Help! Customers fescue is getting discolored

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Ijustwantausername, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Riggle, thanks for the tip about the soil, I will certainly do that in the future. I'm not worried about them suing me as they are really good people, I just want to give them the lawn they are looking for. As for the soil test, I used a fertility and PH test and PH was great, fertility however was not.

    Also, the exact sq footage of the lawn I treated was 9,681 and I think I remember her mentioning that some of the topsoil ran off of their yard, as they are on a small slope. Could be some areas kept the topsoil better than others?

    I personally think that the soil is of poor quality and it just needs some good fertilizer like you mentioned earlier. For that fertilizer, what lb/1000sq ft. would you recommend? Thanks
  2. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Riggle, can you mix Ironite with 24-0-11 to get a quick green up? I'm going to try to revive this lawn I messed up in a week or so.
  3. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    I don't deal in cool season grasses much but do read info and posts. Here is my 2 cents. With the grass being covered in leaves/straw for 3 weeks it was not getting enough sunlight, thus no photosynthesis. Also seems like it could use some nitrogen.

    It is winter but don't cool season grasses stay relatively green unless there are extremes of snow or temp. This has been a mild winter for the country overall, I know it has here how about your area.

    You did not necessarily mess up. Perhaps it is a combination of many factors some of which might have been beyond your control. Just try to figure it out and learn for future reference.
  4. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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    One fertilizer app to a new seeding won't last very long and will yellow within about a month depending on soil fertility. Cold weather will really enhance the yellowing. A one lb/K shot of N and a few days of warmer temps will probably turn it around if things were going well at first.
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The best way to look at cold temps and N, is that N is not taken up by the plants as well as we would like. In cool soils N will leach away b4 the roots will absorb it. Leach away or volitize, whichever comes first.

    Expecting brite green grass during winter, is not realistic for Fescues, especially. I would think if it was important, that a fast-acting liquid fert might be worth a try, but it is an unnatural interruption of the growth cycle.
  6. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
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    Definitely true. I guess I don't know what the soil temps and the average daytime temps are in NC right now. I would say that all my TTTF seedings I did in northern Ohio last fall were well fed going into winter and have held up well color wise through the winter and no yellowing whatsoever.
  7. CircleC

    CircleC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NW
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    Why would you put Lime on the soil with out knowing what the PH of the soil is. Some dude at Lowe's shouldn't be giving advice on fertilizer. A well balanced high end fertilizer will help bring the lawn back. Also, if you don't know what you are doing you shouldn't be putting chemicals down. Adding lime to a soil which is high in calcium is going to bind it up tight, not letting anything move thru the soil. Lime and Sulfer help with soil content and how material is released in the soil. CAT ion exchange....

    Google "REVIVE" its a granular organic material that helps with water penatration and has iron for color. Works great on damaged turf...
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  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    No offense guy, but you should take your own advice.
  9. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I put lime down because as stated we couldn't take a soil test at the time, and the yard is full of red clay, which is naturally acidic. On top of that, it was a small amount.

    And please, if you are going to give advice to someone know what you are talking about. Clay type soils do not contain any calcareous material. Additionally, impermeable soils such as red clay will not be "binded up tight" by adding limestone.

    Perhaps you should read this.
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Again .... no offense, but maybe you should follow your own advice. Clay soils can most certainly contain calcareous material, however you are correct that a Ultisol will most likely not be calcareous.

    Further, clay soils are not "impermeable" and how do you know what amount and type of lime to use without a soil test?

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