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Hi everyone, my name is Eric and I am a lawn fanatic. :mrgreen: 4 years in and still learning A LOT.

In 2014, I did my first renovation. Renovated the backyard with a mix of TTTF (Bullseye, Turbo, Hemi, Falcon V & Faith) & KBG (Bewitched, Blueberry & Prosperity).

Before





After




2014 Journal

Aprox. 8000 SQ FT
45 lbs TTTF (Bullseye, Turbo, Hemi, Falcon V & Faith)
9 lbs KBG (Bewitched, Blueberry & Prosperity)
**********TIMELINE**********
BEFORE - http://s13.postimg.cc/rhfnnrgdj/003_8285.jpg
7/31 - Glyphosate
8/3 - Scalped @2.5"
8/5 - Glyphosate
8/8 - Scalped @1"
8/8 - Spread topsoil
8/13 - spot spray glyphosate
8/15 - Day before seed down: Oceangro (150 lbs), water
8/16 - Seed down!!!

Notes:
- sprayed BLSC + KH
- mixed seeds w/ soil moist. I made 3 passes w/ the tttf @15lbs each pass. Kbg I dumped the whole 9 lbs in the hopper and made 2 passes on low setting.
- rolled
- sprayed sumagrow
- sprayed tenacity
- spread peat moss
- finalized sprinklers. On hose end timer for 6am start every 4 hours for 12 min each zone.

Time to crack open a cold one.

8/17 - Adjusted hose timer run times.. decided to do 14 min per zone @4hour intervals. I shut the water off at night and turn it back on in the morning. So, 6a/10a/2p/6p
8/20 - Decided to adjust start time. Adjusted it to 5am, 4 hour intervals, 12 min per zone and let it run at night. 5a/9a/1p/5p/9p/1a
8/21 - TTTF Germination :yahoo: - http://postimg.cc/image/xz827kezh/
Checked the reno, also seeing some sprouts. :) - http://postimg.cc/image/5brie9u1b/
8/22 - Seeing some germination on the KBG pots and a lot more green babies in the whole yard.
8/26 - Day 10 pictures - http://postimg.cc/image/p03y9samf/
9/4 - Day 19 picture - http://postimg.cc/image/p0qyi8kov/
9/5 - Oceangro (50 lbs). Spread more seeds on areas that has wash out and on bare spots.
9/9 - Adjusted watering to 2 times per day, 9am/3pm, 14 min run time
9/10 - Mowed @2.5" - http://postimg.cc/image/ba4wsf0ul/
9/12 - Urea 1/2 lb/k
9/15 - BLSC + KH (2oz each/k), Tenacity 1/2 tsp/gallon/k
9/16 - 1x day watering, 15 min per zone
9/17 - Mowed @2.5". Applied Oceangr (50 lbs).
9/19 - Urea 1/2 lb/k
9/23 - Mowed @2.5"
9/26 - Urea 1 lb/k
9/28 - Mowed @2.5"; used rider
10/1 - Oceangro (100 lbs)
10/3 - Urea 1 lb/k
10/4 - Bayer 24 Hour Grub Killer Plus (10 lbs)
10/5 - Mowed @2.5"
10/9 - Mowed @2.5", Urea
10/17 - Urea 1 lb/k
10/19 - Mowed @2.5"
10/23 - 11/2 - Vacation = "The Pause"
11/3 - Mowed @ 3.5"
11/9 - Mowed @3.0"
11/21 - Mowed @3.0"
11/23 - Urea 2lb/k

In 2016, I got bit by the bug again and renovated my front and side yards. This go around, I decided to try a KBG monostand. The cultivar I choose was Blueberry since it scored a 9 on ntep for color and the test site was literally just a few miles from me.

This was taken at day 98 last year.



