View Full Version : what would u do

05-15-2008, 09:44 PM
so i show up at a scheduled job today- 300k' detached
condo community to do their 1st treatment of
fert + dimension . this is a previous customer (of 5 years now)
and working with the same landscaper. This is mostly all open
sun, lots of hots spots(walks,drives, roads)-and i rate this property
a 4 on a 1-5 scale of difficulty treating(1 least-5 most)

i find that the place has been seeded all over in small random patches
spots-- it looked like the scaper fixed plow damage, filled in small
ruts and holes everywhere and there were new underground electric
trenched thru the whole place

ive had excellent communication and experience with this scaper,
especially every spring , he has me do 1 st treatment , then he loams
and seeds spots as needed after

but any way-
what would you do here?
is there any possible good outcome?
i felt like calling and canceling the acct when
i pulled in this morning

05-15-2008, 10:17 PM
if you cant get dimension down , see if you canup sell to tupersan, if not starter fert only. If you had good control over the past 5 crabgrass should be minimal

05-15-2008, 10:41 PM
Tupersan--too expensive. Starter fert--too expensive (this year). I would go with plain fert of high quality 24-5-11 for instance. Unless---you had a lot of crabgrass last year. If lots of crab last year, wait two weeks for grass to come up and treat with Fert/dimension. Take your chances. Tell them to seed in fall if any spots do not take.

Can you do this treatment with liquid Dimension with a skid sprayer--easy to skip new seed that way.

I hate when this happens--but--usually the seed takes fairly good--if its good seed and it if is watered regularly.

05-16-2008, 05:34 AM
I would just avoid those areas the best you can. End result should be you'll use less fert. Thats not your fault. Pays the same.

05-16-2008, 07:45 AM
I would switch to straight fertilizer.

(wi) Roots
05-17-2008, 02:14 AM
What type of grass are you managing?

05-17-2008, 02:57 AM
What type of grass are you managing?

What difference does it make?

05-18-2008, 05:32 PM
I would go with straight fertilizer with maybe "Tupersan" for very special areas.(rental office or main entrance)
Stay on top of the crab with post herb. like "Drive".
I'm thinking if the site has been crab-free for years you will be OK. IMO

05-19-2008, 09:03 PM
thanks for the replies,
as to turf type- Kbg,Pr rye,fine fescue, some tall fescue
invading from surrounding horse pastures

anyway, after some thought and phone call
my best judgement was to apply fert + dimension
as usual on this property

please dont beat me up on this --as we all have different
some of my reasoning
-this property still has some crabgrass issues in the hotspots
-the property is always mowed too short and clippings bagged
-there is minimal/no thatch layer on most of this property
- a very lackluster poorly maintained sprinkler system with poor coverage
-its a very difficult property too maintain, between slopes, beds, plantings etc..
-$$ is an issue for this acct
-i would be forced to eat the crabgrass post spray
-this was not my fault

theres not much more to say i guess