Florida, in 1 month you can't apply fert's, solutions please

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by ICT Bill, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. FOL

    FOL LawnSite Member
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    I must say I agree with you, self awareness and education to the public is alot better than Gov. But if you were down here a couple of years ago, dude the water sucked, dead fish were every where, it smelled just all around and wasnt pretty.
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Florida water sucks anyway...went to my aunts in Polk and I couldn't even stomach a shower after a day at Disney...I instead chose to drive the 9 hours to my house for a shower in some real water.:laugh:
     
  3. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
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    May 29 30lb/m Alfalfa meal and your good for 12 weeks.
     
  4. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
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    My concern would be that Joe Schmoe, in ignorance, would do that but just double the soluble fert right before the ban... which would cause more issues than it fixes IMHO. Only time will tell.
     
  5. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I'm sure there will be a lot of that, if the rains don't come until July there is going to be a lot of dead turf around burned out from the excess N

    Every fertilizer outlet has to post a thing called "the urban turf fact sheet" it spells out the law and common sense things like, don't leave fertilizer on the driveway or sidewalk, it even tells you how much N you can apply per 1000 per year and on what kind of grass, bermuda vs st augustine
    http://www.flaes.org/pdf/Urban_turf_fact_sheet.pdf
     
  6. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    You say compost is exempt in this FL ban. But compost can be cumbersome & extremely time comsuming, depending upon the contractor's equipment & specific job situation.

    What about meals? Are they exempt there too? :confused:
    Meals can be applied relatively quickly, the walks, driveway, etc blown off just like a fert & squirt lawn jockey might do.
     
  7. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    I am applying compost in just that manner. 40 lbs (@40% moist) per 1,000. Then blowing it off the sidewalks.
     
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  8. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
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    Only 40 pounds per 1000?
    What? Do you have some super-secret compost formula?
    Are you maybe using compost from out back of the chicken slaughter house? :laugh:

    The going rate around here is approx 3/4 to 1 yard per 1000 sf.

    (or...did you mean to type "meals"?):confused:
     
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  9. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    Nope. It's compost... I blend various meals and/or ferts with it as needed.

    Others spray tea... I choose to spread post lightly. Both inoculate the soil with microbes, compost adds more OM and nutrients than the CT IMO...

    I wish there was a large scale chicken farm around here!
     
  10. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    Also...

    If you find a post that has 2-2.5% N by dry weight... at my application rate you are still applying .48 to .6 lbs of Nitrogen... if you do that every month... your soil will have the N it needs. If it needs more, add some steroids (meals etc)

    To give a better comparison.. at 7 pure compost apps a year that is 3.36 to 4.2 lbs N. Blend some N every now and then and you are sitting healthy...
     
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