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Old 05-01-2018, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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Have you started cutting yet?

I did one cut with my push mower on Saturday to clean up (1/2 acre), though it was hard to see where I mowed in some places as the grass was barely greened-out. It's not time to break out the rider mower as of yet, it would probably kill things as the ground is still soft. I then put down 9 bags of Milorganite.

We are supposed to get rains starting tomorrow, and that should help nicely!
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Need to pick up some Milorganite this weekend.

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I did one cut with my push mower on Saturday to clean up (1/2 acre), though it was hard to see where I mowed in some places as the grass was barely greened-out. It's not time to break out the rider mower as of yet, it would probably kill things as the ground is still soft. I then put down 9 bags of Milorganite.

We are supposed to get rains starting tomorrow, and that should help nicely!
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Old 05-04-2018, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Need to pick up some Milorganite this weekend.

We got good rain yesterday and today and it watered in the Milorganite nicely. Looks like I might have to mow the lawn TWICE tomorrow, LOL. It's grown 3 inches and thickened right up quite a bit.
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Nice!

Just raised the cutting deck on my lawnmower by half an inch, getting ready for the summer season.

Remember the higher you cut it the slower it grows, reducing watering and weeds.


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We got good rain yesterday and today and it watered in the Milorganite nicely. Looks like I might have to mow the lawn TWICE tomorrow, LOL. It's grown 3 inches and thickened right up quite a bit.
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:39 PM
 
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Lawn update (note I referred to the yard as a lawn): I mowed today for the first time since reseeding the Bermuda grass. I've been watering daily and the lawn looks great (lush dark green). I measured the height and I mow it to about 3". There are a few patchy areas along the driveway / road where I must not have done a good job of seeding and there are a few yellow patches where I've sprayed crabgrass and oxalis. I think I might sow some seed on the patches and just keep it watered. It's not supposed to rain until the end of May...

I know that experts recommend applying fertilizer more often but my next planned application is Milorganite in late June.

The back yard is looking somewhat better - I applied some weed and feed and I've been spot spraying some weeds. I've been hand pulling poa annua and foxtail (I don't rely solely - or even mostly- on chemicals - but I haven't found a chemical that kills those). It looks like it will be ready for reseeding next year.
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Old 05-08-2018, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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Same height I do everything else, no matter the season..... 5'2"
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Old 05-11-2018, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Thanks for the update and keeping us posted on your progress.

Low 90s here this weekend time to raise the cutting height.


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Lawn update (note I referred to the yard as a lawn): I mowed today for the first time since reseeding the Bermuda grass. I've been watering daily and the lawn looks great (lush dark green). I measured the height and I mow it to about 3". There are a few patchy areas along the driveway / road where I must not have done a good job of seeding and there are a few yellow patches where I've sprayed crabgrass and oxalis. I think I might sow some seed on the patches and just keep it watered. It's not supposed to rain until the end of May...

I know that experts recommend applying fertilizer more often but my next planned application is Milorganite in late June.

The back yard is looking somewhat better - I applied some weed and feed and I've been spot spraying some weeds. I've been hand pulling poa annua and foxtail (I don't rely solely - or even mostly- on chemicals - but I haven't found a chemical that kills those). It looks like it will be ready for reseeding next year.
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Old 05-11-2018, 07:54 PM
 
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I wonder why people cut their grass so short, like a golf course. The grass is less healthy. Weed is easier to outgrow the grass and they have to use more water, chemical. I like the lush thick looking of slightly taller grass.

Some idiotic HOAs have code that require homeowners to cut grass at a certain short height.
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Old 05-12-2018, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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They honestly think they have to cut less often but it makes it grow more and induces weeds.

The look you love is the proper one for lawns.


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I wonder why people cut their grass so short, like a golf course. The grass is less healthy. Weed is easier to outgrow the grass and they have to use more water, chemical. I like the lush thick looking of slightly taller grass.

Some idiotic HOAs have code that require homeowners to cut grass at a certain short height.
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Old 05-21-2018, 06:23 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Cut high in the summer.

https://youtu.be/JAXNDXAwp0w

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