Monday, November 28, 2011

Late November Iron

I wasn't quite happy with the lawn color in the Thanksgiving Day photos, so I've added iron twice since then for a grand total of 12 ounces per thousand. That would be very high for a non-elite bluegrass, although elite bluegrasses just turn very dark greens.

That's the last for the year, and this shot should last right into early spring.

As always, click on any photo to make it larger.

The standard shot:
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Across the back:
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Photos

The lawn's doing very well for November, although I have a feeling that a lot of my winterizer washed through and got lost in the 2 1/2" of rain we got. If I see evidence of that, I'll do a partial re-winterization over the next few weeks.

As always, click any image to embiggen it.

The standard shot, with extra leaves. I sent the mower out to take care of it just after I took this shot:

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A shot across the back, including the last of the trees that's currently de-leafing all over the lawn. Myrtle (the robotic lawnmower) had just chopped through these:

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The southern face:

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Bonus Image! My Christmas cactus decided to bloom a little early this year:

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Yearly Lawn Additions

I winterized the lawn today with Vigoro Super Green, which contains enough slow-release nitrogen to keep my lawn green over the winter (as it doesn't tend to go dormant). This marks the last addition for the year. This year's total organic amount is well down from last year's 450 pounds per thousand, and far down from the 1,200 the year before.

Updated December 4, 2011: I winterized for a second time and I've added some foliar nitrogen as well. I added the extra line and updated the information.

DateNPKIronOrganicsOther Notes
4/2/20110.730.290.130.2133.7Corn, Milorganite
5/1/20111.390.450.150.3122.7Soy, Milorganite
6/1/20111.150.380.100.3619.0Soy, Milorganite
8/1/20112.030.510.330.6833.8Milorganite, Soy
8/24/20110.490. Super Green
9/1/20112.060.420.450.5229.3Soy, Milorganite, 24-0-11
9/9/20111.340.380.180.8219.2Milorganite, 24-0-11
10/1/20111.300.400.140.8420.0Milorganite, 24-0-11
11/18/20111.450. Super Green, Spray
12/4/20111. 29-0-4
Total per K ft: active organic total

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Yearly Garden Additions

I'm already done with the gardens' feeding for the year, so I guess it's time to add the amounts for the year. In addition to the Milorganite, I fed with Miracle Gro 24-8-16 from May through early July at a bit under half rate weekly through my EZ-Flo irrigation system. From early July to mid-September, I used K-Gro from K-Mart 15-30-15 to encourage flowering. That was also at about half rate weekly through the EZ-Flo system.

Organic additions were about 100 pounds per thousand less than last year, until you consider that 19 cubic yards of mulch went onto the gardens this year for an additional amount of 3,000 pounds per thousand square feet. That was an extraordinarily heavy addition of mulch.

DateNPKIronOrganicsOther Notes
Total per K ft:9.333.730.007.46187.5373 active organic total

Saturday, October 8, 2011

October Photos

The weather's been pretty bad for the last two months with nearly constant rain, so color and density have suffered. Fortunately, the weather temporarily cleared, so hopefully things will improve.

First, the standard shot. As always, you can click on any image to embiggen it.
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The gardens are still doing pretty well for October:
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The Impatiens don't seem to mind the weather:
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Soy and Milorganite

Is that soyorganite? Perhaps!

I tend to like applying a heavy mass of organics to the lawn in August to feed it in September when the grass really wants a nice dinner. I'll do it again in September for October.

I just applied 16.7 pounds per thousand of soybean meal, plus 17.1 pounds per thousand of Milorganite. The grand total protein is about 14 pounds per thousand square feet, or about 2 pounds of nitrogen (eventually) per thousand. Other elements are low except iron, which is almost 0.7 pounds per thousand.

Don't try this with synthetics or you'll burn the lawn badly. For organics, it's fine, and provides a nice base for fall.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

August's Lawn Photo

Well, July 31st and there will probably be another one later, but this will do for right now...

It's holding well through summer, although color is a little disappointing at this point. That's fairly typical for summer, and I've been unable to add any iron for about a month.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

July Lawn Photo

We're moving into a very, very hot period, so I took the July shots today post watering last night. I'm hoping it holds, but I figured I should photograph this before we hit a hundred degrees plus.

I've been feeding normally (monthly), and applied the equivalent of 600 pounds per thousand of sawdust to the problem areas that don't retain water as well. That's helped this summer and reduced watering somewhat, and the long-term result should be to change the soil a bit to hold more water to begin with.

Lawn color is OK for July, nothing stellar. Hot weather tends to decrease color a bit. It also desperately needs to be mowed, but I won't do that until the weather breaks.

Here's the standard lawn shot. As always, click to embiggen it.

