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02-02-2003, 07:35 PM
I have done a search on your site. I still have alot of questions.
How much mulch is to much?
How little can you apply?
The seed germinate better with more mulch, but yet everyone skimps when mixing a load.
Is it better to mix the fertilizer in the batch?
What fertilizer number are better for a new lawn? High , Low or a mix?
Does anyone have a good suppler for seed?
Firedude hope to hear from you
02-02-2003, 07:46 PM
What type of machine do you have? Be sure to use a liquid fert. There are some formulated for hydroseeding. Are you using wood or paper mulch?
02-02-2003, 07:56 PM
I run a bowie 800 mechanical agitation with a gear pump. I use wood mulch. How expensive is liquid fertilizer. Will granular hurt anything?
Running granular is akin to putting sand through your pump and teank, real corrosive. How olds the Bowie? Gotta be ab;e to run at least 300 lbs. of 50/50. Fertilize before spraying, using a starter fert, something with a high P in the number. For absolute best germination, drill your seed before you h-mulch.
Mulch is one of the cheaper additives, an increase from 1200 to 2400 lbs per acre should anly be $200 increase in costs, labor being the most important factor ( increased time in shooting and mixing are the biggest) but figuring the risk of call backs and $ lost in returns your better off shooting what is called for in the specs. Too much Mulch?? We have shot slopes with 4500 lbs of mulch (per acre) and wished we would have increased it to 5000. There are other additives that we have found that work really well( Finn HydroMax is one) Other hints that SCL (drilling your seed in work too!
02-15-2003, 09:51 PM
Ok, here we go
How much mulch is to much? -- depends... wood mulch will not have much of a down side unless you are in very cold climite such as Alaska. In Alaska any amount will delay germination, but for most of us... the more the better. Paper....problems will result with to much with out adding wood or nylon fibers. The paper mats and will not allow the seed to penitrate.
How little can you apply? ... even a broken clock is correct twice a day.. meaning.. even the worst application will be successful if the conditions are right.... but conditions are almost never right. With thicker applications you increase your odds of success and happy customers!
The seed germinate better with more mulch, but yet everyone skimps when mixing a load. ---- Most do not have the knowledge and are only doing what someone told them to do. Most lack the basic understanding of the process and even less when it comes to business
Is it better to mix the fertilizer in the batch? -- In most cases yes! But is not a requirement if you can depend upon your customer to follow your care instructions.
What fertilizer number are better for a new lawn? High , Low or a mix?.... This varies from location to location even in the same city. For the correct answer you would need a soil test. Most will not test so they use something even like 20-20-20.... but it will depend on the grass you are Planting and where.
Does anyone have a good suppler for seed? Many seed suppliers are local and if you do not have any check out seedland.com
Hope this helps
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