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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cos, Jul 23, 2001.
Man I was blowin brown grass and dust today. It sure is dry out there.
So in other words...."You were putting down tracks and ripping off your customers."
Now is a good time to spread compost to keep the dust down now and in the future.
Can you explain spreading compost to keep the dust down please ?
What type of soil will retain more water?
Soil enriched with organic matter or bare clay exposed to the sun?
Yes....I understand the theory. I guess what I meant to ask is how would you do it ?
Do you have a Stone "special" toro driven sulky topdresser ?
What is the process that you will use in this situation ? I am guessing that you know that they are on a soil with high clay content based on geography.
No need to shoot me down on this one please, I am just asking you a question.
The clay is so bad in this area that I can't even get a core aerator to penetrate the soil in my backyard unless it has rained for a week and even then it needs to be done immediately because it is underlain by sand and dries out in a day. I have been planning on amending for the past couple years, but as you guys know...the homestead gets less priority than the customers. Kinda like the Cobbler's children...
Equipment is a 1987 toro gear drive traction unit with a 12.5 hp OHV engine with a 1995 44" mowing deck carrier stand on sulky with a old POS
JRCO spreader with the gate open wide.
I am replacing chemical fert apps in May and Sept. with compost apps. What I do is get free compost loaded into the back of my c1500HD then when I get to the jobsite I remove the right side greedy board. Then I can easily load the compost right into the spreader using a coal shovel.
Since I don't have to pay for petro fertilizer I make more money per hour. Plus I am not hitting the turf with high N in prime growing season therefore I can mow faster with reduced clipping issues and extend cutting intervals.
March/April-apply petro fert w/pre-m
June- Apply high quaility liquid fert with insecticide, broadleaf herbicide, and pre m.
Sept. Apply compost
Nov. Apply petro granular 32-5-7- 25% poly coated
I remember discussion 3 to 4 months back about the lower southeast- thought the planet had acquired a major climate shift! Now we are getting all the rain we need. Things eventually come around. Hang in there. In Tallahassee it rains like clockwork- everyday at 3 PM.