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Old 05-18-2019, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Puna, Hawaii
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Here in the tropics mowing is a year-round event. We have goats, sheep, and geese that eat the grass but they don't do it evenly and they eat things we don't want them to. We finally gave up and started turning our front lawn into raised beds for growing food. A lot less mowing that will be down to 20% of it's original footprint once we are finished. As an added bonus we sell our extra bounty at a farmer's market and via a cooler on the side of the road. People love the farm-to-table concept and we generally have no problem selling our excess for more than what imported food costs at the store.
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Old 05-18-2019, 04:20 PM
 
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Interesting: My neighbor across the street does nothing to her lawn and everything comes flying over. Wonder if that did too. I use Lesco pre emergent but it still comes up every yr. Not sure I want to tackle each by hand. I know they sell a spray for it, I might have to look into it. Might as well do it now right?
It took me about 2 years to remove the Wild Violet by hand. I was on my knees the entire time. I'm sure my neighbor thought I was a hard core gardener. I didn't use a herbicide because I killed large sections of my backyard lawn several years ago trying to eradicate nutsedge.

I applied Lesco Pre-Emergent for the first time in early April and May. I don't see any effect on my side of the border. But my neighbor has a thicker lawn with fewer weeds.
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:18 AM
 
Location: Artane, Dublin
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I don't use any chemicals or fertilizer.
All natural. When I bought my house the lawn was seriously neglected. It was dead spots, weeds, and some grass. Over the last 2 years or so I just raked the crap out of it every spring and heavily seeded every few months. Also switched to mowing it high. Not really alot of time and effort and it looks better and better every year. But, I'm not overly obsessed with having a perfect lawn that looks like green carpet.
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Old 05-19-2019, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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It took me about 2 years to remove the Wild Violet by hand. I was on my knees the entire time. I'm sure my neighbor thought I was a hard core gardener. I didn't use a herbicide because I killed large sections of my backyard lawn several years ago trying to eradicate nutsedge.

I applied Lesco Pre-Emergent for the first time in early April and May. I don't see any effect on my side of the border. But my neighbor has a thicker lawn with fewer weeds.
You know..... you inspired me to do the same... Took advantage of a nice morning..


This is just one little section





WOW!!!!





2.5 Gallons worth and not done yet. Definitely looking better now and breathable. Come fall I will be overseeding the areas for sure.


Winter salt always an issue, you have to see neighbors lawn near the street, all burnt and brown, worse then this. lol

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Old 05-19-2019, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Is now a good time to put down some grub control? Here it's about a week past the 0% chance of frost date. Or maybe there is a soil temp recommended? It's been a very wet and cool spring if that makes a difference.
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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I'll begin... 1st mow of the season was today... Here are last years stats as well.

A lot of those 7+ days was because of it raining every other day pretty much all year. Was tough to time it between work, rain, and life.




10 days in a row with rain has been tough to get it done sooner this month.. I had to time it perfectly today before it rained again.
OMG - I love this! Is this a spreadsheet?
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Old 05-19-2019, 11:22 PM
 
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You know..... you inspired me to do the same... Took advantage of a nice morning..


This is just one little section





WOW!!!!





2.5 Gallons worth and not done yet. Definitely looking better now and breathable. Come fall I will be overseeding the areas for sure.


Winter salt always an issue, you have to see neighbors lawn near the street, all burnt and brown, worse then this. lol
Looking good!

I used a Hori-Hori knife but later switched to a kitchen knife. I'm now dealing with a minor clover issue on my front lawn. My neighbor across the street has a major clover problem. He tilled his lawn twice in 3 years but didn't kill the grass and weeds beforehand. Oh well...
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Old 05-20-2019, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Thunderstorm last night. Almost at 4 inches for the month. 9.31 inches last 7 weeks


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Is now a good time to put down some grub control? Here it's about a week past the 0% chance of frost date. Or maybe there is a soil temp recommended? It's been a very wet and cool spring if that makes a difference.

Not sure, never had to put it down. Maybe someone else here has some advice? I would think Spring for sure but make sure it doesn't interfere with other products you put down.

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OMG - I love this! Is this a spreadsheet?
Thanks! It's fun and I wish I started a decade ago. It's just a simple Excel spreadsheet. Everytime I mow I come back and enter the info. More mowing this year than last year.


What's funny is my neighbor drops off his garbage pail full of grass clippings for me and I noticed this year there's been much more than last yr because the pile is building up. lol
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Old 05-20-2019, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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"It's fun and I wish I started a decade ago. It's just a simple Excel spreadsheet. Everytime I mow I come back and enter the info. More mowing this year than last year. "....that is more obsessive/compulsive than my tomato and pepper spreadsheet !

Regards
Gemstone1
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I've got some wild-violet in my lawn as well. Not enough to bother me. Really trying to avoid chemicals so I guess i'll be starting to hand pull it as I walk past bits herer and there
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