The chemistry of good lawn stripes

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Rayholio, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So, I was wondering, has anyone done any research on what is required chemically to get a good stripe?

    Lets say in fescue.. Is there any chemical combination or product you can use to make the blades bend, and stay in place without damaging them?
     
  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    Haha, I say try C6-H10-O5!
     
  3. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
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    LOL Starch! I'll have to try that.. heheh
     
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
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    The est thing I have found to do is screw up your fertilizer pattern! :laugh:
     
  5. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Rayholio, I'll send you a sample of our product maybe we could sell it for striping too, at least test it for us

    Just joking
     
  6. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
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    LOL Geeze.. there has got to be someone with knowledge of what makes grass flexible / brittle / strong..
     
  7. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    We were hoping that you would step up to the plate
     
  8. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    There are several nutritional elements that make turf flexible or stiff. Supplementing calcium, potassium and silicon will make the leaf and stem tissue much stiffer. For golf and bowling green turf, a common foliar nutrient is potassium silicate. That increases the speed of the green significantly without having to lower the height of cut. Calcium nitrate does it too. If you want soft grass, continue feeding high N and only token amounts of K. I do not go so far as to apply the potassium silicate because none of my clients putt on their lawns. But I do apply potassium nitrate every month and calcium nitrate twice a year on lawns that are not beachfront or growing on a coral base.
     
  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i have to say you should really not want the grass to lay down too much, it could promote fungus, it is better to stand up as much as possible . i had problems in every lawn where the grass got layed down too much for one reason or another, mostly mowing wet tall turf. just a thought
     
  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    My lawns do not stripe very well. It is hard to stripe bermuda and zoysia. Also, I manage the nutrients so the turf is "fast" in the USGA parlance. That means high Ca and K. I do not feed high N, iron and a token amount of K. My target for K is up to 6 lb per year.
     

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