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Old 06-30-2019, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Threw Hydretain down for the first time. I wanted to test it out first on a potted plant but I rushed to get it down before a Thunderstorm and I used a whole bag on the front lawn right. Nature watered it in.


Apparently it helps keep the soil moist withy less need for watering. As we're entering mid Summer I figure I try this out. I don't use sprinklers or irrigation system




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Old 06-30-2019, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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The bees like it, too. I try to always have something for the honey bees to eat.
There's something I haven't seen in a while.... Bees! Once my Cucumbers start flowering more, they'll come around.
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Old 06-30-2019, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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There's something I haven't seen in a while.... Bees! Once my Cucumbers start flowering more, they'll come around.
Have you tried it on any of your veggies?
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:32 AM
 
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Have you tried it on any of your veggies?
The bees?


No not yet but I just order a 3lbs bag and will do a test. I will start a new thread because I think it will be an interesting test. Stay tuned.


Shipment arrives July 2nd. I need to buy 2 plants to test it on. 1 of them is going to die so I don't wanna kill my pepper plant.
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Old 07-02-2019, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Upstate, NY
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Regarding red thread I get it every year. This year I used a fungus preventive. Do not recall the brand at the moment but this treatment is easily found at your local hardware store. You have to apply it before the red thread appears. For me (Upstate, NY) that means by Memorial Day. Then, apply again end of June. As a side note, although the lawn appears damaged with red thread the grass will recover in the fall.

About the Hydretain, it appears to be a wetting agent. I’m not a pro, but I have had lawn service companies who have recommended it for the hot weather months. Right now I have Truegreen, who recently bought out LawnDawg, who I liked. Time will tell with the new service, but so far so good. Will post pictures soon.
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Anyone without irrigation is seeing the Mid Summer heat stress now. Grass is going dormant in some areas. My backyard which is shaded a lot is still green. Expecting rain later so that's good. I don't use sprinklers or irrigation.


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Regarding red thread I get it every year. This year I used a fungus preventive. Do not recall the brand at the moment but this treatment is easily found at your local hardware store. You have to apply it before the red thread appears. For me (Upstate, NY) that means by Memorial Day. Then, apply again end of June. As a side note, although the lawn appears damaged with red thread the grass will recover in the fall.

About the Hydretain, it appears to be a wetting agent. I’m not a pro, but I have had lawn service companies who have recommended it for the hot weather months. Right now I have Truegreen, who recently bought out LawnDawg, who I liked. Time will tell with the new service, but so far so good. Will post pictures soon.
I'm in process of doing a timelapse regarding Hydretain. Will post as soon as the test is done. Looking forward to your pics.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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How's everyone's summer lawn doing? We're in the heat of the summer now. Less rain & clouds, more sun and heat.


Waiting for the town to grind this stump so I can address that whole circle. weeds took over. Kinda makes you appreciate the efforts in the lawn when you see the weeds take over like that in an area unattended.

This is what it looked like 3 months ago an up until last month.


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Old 07-16-2019, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Must be summer. I do not and will not use water. Hoping mother nature throws down some water before the heat wave this weekend.




But I might plant more trees. This is a shadier area that only gets like 4 hours of sun.


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Old 07-16-2019, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Jealous that your yard looks like that with no irrigation, Cam! Living in our very arid climate, we have no choice if we want grass. Quite frankly, I am really tired of grass and am increasingly of the opinion that it does not belong in our climate given the amount of water it takes to keep it looking nice. With that said, we've had good rains this season and we're only now in the middle of a prolonged period of heat (98-101F for the next 4 days). I've only watered a handful of times since late June and have only applied Milorganite. In the next few years to come I hope to replace much of the backyard with raised landscaping suitable for flower and vegetable gardens. I hope to rid the front yard of most grass, as well, but all in due time.

The pics below are from this past weekend.
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Old 07-17-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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Jealous that your yard looks like that with no irrigation, Cam! Living in our very arid climate, we have no choice if we want grass.


The pics below are from this past weekend.
Looking good there! Sounds like you do have irrigation.


BTW.. Look what fell today. 0.90" in 2 Thunderstorms. PERFECT. Who needs a sprinkler when you have Mother Nature to rely on.





I was worried we weren't going to get any rain before the heat wave. Supposed to feel like 100's this weekend.


More coming tonight.





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