Liquid fert.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by southside, Jun 16, 2000.

  1. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm looking at fertilising a large subdivision shortly,and was wondering if a<br>liquid fert might be a good option? It seems<br>to be faster to apply and no watering in.<br>Anyone tried this on a large scale?<p>Karl<br>
     
  2. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
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    I apply liquid fertilizer on our golf course,its the way to go,I use a homemade 42ft boom sprayer,I can do the whole course(60)acres in about an hour with a 150 gallon tank and a cushman truckster.the beauty of this is you can add any insecticides or adjuvents,and I always add 4oz per 1000 of Fe for a little extra green.I built my whole setup for about 1100 bucks,the most expensive part was the 5hp briggs/centrifical pump.It was 650 alone.It takes me longer to reload and tripple rinse than to actually apply the fertilizer.<p>----------<br>John D<br>
     
  3. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How many times do you refill?<p><p>Liquid is a good way to go if:<br>1.) You don't need a slow-release fertilizer<br>2.) You have really &quot;chopped up&quot; areas to be fertilized.<br>3.) You have the right equipment as John does to apply to a huge area.<p>For most intermediate sites, granular is a time saver because it doesn't take any longer to apply and the material preparation/transportation/handling is simpler.
     
  4. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you guys use a ready made liquid fert or<br>make your own up? Over here there are a few<br>contractors who make up their own.<br>If you make your own,what do you put in it?<p>Karl<br>
     
  5. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
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    Karl, you might oughta stick to the granular stuff! <p>Homer
     
  6. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
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    By the way, I have an Aussie customer and she said it was winter over/under there. Are you putting out a winter application or is it just mild? Their last name is Turton, over here for flight school, ever heard of them?<p>Homer<br>p.s. I like the way they talk!
     
  7. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
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    I use a 50%slow release liquid fertilizer,I use time release almost exclusively,I buy it by the 5 gallon can or 30 gallon drum,,it is 1 lb/1000 N at 4gallons/acre.If anyone wants Im going by work later Ill get the label and post all the ratios and pricing info,this is top quality stuff,we even use it on our greens,tees and collars.If memory serves me right,it costs around 290 for the 30 gallons and 50 for 5 gals<p>----------<br>John D<br>
     
  8. dhicks

    dhicks Member
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    Hey John, I'm very interested in more info.
     
  9. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
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    Homer,<br> I'm doing a winter fert to just keep<br>the turf reasonably healthy and to resurect<br>some frost damaged areas. Just a light application for now. <br>Turton? Doesn't ring a bell. Pop. here is<br>around 20 million.<p>Karl<p><p><p>
     
  10. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    John, how much water to you apply with the fert? How do they control-release without an organic blend?
     

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