Fertilizing my lawn for initial spring application

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  1. wxman1

    wxman1 Well-Known Member

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    You are SOL until you convince the GF to use some strong chemicals.
     
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  2. BCClone

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    Get a plugger and that will help with the compaction over time. Getting any kind of grass established will also help. Do not bad your lawn. Fine to dethatch and bag that but don’t otherwise. Keep it long. Mow to 3”, not the 1 1/2” the scalpers seem to like.
     
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  3. nocsious3

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    Seed with a shade tolerant fescue containing zero weed seeds and zero other crop. Look at the back of the bag to check. Fertilize with something that has all three macros if you can find it. Something like a 28-10-15 or something like that. Cover with peat moss is a good idea. Mow tall. Trim the tree to let some more light in. Nothin you can easily do to fix the root problem . Keep it watered some in the summer. That tree is stealing a lot of water in summer from grass. Even if some grass appears to die in Summer, it will grow back in Fall assuming you gave it some Summer water .
     
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    I go short, easier to find the dog poo.

    I also find when it left taller it gets mashed down easier and stays mashed down.
     
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  6. motorcy90

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    dethatched the yard and applied some weed and feed, have a few bare spots that need seed still later.
     
  7. BigBake

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    Who's mowing today? (DSM area)
     
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  8. Scott34

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    I have close to 0 knowledge when it comes to caring for my lawn. A friend of mine told me about Scott's Lawn app. It's actually really helpful. When u first start it gets your address and gives u a google overview of your property. You outline the area and it gives u the square footage of what u need. It then asks what you current lawn is like and what you are wanting your lawn to look like. It even gives up to date rain totals. It gives u alerts with the dates to apply each thing. For me it's been very helpful, especially for people that arent in the know about taking care of their lawns.
     
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  9. jdcyclone19

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    I could today but letting the backyard dry more. Plan to mow on Tuesday and then change the oil and blade on the mower after mowing. Chop up and small twigs and get the oil nice and hot after sitting all winter before changing it out.
     
  10. twojman

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    I got my crabgrass preventer with lawn food down on thursday night. I was finishing with a bit of rain coming down and the thunder starting. I think it is the third time in a row I've put something down and finished when the rain is starting. I call it perfect timing. :)

    I also put down gypsum to try and break up the clay a little. Like most others in the metro we have lots of clay not too far under the grass. They scraped away any dirt before putting down our sod that had a thin layer of dirt attached to it.

    Like someone else said, I never bag my clippings as I am trying to get organic material down as much as possible. Have any of you tried pelletized compost? Putting a little compost across my whole yard would be extremely expensive, we're on close to a half acre.
     
  11. BillyClone

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    Bought a new build house last June. Sod was laid in November of 2018. Very typical suburban soil - 1-2" of black topsoil followed by several inches of clay.

    Aerated last fall and again this past week. I added about 10lbs/1,000 sq ft of pelletized gypsum each time. I think the aeration does more than the gypsum but I figure any little bit will help break up the clay.

    The cores left after aeration are very telling - some thatch, a little black soil, then a whole lot of gray clay. Hopefully, after aerating for a few years, the soil will be in good shape and not so easy to compact.
     
  12. mkadl

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    End of August is the best time. Perfect. Put grass clippings over the top and keep it wet. You will be mowing it before winter with any luck at all.
     
  13. mynameisjonas

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    Story county is over 50 degrees but it will likely dip back down this weekend.
     
  14. khardbored

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    Guess I'm late to the party this year. Time to get my crabgrass pre-emergent down!!!
     
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    Only second year with this lawn. Very large with irrigation. But when I fertilize, it streaks or stripes, and you can see only a fine line where I walked. Spreader appears to spread it all around. Can anyone explain what I should do?
     
  16. BCClone

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    Get a better spreader?
     
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  17. Cyclones_R_GR8

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    Yea, I have a cheap spreader so I get the same things. My theory is some of it hits the wheel and falls straight down giving you the little lines. I tried to counter it by reducing the flow and making more passes going North-South and then East-West. Sometimes I can see a slight checkerboard pattern.
     
  18. nocsious3

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    Half the rate you are throwing out and then spread the yard twice going in one direction, and then again at 90 degrees. Spreader should be throwing the fertilizer back to the wheel marks of your previous pass. Walk at a uniform and slightly brisk pace.
     
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  19. nocsious3

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    Right on time. I'm doing my backyard today and I'm in Kansas City so likely warmer down here.
     
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  20. jdcyclone19

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    Walked my yard last night after mowing on Tuesday. Damn dandelions are already showing up. Looks like I'll have to breakout the hand sprayer already.
     

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