understanding soil test results

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Dave does lawns, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I did a soil sample and it says that i need 2.2lbs of Nitrogen and 0.4lbs of Phosphorus and 0.4lbs Sulfer/1000 SQ.FT. Anybody care to explain how I figure of which fertilizer to buy?
     
  2. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    # 1 you should only feed a maximum of 1 pound of N per feeding and it is often desirable to feed less like 1/2 pound. It is also better to by a slow release nitrogen.

    The P is a really low amount and often not included in many fertilizer blends

    What did it say about K?

    I would by a straight nitrogen with sulfur ( often used as a slow release coating)
     
  3. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    So to buy a fertilzer, what number should I get? ??/0/0
     
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    does not really matter, just go with a slow release with some sulfur and put down .5 N per app every 6 weeks and stop 6 weeks before the first frost.
     
  5. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    ok at home depot the is a fertilizer 32/0/4 Its a 12 lb bag. 32% of 12 lbs is 3.84 lbs of N? am I on the right track?
     
  6. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    100 divided by the N number on the bag will give you the pounds of fertilizer per 1000 to apply to get 1 lb of N
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  7. Kiril

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  8. Dave does lawns

    Dave does lawns LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. Teach123

    Teach123 LawnSite Member
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    In the future...just go to JDL/LESCO and get their 25-0-6 fert. I use it because it is very easy to get 1 lb. of N at one feeding. Since the first number (25) is the percent of nitrogen, putting down one pound of the fert will give you .25 pounds of N per 1000. So....multiply that by 4 and you get 1 lb. of N per 1000.

    This fert is also labeled to show 50% of the N is available as slow-release which is what you want.

    As a homeowner and not a pro, I used to go to Lowes, HD, etc.. and buy Scotts. Won;t make that mistake ever again. That stuff is crap and all the N is used by the turf in 5-6 weeks. Pound per pound, LESCO is a lot cheaper too!

    Hope that helps.
     
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    And if you are in cool season grass country, you do not want to stop fert apps 6 weeks b4 frost... :)
     

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