Fertilizing mulched beds

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Lance Takara, Apr 3, 2002.

  1. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    Just curious. How do all of you fertilize a fully planted, mulched bed? Topdress? spot fertilize below mulch? Any other ways?
     
  2. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    Maybe the question sounds too stupid. Let me reword it.

    Is fertilizer (especially nitrogen) consumed by the organisms in the mulch before it reaches the plant when you topdress? (Basically making the N fertilizer application useless)
     
  3. larrv45390

    larrv45390 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 45

    Only if you carbon to Nitro. rate is bad
     
  4. Lance Takara

    Lance Takara LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    In general, isn't that problem inherent in the way greenwaste mulch is processed? - in other words, automatically a problem?
     
  5. larrv45390

    larrv45390 LawnSite Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 45

    No
    Some are better than others.
     
  6. groundsguy1970

    groundsguy1970 Banned
    Posts: 166

    In my state weuse cedar bark....fert discolors it. I use chelated products if I don't get UNDER the mulch.



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  7. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    Lance...I have the exact question you do...I hope we get some more feedback....I have a couple of accounts with large beds full of ornamental grasses...each year its seems these grasses get more sparse in their outside growth area. I want to fert them but want to do it the right way...hope we get some more points of view
     

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