When to fertilize a newly est. yard?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jcr_17, May 9, 2004.

  1. jcr_17

    jcr_17 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
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    I am mowing for a gentleman with a yard that has been installed for only a couple of months. When can I start fertilizing and with what?
     
  2. gwwilson

    gwwilson LawnSite Member
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    10-10-10 fert
    i would have put it down with grass seed.
    then, 10-10-10 3wk of june
    then, 10-10-10 wk after labor day
    then, 10-10-10 mid oct
    then, 20-10-10 thanksgiving week
     
  3. jcr_17

    jcr_17 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 101

    thank you kindly
     
  4. quiet

    quiet LawnSite Senior Member
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    10-10-10 fert
    i would have put it down with grass seed.
    then, 10-10-10 3wk of june
    then, 10-10-10 wk after labor day
    then, 10-10-10 mid oct
    then, 20-10-10 thanksgiving week


    Sounds like a plan . . . for cool season turf.

    But if you're trying to establish a warm season turf out in West Texas, talk to your county extension agent about a plan. I doubt you'll need anywhere near that much P throughout the year. Our soils have an abundance of P. And the late feedings are of less benefit of to warm season grasses. You need N & K now. That West Texas heat is something that Northerners don't comprehend!
     
  5. greenerpastures

    greenerpastures LawnSite Member
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    Assuming you are treating a warm season turf, I would fert now and in 6-8 week intervals. September would probably be a good time for your final app assuming frost comes there in late Oct. Yes,native P content is probably okay, but many Tx sod growers swear on using a balanced ratio during establishment (10-10-10,17-17-17,etc.). Avoid heavy rates of application first year although bermuda toughens up pretty quick. Best thing for any lawn (new or established) in west Tx is WATER and lots of it.
     

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