store bought soil testing kit

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by 1999frontier, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I'm trying to figure out how much and what kind of fertilizer I need when I seed some TTTF in a couple weeks. I guess I need to do a soil test to find out, so my question is can I use a store bought soil test kit and get good results? The one I am looking at is:
    http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=214248-83666-1210&lpage=none

    I didn't know if I should just apply starter fert. but I started a thread on that but didn't get any response. I was just wondering if these are accurate and how long does it take to find out the results?
     
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    The short answer is no.
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    The general rule is to apply starter fertilizer just before you sow seed. About 30 days later apply more fert with a high nitrogen number--Turfbuilder or a clone of same. If it is not 100 percent thick, apply again about 30 days later.
    But is this an overseed situation, or a new lawn?

    Plese be sure to use a top quality seed. Make sure it is disease resistant. Don't skimp on seed.
    for example:
    http://www.sroseed.com/Products/PDF/zoom_ts.pdf
     
  4. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    I'm going to overseed with TTTF before Septm 15th. My front yard has some grass but not a lot. So I was going to put some fescue out since I already have some. I was planning on buying Scotts Southern Gold TTTF. I'm going to seed at a rate of about 7-8 lbs. Per 1000 sq.ft. Should I go ahead and put the starter fertilizer out now and then core aerate at the time of seeding?
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  5. borwicks

    borwicks LawnSite Senior Member
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    How are you going to sow the seed?
     
  6. 1999frontier

    1999frontier LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 562

    Using a broadcast spreader. Push type. I hope that is what you were asking.
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