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Here's the back garden, which is doing very well this year:

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The Double Knockout rose is doing well, but I cut it back in late June. The second bloom isn't quite as impressive as it usually is:

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I'm a major fan of the Teddy Bear sunflowers, but still waiting to see how good their late-season performance is. It's possible they'll stop blooming, in which case I'll use about the same number next year instead of increasing them:

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Here's a closeup of one of the blossoms:

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ironing the Lawn, Day 2

Colors continue to darken considerably, although I took this image under fairly heavy overcast and the visual hue is slightly lighter than this in sunlight (although not much).

Growth rates are still incredibly fast and I very much need to mow the lawn. Unfortunately, with storms due, there won't be time for that today.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ironing the Lawn

I added a huge amount of iron to the grass yesterday as temperatures are supposed to be reasonable, and rainfall is expected today and tomorrow. The amounts added were 21 ounces of ferrous sulfate per thousand, or about five times normal rate.

I don't recommend trying this if the following day will be sunny, temperatures exceed 85, or the dilution levels you use aren't pretty high. The burn potential from this is extraordinary.

Color's improved, although not as much as I had hoped. Growth rates are still extremely high, and the grass could use mowing again. I just mowed two days ago.

Here's the photo. As always, click to embiggen it:

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Monday, June 20, 2011

June Lawn Photo

Color still isn't stellar even after pouring on ferrous sulfate, but the growth rate and density are increasing quickly. I think the amount of kelp I'm putting on it has something to do with that.

Still, I'm not displeased. I'll apply iron as the weather allows and hope that growth shifts into summer mode at some point!

The Tenacity white spots are completely gone and the P. annua and P. trivialis are dead. A few small spots survived, and those are currently being re-treated.

As always, click the photo to embiggen it:

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Bonus image--the June garden, doing very well comparatively:

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tenacity Update and Gardens

The P. trivialis is definitely dying out, as is all the P. annua. It looks like no further treatment will be necessary this spring, as there's no remaining unwanted grasses.

Discoloration of the surrounding areas is minor in most places, although the northern face did discolor a bit more. In very few cases is it more than mildly annoying, and the grass should recover in June.

For all photos, you can click to embiggen them, as always.

P. trivialis, dying fast:
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Robin's nest, discovered when trimming the Viburnum--I stopped and will continue the cut-back when the babies are out of the nest:
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The first of the Teddy Bear sunflowers, still only partially open. If these are as durable as claimed and rebloom as they're supposed to, they'll find much wider use in the gardens next year!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sunny Knockout Rose, Day 2

What a difference a sunny day makes! The rose opened more fully, and the petals have turned cream with a yellow center. By tomorrow, I expect that the entire rose will be cream-colored.

For its location, and the dark green leaves on the bush, this is perfect. The scent is still very intense and very sweet, and I had to brush a few pollinators away to take the photograph.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunny Knockout Rose

I added two Sunny Knockout (Rosa "Radsunny") roses to the garden this year. So far, both are doing very well, even the wet and cloudy weather we've had.

The first one bloomed today. The yellow rose will fade to cream with yellow, and eventually cream, making a nice contrast with the newly-blooming yellow roses. The scent is fairly intense and very sweet with a note of spice.

As always, click the thumbnail to embiggen it.
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tenacity Photos

I've been using Tenacity for about three weeks to remove some P. annua and P. trivialis. Here are the update photos--as always, click to embiggen.

This is a patch of P. trivialis, rapidly dying:
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Rare patches of P. annua. You can see there's very little damage to surrounding bluegrasses:
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Bonus Images! A very happy Bolero marigold:
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An equally happy Magellan double yellow zinnia:
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And their friend, a spring-blooming columbine:
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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May's Lawn Photo

I can't say that color is stellar, but we've had a lot of rain and the lack of sunlight has lightened it somewhat.  Additionally, I haven't iron-sprayed at any decent level in quite a while.

Quality and density are excellent, although I noticed some P. annua in it.  I've ordered Tenacity to attempt to set that back.

The large blue tarp is part of the hardening off tents for 700 home-grown annuals. That's the one with the Wave petunias and Teddy Bear sunflowers.

As always, click the image to make it larger.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Updated Lawn Photo

This photo's from today, April 6, 2011. The lawn isn't completely back yet as evidenced by the more yellow areas in the center (where the sun doesn't penetrate quite as well and that aren't close to a warmed mulch bed or brick or concrete).

Still, compared to the neighbors'...well, it goes without saying.

The cheery daffodil are just a nice bonus. The chionodoxa (glory of the snow) are just blooming as well, with a few of the earliest tulips not far behind!

As always, click the slightly blurry thumbnail to make it much larger, and that image can be expanded again to about triple the size for detail.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

This Year's Prices

Cracked corn cost me $9.27 for 50 pounds this year, or up 45% from last year. Soy was $12.47 for 50 pounds, or up 19%.

Last year's prices were fairly normal. Corn's price is rising due to ethanol production, plus the fact that corn didn't do well in some areas of the country last year. Additionally, grain exports are increasing across the board as many areas in the world had poor production.

Estimates for this year's usage in the lawn and gardens is down from last year, so the amount I spend should be approximately the same or slightly less.