What's Real Anymore? Natural or Synthetic

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Joshuakwhit, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. Joshuakwhit

    Joshuakwhit LawnSite Member
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    Ok so I've been "brain washed" by my rep all summer about Holganix. I don't know what's real anymore. Is synthetic fertilizers bad for lawns, going all natural means your lawns won't look like the eye popping anymore. How much should I worry about Protozoa and fungi and bacteria. Can someone steer me straight and not try to always seek me something.
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  2. BlazersandWildcats2009

    BlazersandWildcats2009 LawnSite Member
    from Houston
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    Applying too much synthetic fertilizer from my understanding will greater the risk of Fungi and other problems. However, if you apply at the correct rates this should greatly decrease the risk of Fungi and the various other problems. However, too much water, to little water, whether your lawn is shaded or not, there are many other various other factors that will play into factor. While I argue the fact that there are few organic products out there that actually do provide beneficial micro nutrients and organisms, there are few that will provide the right formula for that "eye catching" that the lawn needs. I wouldn't rule out composting the lawn 2-3 times during the growing season. But as far as synferts go, research your climate, your type of grass, and figure out exactly how much nitrogen your grass needs. Don't apply fert. by the lb., but rather by the lbs. of actual nitrogen your giving the lawn. While too much nitrogen will increase chances of fungi, you won't have to worry as much if your applying at the correct rate. What type of lawn do you have? For prime example, we went with Zoysia, I know not to apply more than 3-4 lbs a year to Zoysia, however our lawn has sun for half the day, shade for half the day, so I'm cutting the nitrogen rate for our lawn down a 1/3rd from the recommended nitrogen rate. I honestly believe there are various factors count here, maybe if you show some pics. of your lawn, type of grass, shade/sun conditions, etc. you might be able to receive a little more help.
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Building the Soil Organic Matter needs to happen,,, BEFORE the plants can be fed by the breaking down of the SOM into its constituent parts... Compost is rotted leaves that are now releasing the nutrients that went into growing the leaves... manure breaking down releases the nutrients that went into the cow, horse, etc.

    Having a high SOM also in turn increases CEC and helps to balance the water/air ratio... a happy habitat for the microbes and earthworms means a happy habitat for roots as well... it really isn't any more complicated than that... :)
     
  4. Joshuakwhit

    Joshuakwhit LawnSite Member
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    Ok so what are practical ways of increasing SOM(I'm guessing that's organic matter?) in the soil? How often should it be done?
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  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Mulch mowing and stop dethatching... plug aerating and topdressing with compost... using Milorganite, CM/CGM or soymeal instead of synferts... mulching in leaves into the turf is a big help this time of year... irrigate only when needed and doing it deeply...
     

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