Spring 2008 yard care thread

Discussion in 'Horn Depot' started by SynTex, Feb 3, 2008.

  1. SynTex

    SynTex 100+ Posts

    I have a couple of sago palms that have some yellow on a few of the leaves. On some, it's just speckled, but on a couple other leaves, the yellow is more dominant and the leaves are "curling." Is there anything I should do? Do I ultimately cut these leaves off?
     
  2. RoundRock Horn

    RoundRock Horn 25+ Posts

    SynTex PM me I would like to see some pictures of the plant. Your discription could be anything from lack of water to fungus and everything in between.

    As for the Dillo-Dirt I have never heard of mercury in it.
     
  3. bozo_casanova

    bozo_casanova 2,500+ Posts

    Personally, I'm a fan of Dillo dirt for lawns and ornamental use, but not vegetable gardens, because it's made from human feces and mixed with lawn trimmings, among other things. Yes, I know it's composted, "cured", and that all the pathogens are dead. I agree that it's safe and I'm fine with having it in the lawn, but I'm not going to grow food in it.

    You've got to draw the line somewhere, and growing food in my own **** (and that of my friends and relations and ex-girlfriends and so forth) , composted and sold back to me is right there.
     
  4. mishatx

    mishatx 1,000+ Posts

    To be fair, the city recommends against growing food in recycled poop, but the recycled poop does meet EPA regulations if you really really want to do it.
     
  5. UnBiased Horn

    UnBiased Horn 250+ Posts

    doesn't all compost have someones or somethings **** in it?
     
  6. bozo_casanova

    bozo_casanova 2,500+ Posts

    Sure, but with Dillo Dirt, I'm certain to know the shitters in question.
     
  7. TexasEd

    TexasEd 1,000+ Posts

    No, not all compost hast crap in it.

    If you make it in your back yard it should not have any.
    If you buy non dillo dirt compost it would probably have composted cow or horse manure, which is much less offensive to me than having carnivore crap in it.
     
  8. bozo_casanova

    bozo_casanova 2,500+ Posts

    TexasEd- I agree. I tilled about 2" of organic, grass fed dairy compost into my veggie bed yesterday. It's beautiful, highly structured, crumbly black stuff and smells like garden soil should.
     
  9. TheFied

    TheFied 2,500+ Posts

    Has anyone done the ABC Pest & Lawn "Dillo Dirt" that they spray on for you?
     
  10. bozo_casanova

    bozo_casanova 2,500+ Posts

    Fied- it's great on lawns and flower beds. I wouldn't use it for growing food, per the above discussion.
     
  11. dfw75201

    dfw75201 250+ Posts

    Found some live grub worms when I was edging yesterday. What is the best way to deal with this? I prefer organic methods, but I don't want to lose my lawn.

    Thanks
     
  12. TxEx2x

    TxEx2x 100+ Posts

    So, is it too late yet to put down corn gluten for the spring in Austin?
     
  13. bozo_casanova

    bozo_casanova 2,500+ Posts

    You really needed to get it down about 10 days ago at the latest- now you'd be fertilizing the emerged spring weeds and fungus as well. Don't fret and buy yourself a nice weed popper- no law against that.
     
  14. TheFied

    TheFied 2,500+ Posts

    If I were to do Dillo Dirt via ABC, when is the best time to do it? Mid April?
     
  15. bozo_casanova

    bozo_casanova 2,500+ Posts

    never a bad time, but now is better than when it gets warmer.
     
  16. mishatx

    mishatx 1,000+ Posts

    Call ABC in advance.

    A few years ago, I called them for the aeration/dillo dirt and, although it was about this time of year, the earliest they could work me in was June.
     
  17. SynTex

    SynTex 100+ Posts

    how long should I cut my St. Augustine grass? It's supposed to vary during the year. I've tended to let it grow longer (which I know is recommended), but I've seen some neighbors that have some good-looking lawns where they cut it shorter. I've also seen neighbors absolutely hack the hell out of their lawns, and it's no surprise when it looks like crap in the summer and the weeds are rampant.
     
  18. ed teach

    ed teach 100+ Posts

    SynTex,
    I had some Sago palms that were covered in a white substance that looked like fake snow. Turns out they were Aphids, palms are very susceptible aphids. It was a pain in the *** to get rid of. The guy that helped me said that the Aphids most likely came from the lawn care guy not cleaning his equipment and spreading them to all his customers.
     
