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BEST IRON out there

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by officerturner, May 13, 2014.

  1. officerturner

    officerturner LawnSite Member
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    What is the best iron out there and where do I order it!
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  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    One of the best is FEAture 6-0-0. This is applied at 3-6 lb per acre. I am not a fan of iron added to granular fertilizers or even granular iron. It is not an efficient way to apply iron. The results do not justify the bulk and expense of the product.
     
  3. officerturner

    officerturner LawnSite Member
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    Thanks.. im looking for ferrous sulfate right now.. ive found it on kelp4less.com. im getting a spray rig. Plan on mixing ferrous and ammonium sulfate
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  4. greendoctor

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    Oh, the old fashioned but still effective green up. If you are using ferrous sulfate, I suggest chelating it with 5 lb per 100 gallons of citric acid. Places that sell industrial chemicals or supplies for craft soap making have it.
     
  5. officerturner

    officerturner LawnSite Member
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    When u say chelating.do you mean mixing. . Sorry im new to this. Ha
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  6. greendoctor

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    Chelation refers to the process by which iron molecules are kept soluble and available for uptake by plants. Normally, iron in solution does not want to stay in solution. Especially ferrous sulfate. Ferrous sulfate will turn into red sludge in water that has other minerals in it. Citric acid attaches to the ferrous sulfate and prevents that from happening.
     
  7. officerturner

    officerturner LawnSite Member
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    Dam its good to have you greendoctor. Thanks for your help
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  8. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Applying citric acid on a regular basis will also address the conditions causing you to even need iron supplements. It is a less caustic way to acidify alkaline soils. The usual way involves sulfuric acid.
     
  9. officerturner

    officerturner LawnSite Member
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    Will the feature 6-0-0 be a more cheaper route though?
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  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Cheaper, but the results are not the same. Applying 8-16 oz citric acid per 1000 works on the reason why supplemental iron is even needed.
     

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