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08-28-2009, 11:11 AM
I'm trying to figure out how much and what kind of fertilizer I need when I seed some TTTF in a couple weeks. I guess I need to do a soil test to find out, so my question is can I use a store bought soil test kit and get good results? The one I am looking at is:

I didn't know if I should just apply starter fert. but I started a thread on that but didn't get any response. I was just wondering if these are accurate and how long does it take to find out the results?

08-28-2009, 11:38 AM
so my question is can I use a store bought soil test kit and get good results?

The short answer is no.

08-29-2009, 09:55 AM
The general rule is to apply starter fertilizer just before you sow seed. About 30 days later apply more fert with a high nitrogen number--Turfbuilder or a clone of same. If it is not 100 percent thick, apply again about 30 days later.
But is this an overseed situation, or a new lawn?

Plese be sure to use a top quality seed. Make sure it is disease resistant. Don't skimp on seed.
for example:

08-29-2009, 10:03 AM
I'm going to overseed with TTTF before Septm 15th. My front yard has some grass but not a lot. So I was going to put some fescue out since I already have some. I was planning on buying Scotts Southern Gold TTTF. I'm going to seed at a rate of about 7-8 lbs. Per 1000 sq.ft. Should I go ahead and put the starter fertilizer out now and then core aerate at the time of seeding?
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08-29-2009, 10:06 AM
How are you going to sow the seed?

08-29-2009, 10:14 AM
Using a broadcast spreader. Push type. I hope that is what you were asking.
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