starting fertilizer

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by lawn2012start, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. lawn2012start

    lawn2012start LawnSite Member
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    so you are saying I can apply one more starter fertilizier application? when? I am going to get the pennington stater fertilizer which is 18-24-12.
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wouldn't spend a lot of effort playing with fertilizers for seed... I don't know what Zone you're in but up here, in heavy soils you can mix in your fertilizer and seed, soak it down, then thereafter sprinkle it in the middle of the day when the surface starts to dry and you should be just fine... I don't see your tiny grass seeds using up all this fertilizer you keep talking about... :)
     
  3. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    Use the 18-24-12 after about 4-5 weeks from time of seeding and you should be fine for the rest of the year.
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  4. lawn2012start

    lawn2012start LawnSite Member
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    I planted. I have little pieces coming up here and there. I got a mist setting and whenever it dries out I mist the top and when it dries out I do it again because I am able to right now. I am keeping it moist all day without overwatering, flooding or messing with the integrity of the lawn bed.

    I got my starter fertilizer planted below where I put the grass seed. I live in pa. would have liked to went with a different starter but didnt.
     
  5. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    It sounds like you have the ultimate watering setup for new grass and you always learn! What date did you plant the seed
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  6. lawn2012start

    lawn2012start LawnSite Member
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    4 days ago. I just hope it comes in full and looks ok. people who make videos do little work and it looks like a golf course.

    I have spot planted and it came up good but some really small spots it didnt.
     
  7. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    That's not your fault there are so many factors that play into that and who knows what was all done while the camera wasn't rolling!
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  8. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    not to hijack but what rate are you guys going with on your 18-24-12? 1 lb N or 1 lb P? I've normally go with about 5 lbs per 1000 to get a good nutrient start.
     
  9. ShaneysLawnCare

    ShaneysLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    I've always gone with right around the 4lb per 1000, so what do you think would be the best he is from over in pa. I would gladly take some more input to help him out!
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  10. lawn2012start

    lawn2012start LawnSite Member
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    the thing is I took out all the dirt about 6 inches deep in two spots about 4x5 foot or so and replaced the top soil. they were infested with big tree roots and so many smaller ones. those two spots are what I am growing now. however I do have a whole lawn.

    when it comes to smaller areas like that it gets confusing with the lbs per 1000ft.

    I got small patches of seeds coming up nice. some patches nothing has came up yet.

    thanks again for the input.

    you are talking about the application after the stater fertilizer.
     

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