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Hand-pulled some poa trivialis. Noticed some of the lawn border chickweed starting to flower.

Received all my lawn supplies for the year, took advantage of the off-season online discounts. Grass seed remains expensive so didn't buy any, luckily I still have some left over from last year stored in a cool dry place. ;)
 

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Stared, longingly.

I am actually planning to water much less this year, I predict much sadness in my future.

But it will be better for my wallet and my state. Water shortages are finally starting to worry me.

I think this will help me move in a better direction with the lawn though, I may need to pick a more drought resistant grass type.
 

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Not much. :cry:


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But I'm starting to think about my preM and fungicide strategy. Probably have at least 6 weeks before I can pull soil test samples, turn the mulch beds, tune up the power equipment, charge and clean the sprayers, blow the neighbors' residual leaves off the lawn, etc.

For now I'm resting and working on my physical conditioning for what will probably be another season with lots of work ahead.
 

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Deciding which fertilizers I'm going to try this year. Went with the Yard Mastery last year and had good results. I keep reading that there are better less expensive options out there, so I'm trying to figure out what will replace Flagship and Stress Blend.
 

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Several Daffodils blooming in the local area. Warm soil and air temps today, same thing happened this time last year. Pruned dead native wildflower stems, cut those up and spread them around the wildflower beds to return organic and recycle nutrients.
 

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I applied first ever (for me) Prodiamine application to the 2000sq/ft portion of my TTTF lawn that I did a reno on last year. I know it is early but I justified it by the fact that Greencast shows ground temp 2 consecutive days over 50 however I personally measured it at 48, I won't have time in the next 10 days, we have rain coming tomorrow and 10 day forecast with highs between 56 and 68 for 8 out of 10 days. Did I jump the gun?? I did a half application. I'll do the other non-renovated parts of the yard later with some kind of post weed control as it is already heavy with clover.
 

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I looked at the forecast, and we definitely will hit 55F here for soil temps in a week or two. Warming trend ahead. Normal application time of prodiamine granular for me is ~March 2nd, so I might be throwing down full 6-month application around the 20th I'd say. Reasonable. Better to be early than late. I'll have to see when the rain will hit as I get closer. The hyacinth and tulips are coming up. Honestly, I am not ready for the start of the season.
 

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I looked at the forecast, and we definitely will hit 55F here for soil temps in a week or two. Warming trend ahead. Normal application time of prodiamine granular for me is ~March 2nd, so I might be throwing down full 6-month application around the 20th I'd say. Reasonable. Better to be early than late. I'll have to see when the rain will hit as I get closer. The hyacinth and tulips are coming up. Honestly, I am not ready for the start of the season.
You're in St. Louis? Your average high even at the end of February and early March is only 50-51 degrees. Average low is 32. Seems pretty early to apply pre-em.
 

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You're in St. Louis? Your average high even at the end of February and early March is only 50-51 degrees. Average low is 32. Seems pretty early to apply pre-em.
Going off the empirical data. Maybe the warming trend changes. My neighbor was late last year with his application, ~3 weeks after me, done by a company. And it showed. I've got some winter weeds to kill, as I don't use a fall application. I am usually overseeding anyways, so I need the prodiamine gone by late August.
 

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6-month rate of Prodiamine in my front yard (fall reno) and pool area (mostly a reno since my dog ripped it all up while swimming). I left the back yard untouched since I'll probably be doing a partial reno on it this spring.
 

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Pulled cores of my lawn for a soil analysis. Looking forward to seeing how my soil amendments over the past year have helped.

Probably should have done this before the Prodiamine :D
 

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I woke up at 645am after about 2 hours of sleep and spent about 2.5 hours trying to figure out how the heck to get my spreader to work with the lesco stonewall 0-0-7 (prodiamine) that I bought. I was attempting a split spring application which I think I figured out correctly. (asked over on my stupid long thread but never got any reply so I just went with it.) But that means I needed a lower rate than was listed on the bag for spreader settings so I had to try to figure out the setting myself.

Pretty much wasted the whole time. Never figured it out. Got some incorrect amounts down on 3 different 1000 sq ft test areas in my 28,500 sq foot yard and gave up after discovering it was jamming the spreader open and letting product fall out even after releasing the handle. I'm pretty sure I actually had it figured out correctly but when it started making the spreader stick there was no point in continuing.

Our Temps just shot up into 60s and 70s Putting soil Temps at 50 ish. According to the green cast page I've been monitoring.(Chesapeake, VA) I had my application planned perfectly to go down today (Wednesday) with a little room for error into Thursday am, just in time for the exactly 1/2 inch of rain which is called for Thursday night into Friday am.

So I'll be spending my summer cutting hideous disgusting juicy overgrown crabgrass every 3 days. Yay. I can't wait.

There's a slight chance that when the random tee jet tip that I ordered gets here tomorrow I may be able to use it to try to learn my backpack sprayer real quick like, buy some of the prodiamine 65 wdg stuff (my original plan) and maybe still bother to try getting something down next week.

Other than that I've pretty much resigned myself to dealing with the disgusting crabgrass again.

