My 2022 Lawn Schedule And Plan
One of the many things that I've found a little bit of joy with in the yard and garden over the years is in doing my lawn upkeep myself. By 'upkeep', I mean both treating, feeding and mowing the front and back with both my push mower and the Automower. When we first moved in, I had 'a guy', but I wasn't that happy with how they were cutting it (when, how often, height, etc), so I transitioned back to doing it myself and bought myself my own push/self-propelled lawn mower.
Just like with planting, laying out the beds and other yard/garden projects, I've found it most helpful to put down a schedule here as a way of guiding my decision-making over the coming months. I first did this in 2020 and it was a helpful steer. Last year? I kinda 'wing'd it' and I'm pretty sure I need to get back to the schedule this year. Why? Because, last year I saw the MOST weeds, the most significant damage and the worst-looking lawn (parts) since we moved in back in 2017.
Here's the tick-tock of 2021 below.
- I held off on feeding the turf, but applied Ironite to green-up in late April.
- Following that, I put down 15# of granular humic acid with sea kelp and biochar in just the front.
- And 3 40# bags of pelletized lime in the backyard (hopefully treating Wild Onions).
- By Mid-May, I had a bit of a weed problem in back, so I applied a synthetic weed + feed to the back.
- Mid-May: I also applied a granular insect control (ticks) to the front/back.
- Memorial Day (Late May): Applied two 36# bags of E-Corganite to front.
- Memorial Day: Applied a 2nd, spoon-fed dose of Humic/Sea Kelp/Bio char granular to front.
- I started to cut the front lawn lower than in years past. On 4 out of 6.
- Early June: I applied 2 bags total of Menards Grub Killer granular on front/back/beds.
- Early June: I applied a hose-end spray of Hydretain to the front - supposed to let me water less.
- Late June: Two weeks after after the Hydretain, I applied granular Slo Mow ahead of going on vacation. Just to the front yard, parkway and IB2DWs.
- Late June: 2 Bags of DiseaseEx covering both front and back lawns.
- I don't have a post, but I'm pretty sure I fed the entire lawn on/around 4th of July.
- I don't have a post, so unclear if I fed at Labor Day. Should have, but am not certain.
- With the long, hard, dry season, I had some areas in back that didn't appear to come back from heat-stress-induced dormancy. So, I decided to overseed them. With...Tall Fescue. Eek!
- Early October: the overseeded parts were green and lush.
- I was pretty deliberate in mulching in a TON Of our leaves into the lawn - both front and back.
- My neighbor used his aerator on my front, main lawn. But NOT on my backyard.
- Early December: I applied a heavy dose of e-Corganite on top of all the mulched leaves in both the front and back. 3 36# bags on front/back.
- Early December: Also when I talk about - for the first time - that I need to do a full renovation on the back to remove the Poa Annua.
- I'm hopeful with the mulched leaves + early December nitrogen dose will set the lawn up for success this year.
- I cut the front tall - but lower than previous years.
- I conditioned the soil. But...see the other notes below.
- I attempted to treat the wild onions, I put down grub and tick killer as well as fungicide.
- I tried some growth regulators.
- I overseeded.
- I had my neighbor Matt run is pull-behind aerator on my front lawn.
- I don't think I put down a pre-emergent. And guess what? I had weeds.
- I didn't test the soil. So, I have no idea if any of the conditioners have done anything. Flying blind. I also have used a lot of the same n-p-k ratios.
- I don't know (and probably didn't) feed at July 4th and Labor Day.
- I now have a mis-matched patch of Tall Fescue in a sea of KBG.
- My blades need sharpening!
- I didn't use any local biosolids.
All of which leads me to lay out some of my (current) thinking and planning for 2022:
- Buy some of the products. Buy a pre-emergent - like this WeedEx with Halts - would need 3 bags. Buy 4 bags of lime (3 back, 1 front). Buy 12 bags of organic - for Labor Day and Thanksgiving. 1 treatment of weed/feed for Memorial Day and 1 treatment of high-heat 4th of July treatment. 15K of bags of grub killer. 15k of fungicide. 15k of insect. 5k of growth regulator
- I should get one of my blades sharpened.
- Time the application of the pre-emergent properly. Do whole lawn.
- Apply the pelletized lime to back and front.
- Use up rest of Humic that I have on hand.
- Order a delivery of 3 yards of biosolids to spread on my parkway and front yard.
- Cut the front lawn at a 3 and see if the front lawn can handle the stress.
- Apply insect control
- Memorial Day; Apply synthetic weed and feed - 10K but skip the back half.
- Early June: apply grub killer.
- June: apply growth regulator to front
- Late June: apply fungicide - 15k
- Late June: Test the soil.
- Late June: apply first treatment of ground clear on rear renovation plot
- Early July: Apply 10k of synthetic fert - skip the back half.
- Mid-July: Apply 2nd application of ground clear on renovation plot
August: follow RENOVATION blog post plan (that I have to write...)
- Early August - detatch, add soil, prep for renovation
- Mid-August: lay down this turf builder triple action built for seeding. includes pre-emergent!
- Mid-August: seed in renovation area.
- Mid-August: overseed closer to patio and in the front yard.
- Apply 6 bags of milo/ecor organic.
- Aerate and mulch in leaves
- Granular biosolid dormant feeding - 6 bags.