milorgonite?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by westwind, Mar 11, 2006.

  1. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444

    Want to start adding a de-thatch product to my program this year. I was interested to know if any of you use the Lesco chemical. If so, how is it and which do you use. Any suggestions would be great!
     
  2. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would rather see you core aerate to bring up exsisting soil. That would help keep thatch under control.

    Do you know what milogrnite is ,where it comes from and its limitations.
    Clue: Milwalki,sewage sludge and heavy metals.
     
  3. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 444

    We already aerate and are looking for an organic product to lay that will not increase nitrogen. Hoping to help break the thatch down with a control product. Is there another chemical i should look at?
     
  4. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone have any suggestions??:confused:
     
  5. Xterminator

    Xterminator LawnSite Senior Member
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    I use a product called Siol Life & Super Bio made By AMS
     
  6. robertsturf

    robertsturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    Use it as an organic addimate for the soil. I wouldn't market as a thatch reducing tool. Cultural practices and aerification will help with those. Milorganite is what we use in combination with our aerification process.
     
  7. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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  8. MStine315

    MStine315 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you're looking at organics, you may want to consider the Nature Safe lineup. Similar responses to Milorganite, but geared more towards feeding the microbes. This, along with a aeration program may provide the results you're looking for. www.naturesafe.com (I think?)
     
  9. morturf

    morturf LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 475

    Milorganite no longer has heavy metals in amounts that are not in what you are already eating. The source was identified and eliminated. The people of Milwaukee are great folks...they produce the best fertilizer on the planet. And yes it is sewage sludge, they incinerate it. I have used THOUSANDS of tons of this product. It works like no other. It is expensive and time consuming but it will work in a program like you are describing. Milorganite has great information about its products on the web.
    I post this piece for the heavy metal part.
    http://www.milorganite.com/about/regulations.cfm
     
  10. barefootlawnsandlandscape

    barefootlawnsandlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    When I was a golf course superintendent I used a product called Nature Safe. It is a great product that will provide controlled growth with great color. It promotes microbial activity to help control thatch production. It was also very cheap, around $13 a bag. The smell is a little strong, but it only last for a day. The only way to prevent a thatch problem is a good aerification program. Most of the chemicals that say they reduce thatch are snake oils. A good healthy soil with good microbial activity is the best way to prevent excessive thatch production, but if you have grass you are going to have thatch.
     

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