Applying Ironite on Fescue

kirk1701

LawnSite Gold Member
Looking to put down a light application of iron, noticed the last couple a years my fescue is not the same deep green and with my doing it a bit different this year not messing with a combo product which had iron in it.

The PDF I found for ironite shows a 11.5 application rate which I know how wide open that would be on my spreader and just seems to be a bit heavy in my opinion.

Can I get you guys input, never put iron down before but I'm thinking about going with half the recomended rate?
 

greendoctor

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Location
Honolulu, Hawaii
Don't worry about it. Ironite is one of the most forgiving products I have ever tried on turf. It is hard to mess up the application other than applying it to acid soils that do not need it, adding it to soils where trace elements are borderline toxic, not putting down enough if you actually need, or not watering it in enough. On the other hand, you had better know what you are doing if going with liquid iron.
 
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kirk1701

kirk1701

LawnSite Gold Member
Don't worry about it. Ironite is one of the most forgiving products I have ever tried on turf. It is hard to mess up the application other than applying it to acid soils that do not need it, adding it to soils where trace elements are borderline toxic, not putting down enough if you actually need, or not watering it in enough. On the other hand, you had better know what you are doing if going with liquid iron.
The guy at JDL called this morning, found a Iron product he'd like me to concider, comes in a 50 Lb bag so he e-mailed me the label.

http://lesco.johndeerelandscapes.com/NoCompression/GetData.aspx?Type=ProdResource&ID=11124

Ordered 2 bags.
 

Tha5150

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Location
Lakeland, FL
I used 3 bags of this 2 weeks ago. Unfortunatly, i am still getting used to what to use with what for whatever applications i need. Basically i dont know what i am doing yet with this stuff and trusting the HD or Lowes guys.

Would you give me a quick rundown on what exactly the numbers mean and when to use which numbers?


I think my setting was 9?

 
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kirk1701

kirk1701

LawnSite Gold Member
I used 3 bags of this 2 weeks ago. Unfortunatly, i am still getting used to what to use with what for whatever applications i need. Basically i dont know what i am doing yet with this stuff and trusting the HD or Lowes guys.

Would you give me a quick rundown on what exactly the numbers mean and when to use which numbers?


I think my setting was 9?
Thats the one I was looking at first, the label indicated 11 setting for my spreader and I was like Uhhhh ;)

I didn't like that, I was going to need 5 bags (200 Lbs) and what I ended up with from JDL was 2 50 Lb bags (100 Lbs) just sounded a bit more "normal" or within the scope of sounding like a recomended rate.

This is my first time using it Tha5150 so I'm expanding on my learning now, but 9 means 9 Lbs/1000
 
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kirk1701

kirk1701

LawnSite Gold Member
Thanks, Kirk.

any info on the numbers and what they mean?
Which numbers are you refering too? On the label or your specific spreader?
 
Nitrogen potash sulfur


the three numbers refer to the percentage of these main elements.

nitro promotes growth which in turns greens up the lawn. the other to elements promote thickness of lawns and root growth.
All the good ferts have a percentage of iron. Chealated iron is what makes a grass green without really making your plant grow fast.

There are other products out there that contain iron and will not stain concrete or other hard surfaces, but they tend to be way more expensive.

John
 

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