winterize in nc question

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by scout007, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. scout007

    scout007 LawnSite Member
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    I had a client that got his yard aerate late October. I got the soil test in last week. It states that his front yard has 95 phosphorus index and potassium 70. The PH is 6.1 which is in between not bad. Now on the other hand the back has a 26 phosphorus index and 47 potassium. Now the PH is 6.8 and that is over the recommend level. The client wants her yard winterized but I was thinking about using like 21-0-0 for the front and something low percentage in the back. Can some one give me other suggestion or am I'm on the right path. Thanks guys. The front is 4,000 sq. ft and the back is about 6,000 sq ft
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    For winterizer up here we put down between .75 and 1.0 pounds of N per 1000 sq. ft.,
    Not sure how much N for warm season grasses, but that is what you would want to know...

    What was the soil test for???
     
  3. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
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    What were the N requirements? I assume you are talking fescue? We do one pound N in November here and used a 30-6-10.

    It will be hard to correct the problem in the back without overusing some product... You won't find the exact ratio. I'd look at your dealer and find a complete slow release Fert 17-17-17 or something and apply it over the next few apps. Then soil test again.
     
  4. scout007

    scout007 LawnSite Member
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    Oh yes i apologize, it is tall fescue.
     
  5. windflower

    windflower LawnSite Bronze Member
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    How many soil plugs did you pull? I wouldn't expect that much difference front to back unless there is relatively new fill on one section.
     
  6. scout007

    scout007 LawnSite Member
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    I can't remember, i always grab from six different areas. but I do know that the previous lawn company was horrible. I mean the back yard is holding water and the grass is not rooted at all. The lady dog can go out side and pull up a big patch of grass with one bite. This lady is coachable so i inform her when and how much to water her lawn. She follow direction and that why I have taken over. I guess with all of that yes the grass in the back is premature alot of it.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2013
  7. scout007

    scout007 LawnSite Member
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    yes I agree with that, that is why I stay low on the slow release using 10-10-10. The soil test did not provide the nitrogen measurement.
     

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