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Fert program for empire zoysia

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Florida Gardener, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Green, there is P in there b/c it is a palm fertilizer. It's the recommended blend by the palm specialists at the U of F. While a P deficiency is rare in palms, I did see a few down at the Research and Education Center for UF that had a P def.

    This blend has extra minors and is very slow release.....
     
  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    If that is what is available, then why not. Could be worse, like 13-13-13 with no micronutrients. I consider myself fortunate that straight ammonium sulfate, potassium nitrate and water soluble micronutrients are not hard to get here.
     
  3. It's not the only thing available, but it seems like a good blend to me as it is slow release N, extra minors, etc.

    My supplier also puts a special blend together for Zoysia...a 2-0-11 I believe with minors...
     
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think I like the 2-0-11 better. Too much P on turf that does not need it only encourages seed heads and faster vertical growth.
     
  5. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    OK

    I have stayed silent just to watch responses. I find the 9-2-24 blend from Lesco to be a real winner on zoysia here in Sandy soil. K is a luxury element the Turf Grass will up take as much as they can. Zoysia need deep roots and the K sure helps build root extension. Of course Minors are important for color and health. Fact is my Liquid mix the minors cost 5 times more than N.

    I am agree with GreenDoctor's use of Potassium Nite. it is that same 1 to 3 N to K ratio as the above lesco blend. BTW Potassium Nite is not a cheap source of K. I also agree with ammonium sulfate as a good source of readily available N. I like a 1/4 pound N per thousand of ammonium sulfate as a boost.
     
  6. Ric I had a feeling you would give some info eventually. How many of your yards are zoysia?
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  7. Ric

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    Chris

    I only have 5 and that is enough. Zoysia started with a bang but sod sales have gone back to S A and Bahia now because of problems with Zoysia. Big thing is slow grow in, once it gets damaged. Sod guys have gotten away from selling it now.
     
  8. Ric it is the hot ticket on the big estates and high end homes along with Bermuda and now Seashore Paspalum. The biggest problem I see is it being used in areas with only a couple hours of sun each day. Also, there are many a company cutting it with a rotary. All of those never look that great. They probably aren't putting down the best fert either.
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  9. Ric

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    Yep I am the Country Cousin, we have our share of Upscale Retirees but they are working class upscale retirees who settled in my area because cost of living is lower than the rest of Coastal Florida. I believe you being on the East Coast have a much higher average disposable income and 5 or more times as many people. The demographic numbers for my county literally SUCK. Disposable income is less than half of what the Counties North & South of me are. population is less than half also. Yes we talk about moving to a better market all the time. But this is home and we have found a niche.
     
  10. We have some of the wealthiest people in the country within 10-20 minutes of where I live. I am talking people that you can make an obscene living from because they have more money that they would never be able to spend in their lifetime. It's a huge bonus to live near these types.
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