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Quote from: albrecht on October 17, 2019, 05:57:45 PMSTIHL still has a, some would say, outdated franchise sales model. But it keeps their reputation up and they continue to make solid products, often worth the extra cost when compared to other brands. Also does help support more local, smaller businesses- not just Amazon or the HD/Lowe's. You could always look on CL, pawnshops, or small engine repair shops where a used or refurbished model might be available. Overkill for such a small yard but that is the American Way, dammit!
Quote from: pate on October 20, 2019, 02:18:30 PMI spent the day yesterday butchering the Redbud tree and the Honeysuckle hedge to get more light on the lawn and because they needed the haircut. I think it will also help with the leaf cleanup as fall continues. I got a lot more light than I was expecting, and today after I used that awesome STIHL BR-700 to blow off the mess I made yesterday I decided to get back on the mow every other day schedule while these sprouts mature. I think it will encourage the dense turf I was seeing this spring and last fall, although now it will be all over the yard rather than in just the few spots I managed to weed last year. Apparently, weed season is over for the year as I am not seeing anything that needs to be pulled as I do my pre-mow walk around.Three days ago: [attachment=1,msg1362461] Today: [attachment=2,msg1362461] While I was pruning yesterday I also was splitting some logs and had a good fire going in the fire-pit, apparently there were some live coals still in there and it was a bit exciting when I was blowing the leaves away from around the firepit to see a few live coals blow out and into the big pile of brush trimmings in the corner. So far I haven't seen any indications of a brushfire and it was a few hours ago, so I think all will be well. In the top-left of the picture you can see my kindling pile before and after the honeysuckle massacre, and that's about half of it the other half is on the compost heap behind the kindling pile.I think the MiracleGrow application last week is starting to show results. I may do that once a week until the freeze sets in to try to get some really robust growth.
Quote from: Jojo on October 21, 2019, 01:20:57 AMWhat went on in the top left corner?
Quote from: pate on October 21, 2019, 06:19:16 AMBig pile of brush from trimming the honeysuckle.
Quote from: Rix Gins on February 11, 2020, 04:17:15 AMYou've got a nice, big lot back there, pate. What kind of trees have you got?
Quote from: pate on March 03, 2020, 02:13:58 PMNow that the short and mild Fimbulwinter of 2019-2020 seems to be over I am resuming aggressive yard operations. I should have taken some pictures of what happened over the winter, apparently 22NOV2019 was the last reference picture I took: The dogs really did a number on the bentgrass over the winter, the urine "burns" are really apparent when I walk around and but for the People's Free Republic of Pate Canine Army forces it would be a lot more filled in. Nautical Shore how these "burn" spots show up, but here is the yard today: This is the second of the every-other-day lawn mow regime, I think I will stress this stuff a bit and not water as much to encourage root growth and spread. I may (if the PFRP environmental budget allows), attempt a spring Bentgrass overseed & top-dressing some thyme after St. Patrick's Day and before Easter, then give that 6 weeks or so to fill in and overseed with this "Princess 77 Bermuda" seed, or whatever the "new" version of that strain of Bermuda is.Apparently, you can mow the Princess 77 Bermuda as low as 1/4"!!! I will continue my 1" reel mowing, last year I lowered the mower to 3/4"-7/8" in mid-June or July and it devastated the bentgrass, I have decided that if I am going to lower the mow height in the future it will be when the entire lawn is filled in and established for at least 12 months since the last seeding.The next PFRP Glorious Projekt is going to be a geodesic greenhaus on the concrete pad where I do my container garden. The talented engineers of the PFRP are hard at work mocking up a scale model (1:16) of the projekt, here is one of the polyhedral geodesic sections they have mocked up that may be incorporated into the final design: It is a bit blurry, but that is to prevent any industrial espionage of our hard work.Glorious Leader of the People's Free Republic of -pate (dick tater for lyfe)
Quote from: Dr. MD MD on March 14, 2020, 02:19:11 PMThat dog is HUGE, man! I donâ€™t mean nuthin by it. Iâ€™m just sayin thatâ€™s a big dog is all.
Quote from: Chine on March 30, 2020, 09:08:09 AMFantastic thread as I may need gardening help. Novice gardener. Whatâ€™s easy to plant in a planter? Baby steps.
Quote from: pate on March 26, 2020, 10:53:02 PMI need to take another reference photo of the lawn progress. Been a few weeks, maybe this weekend...I noticed that the Elderberry that I planted is putting out its spring leaves today while I was mowing and doing container garden potting soil prep.Apparently there may be some value to the Elderberry in this "new normal," I have no idea when the fruit is ready for harvest, or if it will even fruit this year as I just put it in last fall. Hey, maybe if this "pandemic" really lasts until August I can make an actual batch of medicinal Frumus Umphen Wine:Top Four Antiviral Benefits of ElderberryThe People's Free Democratic Republic of Pate being such a small country, any excess Frumus Umphen Wine not needed for local health will surely command a premium export dollar in the post-apocalyptic whirled.I may have to institute a decree that the only specie accepted for foreign trade to be gold bullion, very difficult to counterfeit.Indeed.-p
Quote from: pate on March 31, 2020, 01:44:04 AM-pediot: Gawrsh, I am useless!
Quote from: Kidnostad3 on April 01, 2020, 01:58:43 PMMy pineapple plantation. Eat your hearts out Dole Foods, Inc.
Quote from: Dr. MD MD on April 01, 2020, 02:17:16 PMNow I get it! You come from Obama country.