2

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day later, Feb 3

I plan to put down a winter dormant overseed later this month. Looks like I may not need a higher KY-31/TTTF mix overseed 8-10#/M rate, maybe lower 6-8#/M. Split the difference and do 8#/M.

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Sweetgum leaf bud. Punxsutawney Phil early spring prediction correct?

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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:27 am

February
  • Hand-pulled some weeds: orchard grass and poa annua ... fed all those to the composter.
  • Late winter dormant overseed whole yard 8#/M - 75# DLF Pickseed KY-31 coated, 10# Scotts Southern Gold TTTF coated, and 10# Southern Belle TTTF. Soil temp 54F @ 2" depth.
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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:49 am

Past few days been warm, so decided to send in a soil sample for testing. Soil temp 52F @ 2" depth. I took 2" depth cores from 10 random areas all around yard to make a composite submission sample. Last sample I submitted was back in 2017 which was the first year establishing the lawn.

The actual 52F soil temp was lower than the current GreenCast reading, but very close to the 24-hour average temp. In about three weeks I'll probably need to put down PreM. The Forsythia bloomed in my area at the end of February according to my 2018 notes. March typically will have one or two cold snaps before the April green-up.

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Most of the soil sample areas look like this.

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Box mailed to Virginia Tech soil lab. Paid for routine and organic matter tests.

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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:34 pm

Soil temp 45F @ 2" depth. I'll be overseeding the yard probably within the week or so. Air temps will be in 50s/30s with mixed days of sun and chance of light rain/snow showers.

Cherry Blossoms making appearance. Past few days been in the 70s.

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Grass is itch'n for the results of the recent soil test.

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Edit: KY-31 growing in gravel road ditch with natural non-fertilized acidic soil. Tuff stuff ;)

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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:12 pm

Late winter dormant overseed whole yard 8#/M - 75# DLF Pickseed KY-31 coated, 10# Scotts Southern Gold TTTF coated, and 10# Southern Belle TTTF. Pushed the seed into the ground using the riding mower's tires while broadcasting the seed. I kept a little of each seed type just in case I missed an area when seed starts germinating. Forecasted air temp 50s/30s with light rain/snow showers for the next ten days. Last year's germination occured on Mar 1.

3rd year overseeding in late winter. My property is surrounded by trees and in early spring there are less leaves and this allows maximum sunlight down to the entire lawn throughout the day. I don't irrigate; the late winter snow melt and early spring rains provided the needed water.

2nd year using KY-31 as the majority lawn grass. Last year I noticed a lot of KY-31 held green growth color for longer going through summer than the other grass types I have.

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Re: Powhatan's 2019 Lawn Journal

Post by Powhatan » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:32 am

Below is what the front yard looked like going through last year using majority KY-31 seed for the first time. The front receives the bulk of the afternoon and early evening direct summer sunlight.

Apr 2018 - The light green grass in center left is around a water well pipe head, it is orchard grass that the home builder put down. The other light green stuff random around is annual ryegrass that was a KY-31 seed bag contaminant.
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Jul 2018 - Going though summer heat and no supplemental irrigation.
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Aug 2018 - After receiving rainfall.
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Dec 2018 - Light overseed done in Sep/Oct.
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