Chris LI's Lawn Journal

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Chris LI
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Location: Long Island, NY
Grass Type: KBG,TTTF, FF-different mixes
Lawn Size: 5K
Mower: Snapper Hi Vac 21"

Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by Chris LI » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:58 pm

1-12-19

Picked up a few sticks and dormant seeded. Pasted from "What did you do on your lawn today?", below.

My Mazama and Beyond 50/50 blend arrived yesterday and went right into the freezer. Today, ~22 hours later I blended it with the Bewitched I had on hand to arrive at equal proportions (33.333%), and dormant seeded my entire yard at approximately 1 lb./k. I made extra passes over damaged/thin areas.

I know overseeding of kbg is not extremely effective. However, I've had some success, and am always trying to repair/improve areas.

I'm always fighting some type of battle (traffic, shade, animals, time, etc.) and need all the ammo that I can get.

Scagfreedom48z+
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Re: Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by Scagfreedom48z+ » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:26 pm

I’ll be following, I’m eager to see your results!

Chris LI
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Re: Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by Chris LI » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:46 pm

Thanks!

Chris LI
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Re: Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by Chris LI » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:11 pm

Yesterday, I pulled several small chickweed clumps from the mulch circles next to the driveway. I got many of the roots, but the soil was partially frozen. This has been typically a bad area due to a large seed bed from an outbreak a few years ago. It seems to have lessened progressively over the last couple of years with all the hand pulling of weeds.

Today, I picked up sticks and noticed that my mini renos began to lose some color. However, they still have excellent color compared to the rest of the yard (which still has some color, unlike most yards in the neighborhood).

Scagfreedom48z+
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Re: Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by Scagfreedom48z+ » Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:58 pm

Chris LI wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:11 pm
Yesterday, I pulled several small chickweed clumps from the mulch circles next to the driveway. I got many of the roots, but the soil was partially frozen. This has been typically a bad area due to a large seed bed from an outbreak a few years ago. It seems to have lessened progressively over the last couple of years with all the hand pulling of weeds.

Today, I picked up sticks and noticed that my mini renos began to lose some color. However, they still have excellent color compared to the rest of the yard (which still has some color, unlike most yards in the neighborhood).
With this weather, it’s been brutal to get motivated or even having a half decent day to get and do a small clean up. The ground is solid like a rock and the last thing I want to do it crush the grass crowns. Mine is holding on to very minimal grew , but with the single digit nights we’ve had already, the grass color isn’t terrible.

Chris LI
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Joined: Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:04 am
Location: Long Island, NY
Grass Type: KBG,TTTF, FF-different mixes
Lawn Size: 5K
Mower: Snapper Hi Vac 21"

Re: Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by Chris LI » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:47 pm

Scagfreedom48z+ wrote:
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:58 pm


With this weather, it’s been brutal to get motivated or even having a half decent day to get and do a small clean up. The ground is solid like a rock and the last thing I want to do it crush the grass crowns. Mine is holding on to very minimal grew , but with the single digit nights we’ve had already, the grass color isn’t terrible.
My location is typically a little warmer than yours, but the mercury is dropping like a rock, as I write this, it dropped 10 degrees in the last hour, and the wind picked up this afternoon. We won't be nearly as cold as the midwest has been, but we're predicted to be in low single digits by morning (probably set a record). It wasn't too bad this morning (23*), and the color came back after the rain and milder temps we had yesterday (42*). The cold snap should be for only a day or so.
We'll see what happens with the color. Hopefully, the temps will take out some non-beneficial insects (ticks, mosquitoes, grubs, ants, etc.). We stocked up the bird feeder for our feathered friends (...and furry, too. Lol).

Chris LI
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Re: Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by Chris LI » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:09 pm

Pulled out a couple of survey stakes, since the town closed out the permit and issued a CO for our sunroom.

Hand picked my cold weather arch nemesis, Chickweed, from some of my mini renos/overseeded areas.

Picked up some sticks and examined some of the "sparsely populated areas" of turf, to determine if the freeze/thaw had worked the dormant seed from three weeks ago into the soil. To my surprise, it looks like most of it has been incorporated.

OnTheOxbow
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Re: Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by OnTheOxbow » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:24 pm

Come on now, lets see some pictures of that brand new sunroom. I'm also anxious to see how the kbg oversees turns out. I may try a kbg overseed in my future, so i'm rooting for you. :thumbup:

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Re: Chris LI's Lawn Journal

Post by Green » Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:45 pm

Chris LI wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:09 pm
Hand picked my cold weather arch nemesis, Chickweed, from some of my mini renos/overseeded areas.

Picked up some sticks and examined some of the "sparsely populated areas" of turf, to determine if the freeze/thaw had worked the dormant seed from three weeks ago into the soil. To my surprise, it looks like most of it has been incorporated.
I found some chickweed in the front as well the other day. My seed has pretty well disappeared, too.
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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