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Old 07-12-2011, 06:35 AM   #31
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My grass is going good.. However I do see in couple of paces mushrooms are coming up.. what would be the reason for it ? and what should I be doing it to take them off.
Mushrooms are very common in new sod, all the watering makes it easy for them to thrive. They won't do any harm and will probably disappear once your sod gets established and you cut back on the watering

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Mushrooms are very common in new sod, all the watering makes it easy for them to thrive. They won't do any harm and will probably disappear once your sod gets established and you cut back on the watering
Great ! So i don't need to do anything ,, right ?
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Great ! So i don't need to do anything ,, right ?
Nope, I'd just leave them alone. If they don't go away soon it might be an indication that you are overdoing the watering and not giving the lawn a chance to completely dry between waterings.
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Nope, I'd just leave them alone. If they don't go away soon it might be an indication that you are overdoing the watering and not giving the lawn a chance to completely dry between waterings.
Great !! This makese sense to me.
I have reduced water frequancy from 3 to 2 times a day now.

I will wait for one week for them to go.
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Howdy Cprao,
Have you posted any new photos of your lawn? The weather should be making your lawn so green the neighbors are wondering how you developed such a green thumb.

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I did not post any new pics yet. I will post it tomorrow.. so far looks good.

Next thing is mowing and maintaing healthy lawn.
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I did not post any new pics yet. I will post it tomorrow.. so far looks good.

Next thing is mowing and maintaing healthy lawn.
Here are the new pics.

Comments ?

Currently looking for a lawn mower to maintain the lawn..
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This weekend, I am planning to plant these privacy trees.

They are - Eugenia Myrtifolia. They are all 15 gal pots. Plants to put them with 2.5 ft apart. I need them to grow atleat upto 10 ft. My back yard last stretch is 5 ft down from my house level.

Unless it goes to 10 to 11 feet, it won't provide privacy to us since it is bordered with street road.. not very busy road.. but still little busy.

Any tips to plant and taking care of them ?

I am going to mix the soil with compost .. and also add some starter fertilizer..

I am not sure about my water schedule it.. please let me know your thoughts.
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Here are the new pics.

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Looking good fella!
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Thank You.. Any tips on planting trees ?
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Thank You.. Any tips on planting trees ?
Dig the hole at least twice as wide and at least twice as deep. If container stock, slice or pry apart the root ball. If ball and burlap, do the same or plant it and then explode it with a water jet.

I loved the Osmocote fertilizer and sticks for trees but it is expensive. Obviously, conifers should not get a lot of nitrogen. They have no leaves. They do not need leaf growth. Make them happy with more phosphorous and potassium. The NPK label on fertilizer is that string of number. Available nitrogen is first, Phosphorous second and Potassium last. Learn to use the ratio.

Fill the giant hole with nicely amended soil. Wrap young ground level trees trunks with something rabbits and other things will not chew on.

Here is the thing that scares people but extra important planting trees this time of year? Prune away at least 1/3 of the top growth. Think about it. A transplanted tree should be putting energy toward rooting and not looking pretty up top if planted middle of the summer? Common sense. A newly planted and summer pruned tree this year will look much better than one not, next year.

And any time you plant a new tree? Prune immediately to get rid of all crossing branches, interior crotches, etc. now. They will just grow to haunt you and require a chain saw later.

I grew up staking or otherwise supporting trees so they had a fighting chance against wind. In fact, in California you did not plant a tree without support either with stakes our guide wires and tree ties. Arborists here in the Midwest suggest a tree should make it on its own and lean a bit I guess. Horse puckey in my opinion.
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Dig the hole at least twice as wide and at least twice as deep. If container stock, slice or pry apart the root ball. If ball and burlap, do the same or plant it and then explode it with a water jet.

I loved the Osmocote fertilizer and sticks for trees but it is expensive. Obviously, conifers should not get a lot of nitrogen. They have no leaves. They do not need leaf growth. Make them happy with more phosphorous and potassium. The NPK label on fertilizer is that string of number. Available nitrogen is first, Phosphorous second and Potassium last. Learn to use the ratio.

Fill the giant hole with nicely amended soil. Wrap young ground level trees trunks with something rabbits and other things will not chew on.

Here is the thing that scares people but extra important planting trees this time of year? Prune away at least 1/3 of the top growth. Think about it. A transplanted tree should be putting energy toward rooting and not looking pretty up top if planted middle of the summer? Common sense. A newly planted and summer pruned tree this year will look much better than one not, next year.

And any time you plant a new tree? Prune immediately to get rid of all crossing branches, interior crotches, etc. now. They will just grow to haunt you and require a chain saw later.

I grew up staking or otherwise supporting trees so they had a fighting chance against wind. In fact, in California you did not plant a tree without support either with stakes our guide wires and tree ties. Arborists here in the Midwest suggest a tree should make it on its own and lean a bit I guess. Horse puckey in my opinion.
Thank you for all these tips. As you have mentioned, pruning 1/3 of the tree is really a difficult task to do. But I will do it.
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Here are the latest pics of grass..

It had its first cut on Thursday. I did not cut since I still have not bought the mower..

I do see couple of weeds in the grass and I pulled them out with hands along with roots ?

1) Do you advise me to add anything to arrest weeds ?

2) On the edges on one side, grass seems to be turing brown ? any comments ?

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http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/v...1/P7230557.jpg (Brown edges can be seen)

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