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Old 07-07-2013, 02:33 PM
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Broadcasting granular and collecting clippings

I always stress over fertilizer applications for those lawns where I "bag". For lawns that need to be cut weekly, I can't imagine I'm not sucking up a substantial amount of product that I might have dropped just the week before.

What do you guys do in this type of situation? More frequent apps at lower rates? Time applications for heavy rainfall? Advise customers to irrigate daily for the week after application?

Or just don't worry about it? Is the product heavy enough to hang in there immediately following application?

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Old 07-07-2013, 02:40 PM
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Studies have shown you pick up at most a couple percent of the prills. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:43 PM
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Your taking more nutrients by bagging than you applied with the fert. It melts down quickly, rain and the mourning dew will have it dissolved long before you return.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:56 PM
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Don't worry about how much fertilizer you are removing.
Rutgers says that bagging clippings remove up to 50% of the N required for a healthy lawn. In addition you are removing organic matter which will improve your results. Most of the N should be applied from late Aug. to late Nov.
And I hope you are registered as a Certified NJ Fertilizer Applicator.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:39 PM
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OK, I'm not going to sweat it. Thanks.
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:03 AM
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Sounds Like Phast is the Fertilizer Police!

I really do not care what Rutgers has to say I mean seriously their testing is a joke. Where on earth do they come up with their numbers From one or two tests? Show me something from Penn State or even Ohio State or at least from a real college. LOL

The clippings absolutely add nutrients back to the soil and turf. If at all possible try to not bag and you will reduce the need for the fertilizer or nutrients on the turf in the future.
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