24-5-11 vs 28-2-3 fertilizer

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by grassmasterswilson, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    I'm trying to compare which to go with. Obviously they are pretty similar and i'd like to use the less expensive one. I'm ok with paying a little more if it is worth the extra money. So what do you guys think?

    24-5-11 is 25% slow release uflexx and also has urea. $17.50 per bag

    vs.

    28-2-3 25% SR SCU. $17.20 per bag.

    This will be used on Bermuda grass and the rate will be 1 or .75 lb N per application depending on the round. It will get 3 applications.
     
  2. countryclublawnllc

    countryclublawnllc LawnSite Member
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    Grass, just comparing the N you would have to use about a half lb. more of the 25% Nitrogen product /1000 sq ft. to get the same N rate/1000. Overall if you want the P and K the 25 is the better bang for your NPK buck.
     
  3. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I prefer the Uflexx over the SCU since it is stabilized. Do you need the extra P and K?

    That Blue Uflexx mixed with the white sure is purdy LOL
     
  4. AnotherOkie

    AnotherOkie LawnSite Senior Member
    from Newalla
    Posts: 366

    I'm tossing around the same things. And was fishing for info in the Nutrisphere thread I started. Last year the 3 products I used were
    28-0-10 w/50% xcu
    34-0-0 100% xcu w/5% Fe
    43-0-0 100 xcu

    The year before that, I used 32-3-8 30%xcu w/2% Fe. I am not real concerned about the fe, since I'll run some in my May blanket app. I think I'm going N only. 43-0-0 100%xcu and 46-0-0 w/Nutrisphere coating. The latter is much cheaper and contains no sulfur. Most of soil have a ph in the upper 5's, so I don't really want to add much sulfur and not many people want 1-2 lime apps. BTW, this is in reference to bermuda, mostly rotary mowed,nonirrigated common or u3.
     
  5. Turf Dawg

    Turf Dawg LawnSite Gold Member
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    I run a blended ammonium sulfate 28-3-10 50%SCU 4Fe
    I do not care for the P but they do not carry any without it. Unlike others I have a high PH so without sulfur my Fe does not do much. Just found out it looks like I am going to be giving 24.65 for it this year.
     
  6. countryclublawnllc

    countryclublawnllc LawnSite Member
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    Grass, just comparing the N you would have to use about a half lb. more of the 25% Nitrogen product /1000 sq ft. to get the same N rate/1000. Overall if you want the P and K the 25 is the better bang for your NPK buck.

    Just seen my typos! I was referring to the 24-5-11 product. It would take a 1/2 lb. more of the 24-5-11 at the .75N/1000 amount to equal the N of the other. Sorry about that!
     
  7. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,536

    Got another quote from anothe dealer. They have a 30-6-10 50% xrt with micro pack. It might be 25-30 cents more per 1000 than the 28-2-3 but I could make that up on needing to carry and spread less material. Plus it's 50% vs 25% slow release n
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  8. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Grass: does your soil structure tend to hold available K? Or does it leach out readily? If available K holds in your soil, then you don't need to apply much extra K you are just wasting your money. Take the fert with the lesser amount (or no) K.
     

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