Customer not satisfied with color of grass

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by vencops, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    I live near Winston Salem (NW), NC. I have a customer (ONE) who is not satisfied with the tone/color of his grass. He has a very healthy, weed-free (within his threshold) lawn. But, it's not DEEP green. I applied a winterizing fert. in early Jan./another round in March and the last round in May.

    His neighbor does have VERY green grass. I'm not an agronomist. I have a license to apply chemicals, but my experience in fert. applications is something I admit to. I follow the program my supplier outlined and I do keep the pH in the proper range. I'm sure I could apply *So when you get a speeding ticket, do you beg the judge for the maximum fine? (_______) and get his color darker. But, at what cost????

    My thinking is he's a little unreasonable. But, I need to speak to him, intelligently, when I speak to him. What do you guys do in a similar situation?

    Thanks.
     
  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Put some Iron on the lawn
     
  3. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    I have no idea how the line about the speeding ticket got in there. My apologies.

    When you say iron.......can you be more specific? Like I said, my exp. with ferts is limited.
     
  4. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
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    Agreed. iron will deepen the green. I use Ironite 1-0-1 granular. Be sure to blow it off all walkways and driveways. It will stain. If rain is not in the forecast make sure they water it in.
     
  5. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    What rate? And, if it helps...I'm using a Lesco spreader.
     
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    This would be turf type tall fescue, right? Is his irrigation adequate? Any sign of disease? Insects? Acid soil? What type of fertilizer did you apply? And how much nitrogen? How much slow release?

    Some types of premium sod or seed varieties and cultivars (like his neighbor) are naturally and genetically dark green. His neighbor may be using fungicide.

    If I understand it, fert at this time of year tends to promote serious brown patch disease. If he doesn't have it yet...is he willing to accept the risk...without blaming you?

    I am too far away; local advice is best.
     
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2013
  7. georgialawn88

    georgialawn88 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    riggle, could be bermuda. hes in NC
     
  8. idratherbefishing

    idratherbefishing LawnSite Member
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    Iron and slow release fertilizer with at least 2% iron.
     
  9. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Vencops,
    If this grass type is bermuda, it will require some iron to make things more dramatic.
    I mostly maintain 419 variety......seems like the only species that is grown locally. It is hard to keep it green.
    Chelated iron works efficiently as so does ironite.
    I use sulfur coated urea fertilizers with micros. I obtain a rich green color just from the sulfur as it aids in nitrogen as in chlorophyll production. Iron isn't that mobile in the grass plant, so be assured that it needs to be applied as the grass is removed by mowing.
     
  10. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    It's TTTF. My last application was a 16-4-8 with 25% slow release nitrogen.
     

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