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Old 05-26-2018, 07:17 PM
 
Location: D.C.
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Reston - Iím gonna give Lesco a spin, as it comes with a great recommendation from a guy I trust!

What do you think for this time of year? The 24-0-11?

Had to hit the yard with Eagle 20EW this week for fungus from all of the rain, and I strongly suspect from the deck of the landscape crew that mowed it for me last Wednesday the 16th. I canít do it when itís wet. Fungus is subsiding now and ready to bring in the deep green! Donít want to pony up the money on the alfalfa and soybean, and neighbors I suspect are getting a little tired of me stinking up the place (that Eagle stuff is STRONG and STINKS!).
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Old 06-03-2018, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Great to hear. I would hold off on that until August...Avoid nitrogen between now and then.

Just put down my Bayer Advanced Season Long Grub Control PlusTurf Revitalizer.

For fungus, I started back in early May and went with Scottís Disease Ex...so far it is doing well.




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Reston - Iím gonna give Lesco a spin, as it comes with a great recommendation from a guy I trust!

What do you think for this time of year? The 24-0-11?

Had to hit the yard with Eagle 20EW this week for fungus from all of the rain, and I strongly suspect from the deck of the landscape crew that mowed it for me last Wednesday the 16th. I canít do it when itís wet. Fungus is subsiding now and ready to bring in the deep green! Donít want to pony up the money on the alfalfa and soybean, and neighbors I suspect are getting a little tired of me stinking up the place (that Eagle stuff is STRONG and STINKS!).
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Did you end up going with Lesco?

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Reston - Iím gonna give Lesco a spin, as it comes with a great recommendation from a guy I trust!

What do you think for this time of year? The 24-0-11?

Had to hit the yard with Eagle 20EW this week for fungus from all of the rain, and I strongly suspect from the deck of the landscape crew that mowed it for me last Wednesday the 16th. I canít do it when itís wet. Fungus is subsiding now and ready to bring in the deep green! Donít want to pony up the money on the alfalfa and soybean, and neighbors I suspect are getting a little tired of me stinking up the place (that Eagle stuff is STRONG and STINKS!).
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Old 06-13-2018, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Summertime lawn care...

https://youtu.be/meAeLJUvnu8

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Old 06-14-2018, 11:21 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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Did you end up going with Lesco?
I did end up putting it down a few weeks ago. All has been fine so far, grass is dark green (not ironite green, but pretty green). Chased the fungus out with the Eagle as well. Took two applications over a 1 week period to fix a couple of stubborn spots. So much rain!


Last week I mowed after work. Came to the conclusion that I am tired of mowing. I've parked the mower for the rest of the year and hired the neighborhood landscape guys to take it over. Takes me nearly 2 hours to do the lawn, whereby it takes them 20 minutes, even bagging it. Grew tired of it, and got tired of being the noisy guy when it was peaceful and quiet otherwise.
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Old 06-20-2018, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Great to hear. Do you know which specific product of theirs you used?

Definitely one of the worst seasons of fungus weíve had in a long time .

I know exactly what you mean about cutting your own grass. Several years ago I did the same thing as someone comes into our neighborhood and cuts about four or five of the houses. For the time and money itís just not worth it doing it yourself.


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I did end up putting it down a few weeks ago. All has been fine so far, grass is dark green (not ironite green, but pretty green). Chased the fungus out with the Eagle as well. Took two applications over a 1 week period to fix a couple of stubborn spots. So much rain!


Last week I mowed after work. Came to the conclusion that I am tired of mowing. I've parked the mower for the rest of the year and hired the neighborhood landscape guys to take it over. Takes me nearly 2 hours to do the lawn, whereby it takes them 20 minutes, even bagging it. Grew tired of it, and got tired of being the noisy guy when it was peaceful and quiet otherwise.
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Old 06-21-2018, 10:27 AM
 
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It was the 24-0-11 mix at home depot (50lb bag). Has been holding up pretty well, a slow release. No burning seen, covered approximately 10,000 SF of turf with it. Pretty happy!


I will say though, as I've tried a few fertilizers this year - still nothing seems to set off my lawn like the alfalfa and soybean meals like in years past. I tried that Safer Brand in the spring, and when putting it down I noticed one of the main ingredients was alfalfa. But, it didn't stink up the place either like soybean will do for a few days.


I wish they'd cut a little lower, but with their large decks they can't get too low without scalping some areas of the yard. With my home quality Toro and it's narrower deck, I can get it lower and it looks better. But not better enough to justify me doing it anymore! Ha!
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Thatís a great product. Probably will use something like that in August.

can you elaborate on alfalfa and soybean meal...how you use it, benefits, cost vs. Lesco, etc.



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It was the 24-0-11 mix at home depot (50lb bag). Has been holding up pretty well, a slow release. No burning seen, covered approximately 10,000 SF of turf with it. Pretty happy!


I will say though, as I've tried a few fertilizers this year - still nothing seems to set off my lawn like the alfalfa and soybean meals like in years past. I tried that Safer Brand in the spring, and when putting it down I noticed one of the main ingredients was alfalfa. But, it didn't stink up the place either like soybean will do for a few days.


I wish they'd cut a little lower, but with their large decks they can't get too low without scalping some areas of the yard. With my home quality Toro and it's narrower deck, I can get it lower and it looks better. But not better enough to justify me doing it anymore! Ha!
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Summer heat is here! Next couple of days 90’ and above.

Don’t make the mistake of watering more than once a week at an inch at a time and no nitrogen which will only stress the lawn.
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Old 06-29-2018, 09:55 PM
 
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Many have asked me, how does your lawn look so good, so itís that time of year to start getting ready...

My overall cool season lawn care program looks like this:

- Crabgrass preventer in the spring (Lesco Dimension with no fertilizer). Crabgrass typically germinates when soil temperatures reach 62 degrees Fahrenheit at a depth of 1 or 2 inches. Crabgrass preventer should be applied when soil temperatures reach 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Great website to track the soil temperature in your area: Soil Temperature Maps | GreenCast | Syngenta

- Fertilize with Milorganite (organic approach to feed the soil as synthetic only feeds the plant) or apply spring application of Orgo (1/2 -3/4Ē).

- 1" of rain per week (all the same time instead of spread out over several days).

- Spot treat weeds as needed (hand spray). (Gordonís Speed Zone lawn weed killer)

- Late June for grub control and various insects, apply Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer Granules.

- Cut tall fescue grasses 3-4" in height during the late spring/summer/early fall.

- Aerate in early fall and seed/starter fertilizer as needed. (never try to seed in the spring)

- Make the most fertilizer applications in the fall.

For my roses bushes and flowering perennials, I apply Epson salt and Jobes Organic Rose and Flower Fertilizer.

For insect control, from all my experience, Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Insect Disease and Mite Control Concentrate, 32-Ounces the one to get.
Very nice summary! I have to add a couple of things for my area.

I am here in Missouri and I tweak this schedule to 2 applications of crabgrass/broadleaf preventer. Either January/February and then June/July. Our season has been going too long and we now have weeds all year long.

Chickweed, spurge, plaintain, and more continue to grow in the landscape during our winters. The ground takes forever to freeze and we frequently have thaws in Jan and Feb. only to get cold again however the germination starts for the early spring weeds, hence the early application now.

This yr., I switched to a spot weed killer that has crabgrass preventer in it. Jury is out on that for now as I just started using it this yr.

Final point, go buy seed at a reputable place, your local farm and home stores will have better seed. I use "Earth Carpet" brand seed when I can get my hands on it. I have to drive for it.
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