watering in fertilizer

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by grincon, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. grincon

    grincon LawnSite Member
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    Is watering in the same as applying when raining? What are the benefits of actually watering in?
     
  2. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    are you serious? you have to get the fertilizer to the root zone so it can be translocated through the root system. you can apply fert in the rain if you want, but it will suck. try to do it rigth before a rain. easier!
     
  3. grincon

    grincon LawnSite Member
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    I've always just applied before a rain
     
  4. T-Trim

    T-Trim LawnSite Member
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    That would be the best time. If you where to fert before the storm. You end up washing most of your quick release out. Here look at it this way. the grass blades act like condensers, come morning you got dew for the next several day after the storm or good moist air fronts. still collecting moisture for the ""plant"". As long as the ""plant"" in question can receive fert at any level in the root zone you should be OK. The watering part is a whole different question all together.
     
  5. greenviewlandscaper

    greenviewlandscaper LawnSite Member
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    Ive applied in the rain not raining as long as water delutes the fertilizer then it will work if you want it to work faster then turn the sprinkelers on for fifteen minutes.
     
  6. cod8825

    cod8825 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've done that it does suck but explaining why you did it to the customer is far far worse.

    Customer: "Hey I noticed you applied today wasn't it raining then."
    Me: "Yes it was this round was a granular product and actually applying in the rain helps the product move into the ground."
    Customer: " Are you sure it seems like the rain would wash the fertilizer away."

    You get the point.
     
  7. cod8825

    cod8825 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 501

    I've done that it does suck but explaining why you did it to the customer is far far worse.

    Customer: "Hey I noticed you applied today wasn't it raining then."
    Me: "Yes it was this round was a granular product and actually applying in the rain helps the product move into the ground."
    Customer: " Are you sure it seems like the rain would wash the fertilizer away."

    You get the point.
     
  8. david shumaker

    david shumaker LawnSite Senior Member
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    It tells you what to do on the bag. Granular fertilizer requires "watering in" if the ground is dry and no rain is expected after applying. I usually show the customer the instructions on the bag if they have a question.

    I also write down instructions for the customer when needed.
     

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