Does anyone have an easy/automated way to spread tree and shrub fertilizer?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Cheryl, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. Cheryl

    Cheryl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
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    I know the “Vortex” machine (at Lesco) is out there @ $700 plus. But, I only have two large properties right now. I can’t see spending that much for using it six times/year. Can something like that be duplicated? I have a blower, pvc pipe, fittings, glue, pool hose, and rubber bands. What else do I need?
     
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ive always used a 5 gallon bucket and an empty soup can....Neat thing the vortex though...

    I thouht I had seen a back pack speader/blower before, but I could not find a link...
     
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Assuming you have a irrigation system you could use a fertilizer injector. They fertilize continuously through the irrigation system. I have been using them for years. Here is some info on one company. You can charge the client 1,000 for the system and make a few bucks then just keep it filled. www. fertileearth.com
     
  4. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    The only issue with fertigation....is when you get over spray and it begins to stain depending on the product applied...
     
  5. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    The fertile earth system and product are designed for homeowners so they are no problem they use a bridge product humate based, no iron. I have even had the product remove scale build up on block walls that the sprinklers caused. I did play Golf at Troon in Scottsdale a few years back and the whole place was orange, giant boulders, sidewalks, it was awful. I don't know how that could happen at a place where they charge 300 bucks a round?
     
  6. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    In florida since water was kinda $$$ and water tables are high...well water is used in some places, but its high sulfur and high iron..Stinky plus the rust stains...
     
  7. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Oh that smell is horrible. I grew up in Indiana and I still remember it from 30 years ago. They have a unit at the Firestone Estate for a while now with no problems but they may be on city water. I don't even know what city it is in but they tell me it is nice. That is a good point about the iron in the water, I will bring it up to the guys from F/E next week see if they have had any problems.
     
  8. Cheryl

    Cheryl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
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    How did we go from commercially spreading "granule" fertilizer on trees, and bushes, to injecting fertilizer on the irrigation system?
     
  9. lawnservice

    lawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    Duct tape??:rolleyes:

    sorry, i dont have an answer

    but i am curious...six times/year? your fertilizing or wanting to fertilize trees/shrubs six times per year?
     
  10. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Because you didn't specify granular and I was trying to help. I apologize for misdirecting your thread. Carry on with the duct tape and rubber bands.
     

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