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Old 09-10-2013, 10:54 AM
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2 apps of starter (18-24-5?)

Establishing a new lawn from tilled soil. Since need grass needs a high amount of phosphorus to build strong roots, would you follow up 4 weeks later with another app of starter? Or, would you apply the first of 2 regular fall fert apps that you use on established lawns?

I don't think I have ever done 2 apps of starter before on a new lawn. But I was wondering what the concensus was and would it yield healthier turf?
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:35 AM
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:44 AM
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The idea that phosphorus stimulates roots in new grass is probably exaggerated. The stimulation of rapid growth and fill-in due to the nitrogen is just as important, (unless soil tests indicate a deficiency of phosphorus).

You are correct--the regular fall fertilizer will work just as well, if not better. And in some states additional phosphorus would not be legal--phosphorus is usually adequate for turfgrass, and it is an important cause of algal blooms in lakes.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:17 PM
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The idea that phosphorus stimulates roots in new grass is probably exaggerated. The stimulation of rapid growth and fill-in due to the nitrogen is just as important, (unless soil tests indicate a deficiency of phosphorus).

You are correct--the regular fall fertilizer will work just as well, if not better. And in some states additional phosphorus would not be legal--phosphorus is usually adequate for turfgrass, and it is an important cause of algal blooms in lakes.
Thanks for your opinion Riggle.
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