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Compost tea... ok to apply now?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by avguy, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 551

    A few months ago I purchased some instant compost tea from Bill at ICT. I never could seem to find the time to get it down until now. My concern is that it has been a pretty dry and stressful season for my bermuda. We finally got some much needed rain a couple days ago and thought this might be a good time to get it applied? Even when the lawn is stressed?
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    The essential mindset of the CT is: Feed The Soil, Not the Grass...
     
  3. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It will actually help with stress, most companies apply it through out the summer months to keep color and density when you would never be applying a chemical fertilizer. your Bermuda will love it, apply every 4 to 6 weeks, we like to see at least 4 application per year
     
  4. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks Smallaxe and Bill. I'm just trying to get my arms around everything I'm applying to my lawn.
     
  5. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bermuda is a southern turfgrass and heavy N user. It needs fertilizer throughout the growing season. Mid summer applications are necessary for turf health and vigor.
     
  6. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,116

    here are pictures of St Aug that had 1/30 of a pound of nitrogen applied for the year, I have to post the link because you cannot post a picture twice on this forum for some reason

    it is about 3/4 ways down on the post
    http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=335294

    and here http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=328680
     
  7. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 720

    Nice looking yards! I recall those pictures . . . and posts that followed. Do you have any examples of a bermuda yard getting by on 1/30 of a pound of N?

    I'm not trying to be provacative, but bermuda, and particularly the hybrid bermudas, need N throughout the growing season.
     

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