2016 Journal

3/12 - Pre-m down; Prodiamine (1/2 tbsp/1000) + Tenacity (1/4 tsp/1000)
3/29 - Seeds (Blueberry and Prosperity) acquired from stephensilva1.
3/30 - Spot sprayed weeds.
3/31 - More Blueberry seeds acquired. Thanks ligrass!
4/8 - Clean up mow @2.5"
4/10 - SOP @2lbs/k
4/15 - Mowed @2.5"
4/30 - Mowed @2.875"
4/30 - Encap Lime @9lbs/k
5/9 - Mowed @2.875"
5/14 - Mowed @2.875"
5/16 - OceanGro
5/21 - SOP @2lbs/k
5/25 - Mowed @3"
5/31 - Mowed @3.5". Dropped OceanGro.
6/6 - Mowed @3.5"
6/14 - Mowed @4"
6/29 - Mowed @4"
7/10 - Mowed @3.5"
7/21 - Mowed @3"
7/24 - Sprayed glyphosate @4oz/k
7/27 - Scalped @2.125"
7/29 - Scalped @1.375" (Side)
7/31 - DIY Irrigation Setup (Front)
8/1 - Scalped @1.375" (Front)
8/5 - DIY Irrigation Setup (Side)
8/7 - Sprayed glyphosate @2oz/k
8/20 - Raked and sprayed glyphosate
8/26 - Oceangro (3 bags)
8/27 - Seed down!
.rake some more
.seed down
.peat moss w/ peat moss roller
.tenacity
.watered in
9/1 - Green babies
9/11 - Urea .33lbs/k
9/17 - Urea .33lbs/k --- Day 21
9/21 - Oceangro (1 bag)
9/24 - First cut @1.5". Oceangro (1 bag)
9/25 - Urea .5lbs/k. Cut @1.5"
9/27 - Cut @ 1.5"
10/1 - Cut @1.5"
10/2 - Urea 1lbs/k
10/3 - Tenacity
10/4 - Cut @1.5"
10/7 - Cut @1.5". Urea 1lbs/k --- Day 42
10/12 - Cut @1.5". Urea 1lbs/k
10/16 - Mowed @2.5". Mag-I-Cal @9lbs/k
10/17 - Bayer 24 Hour Grub Killer Plus
10/21 - Mowed @2.5"
10/29 - Mowed @2.5". Sprayed Prodiamine.
11/13 - Mowed @2.5"
11/19 - Mowed @2.5"
11/27 - Mowed @2.5"
12/3 - Mowed @2.5" - Top growth stopped
12/4 - Urea 2lbs/k

Glad to be here and I will continue to update this thread of my progress. Plenty of weeds to tackle still.
 

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Hey Andy, thanks! It is always a work in progress but I am very happy with how things are turning out. For mulching, I am just using a plate blocker. My machine is older and I can't seem to find the full mulch kit for it. Most of the time though I side discharge and only put the plate blocker during fall when the leaves start to pile up.

 

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I really like these type of threads - makes it easy for others to follow and offers a tidy place to track our own progress. I go back and reference my posts/photos frequently. :thumbup:
 

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Redtenchu said:
Nice work, can't wait to see how this year plays out for you.
Thanks Red! I'm looking forward to how it turns out this year also. As of right now, the color is holding its own. I have yet to fertilize this spring and it is already darker than my neighbors.

GrassDaddy said:
How do you get the kids to not destroy it under the swings? I gave up on ours lol
Honestly, I am surprised how well it holds up as well. Maybe having the KBG in the mix helps to "repair" it. But, I usually just do extra passes around the swing set whenever I put down Oceangro. Besides that, it gets the same treatment everywhere else.

Ware said:
I really like these type of threads - makes it easy for others to follow and offers a tidy place to track our own progress. I go back and reference my posts/photos frequently. :thumbup:
I do the same thing. Gives me an idea of where the lawn started and how far it has come (or if I need to change anything).
 

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This was taken last Friday. I stopped in the middle of mowing the backyard and stood in awww.. something about the sun and freshly cut grass made it look good.

 

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This weekend, I plan to start feeding the beast. I read "Philes Phertilizer Lecture" and will try that out on last years reno. OceanGro will go down every 2 weeks (until funds run out). But I also plan to spray a PGR so I'm not mowing every 2-3 days. LOL.
 

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So, at the end of last year there was a section in my side yard that for some reason didn't grow anything. You can see it on this picture (top left corner).



Here is what the area looks like today.



First feeding was last week. I put down OceanGro. I also sprayed Prodiamine in the area when I put my pre-m down. I'm surprised of the rate it is spreading. I will try and take a picture of this area monthly to see how long it takes to fill in.
 

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That is impressive EG! Are you sure there was nothing there before winter? That is a crazy amount of spread! Keep up with the monthly pics, I bet that is completely filled in by fall. :thumbsup:
 
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