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Old 02-15-2013, 09:33 AM
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Granular vs Liquid

What guidelines or general timing considerations do you take into account when you're deciding whether to use granular or liquid fertilizers? Which months out of the year would you generally use each?
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:15 PM
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I dont own a business. I am no expert. but for my personal lawn I use mostly liquid. organic liquid. dry fertilizer just takes to long to break down in my lawn. with liquid I can hit it as it needs to. especially starter. I will use dry when planting a completely new area of grass.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:45 AM
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I think the effects of dry fertilizer show up in about a week.That is provided soil moisture is present. liquid can cause fertilizer burn in hot weather...to us that is over 85.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:25 PM
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Iím assuming there are no slow release liquid ferts....?
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:39 PM
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Iím assuming there are no slow release liquid ferts....?
Wrong assumption. You can can liquids from 0 slow release to 100% slow release same as granular
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:48 PM
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Wrong assumption. You can can liquids from 0 slow release to 100% slow release same as granular
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One of my clients, when a former Co. Applied liquid fert, cried a river that the liquid fert washed away during heavy Spring rains and thus MADE them re-apply....?
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:38 PM
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Wrong assumption. You can can liquids from 0 slow release to 100% slow release same as granular
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100%, slow, liquid. In the rainy season. Yea? Is that what data says? Really. I'd like to see that work. I mean SEE IT. Not read it. I'll bet heavy rains, kick that data in the wow.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:42 PM
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What guidelines or general timing considerations do you take into account when you're deciding whether to use granular or liquid fertilizers? Which months out of the year would you generally use each?
I don't know of you have gotten a legit answer to your original question.

Sorry. Here is my opinion. The end result does not come from whether you use liquid or dry fert in my opinion. It is more based on your area, weather, etc. you can get formulations that are identical I'm both liquid and granular, from analysis to slow release etc.

I find you actually end up with some more flexibility with liquid apps. But that is again my opinion.

Reality dictates you use the product form that you are comfortable with and fits your business model.
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Old 02-17-2013, 09:20 AM
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There are a lot of threads on this topic and I've tossed the idea around of adding some liquids since I do a few blanket apps and fertilizations at the same round.

What I've found on this site is its questionable to do liquid at low volumes .3-.5 gallons per k out of a ride on.

Also it seems the liquid cost are much higher than granular considering I'm applying 3-4 total Fert apps at .75-1 lb N per k on fescue and Bermuda and .25 lbs N per k on centipede.

I'd be open to trying liquids if someone had proven results applying at my rates and volumes. I could benefit from a possible hybrid program since I do round 1 and 2 blanket apps, 3,4,5(usually spot treat but many times one round on warm is a blanket).
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:40 AM
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I say, liquid yes. Not liquid N. Liquid micros. Fe, Mn, Mg and K at 1lb.liquid N is like trolling for pathogens. A 1 to 2 ratio on granular fertilizer on your N to K will IMHO out perform most environmental conditions compared to a 2 to 1 on N to K.
Plus in a mismanaged irrigation situation. Build true vigor. Pick one property to try a low N and a higher K with higher micros program. I'll bet pest pressure decreases and recovery becomes stronger.
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