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Re: Homeownership Thread

Post #2151 by Boring Choice #2 » Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:34 pm

mayoradamwest wrote:Father in law has option 1. I enjoy it.

Does he use all the fancy do - dads?
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Re: Homeownership Thread

Post #2153 by chicpea » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:38 pm

Boring Choice #2 wrote:Option 1) Most expensive of the bunch is the Napoleon Prestige Pro 665 with all the bells and whistles including searing grill, ice bucket, integrated wood chips smoker, rotisserie and lights. It is $2900 and has 680 sq in on the main grill.


I am picturing Napoleon on that island where he was a prisoner just fuming and wanting to bbq hamburgers and germans but only getting cocktail prawns from the locals and his fingers and uniform are covered in garlic butter.
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Post #2154 by Dr_Chimera » Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:49 pm

Craig's house should be seized and given to the people.
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Post #2155 by Craig » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:07 pm

I think you grossly misunderstand what my house is, Chimera.
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Post #2156 by mayoradamwest » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:29 pm

Boring Choice #2 wrote:
mayoradamwest wrote:Father in law has option 1. I enjoy it.

Does he use all the fancy do - dads?


Never. But the option is there...
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Post #2157 by PEli » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:35 pm

Just moved into an old stock Canadian neighborhood and my lawn isn't the nicest on the street. This old guy a few houses down is the current tittle holder. He has a much smaller yard and is retired. So despite his age, he has the advantage. Nevertheless, I am left wondering how I can destroy him. I would shit on his lawn under the cover of darkness but I have been eating a lot of kale lately and I worry that rather than damage his lawn, my gift might act like some kind of biosolid fertilizer (which are all the rage) and cause the turf to miraculously sprout elephant grass.

In any case, what do you entitled little piéces of shit do to crush your more luscious foes? If you care about your lawn at all. Some don't. Got a fella on the street who took the "Save the bees!" movement quite seriously. That or he likes his women au naturel.
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Post #2158 by Craig » Thu Sep 06, 2018 4:46 pm

I don't care about lawns at all. I like to set my lawnmower blade too low so it sorta kills the grass and it goes brown early so I don't have to mow.
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Post #2159 by Boring Choice #2 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:41 pm

I had our lawn fertilized this summer for the first time in about 5 years and started cutting the grass higher in the hot months so as to not burn the roots. That and the decent amount of rain we have received this summer has my grass looking as good as it has since we moved in. It's still not the best on the street, but I am not going to compete against professionally manicured lawns and watering systems.
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Post #2160 by MP » Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:11 pm

So, you need to fertilize 3 times a year (spring, early summer, fall). Core aerate, and over seed with the blue grass and top soil. Also apply corn meal in the spring to deter crab grass. And hand pick the shit out of everything non-grass. Those stand up frisker weeders tend to take to much grass.

It's also good to get an edging tool for along the driveway, sidewalks and planters.
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Post #2161 by PEli » Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:33 pm

I'm on board with all of that. Put some starter down this evening, overseeded and watered. I'm aerating on the 22nd. I was going to wait until I aerated before putting starter and seed down but the weather is good and I want to push this seed now and get some roots in before Thanksgiving. Even if the aerating messes with some of the seedlings, it's thin enough in some areas that it's worth the potential damage. The starter was just whatever Scott's product had the most phosphorus. It was 25-24-9 I think? I've got a couple bags of organic 9-2-2 that I'll do after Thanksgiving and maybe once more just after that final mow of the season. The upside is that it's practically impossible to torch the lawn with this stuff, even if you go overboard.

I had to apply for a permit with the city to water daily for two weeks because of the water ban. So the seed and soil will definitely get enough water. I spot sprayed the clover and broad leaf stuff. Had to find some good herbicide outside of the province because Dougie only wants to talk about sex ed and not bullshit pesticide/herbicide bans.

Interesting shit about the cornmeal. I'll definitely look into that. And yeah, those Fiskar weeders are great for big weeds with deep roots but they do more damage than help when it comes to average weeds. The Killex wrecked the clover and has done some damage to the broad leaf stuff but it's only been 5 days and it should keep doing it's thing for another week before the final results are in.

The guy with the best lawn walked by as I was fertilizing tonight and said his lawn is all natural. I murdered him.
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Re: Homeownership Thread

Post #2162 by AD » Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:18 am

Also... mix seeds from various breeds when you overseed. Some will have stronger abilities to grow in shade, some will be better at resisting heat. But this way, the strong survive in all your patches.




…. I used to have a lawn...



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Post #2163 by PEli » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:49 pm

I didn't think of that but luckily the lawn I have is mixed anyway. So I just went with a couple of decent 20lb bags. Turns out they were mixed KBG, fescues and ryegrass. Good enough for the girl I go out with.

I did topdress as well...so the thinner areas have some fresh soil and seed contact. Should help a bit. Unfortunately I'm in the big smoke for a wedding this weekend so I am hoping for some rain while we're gone.

I installed some go pros in my maple tree in case the old man up the road is anything like me and shits on my lawn while I'm gone. Told my neighbors to keep an eye out for people who look a little heavy in the back end of the drawers. Hoping they understood me.
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Post #2164 by PEli » Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:52 pm

I should clarify that a wedding is a joyous occasion and it's not unfortunate that two people are getting married. It's unfortunate that I won't be able to water tomorrow or Sunday and it's unfortunate that the hotel is $300/night. Cripes, that would get you a couple of weeks at the Aurora Inn in adequate Kingston, New Scotland. Probably a half a tug too.
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Re: Homeownership Thread

Post #2165 by MP » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:48 am

Pro tip aerate before feetilizing/top dressing, it gets the nutrients deeper into the ground.

Also, if you importing fertilizers from non Ontario sources, forget the cornmeal, and get the crabgrass killing fertilizer. The cornmeal is more a deterant than a killer.
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Post #2166 by MP » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:52 am

Also, watch out for white grubs. They'll destroy your lawn in a season.
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Post #2167 by PEli » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:41 pm

No sign of grubs yet but the ground is pretty compacted. Maybe they'll make an appearance next year once a couple of rounds of aeration are done. I'll be waiting with plenty of banned pesticides and nematodes anyway.

Apart from holes in the turf from raccoons and skunks digging for them, what kind of signs am I looking for? Dead/dying patches?
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Post #2168 by MP » Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:30 pm

Patches of yellow grass that just pull away because the grubs ate the roots. Usually in a 3-4 foot circle unless your infested then it's everywhere.

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