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      05-22-2019, 08:08 AM   #375
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Sounds like you may need a more shade tolerant type of grass in the backyard, although I thought fescue was fairly shade tolerant. Is the backyard getting water and any fertilizer?

Have you ever had a certified arborist trim the oaks? We have 2 Live Oaks in our front yard and have an arborist come in every 3-5 years or so to make sure the canopy isn't growing too low or into the house, to remove problematic limbs and to open up the center of the tree for air circulation. It's expensive but the trees are doing really well. It seems most people let them just grow without a lot a thoughtful pruning but they can get thick bunches of branches and leaves that worry me if a hurricane blows through. (Otherwise they hold up really well in a storm as the leaves just blow off.). Just wondering what others do. Maybe thinning them out a bit can let enough light through for the lawn but still provide a nice shade cover?

Yeah...we have irrigation and I fertilize it whenever I do the front yard. The arborist suggestion may be the ticket as I do notice the canopy is probably a little lower than it should be. I'm sure they could thin things out while still retaining some shade and the illusion of a boundary between us and the house behind us.
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My yard this year with all rain we been having
These are results not bad
Very nice!

Nice sidewalk, too.
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My yard this year with all rain we been having
These are results not bad
Very nice!

Nice sidewalk, too.
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Yeah...we have irrigation and I fertilize it whenever I do the front yard. The arborist suggestion may be the ticket as I do notice the canopy is probably a little lower than it should be. I'm sure they could thin things out while still retaining some shade and the illusion of a boundary between us and the house behind us.
I recommend trying to find someone with an expertise in the type of oak you have. An arborist is far more knowledgeable than a generic tree trimming service. The right person will be able to clean up the tree. However, I think it is typically done in the winter / before spring growth, at least in South Florida, so it may require some waiting for the right time.
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      05-22-2019, 10:50 AM   #379
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Milo is slow releasing so it takes quite awhile to notice but Milo in the lawn community is very good cause it's somewhat organic with it's new formula. Problem is there's such a shortage of it most lawn enthusiasts are looking for different alternatives. I usually put that down early Spring, Memorial Day and 4th of July. This year I decided to go with CarbonX because of its special ingredients I'll post some pictures this afternoon of how dark green the lawn is
I noticed the scarcity of Milo too! Carbon X ehhh.... Tell me more?
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I might have a 25lb bag of Milo sitting in storage, since water is now a thing of the past. Bidding starts at?
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FINALLY got the mulch down in the upper/entrance garden after it raining every single weekend. It's nice to not have weedy mud anymore.
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I noticed the scarcity of Milo too! Carbon X ehhh.... Tell me more?

so I replaced my Fertilizer (Milorganite) with the new CarbonX. at least to me I notice a shade darker with the CarbonX than the Milo. even my neighbor said my lawn looks darker this year.

here's what the grass looked like last year using Milorganite



and here's with the new CarbonX




Here's the bags of CarbonX I ordered from "The Lawn Care Nut" here's a link for more info
https://thelawncarenut.com/collectio...oducts/carbonx
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So maybe one of you experts can give me some advice.

I live in the Northern part of South Carolina about 5 minutes away from the NC foothills...specifically Zone 7B on the USDA guide for planting zones.

Grass is basically a cool season tall fescue. Front yard looks great, but all areas of it are exposed to sun and it gets watered.

Back yard is another issue. We have a couple of pretty large Oaks that shade one side of the yard pretty much all the time. On the un-shaded side the grass looks fine. Where the shade is, that is the part I'm having trouble with.

Taking the trees down isn't an option as they provide a nice buffer for all the houses they built behind me and did not leave a barrier of trees between this street like they did on our other streets. Plus the trees provide shade for our 2 Elk Hounds...although they prefer to be in the sun most of the time.

Any suggestions of anything I could get planted and established in that area? I'm not opposed to anything as long as it's green and just gives the ground some cover as we will probably be moving within a year or so anyway because of them developing the street behind us that was once wooded.

Not looking for anything fancy...just something to fill in the areas that are missing so the yard looks a little more normal even if we aren't planning on being here for that much longer.

