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Old 09-22-2013, 01:03 PM
kellyinkc kellyinkc is offline
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does fertilizer brand matter?

first post so be gentle.

I have been reading a lot here. I use Milorganite Classic during the late spring and summer.
Then in September I switch to whatever is on sale. Scotts, Hummert etc. Now the Hummert is interesting, the back of the bag says manufactured by Howard Johnson. Of course a local radio guru Toby Tobin pushes it.
should I stay with Scotts in the fall, winter or go with any old fertilizer.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:44 PM
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According to the K-State Hort newsletter...their philosophy is to only use slow-release fert in May IFF one irrigates during the hot months. Then, quick-release fert is preferable in Sept and early-Nov/late-Fall = your two most recommended times to fert. What I see at the stores this time of year: slow-release fert is on sale - as they are trying to get rid of their Spring (over)stock.

Fwiw, I'm a big believer in NOT using fert in Mar/Apr. If late Fall fert was used, then an early green up is already taken care of. The grass grows like hell reason to encourage it any further...which makes Spring mowing a REAL PAIN, even if done every 7 days.

I like Toby Tobin, but he owns his own lawn treatment his recommendations should be taken with a grain of salt, IMHO.

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Old 09-22-2013, 03:14 PM
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Thanks! Yeah, the last few years I have been using a fertilizer only in May, Memorial Weekend. Mliorganite with its 4% FE makes the grass a gorgeous green. I have also notice by letting the lawn wake up naturally it has not looked better or healthier. I do apply 2 feedings in the fall.
Now where I get confused is the fast release fertilizer. what would be good for this time of year?
Westlake has its Scotts "winterizer" on deal.

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Old 09-22-2013, 03:32 PM
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I found this, it's called KC Finest Fertilizer.
From the back label:
21% Urea Nitrogen- I take this as "fast release"
11% Potash-K2O
6% Calcium
5% Sulfur
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