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      05-24-2019, 04:04 PM   #419
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Yeah, it got a lot of hype and interest going as a result but seemed to only be available in small quantities. Similar to Milo but compressed into a shorter time span.

Since it is a little bit rainy today, I was going to put down RGS in the front and back (it'd have to be watered in anyways). it looks like the Hyr-Brix should get delivered this morning so I'll put it down in the front yard after the RGS.

Should I also put the Humic down now as well (front and back)? I figured the RGS/Humic applications would be spread out.

I've got 6cu yds of top soil/compost mix coming later today. That'll be my fun in the backyard later today/tomorrow:

1. run the thatcher implement to scuff things up in the backyard. It'd too big an area of bare and thin areas to do by hand
2. lay down a thin-ish layer of the topsoil/compost mix, likely a thicker layer in the bare areas
3. put down starter fert (Lesco)
4. put down GCI's blend of tall fescue seed
5. lightly rake (manually) the seed into the topsoil/compost mix
6. put out the sprinklers and set the water timers for a few, short duration waterings throughout the day (although chances of rain all weekend)
I would definitely put down Humic12 whenever you get a chance. i always apply RGS/Humic12 at the same time. I only have RGS and Humic12 so my regimen for the season is early Spring, 1st week of June and end of August/1st week of September and that's it. some of the Youtubers actually apply both products each month which to me is a waste or product and money. just like fertilizer 3x each season.

as far as your seeding plan i would put down peat moss after you seed. this helps cover from birds eating the seed.
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Looks great, what kind of mower do you use?
i have a 48" cut Husqvarna. LOL my first year i had a push mower and it took forever to cut the lawn. the following year i used my wifey's bonus and bought a lawn tractor
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LS, whats the disk in your yard? a drain of some sort or a bunker lid?
LOL when i first bought the house i was like WTH! why would they put a sewer drain in the middle of my backyard funny part is i never bothered to really check it out since the grass was over grown and i never put any time or energy in the yard until recently. so i only found out what it really was a couple of years ago when i cut the grass the first time and i hit the lid and it moved over only to expose a fire pit haven't used it yet. as you can see this is the wood that was still in the pit
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Looks fantastic!

Are you really only on .65 acres? That looks like close to an acre from some of those pictures. Our last house was on close to a half acre and it seemed about half of your yard haha.
hey thanks! you know...my real state agent told me but i'll have to double check
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what's the best thing I can put down on my lawn NOW (as it's already warm 60-70 in northeast) to help fill in my spotty patches and get rid of the crabgrass?

Spent like 200 bucks on a 2-step seed before the warm weather came. Got constant rain (good), but lawn didn't come in nearly as well as it should have. Looking for any help here, I'm desperate.
you're already late to put down any pre emergent for the crabgrass. there is some post emergent herbicides you can buy but if the crabgrass is already mature there's nothing you can use to kill them. also if you plan on filling any barespots it's not ideal to use any weed products. i would just skip the weeds and fill in the bare spots. Scott's usually has some all in one stuff you can use. it's all in the prep work. what did you actually do when you put that 2 step seed in?
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what's the best thing I can put down on my lawn NOW (as it's already warm 60-70 in northeast) to help fill in my spotty patches and get rid of the crabgrass?

Spent like 200 bucks on a 2-step seed before the warm weather came. Got constant rain (good), but lawn didn't come in nearly as well as it should have. Looking for any help here, I'm desperate.
If it was a lot of rain, that wasn't necessarily good for the seed. Short, frequent watering is better.

That said, if your spotty patches aren't too huge, you could always redo those spots from scratch and re-seed them. I'd expect at least some weeds on any bare spots, though. If you do go scorched earth and re-seed those areas, supposedly Tenacity will work as a pre-M and not affect grass seed germination (depending on grass type). Haven't tried that yet myself, though.

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you're already late to put down any pre emergent for the crabgrass. there is some post emergent herbicides you can buy but if the crabgrass is already mature there's nothing you can use to kill them. also if you plan on filling any barespots it's not ideal to use any weed products. i would just skip the weeds and fill in the bare spots. Scott's usually has some all in one stuff you can use. it's all in the prep work. what did you actually do when you put that 2 step seed in?
Depending on the average soil temps, he could still put down a pre-M and snuff out some crabgrass from growing in but he definitely won't be getting all of them at this point.

Any crabgrass that is growing in will at least be at an early stage and not have many tillers. I had good luck w/ Q4+ as a post-emergent. Tenacity should also work but I haven't tried it on crabgrass. Dimension, Quinchlorac, and Prodiamine should all work as well.



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I would definitely put down Humic12 whenever you get a chance. i always apply RGS/Humic12 at the same time. I only have RGS and Humic12 so my regimen for the season is early Spring, 1st week of June and end of August/1st week of September and that's it. some of the Youtubers actually apply both products each month which to me is a waste or product and money. just like fertilizer 3x each season.

as far as your seeding plan i would put down peat moss after you seed. this helps cover from birds eating the seed.
I ended up mixing 6oz of Humic-12 w/ the 5oz of RGS I put down today. Used about a 11.5:1 dilution and a 70deg fan tip on my backpack sprayer. Not sure how much got down to the ground vs grass blades before drying. I eventually ran my sprinkler a little bit after I put down the Hyr-Brix several hours after N-ext application. It's lightly raining atm so that'll help get things watered in.

