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Old 04-26-2009, 08:19 AM
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Do you use just regular Sugar? do you use pelleted molasses? I have some I am going to try this out on.

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Old 04-26-2009, 09:07 AM
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Today was from a bulk bag of beet sugar. but yeah, the cheapest sugar you can find... My only dry molasses so far is from the co-op, but it has an undetermined amount of salt, so I shy away from that.
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:29 AM
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I just spead about 20 lbs. of sugar on 2 lawns yesterday, in between rain clouds. Will want to topdress in the next couple of weeks.
No N at this time, the grass color, vigor, and thickness are outstanding.

This application should kick start the digestion of dead grass , surface debris, and feed it slowly to the plant roots, while in the meantime tying up surface N and forcing the roots to grow down for N below the surface.

So yes, The ambition is to eliminate psuedo-thatch directly and real-thatch indirectly, with sugar/molasses and compost.
What rate do you apply the sugar?
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Old 04-26-2009, 09:30 AM
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From what I understand about sugars is complex is better. When you get into simple sugars it is easy to put on to much. Hence the reason for molasses. I get mine from the feed elevator in liquid form and it is $.59 per lb, which equates to about $30 per 5gal bucket.

App rate varies per situation. 2-3 gal per acre is on the safe side and I wouldnt shy away from more for troubled areas.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:03 AM
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What rate do you apply the sugar?
I have always just broadcast by hand. Just dusting the ground with a pail under one arm and broadcasting with the other. I think a machine would let too much run through too quickly. Besides it gets sticky real quick.
Not sure what to do if I get an acre or more to cover.
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:09 AM
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From what I understand about sugars is complex is better. When you get into simple sugars it is easy to put on to much. Hence the reason for molasses. I get mine from the feed elevator in liquid form and it is $.59 per lb, which equates to about $30 per 5gal bucket.

App rate varies per situation. 2-3 gal per acre is on the safe side and I wouldnt shy away from more for troubled areas.
Perhaps liquid application will be necessary for larger areas as you do. And I agree that molasses is better than sugar but our dry stuff has salt in it. Maybe not enough to matter, but it can accumulate, I suppose.

However, they are claiming now that salt are percolating through the soil into the water table along major highways that are salted so heavily in the winter. I always thought that salt came to the surface during rain events.
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