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December Fertilization in KY

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by PhillipsBrosLawnCare, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. PhillipsBrosLawnCare

    PhillipsBrosLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 212

    Fertilizer Question:

    I installed a new lawn at a home this fall and have a good stand now. I applied a starter fertilizer when it was sown but have not applied anything since. I plan to put down a fertilizer this week high in nitrogen to get a good green-up so the yard looks richer.

    I am in west kentucky and I sowed ky 31 tall fescue. No precipitation within the next week looks like - lows in the mid 20s and highs in the mid 40s - so we have frost every night.

    Also, I didn't do a soil test as we were pressed for time to complete the project. Basically my question is - Will applying this fertiziler now help the turf or am I spinning my wheels. (Also, an older company installed a yard right beside the one I did, so I need mine to look better. Ha. It's in an up and coming high end subdivision.) Thanks for all your help.

    Jeremy :usflag:
  2. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 394

    Use a milorganite and you will be ok. Where are you located at in W. Kentucky
  3. PhillipsBrosLawnCare

    PhillipsBrosLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 212

    Calloway County
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    When is the recommended time for a 'winterizer' in your climate?
    My personal belief is that the winterizer is mostly wasted if put on too late. N gets lost thru evaporation and/or leaching even when the plants are actively growing, the way it is. Of course the roots are actively growing and storing nutrients, until the ground freezes.
  5. superintendent

    superintendent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 394

    On golf courses we put down milorganite this time of yr because it will break down over the next several months. Believe me you put it down now you will tell a difference in your plant in several weeks.

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