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Need help with choosing organic fertilizer

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by danottaway85, May 14, 2013.

  1. seabee003

    seabee003 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 86

    I only wish I was that smart. Crabgrass has a high IQ :dizzy: (actually it is well adapted to compete in hot and dry conditions).

    I usually put down Miloganite the first week of Sep and go for the Winterizer syn fert in mid Oct. Looks like we are similiar if we factor zone differences. I may move both applications up a week or two as I like your thinking on irrigation considerations. thnx for feedback.
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 12,218

    Screamin Green is a good bet as a brdige-type formulation--and I am thinking it would work out well in the fall--so no need for a syn fert in the fall. You are right to use spot spray, as spot spray applies about a hundred times less product per thousand sqft. Also, you might consider the low toxicity-low odor products for weed control. Triclopyr for instance needs four times less less ounces per acre--water clear--no odor--organic soybean oil carrier, much less toxic than Weed-B-Gone. Triclopyr is sometimes called Ortho Chickweed, Oxalis, Clover Killer.

    Secondly, you may want to consider Quicksilver herbicide. I use about 20 drops per gallon. Toxicity is even less--about a hundred times safer than Weed B Gone.

    And...for some sensitive accounts I included 10 minutes of hand weeding before each fertilizer treatment. Fine for dandelions, violets and large weeds--not so easy for clover or creeping charlie. Five minutes per thousand sqft is about right. Extra time optional at extra cost. These customers usually consented to a bit of spot spraying in the fall.

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