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Spoon-Feeding using 6-2-0

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by SystemXpert, Sep 16, 2004.

  1. SystemXpert

    SystemXpert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66


    I did some reading and thinking about using Milorganite this year in my lawn feeding program. I've read about spoon-feeding and I'm thinking of applying 10 pounds per 1000SqFt each month starting in April :angel: through August. Milorganite is 6-2-0 so it doesn't seem like a huge amount of N, I don;t think the lawn will have too much top-growth or burn. Sept-Nov I would increase this amount to 15 pounds per 1000SqFt and finish in Dec with a 20 Pounds per 1000SqFt. (The lawn would then sit during the winter).

    Any Suggestions ? Does this seem like a good idea ? Maybe drop down to 8lbs per 1000Sqft in the Summer?

  2. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 706

    The program you describe is geared towards cool season grasses -- so I assume that is what you have.

    This program would provide your lawn with almost 7#N and 2.5# Phos and 0# Potash. This is not an ideal program in my area. I would want to see a whole lot less N and a whole lot more Potash.

    Do you do a pre-eemergent in the Springtime?

    In my area I would be getting very little benefit from your Novemeber and December application because temps are too cool.

    I use a milorganite like product in the summer and a more blanced organic based product for otehr applications.
  3. no response after soil temp drops below 50 degrees.
    Agree with hamons, I believe too much n and p, and no sop. Again assuming its a cool season turf. I believe 4lbs of n/m/yr with clipping return would be plenty!

    Here in va, you should apply 60 to 100% of nitrogen to release in fall or late winter, depending on your maintence level
  4. SystemXpert

    SystemXpert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Ok, I did some more thinking and you guys are right. There is too much N.

    Here is my revised plan. Ok, I live in SC so we have a long growing season. In fact soil temps don't usually drop below 50 degrees until Dec. Yes, this is for cool season grass.

    Sept. - Annual Restoration
    Aerate & Overseed. Lesco 18-24-12 starter Fertilizer w Lesco Transitional Blend Fescue Seed. Topdress with Milorganite 6-2-0 7lbs per 1000ft and some loose peat to cover seed.

    Oct - Nov
    Milorganite 6-2-0 7lbs per 1000ft AND Lesco 0-0-62 applied at 1/6th rate. (Monthly applications)

    Milorganite 6-2-0 25lbs per 1000ft AND Lesco 0-0-62 Applied at 1/3rd rate

    Jan-March - no Fertilization (Winter Time)

    Late Feb & Late March - Lesco Dimension 0-0-7m (Premergent Weed Control)

    Milorganite 6-2-0 7lbs per 1000Ft and Lesco 0-0-62 Applied at 1/6th rate.

    I think these revisions should ensure steady even growth with good color.

    Your thoughts? Suggestions? Yes, I know its not totally organic, but I think its a good trade off.

  5. I'm confused!
    How many lbs/m of 18-24-12?
    Oct - Nov, is that an application each month of 6-2-0?
    Dec, why 25lbs/m of 6-2-0, When 90% of n won't release until soil temps reach 50 -55 degrees?
    April - Aug, is this 5 applications of 6-2-0 at .78lbs/m?
    How many lbs/m of 0-0-62?

    0-0-62, high salt index?
    why 10 visit to overseed and fertilize?

    Milorganite will respond for @ 6 weeks at .5 to .75lbs of n/m
    lesco 18-24-12, what is salt index, does it contain sop, what % controlleled slow release n, what are the n sources?
    NOT ENOUGH N release in fall, WAY tTOO MUCH n release in summer months!!

    NOTE: I said release, or available, not when it was applied!!!!!!

    Organic, not the chemist def, animal or plant residue that once was living, feeds the microbes and adds organic matter to soil.

    Most sythetic fert. have a high salt index, which hurts or kills the soil micr organism!!!!!!!!

    Some sythetic ferts have a very low salt index, one i know of is lower than milorganite!!!!!!!

    Sythetic fert, you have to watch the chlorine content and the salt index!!!1

    Need to use both sources of fert, just need to know how!
    what about espoma 4-10-6 bulb tone for a starter?

    just my thoughts and input! Hope to keep you thinking!

    How about some other input from the rest of the gang!!!!!!!!
  6. SystemXpert

    SystemXpert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66


    Here are some more details:

    1. The Lesco 18-24-12 would be applied at 4lbs per 1000ft. The bag says 9.0% Chlorine. As far as salt content is says on the bag the Potassium Chloride CAS# 7447-40-7 ...not sure how much that is. The N source is UREA 8.8% and Ammoniaical 9.2% (4.05% of the UREA is slow release)

    2. For Oct-Nov.....yes it was going to be each month.

    3. The 25lbs per 1000ft in Dec was supposed to be a Dormant Feeding to get ready for Spring. (At least according to the Milorganite website)

    4. April - Aug would be each month, 5 total. 7lbs Milorganite 6-2-0 per 1000ft each month. (Spoon Feeding according to their website)

    5. Ok "why 10 visit to overseed and fertilize?" Not sure what you mean by that.

    If the Lesco 0-0-62 MOP has high in Salt (Not sure if it does) and will counteract the Milorganite, could you suggest an alternative to get some K into my program?


  7. Any other input from the rest of you guys?
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  8. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,234

    According to primal seed beet waste is .4 Nitrogen, .5 Phospheric acid, 3 Potash.

    Amalgamated suger in town sells pelletized beet waste at $40 to $80 a ton. People are feeding it to cattle and race horses I am told by one of their employee's. It would seem to me that at this price mixed with 6-2-0 would give a pretty decent NPK at cheap pricing. Any thoughts anybody.

    Also what do you guys feel about people poop as a OM source compared to Corn, Alfalfa, Soy as far as soil health, feeding microbes etc.?

    Sop goes for $ 8.00 per 50lbs around here as another way to pick up potash. Wilber- Ellis
  9. SystemXpert

    SystemXpert LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Alright, I feel pretty good about my revised program except I'm going to switch the MOP Potash to SOP. You guys are right again. The Salt and Chlorine content is high in Lesco 0-0-62 MOP.

    Any suggestions for an SOP product?

    I know the lesco starter could be replaced, but I only plan on using it once a year. So I don't think chemical content will destroy all microbs in the soil.

    My other question is about the Dimension 0-0-7M preemgerent. Will this ruin my soil structure? Or is it simply a barrier that will prevent weeds from germinating?

    I plan on reducing my use of this each year as my turf gets thicker and more able to crowd out weeds on its own.

  10. Hamons

    Hamons LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 706

    SOP is a good alternative. If buting straigh SOP do not worry about brand -- it is simplya raw material.

    Dimension will not ruin soil structure. Proabbly your best best for pre-emergent. Least amount of root pruning to products available for residential use.

    One thing to looka t -- since it seems liek you shop at lesco -- look at their sustane products. More complete than Milorganite. WOuld not need to do seperate application of sop then.

    I would put the 25# of milorganite down in late AUg or Early Nov --then it will be used inthe fall to help with root growth. By putting it down in December -- you are really applying 1.5# of N in the early Spring -- stand back and watch it grow! You'll be cutting every day!

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