Ya know....I might actually just drop a layer of topsoil over the thatch layer in areas. The seeds will start germinating in the soil and the roots will be able to get thru the thatch....and the thatch will eventually break down in the new soil.

I bought a little bit of peat moss but not a lot. Price justification for getting several cubic yards was not in favor of getting more.
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Since all the pix of Hyr-Brix online kind of suck and don't show much of the label, here are some slightly less suck-y cellphone pix (at least they're legible) so you can see it's makeup.

Compared to that GreenYard stuff, the macros/micros are about the same. GreenYard has a little Boron and no Phos (not a big deal). It also has half-ish the quantities of what Hyr-Brix has for micros. Wrt N, it has a tad more ammoniacal nitrogen (2.8%) and less Urea (14.8%) but also breaks down 3 other N types (mix of soluable and insoluable).

I might try the GreenYard stuff. The price is good and the makeup isn't too bad.
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Ended up losing the morning due to rain. in the afternoon, I ran the thatcher implement over most of the main part of the backyard. Did 2 passes w/ each being perpendicular to the other. After cleaning up what came up, I started putting dirt down in the more bare/sparse areas. The dirt mix i got is a bit clump so I'm hoping it breaks down. Only made it thru about 1/3 of the yard today so the laboring will resume tomorrow (at least it'll be cooler).

Once that's done (or I run out of dirt....whichever comes first), Humic-12+RGS goes down then starter fert and seed. I'll top dress what I can. For kicks, maybe I'll over seed some parts of the front yard, too. Otherwise, I'll be leaving out sprinklers in the backyard on water timers.

So far, 3 blisters and I got my first mosquito bite of the season. lol
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Ended up losing the morning due to rain. in the afternoon, I ran the thatcher implement over most of the main part of the backyard. Did 2 passes w/ each being perpendicular to the other. After cleaning up what came up, I started putting dirt down in the more bare/sparse areas. The dirt mix i got is a bit clump so I'm hoping it breaks down. Only made it thru about 1/3 of the yard today so the laboring will resume tomorrow (at least it'll be cooler).

Once that's done (or I run out of dirt....whichever comes first), Humic-12+RGS goes down then starter fert and seed. I'll top dress what I can. For kicks, maybe I'll over seed some parts of the front yard, too. Otherwise, I'll be leaving out sprinklers in the backyard on water timers.

So far, 3 blisters and I got my first mosquito bite of the season. lol
Dethatching is gonna help tremendously. I would use a rake to break down some of the clumping tho with the dirt. how much of the yard are you actually reseeding? oh, what State are you in BTW?
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Dethatching is gonna help tremendously. I would use a rake to break down some of the clumping tho with the dirt. how much of the yard are you actually reseeding? oh, what State are you in BTW?
The yard is uneven enough where it didn't get everywhere. I raked out a lot of dead grass a couple of months ago. I mainly wanted to scuff up the soil this time. For whatever wasn't scuffed or dethatched, I put soil mix over. I used a metal leaf/lawn rake to clean up some of the stuff that came up (& scuff some areas that the implement missed). Wifey got ahold of my backpack leaf blower and used it to clean up 2/3 of it, though, so I just let it go.....ran thru the last of my fuel mix, too.

It was gonna rain a little tonight so I was first going to see if that helped break down the clumps. It makes me feel better to think that it is similar to core aeration, though. lol My lawn repair will be a multi season/year ordeal. I'll probably buy some Air-8 and D-Thatch. Incidentally, if I go dark/silent for a while later this year....it's because the wife off'ed me after all the effort that's been going into the lawn this season. Also means that all the works didn't reap a great reward. lol

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The yard is uneven enough where it didn't get everywhere. I raked out a lot of dead grass a couple of months ago. I mainly wanted to scuff up the soil. I used a metal leaf/lawn rake to clean up some of the stuff that came up. Wifey got ahold of my backpack leaf blower and used it to clean up 2/3 of it, though.....ran thru the last of my fuel mix, too.

It was gonna rain a little tonight so I was first going to see if that helped break down the clumps. It makes me feel better to think that it is similar to core aeration, though. lol My lawn repair will be a multi season/year ordeal.

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the clumps will break down just like the cores from aeration. i'll end up doing the same thing in the Fall detatch and aerate than throw down the seeds. the cores will help as seed to soil contact. IL you're just next door to me. I think Ryan Knorr is in IL to I believe.

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looks great! question tho? on the right side of the house your windows and doors looks like roll up garage doors. but in the last picture they show different?
I think those might be blinds inside?
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It has brought my front yard from pitiful to tropical lush grasslands!


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Same for my Orange Rose I planted this spring and placed feeder stake in the ground. It went from a bloom or two, to now @ 6 coming!

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