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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    He's an IT Professional / Part time farmer.
     
  2. idfnl

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    He's like those woodworkers that use only manual hand tools.
     
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  3. cross22

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    :laugh:
     
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  4. SkinnyGoomba

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    Yeah, pretty much.
     
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  5. sugarbutch

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    Al fresco dining generally sucks. We developed buildings for a reason, dammit.
     
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  6. sugarbutch

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    Al fresco drinking, on the other hand...
     
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  8. Marc Voorhees

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    Piob??
     
  9. Gibonius

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    Anybody have any luck removing wild violets in their yard? Ideally without killing the grass around them. I was recommended 2,4-D Amine based weed killer, tried applying it last fall and didn't see much effect. It murdered the creeping charlie but never saw anything with the violets. Seems I might need to do multiple applications.

    Little bastards have pretty waxy leaves, so it's hard to get good absorption. They're tough to manually remove, even if I wanted to take that approach.
     
  10. Ataturk

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    A google search says metsulfuron gives "excellent" control of wild violet.

    http://store.doyourownpestcontrol.com/msm-turf-herbicide

    Apparently it's gotten WAY cheaper since I bought it. IIRC it cost about $100 a bottle once upon a time.

    ETA: btw you'll want to add a surfactant to that stuff. You can buy the oil in feed stores or use dish soap, though it probably doesn't work as well as oil.
     
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  11. Gibonius

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    Will give it a shot. Might as well just mix it up with the 2,4D and spray 'em both.


    Yeah, did that last time (the dish soap). Will go for the wetting agent next time.
     
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  12. Ataturk

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    The same source said 2 4d's control was just "fair."

    I'd be careful mixing herbicides, though. Google it before you do it. Also, make sure also to check the maximum safe concentration for your grass type. I know with centipede, MSM can be fairly toxic at the normal label rates. It doesn't kill the grass if you over apply it but it sure stunts its growth.

    If you're spot spraying, it's worth investing in some disappearing marking dye so you can see where you've sprayed it.
     
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  13. Gibonius

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    I think I dug up the same source.

    I think I got the 2,4D originally for the creeping charlie, which was the worse problem last year. It sure worked for that, one application and it got almost all of it.

    Yeah, I already got some. Useful.


    Resenting the previous owners for neglecting the lawn. That plus damage from the dog sure set me up for some weed problems.
     
  14. brokencycle

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    I know the feeling. Worse is when you get it fixed, and the neighbors let their run wild too.
     
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    At least we have an eight foot fence all the way around, and a retaining wall beyond that on one side. Pretty good isolation from their lawns. Although there's bamboo on one side and English ivy on the other, so uh, that's fun. Machete for the bamboo that comes up and hand removal for the ivy. Wack a mole, but at least neither of them send out seeds.

    Good thing too, one of them is a bunch of college kids and their yard is like 50% weeds.
     
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    Bamboo[​IMG]. My neighbor put it in before I moved here. My only satisfaction is knowing that his having to listen to my wife rag about it is probably far worse than my annoyance at having to control it.
     
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    Man, he really oversold that ramada.
     
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    lol!
     
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    Just learned that the linoleum in our entryway is held down by asbestos-laden adhesive. Motherfucker.
     
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    Are you going to have to hire pros for remediation?
     

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