After I woke up again I went outside and weeded a few flowerbeds and did a major cleanup removing a flowerbed and putting some extra pavers down in it to use as a storage area for my extra 23744713 retaining wall block things I've been gathering up as I change flowerbeds around. Then I cleaned up the garage a little.

So at least I feel like I accomplished something today.

Oh, and I grabbed this random beach cart thing I got on clearance in target probably 10 years ago... And stuck my backpack sprayer on it held with some bungee cords. This might solve my problem of in no way being able to carry 50lbs of liquid on my back. Going to fill it up and test it tomorrow.

So... I did a lot today but I didn't do the thing that most needing doing...

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I woke up at 645am after about 2 hours of sleep and spent about 2.5 hours trying to figure out how the heck to get my spreader to work with the lesco stonewall 0-0-7 (prodiamine) that I bought. I was attempting a split spring application which I think I figured out correctly. (asked over on my stupid long thread but never got any reply so I just went with it.) But that means I needed a lower rate than was listed on the bag for spreader settings so I had to try to figure out the setting myself.

Pretty much wasted the whole time. Never figured it out. Got some incorrect amounts down on 3 different 1000 sq ft test areas in my 28,500 sq foot yard and gave up after discovering it was jamming the spreader open and letting product fall out even after releasing the handle. I'm pretty sure I actually had it figured out correctly but when it started making the spreader stick there was no point in continuing.

Our Temps just shot up into 60s and 70s Putting soil Temps at 50 ish. According to the green cast page I've been monitoring.(Chesapeake, VA) I had my application planned perfectly to go down today (Wednesday) with a little room for error into Thursday am, just in time for the exactly 1/2 inch of rain which is called for Thursday night into Friday am.

So I'll be spending my summer cutting hideous disgusting juicy overgrown crabgrass every 3 days. Yay. I can't wait.

There's a slight chance that when the random tee jet tip that I ordered gets here tomorrow I may be able to use it to try to learn my backpack sprayer real quick like, buy some of the prodiamine 65 wdg stuff (my original plan) and maybe still bother to try getting something down next week.

Other than that I've pretty much resigned myself to dealing with the disgusting crabgrass again.

After I woke up again I went outside and weeded a few flowerbeds and did a major cleanup removing a flowerbed and putting some extra pavers down in it to use as a storage area for my extra 23744713 retaining wall block things I've been gathering up as I change flowerbeds around. Then I cleaned up the garage a little.

So at least I feel like I accomplished something today.

Oh, and I grabbed this random beach cart thing I got on clearance in target probably 10 years ago... And stuck my backpack sprayer on it held with some bungee cords. This might solve my problem of in no way being able to carry 50lbs of liquid on my back. Going to fill it up and test it tomorrow.

So... I did a lot today but I didn't do the thing that most needing doing...

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I realize you have a large lawn at nearly 30k square feet, but why don鈥檛 you try a product with a different active ingredient? You can grab Scott鈥檚 Halts (pendimethalin) without fertilizer from Amazon or Scotts website. It usually has a pretty small prill size, so hopefully won鈥檛 clog your spreader.

There鈥檚 also a some Lesco products with Dimension you can find at HD. There used to be a 0-0-7, but I鈥檓 only seeing the 19-0-7 online now.

Good luck!
 

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I woke up at 645am after about 2 hours of sleep and spent about 2.5 hours trying to figure out how the heck to get my spreader to work with the lesco stonewall 0-0-7 (prodiamine) that I bought. I was attempting a split spring application which I think I figured out correctly. (asked over on my stupid long thread but never got any reply so I just went with it.) But that means I needed a lower rate than was listed on the bag for spreader settings so I had to try to figure out the setting myself.

Pretty much wasted the whole time. Never figured it out. Got some incorrect amounts down on 3 different 1000 sq ft test areas in my 28,500 sq foot yard and gave up after discovering it was jamming the spreader open and letting product fall out even after releasing the handle. I'm pretty sure I actually had it figured out correctly but when it started making the spreader stick there was no point in continuing.
The prill size from Lesco on the 0.68% Barricade is fairly large, almost as large as milorganite, and its edgy.. A split app would almost be impossible to get accurately. What spreader do you have? The stuff works, but I always throw down the full amount for this reason. Its only 17# for 6-month coverage for my lawn, and the gate needs to be fairly open for the material to flow properly. Maybe some day i go to a sprayer, as overapplying for me will affect fall overseed..
 

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Decided to mix up some glyphosate and spot spray a few spots of what I鈥檓 convinced is poa triv. Got 5 min into spraying and started contemplating a blanket spray. :ROFLMAO: Funny how you only notice a few, then once the eye gets dialed in all of a sudden it鈥檚 EVERYwhere.
 

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The prill size from Lesco on the 0.68% Barricade is fairly large, almost as large as milorganite, and its edgy.. A split app would almost be impossible to get accurately. What spreader do you have? The stuff works, but I always throw down the full amount for this reason. Its only 17# for 6-month coverage for my lawn, and the gate needs to be fairly open for the material to flow properly. Maybe some day i go to a sprayer, as overapplying for me will affect fall overseed..
I also failed at doing split app with Lesco Stonewall. Prill is just too big. My solution was to switch to spraying Prodiamine. that strategy has been successful.
 
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