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Old 05-27-2017, 05:09 AM
 
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Turf type fescue here. Started early spring at 3", then went to 3.5" in the past month, and will go to 4" next cutting for the summer.


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So at what height is idea for cutting?


Right now, I have mostly fescues, and cutting right at around 3". Issue is the seedheads. This height is right above the seedhead, so even after a cut, the lawn looks brown/yellow becaue of a portion of the seedhead right at the top.


I'm trying to raise my cut before the summer dormancy period and heat, but I wonder if I should go back down to 2.5-2.75" for a few more weeks, and then do some higher cuts at end of june.


Just trying to figure out a good strategy as this will be the first spring I actually have a nice lawn.
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Old 05-27-2017, 05:35 AM
 
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For the price, I might go with Propiconazole 14.3 Generic Banner MAXX 1 Quart nuf-010

https://www.amazon.com/Propiconazole...ustomerReviews

Take a look and let me know what you think. Looks like application rate of 2oz should last for sometime and actually effective.


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Movin2Reston - question on the Pro Patch (Honor Guard) - have you ever used it on shrubs and trees before? I've ordered some for the stockpile, and reading the label, I see that it can address a whole slew of issues related to trees and shrubs (namely conifer blight). Curious if you've used it before outside of just the grass/lawn itself.


Other than seeds and fertilizer, I'd much rather use liquids now instead of granular. Normally I'd use Caravan G to address bugs, fungus, disease. But thinking Honor Guard and TalStar might be more effective and much easier (and cheaper) instead.
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Old 05-29-2017, 07:38 PM
 
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Better price than the quart is the gallon size:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0073MVP02..._prd_ttl_sol_1
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Old 05-31-2017, 06:42 PM
 
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Even better: https://www.epestsolutions.com/propi...14-3-fungicide


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Keep your eye out for fungus now though. We've had a lot of rain here lately too, and fungus is starting to show up in shaded areas in my lawn. I bought the Honor Guard stuff that Reston put up earlier and giving it a shot. I'm about to spray the entire yard this weekend as a preventive measure. Neighbor got hit about 10 days ago, and not happy. Gave them a premixed spray bottle of this Honor Guard stuff to use as well.
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Old 06-04-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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If it is June, time to think about grubs:

https://youtu.be/_ySOBVSwLwE



Here are some referenced items in Allyn's video:

Tips on what to use to get rid of grub worms in your lawn - cool season or warm season grass types.

Here is Soil Savvy - a great soil test kit!
http://amzn.to/2pzxLhm

Here is the Bayer Advanced in the video...also my choice for addressing grubs:
http://amzn.to/2pLSBWH

These are the clippers used to trim the grass around the sprinkler head - Allyn really likes them at this price point:
http://amzn.to/2qgVzFQ

Longer video Allyn did on grubs a couple years ago featuring Jake The Lawn Kid:
https://youtu.be/koQZ1rE_VEE

More discussion and content on FaceBook:
https://www.facebook.com/LawnCareTips/
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Old 06-06-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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Turf type fescue here. Started early spring at 3", then went to 3.5" in the past month, and will go to 4" next cutting for the summer.

At 3.5" now. Seadhead problem "fixed" itself when the heads grew up past that height.


I'm actually noticing a slowdown now. It's been raining like crazy this spring, and the lawn is nice and thick, buy mowings are slowing down from 2X per week, to 1x week now. Kinda early to start the dormancy period no?
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:01 PM
 
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Definitely too early for dormancy period...

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At 3.5" now. Seadhead problem "fixed" itself when the heads grew up past that height.


I'm actually noticing a slowdown now. It's been raining like crazy this spring, and the lawn is nice and thick, buy mowings are slowing down from 2X per week, to 1x week now. Kinda early to start the dormancy period no?
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:22 AM
 
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Mine is slowing down a bit too, and noticing others are around me as well. But, I also did a "boo boo" bad thing to my yard last weekend and hurt it. Was gearing up to apply Honor Guard (fungicide), along with a preventive round of herbicide and some pesticide. Measured all correctly, filled up the backpack sprayer, strapped it on, and then realized I had the wrong spray tip on the wand. Couldn't find the proper "fan" tip, so I went with the brass spray tip and dialed it back to a fan setting. When you apply this stuff, you're supposed to basically walk forward while you spray (hence the "fan" tip). But with the brass tip (which sprays in a circle), that doesn't work very well. So, I committed the #1 sin - I waived it back and forth as I walked.


Long story short, while I didn't kill off the entire yard, I certainly stressed a few areas and did indeed kill off a couple of spots here and there. I could kick myself! You can bet I bought a whole slew of fan tips from Amazon last week too. Won't make that mistake again.


Mowed it this past weekend. What was usually 10 bags full, was only 4. I applied an emergency round of soybean meal and alfalfa meal too in hopes that it will do it's magic again and stop the damage. I also hosed it down again with the microbial inoculant to help the soil. I think I halted the damage, and will have to fix it in the fall. It's not too bad, can't really notice from the street. But, I lost my golf ball test.... I will say that had I not had the density so high a few weeks ago, I would probably be in trouble. I really could just kick myself for being so stupid!


I also trimmed some trees to raise up the canopy around the yard. Areas where I was getting hit by fungus, were all areas of low hanging limbs and too much shade. I clipped so many, that city won't take it, so I'm having to pay to have it all hauled away! But, it sure looks gooood (minus the few streak marks of death here and there, due to my own arrogant stupidity)!
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Old 06-13-2017, 06:07 PM
 
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Sorry to hear..I'm sure it will recover...keep us posted.


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Mine is slowing down a bit too, and noticing others are around me as well. But, I also did a "boo boo" bad thing to my yard last weekend and hurt it. Was gearing up to apply Honor Guard (fungicide), along with a preventive round of herbicide and some pesticide. Measured all correctly, filled up the backpack sprayer, strapped it on, and then realized I had the wrong spray tip on the wand. Couldn't find the proper "fan" tip, so I went with the brass spray tip and dialed it back to a fan setting. When you apply this stuff, you're supposed to basically walk forward while you spray (hence the "fan" tip). But with the brass tip (which sprays in a circle), that doesn't work very well. So, I committed the #1 sin - I waived it back and forth as I walked.


Long story short, while I didn't kill off the entire yard, I certainly stressed a few areas and did indeed kill off a couple of spots here and there. I could kick myself! You can bet I bought a whole slew of fan tips from Amazon last week too. Won't make that mistake again.


Mowed it this past weekend. What was usually 10 bags full, was only 4. I applied an emergency round of soybean meal and alfalfa meal too in hopes that it will do it's magic again and stop the damage. I also hosed it down again with the microbial inoculant to help the soil. I think I halted the damage, and will have to fix it in the fall. It's not too bad, can't really notice from the street. But, I lost my golf ball test.... I will say that had I not had the density so high a few weeks ago, I would probably be in trouble. I really could just kick myself for being so stupid!


I also trimmed some trees to raise up the canopy around the yard. Areas where I was getting hit by fungus, were all areas of low hanging limbs and too much shade. I clipped so many, that city won't take it, so I'm having to pay to have it all hauled away! But, it sure looks gooood (minus the few streak marks of death here and there, due to my own arrogant stupidity)!
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Old 06-14-2017, 12:56 PM
 
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Definitely too early for dormancy period...

Still growing, still nice and thick, but my mowings are starting to slow down a tad. Of course, we also had unprecedented rain early this spring, and now are getting into a normal swing of things in terms of weather. Just had 3 days in the 90's.


Still looks healthy. In fact, my front yard is due for a mow as we speak
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