spilled fertilizer on my yard

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by R&S Lawn Care, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. R&S Lawn Care

    R&S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Spring of 2010 I spilled fert on my yard. Its Bermuda non irrigated. We've been in a severe drought this year with 50+ days of 100°+ days. This area did burn up for a couple of months. But I can't figure out why it has remained green when everything else went dormant or semi dormant . And remember, the spill was over a year ago. Fert was 17-6-6 Spiz. Amount was a pound or so. Can't figure out how to upload pics.
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  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Ferts make roots grow... ferts make the storage capacities larger... ferts make plants healthier overall... maybe the sudden death produced a lot of OM that the excessive ferts were able to bond to along with additional moisture...

    There may be more to turf than squirt&fert... :)
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is mysterious, RS. It could be that the spill contained both urea and coated urea. The urea burned the spot. The slow release stayed around longer and promoted green--BUT how is that possible in the absence of moisture? I am pretty sure you cannot substitute fertilizer for moisture. You said "semi-dormant", that implies that it was not totally without rainfall. So maybe it benefited from the nitrogen.
    To post pictures. Type your message and scroll down to where it says "Manage attachments". Click and click "browse" to the proper photo and click it and up load.
     
  4. R&S Lawn Care

    R&S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Since january I've only had about 9-10" of moisture. And we also had a dry fall and winter in 2010. Makes me want to do some tests on rates. I would have thought the reserves would have been used up by now. The rest of the five acres gets 1lb. N./1000, but looks nothing like the green spot. Ill get the pic up.
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  5. R&S Lawn Care

    R&S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    No slow release.
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  6. R&S Lawn Care

    R&S Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    My mobile version doesn't offer that that I can find.
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