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Old 09-07-2013, 10:47 PM
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Fertilizer help

so i do business in Mass and have not done much fertilization before and people want me to do some in the fall what type of fertilizer should i put down in the fall and when

also whats the best way to deal with crab grass and when should i fertilize other times of the year and what should i use then

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Old 09-07-2013, 11:32 PM
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I answered a similar question here about 90 min ago. May be some info there you can use.

Re: crabgrass, use you education, license, and experience...or just wait for a couple hard frosts to take it out and you'll look like a genius to your customers.

Good luck and be careful.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:47 AM
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The most important fertilizer application for cool-season grasses is the "Winterizer" applied in the Fall of the year... Often it is a mixture of N and K...

For our area the Winterizer should be put down before mid-Oct. so that the grass can utilize it in preparation for the Winter... There should not be residual that starts with fresh N feedings in the Spring so it is best NOT to use a slow release formula this time of year... Next Spring after the 2nd Mowing is the time to apply N again and slow-release is fine for that time of year... After the heat of Summer has past,,, hopefully by mid-August it may be safe to apply some fertilizer about that time...

There will be a lot of disagreement over this schedule becuz a tradition of Sales, sales, and sales has been put in place by the TGCL types rather than doing what is right for cool-season grasses...
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:36 AM
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any specific brands you would recommend?
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:43 AM
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Not really big on Brand Names... I suspect that a 1 lbs. of N in one bag is as good as a lbs. of N in another bag...
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:17 PM
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Right here in mid-Michigan, we have been very successful using straight urea 40-0-0 (no specific brand) for fall application. We apply granular urea just before we have our irrigation gets winterized, and water it in. We deal with pre-emergent apps in the spring when the Forsythia bloom to control our crabgrass. Our 180+ acres that we maintain is nearly always the first to green up in the spring. I'm no expert, but this has worked for us for many years. Hope this helps.
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:17 AM
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Welcome aboard. With that many acres under care we could use (welcome) your input here on other topics.
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