Miloganite...anyone used it before

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by tbettis, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. pro-lm1

    pro-lm1 LawnSite Member
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    Works great to repel deer and rabbits from ornamentals due to the smell. Need to re-apply after rain.
     
  2. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
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    why reapply after rain
     
  3. Dynamic

    Dynamic LawnSite Member
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    Milorganite is made from biosolid(peoples processed poo) it is full of heavy metals. The ground you apply heavy metals to over a long period of time or else large loads of poo can saturate soil with heavy metals. Further more biosolids, DO contain traces of pharmasueticals(? Spelling). Just a thought: that if your intention is organics than this is a bad decision, but if it is just to get fertilizer than why not buy one with Potassium which the lawns need.
     
  4. pro-lm1

    pro-lm1 LawnSite Member
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    The rain has a tendency to dilute the smell of the product. If you want a really good animal repellent, use liquid fence. A natural product that comes in concentrated form or RTU. Smells awful at first but works excellent.
     
  5. LawnsRUsInc.

    LawnsRUsInc. LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
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    milorganite doesnt smell I just hate that a lot of people around here in Milwaukee where i live thinks its the best thing for their lawn. But yea i dont know if i would trust my kids or animals playing in something that came from jones island.
     
  6. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is does smell, at least in the bag when they were stacked in my garage! But after a few weeks even that smell went away.

    I'm not impressed at all with the Milorginate, matter of fact I have a full pallet's worth taking up room in my shed because I don't know what to do with it. I was a little "misinformed" I believe when I inquired about it and was told that it WILL work at a 4 to 5 lb. rate, even though the bag calls for the 'half rate' of like 8 lbs. per K. I ended up applying it at that half rate, and was told that numerous guys use it like that (for summer feeding) and it greens so great, blah blah blah. Well< for starters, it wsa so expensive I was hardly making anything when I out it down. (why? because my customers didn't request the stuff, I just thought it would be for the best, can't raise the price based on that).

    I gave it 2 to 3 weeks to show a green-up, and it did not. I even tried it on my own lawn at the full rate, actually a little more than full rate, and I hardly saw any responce at all (this was in the *early* fall).

    If anyone close to me would like to buy 35 bags or so, I'd be happy to get them out of my shed! I've tried to hock them to 3 golf courses and they wouldn't bite either. I just know that I have no desire to waste my time or money spreading it anymore.
     
  7. gardener

    gardener LawnSite Member
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    miloganite is a good all around product, and the price is fair.
     
  8. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
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    All of the nitrogen in milorganite is tied up. It releases the nitrogen as it decomposes. Decomposition needs heat and moisture. So if you apply it during the fall you will get very little response. In addition it is only about 6% N. To get a pound of N per thousand you need 16-17 pounds of material per thousand.
     
  9. tbettis

    tbettis LawnSite Member
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    It does smell. everyone was asking what i was putting down. i dont think ill be using this product again. i still feel like im about to gag and i put this crap down this morning @ a pretty heavy rate i might ad. only reason i tried it is because i was told it promotes early greenup in bermuda grasses.. i think im just gonna stick to the usual scotts brand or something
     
  10. Russ

    Russ LawnSite Senior Member
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    I put 5 lb around the base of a 1" Pin Oak once to see if the Fe would help the tree. The family Scottish Terror ate it all
     

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