storing open bag of granular fert

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Island Lawn, Aug 23, 2003.

  1. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    What is a good way of storing an open bag of granular fertilizer?

    I usually just put a twist tie on the bag and put it in a storage bldg.
    But sometimes it gets sticky and clogs my spreader.
    (I use Lesco products & spreader, BTW.)

    Must be the humidity!

  2. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
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    Not much you realy can do about the humidity. But yes try to seal it best you can.

    It won't go bad.

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    use the screen in the spreader when filling up it will keep the clumps out
  4. Boy he is a genius...maybe they should put those in there all the time for spreading ferts....

    Screens help big time. If you don't have one get one.
  5. Arnold

    Arnold LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Posts: 194

    I put my left over fertilizers, fungicides, and insecticides in five gallon pails with lids, if it will fit. If not I just trist it shut and wrap with a few wraps of black tape. I don't have any problems, put we don't have much humidity here.
  6. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes I have a screen...& use it
    Good point. Always check the basics first.


    The fertilizer sticks together after settling into the bottom of my spreader


    The 5 gallon bucket w/ lid sounds promising.

    I wonder if I could toss in a package or two of desiccant in there.
    You know, the silica gel packets that come with new shoes...
    They are supposed to absorb excess moisture...

  7. I have had similar problem before, got cought in the rain.

    I just let it dry out some before I spread it.
  8. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Posts: 925

    Put in a bag or container whatever the important thing is get it up off of the floor. Cool and as dry of a storage place for it you can find. Constant temperature is best.Stacking two skids with a piece of card board between them has worked for me when I had no place ease to put it.
  9. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    I use a garbage can....seems to keep out the moisture very well.

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