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How do you guys get the lawns dark green?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by SuperFast, May 14, 2005.

  1. SuperFast

    SuperFast LawnSite Member
    from Tenn
    Posts: 45

    What should i do to make lawns dark green they are all new and 1 year old lawns
    Any advice would be very helpful and tips ? Ken.31 grass seed is what everyone is useing down here Thanks
  2. MikeD520

    MikeD520 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    Fast, dark green grass...try liquid iron, but be careful it can turn the grass black if over-applied. This is only temporary.
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Another thing to consider is, that Ken. 31 will not get that dark - as dark as many other cultivars. It is much like Perennial Rye in that aspect.
  4. Williams Services

    Williams Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 269

    You can use a granular fert with iron in it as well, not just liquid iron.
  5. SuperFast

    SuperFast LawnSite Member
    from Tenn
    Posts: 45

    Thanks so iron is what makes grass green then what does nitrogen do ?
  6. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,369

    Dark green paint....
  7. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,457

    Here here
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Nitrogen makes it green, too. However, there are downsides to excess of nitrogen. Not only a flush of topgrowth, but biological problems later in the season.
  9. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Posts: 866

    Nitrogen drives vegetative growth. You get green with a big N app by making the blade longer, thereby showing more leaf surface, the chemlawn way. This is also the surest bet to have the mow crew want your head! By driving the leaf growth, you may also introduce problems wiht cutting off more than a third of the leaf at each cutting or even outstripping the plants roots abilities to support the leaf. You'll see evidence of that as yellowing or lime green coloring(nitrogen induced chlorosis). Iron is effective on many turf types and in many soil ph conditions, but not all. As mentioned above, turf type plays a significant role in just how dark you can go, short of turf paint. Healthy , thick grass with everything in balance will always yield the best lawns.
  10. SuperFast

    SuperFast LawnSite Member
    from Tenn
    Posts: 45

    Thanks I talked to a guy that has been mowing a round here for 10years and he said use 80lbs of 10-10-10 per 1/4 acre and he said to tell the customer to make sure he waters it. Any down side to useing that much ? Thanks for you alls help

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