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Old 07-22-2010, 10:55 AM
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Once it's complete it will take under 15 minutes a week to sweep across and pull any newbies that come up.

I know it's not the organic way but put some water down on that tiny plot. It'll bring it out of dormancy and give it a better chance to spread and dig deep roots.

To be a good steward you could water say 1x a week about 1 or 1-1/2 inch...that is a very small amount of water for that plot.
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Old 07-22-2010, 02:46 PM
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Here, for your approval, is a pic of my yard last Fall (10/19) after I had done my scalping/dethatching/aerating/topdressing/overseeding process (i.e., I mowed for the first time and did my normal process, no special effort as I was trying to show the grass itself to a friend who was curious how the yard was doing).

She commented on how nice the edge looked, I hadn't noticed it but think of this picture ever since when it comes to edging.

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Since nobody else commented on your picture I will. You have a beautiful lawn.
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Old 07-22-2010, 03:14 PM
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Since nobody else commented on your picture I will. You have a beautiful lawn.
Thanks, I appreciate the feedback, it looks quite a bit better than when I bought the house (different angle but you can get an idea what the yard looked like in 2006 just three years earlier in the picture attached below). The yard was full of weeds and bare spots. The yard is now 99% weed free and I have to do very little to keep the weeds out as the grass is much more healthy now. I ripped out all of the landscaping front, back, sides and islands and redid that as well, I actually did that before addressing the lawn.

Right now, due to the lack of rain (and I only spot water a few area to keep them from going completely dormant), the yard is not quite as nice as it is in the Fall/Spring but still nicer than most yards, even a couple that have irrigation systems as their cultural practices stink.

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Old 07-22-2010, 04:38 PM
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I too use very little chemicals on my lawn...a few spot treatments is all that's required. My lawn is not an organic lawn, but I do practice best management practices. I have created such a dense stand of bermuda that weeds are rarely a problem...I do have some crabgrass that pops through from time to time but its not a problem to spot treat.

About organic, I topdressed my lawn last season with cow manure and it looked great.
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Old 07-22-2010, 04:59 PM
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I too use very little chemicals on my lawn...a few spot treatments is all that's required. My lawn is not an organic lawn, but I do practice best management practices. I have created such a dense stand of bermuda that weeds are rarely a problem...I do have some crabgrass that pops through from time to time but its not a problem to spot treat.

About organic, I topdressed my lawn last season with cow manure and it looked great.
That is interesting as I use so few chemicals now even I am surprised. I have about 1/2 acre of grass and I have used only 1 gallon of mixed "Q4" this year. I occasionally get a few dandelions, clover, chickweed, oxalis and occasional other random weeds (hardly any crabgrass despite all of my neighbors having crabgrass in their yards).

I too would not call myself "organic" but I do try to use very good practices, specifically, I mow my TTTF at 3.0" - 4.0" (depends on what point in the season), I now dethatch/aerate/topdress/overseed in the Fall, I either hand pull weeds or spot treat, and I am fertilizing with organic/compost based fertilizers. Last year was the first year I top dressed, I used cow manure. This year I plan to use Sweet Peat.

I have seen the pics of your Bermuda, it looks very good, beautiful really and I appreciate many of your posts.

Sorry for the threadjack.

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Old 07-22-2010, 05:45 PM
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Cut heights play a large part in grass health and amount of weeds for sure. Next season I want to try some pelletized chicken manure instead of conventional fertilizers and see how my lawn looks...its a good bit more expensive per 1k than synthetic fert but since I was happy with the cow manure top dress I am excited to try it.

Thanks for the compliment on my bermuda...I have spent countless hours working on it...it is my hobby.
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Old 07-24-2010, 04:50 PM
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hound dog to pull weeds

I have found to be an excellent way to pull many weeds.
One of the few organic products I can endorse for free...No bending required. I am a landscaper, but if the company reads this and wants to pay me for endorsement, I could use the money!
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Old 07-27-2010, 02:20 AM
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One of my customers accidentally stumbled upon one of the greatest organic
ALL vegetation killers when there was some kind of a problem with the hot water heater,
evidently an amount of scalding hot water leaked out (I assume 140 degrees).

As to how exactly one would go about applying this, lets not forget the stuff is dangerous
as it could cause first, second, and perhaps third degree burns so this would have to be left
up to individual choice.

But this non-selective planticider works better than round-up, I kid you not scalding hot water
kills plants D.E.A.D. be it weed or else, hot water it's gone.

Thought I'd share as much.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:54 AM
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One of my customers accidentally stumbled upon one of the greatest organic
ALL vegetation killers when there was some kind of a problem with the hot water heater,
evidently an amount of scalding hot water leaked out (I assume 140 degrees).

As to how exactly one would go about applying this, lets not forget the stuff is dangerous
as it could cause first, second, and perhaps third degree burns so this would have to be left
up to individual choice.

But this non-selective planticider works better than round-up, I kid you not scalding hot water
kills plants D.E.A.D. be it weed or else, hot water it's gone.

Thought I'd share as much.
Steam Cleaner anyone?
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:07 AM
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Ammonium Soaps of fatty acids, Vinegar, Hot Water, Steam do not kill the root of the plant, thus regrowth occurs. Multiple applications are required. 4-5

Hand picking/mechanical removal is always an option but tedious in larger areas.

Very nice lawn RDA.
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