Milorganite only?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by SKIQUATTRO, May 21, 2009.

  1. SKIQUATTRO

    SKIQUATTRO LawnSite Member
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    Location: Long Island, NY

    I applied Milorganite at Easter time and again yesterday to my lawn. My local garden shop says thats only fertilizer i will need.. apply again July 4, Labor day and then around Thanksgiving. My PH was tested and is within the range so no lime was applied this year....should i stick with their suggestion or does my lawn need more nutrients found in other fertilizers? The lawn is looking plush and green.....
     
  2. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think you just answered your own question.
     
  3. roccon31

    roccon31 LawnSite Member
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    milorganite is good stuff, shame it gets a bad rap for being "human". i use it extensively. lawns stay green longer in the fall, green for half the winter, then they are the first ones green in the spring. all from milorganite, nothing else.
     
  4. WETSCAPE

    WETSCAPE LawnSite Member
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    Yeah man!! It is great stuff!! Once you get the majority of weeds out of the lawn this stuff keeps the lawn great! You need NOTHING ELSE......
     
  5. drugrep

    drugrep LawnSite Member
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    I'd like to know what your other numbers are. My lawn in very low in Phosphorus and I blend both organic and synthetic techniques.

    I know a little about Microbiology and I don't believe 100% in the story the organic people say. I do believe in the importance of soil microbes and organic matter, but if you are low on things like K, P, Ca, Fe, then I have no issue in adding synthetic fertilizer.

    I use synthetic starter fertilizer 5 times a year to try to raise my very low P, plus I use Milorganite 3 times a year for Organic Matter along with mulch mowing.
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wow!!! Where do you imagine all that P is going? You must have a great storehouse of Locked up, bound up Phosphorus in all its various forms by now in the soil. Soil tests are not telling you the whole story at all.

    You do know that P doesn't leach or evaporate like N does. As much as 80% of an application of P can just get locked up and inaccessible to the plant and the soil test.
    (although soil test proponents will never admit to it)

    It is doubtful that your lawn is low in P... How does your turf look?
     
  7. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Milorganite is good stuff. If for some reason thats all I could apply then I would still be happy.

    What kind of organic matter is milorganite adding to the soil? The skeletons of the microbial content that were heated to 1200deg? :confused:

    Starter fertilizer 5 times a year is abusive. There is no need for that much Phosphorus. If you really need that much there is an underlying reason you need to figure out. You are treating the symptom not the actual problem.
     
  8. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have just started using milorganite on some selected properties for areas that are struggling for whatever reason.I like the idea that you cant really "overdo it" so to speak and can apply it as liberally as you want for the most part.

    I am also going to try to use it to overall fertilize on a few smaller properties and see how it works.

    Just put some down about 5 days ago on my lawn and will be mowing tomorrow,and then I can really see if there is any difference in the color and what not.It looks a little deeper green but Im not sure if that is because the grass is longer right now.
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Depending on weather and microbrial activity - you may not see results any time soon... Milorganite is not compost... it relies on microbrial activity to get it to release the nutrients, that it holds...
     
  10. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Weather? How?

    And please explain about the "microbial activity" if you can.I have done a lot of reading on milorganite and don't know what you mean by that.

    I know that growing conditions need to be ideal for microbial activity,and this time of year they are in my area.
     

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