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      07-04-2019, 01:33 AM   #573
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Feed to chickens. Periodically scrape top layer of coop into mulch bin. Spread that around garden. Eat watermelons
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I mulch mine. All that nitrogen from the fertilizer you put down goes right back into the soil when you mulch
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Mulch but depends on:
1. how tall your grass is vs cut length
2. if the grass is diseased (fungus/mold)

For the former, is the grass is much taller than normal (e.g. fert applied and lots of rain preventing mowing for a while), I take multiple passes starting tall and cutting shorter. Even still, the general rule of thumb is to not but more than 1/3 of the height of the grass.

My response is also indicative of me being too cheap to purchase the bag attachment for my lawn tractor.
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25 gallon, mounted sprayer. It was a little more costly than a tow-behind sprayers but I think it'll be worth it due since better maneuverability (and storage aspect). I shouldn't need more than a single, partial fill up to get the entire front/back/side yards (assuming 1 gallon per 1,000sq ft). Perfect since I have a sh*t ton of weeds in the backyard and wanted to put down some Dimension in the front/sides for crabgrass control.
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My response is also indicative of me being too cheap to purchase the bag attachment for my lawn tractor.
Same here....they want $400+ for a 3 bin bagging system. I have yet needed to bag except when dethatching. But I'll use my lawn sweeper when I do that.

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25 gallon, mounted sprayer..
Let see a picture of it mounted
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Any tips from any of you experts here on how to have a small patch of sod take and get green? I've always done our other grass from seed and really don't know what to expect.

We removed the 2x2 bluestones for a different look yesterday in a part of one of our garden areas and I'd like it to look good.

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I have always watered pretty well for a couple of weeks. Just don't forget to cut it back to normal after that. That approach has always worked for me although I'm sure there is a a better / optimal method out there somewhere.
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Any tips from any of you experts here on how to have a small patch of sod take and get green? I've always done our other grass from seed and really don't know what to expect.

We removed the 2x2 bluestones for a different look yesterday in a part of one of our garden areas and I'd like it to look good.

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Pretty much what Rick said. Keep the sod watered. That'll do 2 things:

1. help the sod establish/re-root to it's new location
2. help prevent sod shrinkage

You could put a a low rate fert w/ phosphorous or something else to help encourage root growth, but it's isn't required. Plus, you wouldn't want to push the grass w/ much nitrogen since the roots aren't established.

Scuffing the dirt before putting the sod down (or putting down compost or topsoil) would also help, I think, but I think you're past that. Just keep the sod watered and you'll be fine.
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Same here....they want $400+ for a 3 bin bagging system. I have yet needed to bag except when dethatching. But I'll use my lawn sweeper when I do that.

Let see a picture of it mounted
That's a bargain compared to Deere's 2 bin system since you have to buy the chute separately.

Mixed about 2.7oz of Q4+ per gallon and put 6oz of Signal blue dye and went about spraying the backyard. I was going to target 3oz/gal but I ran out of Q4+. I guess I drove too fast since i had more left over than expected so I started making perpindicular passes until I ran out of mix. Couldn't really see the blue dye on the lawn but, then again, I intentionally used less since I wasn't sure how blue it'd mark the lawn.

The tank also sagged down from the adjustment level I put it at. It's due to the weight of the tank when filled. I can probably just put some extra bolts/nuts to fill up the space in the adjustment slot for it. I also bent one of the arms going up the back easement... I bent it back and stopped driving up the easement. Made parallel runs on it instead.

I reeeeeaaaaallllllly hope I put a good application down. The weed growth is absolutely insane in my backyard right now. I think a lot came from that soil/compost mix I tossed around when i did a spring seeding.
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Thank you both RickFLM4 and bosstones, I'm keeping it watered really well (everything I've read about sod says in the first 14 days it's almost impossible to over water) and staying off of it, but really appreciate your other suggestions. I'm trying to not be impatient for it to be green like the other grass areas
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That's a bargain compared to Deere's 2 bin system since you have to buy the chute separately.
Wow! that looks pretty sweet! how is attached to the back? can this be a universal fitment? i'm wondering if I can do this to mine?
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11 days after CarbonX and the lawn is thickening good. Fungus is looks to be gone as well!




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if anyone's familiar with Spruce's I wonder what these are? I don't think they're pine cones since this isn't a pine tree?



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Wow! that looks pretty sweet! how is attached to the back? can this be a universal fitment? i'm wondering if I can do this to mine?
I'll take a couple of pix tonight but there is basically a rectangular bracket that bolts onto the back of the LT using existing holes. In my case, since I have 4-wheel steer, I had to use 4 washers per bolt as spacers to offset the bracket from some of the mounting bolts for the rear-steer mechanicals.

The tank itself has a frame underneath it. Part of it sticks out and has 2 long, lateral bolts. The top bolt rests in the hooks of the rectangular bracket that mounts to the LT. 2 pairs of machine nuts get tightened up once the sprayer is mounted. These are supposed to hold the tank at the desired tilt/pitch (which is somewhat adjustable). The bottom bolt has a 'foot' on it that sits on the LT's flange for adding tow attachments.

The tank can pivot so you can pitch/tilt it up/down but the problem I had (which I read about online beforehand) is that the tank wanted to pitch downward some once it was filled. The weight is too much for the 2 pairs of lug nuts to clamp in place. I picked up some extra machine bolts, washers, and nuts from HD last night to see if I can use them as spacers.

