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Old 01-08-2023, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Capital Region, NY
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We have had some unusually warm weather the past couple weeks and all of the snow melted. Bad for skiing, but good for doing some very early “spring” lawn work. I worked for a total of about seven hours yesterday and today raking and also trimming some shrubs. Nice and cold now, though. Makes it easier to rake because the turf is frozen.

Usually don’t get to start yard work until April in this neck of the woods. Lawnmowers and rakes go in the shed Thanksgiving weekend; snowblower and shovels come out. Happy to get a big jump on it. As a side note, yard was clean like a whistle in November. Surprising how much clean up is needed after a couple of months.

Already looking forward to spring.
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Old 01-09-2023, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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Me, I'm subscribing to the "benign neglect" program.

Once a year in the early spring I get a garbage bag and a hoe (you millennials will want to look that up) and go round and pick the weeds visible at the time. Once my turf grass starts growing it pretty much chokes out all the weeds, and I'm mowing regularly so I'm cutting them off before they flower and seed.

In the hottest part of the summer I water quite a bit.

I haven't fertilized in 10 years. I mulch all clippings. Have not bagged mower trimmings in 30 years.

My yard looks way better than many of my neighbors' that are still on the chemical-addiction program. Birds and animals frequent my yard; they stay away from the zero-organic-material yards of my neighbors. I have butterflies, hummers, little lizards everywhere, bunnies, etc., etc., etc. They got bupkis.

Anazingly enough if you'll just leave things the heck alone, the natural processes of turf grass will largely take care of themselves.

Of course if you insist on doing stupid stuff like trying to have a golf green under a 100 foot tall oak tree, well, that's not going to come out well. So, don't do that!
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Old 01-09-2023, 05:19 PM
 
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Good information for those who have been requesting my suggestions on soil testing.

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Soil Test Results Explained with Allyn Hane and MySoil


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF_9Vn4xsT4
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Old 01-15-2023, 05:09 PM
 
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How Many Calories Does Lawn Mowing Burn?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4wlxABEvzw
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Old 01-15-2023, 06:15 PM
 
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Which Lawn Spreader Is Best for DIYers?

Upgrading to the Echo RB60 in a couple of weeks.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQQrxll6tBc
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Old 01-15-2023, 06:30 PM
 
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How Many Calories Does Lawn Mowing Burn?


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4wlxABEvzw
Before I got my zero turn tractor I would get over 12,000 steps on my Fitbit mowing my 1/3 acre lawn.
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Old 01-15-2023, 08:51 PM
 
Location: A coal patch in Pennsyltucky
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Which Lawn Spreader Is Best for DIYers?

Upgrading to the Echo RB60 in a couple of weeks.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQQrxll6tBc
Good idea! Don't buy any of the Scott's or any other spreader from Lowe's or Home Depot. They are junk. I've been through 6-7 of them.
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Old 01-19-2023, 06:44 PM
 
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Looking forward to the Echo, far more accurate than the Scotts spreader given the design of the setting mechanism and release.

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Good idea! Don't buy any of the Scott's or any other spreader from Lowe's or Home Depot. They are junk. I've been through 6-7 of them.
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Old 01-20-2023, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Sunnybrook Farm
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I find that a mulching mower spreads all the fertilizer I need, so "which spreader's best" is irrelevant. But that's because I don't poison my soil, so the grass clippings do what they're supposed to do.
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Old 01-20-2023, 05:05 PM
 
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They're Here! - Prevent Weeds in 2023 - [Ron Henry LIVE]


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzDNYWoDQKM
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