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Old 01-03-2019, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Forest bathing
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The OP wouldn’t like our natural lawn, either. No pesticides, fertilizers, mowing. We have 6 acres with about an acre in pasture. We have a beekeeper who has 4 healthy hives here and we get honey in exchange for rent. We, too, have clover, weeds, that the ducks, bunnies, birds eat. We also have, gasp, moss. Love our little moss patches in the woods. But, to each their own.

We have several new neighbors who spend a good chunk of their time mowing a former horse pasture and an orchard. I guess if that is how you want to spend your time.... They don’t use the orchard or the former pasture for anything other than looks.

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Old 01-03-2019, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Yeah, it has definitely been a soaker with 2018 be in the wettest on record.

Sounds like itís time to pour on the soy and alpha.

I have a couple trees Iím planning on using the Bayer treatment on that I didnít use last year but I know it provides amazing results.

Last fall was definitely a strange one due to the excessive amount of rain I had my aeration and seeding much later than usual.

Wow, sounds like you already have an impressive plan for some spring landscaping...get ready because it will be here before you know it.


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Mine is floating away! Soooo much rain lately. I've had to "dedicate" a pair of shoes just to walk in the lawn as they get soaked and muddy now.


I neglected a bit last year, and also complied to my neighbor's complaints about the stink of the alfa and soybean meal. I have clover issues now in the back yard and thinning a bit. I don't really like my neighbors anymore, so I'll be coating my lawn again with the soy and alfalfa again soon enough. I have plenty of the sprays left over from last year to go again this year, thankfully. So weeds and crab grass shouldn't be a problem again. Will certainly do another round of the Bayer tree/shrub treatment again this year (stuff worked great). I did overseed and feed in the fall, will see how that comes up in a few months. But, 100% going to throw down more fescue seed and a ton of the alfalfa and soybean meal again this spring. Going to get my golf ball trick back! Probably cost me around $500 or so for the lawn itself.


Still stuck on big items at the moment though. This year's outdoor ticket item will be the addition of 14 Thula Green Giant trees while removing 3 crape myrtles, 3 baby blue spuces, and 1 weeping cherry that the deer are using as dental floss. Going for complete and total privacy for our side and back yard now (we're a corner lot). I have a wholesaler who can get me the Thula's at 7-8 feet tall for about $75 a tree, and a landscaper who'll charge me about $40 a tree to install, along with reworking some of the lines on the irrigation system. All-in, probably around $2k to get it done.


At this rate of home repair, I'm might have to skip Milwaukee and go direct myself for budget purposes....
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Old 02-03-2019, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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When To Apply Prodiamine Pre-Emergent Herbicide + Lawn Care Tips

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Old 02-08-2019, 06:30 PM
 
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I'm cutting back on the chemicals and fertilizers this year. A pre-emergent in spring and nitrogen fertilizer in the fall. We'll see how it goes. Maybe a Milorganite app in June if I can't resist. I got sucked in last year on keeping a perfect yard and before you know it you're dumping something on the lawn every month.

I will say that the single most important part of lawncare is mowing high. I used to cut at 2in, now at 3.5in and it results in much healthier grass that chokes out more weeds and holds moisture better. It takes time, but give it a season and you'll notice. Also, for gawd sake don't bag your clippings. It's free fertilizer!
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:39 PM
 
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Most common mistakes I see my neighbors making is cutting grass way too short and bagging clippings. And then they have TRuGreen there every month trying to fix their problems with more chemicals and fertilizers.

Also, OP aerating is entirely unnecessary on a healthy lawn. If you have a crap lawn with heavily compacted soil, sure go ahead and aerate before seeding but only then. The lawncare industry seems to be effectively convincing everyone that they need to dethach and aerate every year so they can squeeze a couple hundred more out of you.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:09 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Yes, as referenced in the OP, cutting your grass high is key to a healthy lawn.

In addition, I recommend aeration is on an annual basis for those interested in a superior lawn.

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Most common mistakes I see my neighbors making is cutting grass way too short and bagging clippings. And then they have TRuGreen there every month trying to fix their problems with more chemicals and fertilizers.

Also, OP aerating is entirely unnecessary on a healthy lawn. If you have a crap lawn with heavily compacted soil, sure go ahead and aerate before seeding but only then. The lawncare industry seems to be effectively convincing everyone that they need to dethach and aerate every year so they can squeeze a couple hundred more out of you.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Lee County, NC
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And then they have TRuGreen there every month trying to fix their problems with more chemicals and fertilizers.
Most TruGreen techs couldn't find their way out of a wet paper bag, much less fix your lawn.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Would definitely recommend againt services that come in and do spray applications on your lawn. However, there are landscape companies that will provide an annual lawn plan of appropriate fertilizers if desired.

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Most TruGreen techs couldn't find their way out of a wet paper bag, much less fix your lawn.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Western KY
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That is also my plan, get Milorganite sooner than later this season.

Snow blower is collecting dust at this point. Beginning of January and not even an inch of snow.

Need to order a new bottle of Gordonís Speedzone, had amazing results with this product last season.
Why in the world would ou want to kill free herbs and food growing in your yard?!

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Sorry but its really not acceptable how that stuff washes down the storm drains and contaminates the drinking water pollutes the lakes and rivers red tide algee blooms ect. All I am all about liberty and to each his own that's great but that doesn't include poisoning everyone else in the process.


I was done anyway. But since I am already typing this thread is funny, make your lawn "the envy of the neighborhood" lol the last thing I envy is a toxic waste dump for a yard. The number one symptom of narcissistic personality disorder is constant need for admirations "my lawn!" look how great I am.


This nonsense with the yard poison should be something of the decades past when we did not know better.


Maybe I will start a thread. This thread looks like it was started by Bayer the new owners of Monsanto !


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The OP wouldnít like our natural lawn, either. No pesticides, fertilizers, mowing. We have 6 acres with about an acre in pasture. We have a beekeeper who has 4 healthy hives here and we get honey in exchange for rent. We, too, have clover, weeds, that the ducks, bunnies, birds eat. We also have, gasp, moss. Love our little moss patches in the woods. But, to each their own.

We have several new neighbors who spend a good chunk of their time mowing a former horse pasture and an orchard. I guess if that is how you want to spend your time.... They donít use the orchard or the former pasture for anything other than looks.


Same! This year we've decided to grow wild burdock, purple coneflower, chickory, German chamomile, and other "wild" medicinal herbs and flowers on our hill side. It's a STEEP incline from our yard to the field, and unmowable except for the tractor with the arm attachment.

So why not turn it into more herbal garden space? That way I have more room for the berries and fruit trees, lol.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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