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so from being very familiar to your situation since I watch so many videos on lawn care lol it's noted that it's pretty hard to get grass to grow in shaded areas especially under trees. without the sunlight the grass won't grow since it can't get photosynthesis. But there are some varieties of tall fescue for shaded areas which you could probably give it a try.
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Iím sooo jealous over the property some of you guys have. Iím on a 60 X 100 lot which is pretty nice for my area. Most detached houses here are 40 X 100 or smaller where zoning allows. Being in a NYC borough lots of houses are attached (semis) on one side and those can be really small. Lot size was a big factor for me along with location. We moved in a year ago and havenít done anything outside yet. Inside renovations came first. Need to figure how to put trees along fence line. Pool is too close to property line. Worried about roots breaking into pool.
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I’m sooo jealous over the property some of you guys have. I’m on a 60 X 100 lot which is pretty nice for my area. Most detached houses here are 40 X 100 or smaller where zoning allows. Being in a NYC borough lots of houses are attached (semis) on one side and those can be really small. Lot size was a big factor for me along with location. We moved in a year ago and haven’t done anything outside yet. Inside renovations came first. Need to figure how to put trees along fence line. Pool is too close to property line. Worried about roots breaking into pool.
i'm on only about .65 acres and I sometimes think it's too much yard. the next community over all the houses sit on 1 acre. honestly it would be cool to sit on 1 acre but I notice most of those houses don't have much of landscaping probably because of the cost. even with just grass it gets expensive just to water. after how much I have to spend each year on fertilizer, weed control, irrigation and plants I think i'm good with mine lol
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Iím sooo jealous over the property some of you guys have. Iím on a 60 X 100 lot which is pretty nice for my area. Most detached houses here are 40 X 100 or smaller where zoning allows. Being in a NYC borough lots of houses are attached (semis) on one side and those can be really small. Lot size was a big factor for me along with location. We moved in a year ago and havenít done anything outside yet. Inside renovations came first. Need to figure how to put trees along fence line. Pool is too close to property line. Worried about roots breaking into pool.
How about some moderate sized evergreens in large pots close together near the pool so the roots are contained?
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I noticed the scarcity of Milo too! Carbon X ehhh.... Tell me more?
Carbon-X....also known as "not available", too. lol. I read somewhere (Lawn Site forums, I think) that GCF will sell to individuals if you contact them directly but I haven't tried.

I ordered a bag of Hyr-Brix fertilizier that Pete from GCI has been raving about. Bags aren't badley priced and you can reduce the drop rate to lay less N but...holy crap....shipping was $22. I found something at a local nursery that had a curious lable on it. Almost seems like a custom blend containing Mess, XRT, & Milo and I can't find anything online.
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I'm going to pick one of these systems up. All the reviews look good.

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Check out b-hyve, i had my system done last year and my landscaper installed it to automate everything. I have 7 Zones and it has a great app, you can allow it be Ďsmartí or you can define custom programs...it cool to be able to control your usage anywhere you are online.
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I actually just got it on the way home. Cost $120 at Home Depot, and my water district offers an $80 rebate. I'm super happy about that. I won't have time to install it until next week though.
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Let us know how it works out. We have a well for irrigation so we are not on city water but somewhat interested in one of these to optimize watering and adjusting programs more easily from an app. So app reliability and functionality would also be important, including just turning on and not following programs when I want to run irrigation in one or more zones (for example after fertilizing). We have a mechanical dial timer with an off / off / timed on toggle switch that is super easy to use outside and works fine for the basics but it could be a little more advanced.
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How about some moderate sized evergreens in large pots close together near the pool so the roots are contained?
Last summer I had a bunch of palm trees in pots. They weren't very tall but the wind still blew them over during thunder storms. I need to get someone to see if we can build some type of box or planter that would be able to hold the trees without the roots breaking through.

Ideally, I'd like to plant arborvitae, not only to cover the fence and have some green but so they will grow high and give me some privacy. I have about 5 feet from the pool edge to fence line. When the pool is covered, I have less than that, and need more room for the straps and anchors for the pool cover.

If I was completely out of my mind, I would shorten the pool. It's pretty long and runs the length of the property. Not sure why they didn't do it across the width.
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Carbon-X....also known as "not available", too. lol. I read somewhere (Lawn Site forums, I think) that GCF will sell to individuals if you contact them directly but I haven't tried.

I ordered a bag of Hyr-Brix fertilizier that Pete from GCI has been raving about. Bags aren't badley priced and you can reduce the drop rate to lay less N but...holy crap....shipping was $22. I found something at a local nursery that had a curious lable on it. Almost seems like a custom blend containing Mess, XRT, & Milo and I can't find anything online.
Looks good. Lots of Micros too! I know Pete sells CarbonX but I ordered from Allyn Hayne since Ihe first caught my interest in lawn care. For fall over seeding I'll probably go with Pete's Tall Fescue grass
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I did some spot weed spraying last weekend with RTU RoundUp for Lawns and I have to say it works pretty well. I didn’t broadcast - only spot sprayed weeds I could see, including 2 small patches of crab grass in different spots. I noticed everything dying / dead when I took the dog out this morning, with minimal yellowing of grass around the weeds. I do wish the sprayer with the RTU bottle worked a little better but it is manageable.
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I had one installed last year. I live on one acre with 12 zones and using the smart features have saved me a ton in water bills vs. the old set it and forget digital timer.
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