So it began....
I took the leap and committed to a Spring Reno. I applied a couple of glyphosate apps in March when the days actually got above 60 and began the seed bed prep in mid April. I've been living all-things-turf since last fall trying to get educated, assemble resources and plan. Below is a snapshot of what I've done thus far, beginning in September 2017. As of today, 5/13 (Day 22) I have quite a bit of germination and am essentially ~7 days behind many of Fall Reno updates I've studied. Which makes sense considering the first 7 days since seed down (4/21) for me had less than ideal soil temps, but by Day 7 through today, I've been very fortunate to have great soil temps day and night.
Notable shout-outs to @Pete1313
, @g-man @GrassDaddy
, SuperSeedStore Drew K, Penn State Extension (Peter Landschoot), countless YouTube vids, and plenty of hours on this site
I may not have had direct contact with the aforementioned but their postings and updates have been invaluable to me and by continually referencing their material and processes was the only way any of this would have even been possible for me. To that, many thanks - Cheers!
: Bewitched monostand (50lbs), ~24K sq ft
Equip: Toro 50" ZTM w/ cart. Toro 30" push mower. My labor
9/14 Mowed low @ 2". Dethatched Lawn. Raked turf/debris (yield 14 refuse bags).
9/15 Aerated. Delivery 15yds of 75% Compost, 25% Topsoil mix (Analysis: 25.9% OM, 7.9pH). Began distributing compost/soil mix. Raked it in.
9/17 Completed compost/soil mix application. Full water irrigation cycle
Equip: Toro 50" ZTM w/ cart. Toro 30" push mower. Gregson-Clark Spreader-Mate A (modified). Turf Teq Power Rake (rented). Toro Dingo (rented). Midwest Landscape Rake 36". My labor
3/18 1st Nuke App
3/26 Well & Irrigation adjustments (new well pump). Combining 2 irrigation rotor zones into 1. LL Property Soil Analysis Results (10 plugs @ 3-4" depth: 7.47% OM, 7.1 pH)
3/28 2nd Nuke App
3/30 Outsourced Landscape ground cover/bush removal, trimming. Outline new patio design
4/13 Scalp & Bag (yield 9 refuse bags)
Took a week's VAC to complete the rest
4/16 Rental: Turf Teq Power Rake (~0.5" deep)
4/17 Con't Power Raking. Dragged property in the PM
4/18 Con't Drag Mat + Hand rake turf/debris (yield 10 refuse bags). 14yds of 20yds Topsoil/Compost mix delivered. (Analysis: 5.81% OM, 7.5 pH) Covered w/trap in advance of snow.
4/19 AM Snowfall, setback. Waiting to melt/dry. Refuse pickup (19 bags). Begun applying soil mix to hell strips, hand raking/leveling
4/20 Toro Dingo rental for soil mix loading. Con't applying soil mix to property, hand raking/leveling. Final 6yds of 20yds soil mix delivered
4/21 Finish applying soil mix, complete hand raking/leveling property
Seed down (PM)
50lbs of Bewitched (SuperSeedStore - Drew K)
(2) bags Soil Moist
~90lbs of Starter Fert (16-28-12 with Armament ZnB, 30% PSCU by ATS)
Raked in seeds
Full watering, 12 zones (rotor zones doubled up to equal 8 total)
4/22 Watering Schedule: 3-4 times a day, rotor zones 7-10mins + spray zones 3-5min. Daily manual tweaking
4/29 Day 8: Handful of germinating seeds
5/3 Day 12: Significant germination, photo worthy. Some relief
5/10 Day 19: More and more germination, every day
5/12-13: Heavy downpours missed! ~0.75" (Forecast called for 2.5")
May:Consider AS/SRN applications/fungicides/fertilizer(s). Break ground for patio overhaul. Rachio 3 w/ Flow meter
June: Mow @ 2-2.5". Note Progress, evaluate, consider AS/SRN & fert applications. Tenacity.
Post Kill pics
Scalp and Turf Teq
Soil Spreading/Dingo/Daddy's Helper. I'm rockin the TLF hat!
Seed Down 4/21
Day 22 (comparable to Day 15)
Open soil area: Ripped out all boxwoods, roses, ground cover for new plantings.
Orange Paint outlines patio expansion
Problem Area1: Constant wash out. Reseed? Wait? TBD
Problem Area2: Upper left corner, constant puddling. Swamp
Weekly progress to follow, thanks for browsing.