This thing honestly made spraying the whole yard much easier (tank cleaning is still annoying). Even though it was my first run across the yard and it looks like I missed some lines, I'm seeing a lot of 'wilt-y' weeds and some are starting to crisp/brown on the edges. Drive speed is what dictates the application rate since the DC motor on the tank runs a a constant speed. Now I wish I had a speedometer. lol I was going to rig a cellphone mount to use an old phone as a compass so I can try to keep better lines of bearing when doing diagonal mows (from one end to the other is like peering over the earth's horizon....not gonna happen). I can use the same GPS app for relative speed. I had more left over herbicide brew than i anticipated so I just made some cross passes over the more weedy areas.

Since I won't be using non-selective herbicides, I won't be caring 100% if a little residue is trapped somewhere. The time this thing will save.....oh my! 2 other things:
1. There is a self-agitate mode where the pump will recirculate the contents. That's useful to help mix the large amount of liquid in the tank. I just won't run it while spraying since it decreases spray pressure.
2. The pressure for the spray wand is awesome!
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I'll take a couple of pix tonight but there is basically a rectangular bracket that bolts onto the back of the LT using existing holes. In my case, since I have 4-wheel steer, I had to use 4 washers per bolt as spacers to offset the bracket from some of the mounting bolts for the rear-steer mechanicals.

The tank itself has a frame underneath it. Part of it sticks out and has 2 long, lateral bolts. The top bolt rests in the hooks of the rectangular bracket that mounts to the LT. 2 pairs of machine nuts get tightened up once the sprayer is mounted. These are supposed to hold the tank at the desired tilt/pitch (which is somewhat adjustable). The bottom bolt has a 'foot' on it that sits on the LT's flange for adding tow attachments.

The tank can pivot so you can pitch/tilt it up/down but the problem I had (which I read about online beforehand) is that the tank wanted to pitch downward some once it was filled. The weight is too much for the 2 pairs of lug nuts to clamp in place. I picked up some extra machine bolts, washers, and nuts from HD last night to see if I can use them as spacers.

This thing honestly made spraying the whole yard much easier (tank cleaning is still annoying). Even though it was my first run across the yard and it looks like I missed some lines, I'm seeing a lot of 'wilt-y' weeds and some are starting to crisp/brown on the edges. Drive speed is what dictates the application rate since the DC motor on the tank runs a a constant speed. Now I wish I had a speedometer. lol I was going to rig a cellphone mount to use an old phone as a compass so I can try to keep better lines of bearing when doing diagonal mows (from one end to the other is like peering over the earth's horizon....not gonna happen). I can use the same GPS app for relative speed. I had more left over herbicide brew than i anticipated so I just made some cross passes over the more weedy areas.

Since I won't be using non-selective herbicides, I won't be caring 100% if a little residue is trapped somewhere. The time this thing will save.....oh my! 2 other things:
1. There is a self-agitate mode where the pump will recirculate the contents. That's useful to help mix the large amount of liquid in the tank. I just won't run it while spraying since it decreases spray pressure.
2. The pressure for the spray wand is awesome!
AWESOME! I always thought about getting one of these as it would make spraying 20,000 sqft of lawn so much easier. I have yet picked up a battery operated back pack sprayer as i'm still using the manual push down leverage back pack sprayer. I think my right arm is bigger than my left arm now
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Abundant of blessing: numerous amount of yellow plum caused this branch to snap.
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it could possibly be the tree is not being pruned correctly. I've watched a lot of University Extension YouTube videos about how to properly prune trees which in turn will help support trees to grow correctly and also to help load disbursement like fruit trees.
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it could possibly be the tree is not being pruned correctly. I've watched a lot of University Extension YouTube videos about how to properly prune trees which in turn will help support trees to grow correctly and also to help load disbursement like fruit trees.
I pruned it in February trimming back so much. This year’s rain was abundant. Everything grew 10x more so than last year.
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I'm not able to do it right, but I think the key on fruit tree pruning relates to AFTER buds set, so that you don't end up with broken trees.

Me/chickens are getting pretty regular with all the plums falling right now. I don't bother trying to pick from the tree itself, those that fall during the day are perfect for eating!

And with the shade the tree provides, the grass under it a bit thicker/greener than the rest, so they have a nice cushion when they land.
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So here's the lawn as is. Gonna put down this chelated iron to see how dark green I can get it. Will report back in a few days if it works
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AWESOME! I always thought about getting one of these as it would make spraying 20,000 sqft of lawn so much easier. I have yet picked up a battery operated back pack sprayer as i'm still using the manual push down leverage back pack sprayer. I think my right arm is bigger than my left arm now
C'mon, dude...thought you lift! I've barely done anything the last several years and don't even break a sweat w/ my manual backpack sprayer. Must be from years of throwing jabs. lol In all seriousness, though, totally worth it if you're going to be putting down spray (herbicide, insecticide, soil amendments, etc...) for a larger yard IMO. If you have a square/rectangular lawn, a tow-behind is probably still okay. Like w/ a broadcast spreader, do the borders first and you'll have room for maneuvering. They're just bigger and I don't have my ideal storage space for all the yard stuff yet.

Went to HD and got the shortest 1/2" bolts they had. Unless the washer I put on the rod bends, it should work as a good spacer to maintain pitch/tilt of the sprayer when fully burdened.
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