Scott's and Lesco Fert Test

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by T Edwards, Jul 4, 2004.

  1. T Edwards

    T Edwards LawnSite Member
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    Just for grins I applied 2 different brands on Centipede grass on each side of a walkway.
    One side got Scott's 22-3-3 weed and feed which costs $32 for a 15 K foot bag.
    The other side got Lesco 20-0-20 with Atrazine which costs $20 for a comparable coverage bag.

    After 4 weeks the turf on each side of the walk was just about weed-free, but the Lesco side looked greener and healthier with more runners and thicker blades.

    One yard is a small test sample to be sure, but all our Lesco lawns are looking good this season.

    Have any of you guys run comparisons like this in the past?
     
  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
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    The amount of K is the reason for the thicher blades and probably the darker green also as it aids in making the N available.
     
  3. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
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    I agree, the Lesco products that I use seem to produce better results. Lesco also seems to produce good results for a longer time. Scotts use to be the best, but I think Lesco has worked hard to improve their products and it's paying off for them.
     
  4. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think that if you are going to run a comparison test between 2 companys, you would have to use the exact same ratios of fert on both sides.
     
  5. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ditto.
     
  6. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
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    It only makes sense this way!!
     
  7. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good test of what a little more potash can for the grass -- bu tnothing to do witht he brands.

    Also, what were the nutrients derived from? ANy slow release? Were they both basically urea and mop?
     
  8. T Edwards

    T Edwards LawnSite Member
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    "I think that if you are going to run a comparison test between 2 companys, you would have to use the exact same ratios of fert on both sides. "

    This is true, so I bought the ratios that were advertised by each brand for Centipede grass. I was looking for the most bang for my buck, and I believe Lesco provides it at 2/3s the cost of Scott's.
     
  9. BCSteel

    BCSteel LawnSite Senior Member
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    Its still not an acurate test. Just because the lesco brand made the lawn greener, doesnt mean that it is better. The ratios were still far off from each other and it was still not an acurate test of the actual products involved.

    Lesco was cheaper but would the the results truly be superior to Scotts under the same N-P-K ratios? We'll never know until it is done right.
     
  10. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Even between the same brand you've got to be careful.

    I was going to switch to Green-Flo from Lesco in my PG to cut down on the costs of clean-up, where you get dry fert on the parking lot, etc., until I realized that 1 gallon of Green-Flo contained like .125 lbs of N. Even though the Green-Flo was 30-0-0 and the dry I run is 30-0-10, you'd have to have 8 gallons of Green-Flo to get the same amount of N in 50 lbs of dry.

    Gotta see how much of a % each one has, not just the numbers.
     

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