  19. SynTex

    SynTex 100+ Posts

    ed, interesting, I will keep an eye out for that. Mine just seems to be a yellow leaf issue. It's getting progressively better, I may have underwatered it during the winter.
     
  20. Jellydonuts

    Jellydonuts 250+ Posts

    The fastest cure for aphids is getting some ladybugs. I bought some yesterday at Home Depot. Unfortuately half of them appeared to die after I released them (even though I followed the directions). However, I still have seen a bunch of them flying through my backyard today.
     
  21. TheFied

    TheFied 2,500+ Posts

    ttt.

    I got a quote from ABC to do the Dillo Dirt 2 weeks ago. I might pull the trigger.

    I would say in about 2-3 weeks is time to put down your fertilizer (Lady Bug 8-2-4) for the spring.....
     
  22. UnBiased Horn

    UnBiased Horn 250+ Posts

    I did Scott's weed and feed Bonus S about 2 weeks ago. The lawn actually looks like it has more weeds than before. This is the firist spring in our house. DId I do something wrong? What is the next step in general lawn maintenance. We have some shietty parts of our yard that doesn't grow st aug well but it might bc a lot of light does not get through due to oak trees in front yard.
     
  23. ballrific

    ballrific 500+ Posts

    give it some time but I think for spring weeds, you need to lay down something like corn gluten, etc..a month or 2 ago. This is the first year I'm not using one of those scotts combo bags..used corn gluten about 45 days ago and will throw down some ladybug in a week or so. we'll see how it goes..
     
  24. Jellydonuts

    Jellydonuts 250+ Posts

    "I did Scott's weed and feed Bonus S about 2 weeks ago. The lawn actually looks like it has more weeds than before. This is the firist spring in our house. DId I do something wrong? What is the next step in general lawn maintenance. We have some shietty parts of our yard that doesn't grow st aug well but it might bc a lot of light does not get through due to oak trees in front yard."

    You didn't do anything wrong, but those weed & feed products are crap. You should be putting down a pre-emergent like corn gluten in early February for weed prevention and then fertilizing with a slow release fertilizer in mid April. Weed & feeds will green up your lawns quickly, damage your soil, kill some weeds and damage your trees. The chemicals are running off into the water ways and if the city of Austin could ban their sale, they would.

    The best thing you could do right now would be to put a light layer of compost on your lawn and then fertilize it in a few weeks.

    If you have deep shade from your oak tree, it will be difficult to get a well established turf grass. I have two large pecan trees in the back. Last year I ordered the most shade tolerant type of St. Augustine, which was developed at the Univ. of Florida and it did not take. Last month I ordered a hybrid called "Shadow Turf" that was developed by Texas Tech. They claim it takes 80-90% shade. I guess we will see. It is doing fine so far, but my pecan trees have not fully leafed out.
     
  25. TheFied

    TheFied 2,500+ Posts

    The 1st thing he should do is read this entire thread and all the other yard threads on Horn Depot.
     
  26. TXHookem

    TXHookem 1,000+ Posts

    Just planted a bunch of herbs and veggies in the garden - some in containers and some directly into the ground. Hoping for a nice harvest this year.

    4 types of peppers (2 bells, 1 jap and 1 orchid pepper)
    4 types of basil (african blue, sweet, bell pepper and red something)
    2 types of mint (red-stemmed apple mint, corsican mint)
    Oregano
    Dill

    I used some of the herbs last night while cooking - mmmm... love having the fresh stuff!

    Any good tips on success?
     
  27. Ignatius

    Ignatius 1,000+ Posts

    We put down St. Augustine Amerishade in a part of our yard that gets virtually no sun last year and it took OK, although it's definitely taking longer to 'turn' than the rest of the yard this year...
     
  28. bozo_casanova

    bozo_casanova 2,500+ Posts

    TXHookem-
    1) don't overwater
    2) the mint can be very invasive it you don't watch it
    3) Spray the whole thing with Garrett Juice 1/week
     
  29. uisge beatha

    uisge beatha 1,000+ Posts

    Stina always uses a few drops of Ivory dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray this directly on the aphids will dry them out. And since Ivory is biodegradable, it doesn't hurt the environment.
     
  30. TXHookem

    TXHookem 1,000+ Posts

    I have the mint in containers so I can keep it from going crazy. However, what do y'all think about planting mint in an area of my yard that is out of the way and has been overtaken by weeds? I'd rather mow mint than garbage weeds.
     

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