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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by hudson, Apr 17, 2015.
This thread is Hank Hill’s wet dream.
Any of you ever used the Scotts turf app?
I so ready for spring so I can start my lawn care regimen
Like, Scott’s Turf Builder?
I have been trying
But about a month ago it popped up and said something like "Friday looks to be a great day to spread your weed and feed"
The forecast for that Friday was 40 degree high with like 25 mph winds
At what temperature do you guys put down pre-emergent for crabgrass/weeds? Before or after aeration?
Time your application based on the degree days. You can search a bunch of fun things on that site.
no PNW data
No south data either.
Damn, sorry guys. Thought it was a country wide thing.
crabgrass starts to germinate when soil temps start to get into the low 50's consistently, I've always heard to put it down when forsythia starts to bloom. You are trying to create a soil barrier so I would always put down pre-emergent after aerating, there have been studies done that say it actually doesn't matter that much though on which is first.
I have some catching up to do on this thread. Just purchased my first home with a yard. The “grass” seems to be a nice combination of weeds that are similar shades of green.
The problem I’m noticing already is that with the past few weeks of heavy rain in Atlanta, the yard has been really soggy, almost muddy. Where do I start?
Find a local landscape supply store. I don’t mean Lowe’s or Home Depot. They’ll know your area and be able to give you a cookie cutter plan to follow as far as what to do each month, depending on which type of grass you have and how big your yard is.
Just a heads up. Maintaining a yard is fairly frustrating at first. It will feel like two steps forward and one step back for a while. It’s not too hard though once you get it figured out.
I’ve got a smallish area of my yard that sits at the back of the house and off the side of our patio which doesn’t get much sun and frequently has water sitting on it. Because of that, the Bermuda grass has really thinned out in that area and we’ve got some moss-like fungus or something growing. I’m going to reseed it soon, but is there anything I should put down to help with that constant moisture, like sand or anything along those lines?
I threw in the towel last week and hired trugreen. AMA
There’s probably a local company that will be cheaper, provide superior customer service, and do a better job
DrTomOsbourne get in here with that beautiful lawn
What type of grass is that.
Should I buy a used ego self propelled lawn mower?
Floratam, St Augustine
Sprayed the back yard and back pasture with 2-4-d.
Probably going to scalp and dethatch this weekend once the clover patches are dead.
I 2-4-d'd this weekend too
I'm 2-4-ding this week too. It's that time of the year again finally.
Any tips? New to the lawn care game and have this exact grass
I water three times per week and went and got an industrial type fertilizer, I forget the name but if you remind me over the weekend I can get it for you. Other than that I haven't don't much besides trim and mow weekly. It's pretty easy to maintain once settled.
yeah i just have a lot of patches and my dogs like to dig at the patches. Just debating on whether to hire someone or just do it myself. I have a few weeds popping up now, but it think the st. auguestine will kill them once it gets the proper nutrients.
2-4-d the weeds
Put dog shit and sand in holes
Water 1" a week
question - Never liked hedging myself, and would rather pay someone to do it. How much (for this service only) should I expect to pay?
*chest high, runs about 1/3 way around my 1300 sq ft house.
Put a good drainage system in, because if you don’t, all the shade and constant moisture are going to cause the same problems again. But, sand and more sand. Drainage is key.
If you haven’t invested in a cordless trimmer then I would give that a shot before I paid someone. It was a complete game changer for me. I also do it more often and have less clean up since it isn’t a hassle. You can get a battery powered one for less than 100.
I have a Black & Decker battery powered mini blower and trimmer/edger that is great for the back yard. Both have the same battery so have a back up of each one which is nice.
I second this. I have to stupid bushes on the side of my house that I have to trim up a couple of times a year. Electric trimmer takes me about 15 minutes. I wouldn’t pay someone to do that.
Pharm when you get your lawn figured out, come do mine.
As a preface I am and accept that I am total lawn care noob: I live in south Louisiana and yard is all St. Aug. The weeds and clovers have been awful this year in comparison to past years but the st aug is finally starting to get going (with random brown patches everywhere). 1. What are the easiest and cheapest methods to get rid of all of these weeds and clovers while letting the st. aug thrive? 2. The soil I am on becomes extremely soft when it rains and stays saturated unless it does not rain for a good bit or we get good sun. Because of this my yard has and continues to be uneven just due to lawn mower, dog, humans walking, etc. Is there a way to level it all out and fix this besides starting from scratch? Would aerating it help? I will note that the st. Aug I have seems to be very thickly rooted (Im sure thats the right term). Help a lawn ignorant cajun out.
2-4-D will get rid of the clover and most broad leaf weeds and shouldn’t mess with your grass much.
When I was in FL with St Aug I also had the brown patches and I’d dethach and slowly the grass would fill in. If you want it fixed quicker you can sethach and throw some sod down.
Southern Louisiana and a yard that stay wet a lot makes me think brown patches could be fungus related. Try grabbing some generic fungicide from home depot and see if that improves them at all.
A semi flood deposited a bunch of mud and sand into my yard in a roughly 10-12 foot stripe a little while back. It’s raised above the ground but beneath the height of the grass and definitely visible. How do I fix that? Just take a metal rake to it and spread it around? Trying not to tear up the grass with a full on shovel attack
I would try the rake
Rake or backpack blower.
Yeah you’re probably right with something as thick as St Augustine
I had someone come look at my lawn and they basically said they did a shitty job laying my sod and especially tucking it. So I doubt my yard looks good this year. Looks like I'm going to have to cut out some dead place and patch them. That and the builders are dragging their ass with helping the city put in reclaimed water so I don't want my water bill sky high
Has anyone had any success identifying grass species? I’ve found some resources online but it seems like my lawn has characteristics of about a dozen different species. ... which I probably do and why my lawn looks like shit.
Yes, mostly (99%) cool season, though.
Great. Now teach me
Tommy Jefferson https://buckeyeturf.osu.edu/pdf/01_turfgrass_identification.pdf
Here is a good starting point. You'll find that there are certain characteristics that define a species, like Poa having a boat or canoe shaped leaf tip.
Anybody have any experience with these things?