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Fertilize Fescue lawn in late spring-early summer

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Doster's L & L, May 24, 2004.

  1. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    I normally don't like to fertilize Fescue in the summer, but this is a request from a potentially good client. I know that i need about 1/2 lbs of N and i want atleast 1lb on P, what do you recommend for K? i'm thinking about using some 10-24-15. i think it's 15. something like that. I know it's 10-24 though. Any help is appreciated.
  2. ChickensDoo

    ChickensDoo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    try using an organic or organic based product to spoon feed and add organic matter when microbes are @ their most active.
  3. ParkerLawn

    ParkerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Messages: 501

    Do not over apply N as you will get brown patch or dollar spot with N this late in the spring.
  4. 1stclasslawns

    1stclasslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    Why do they want N this time of year? Is it for color? if so use some ferrious sulfate.

    If for growth use a slow release N.
  5. Why so much p now. Why not apply .5 to 1 lbs/m of nitrogen, the real question is if any is slow release, how much, how long is the release time, and what is the souirce and manufactor. Up to 1lb/m of nitrogen from uf wouldn't cause any problem! Whatch the k too, anything but sulfate will add to the burn possiblity! Usually a quality putting greens fert would be a good choice for this time of year. Most brown patch on residential lawns more a problem from improper watering, water management!
  6. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    i figure that if i use more P now, this will drive the roots into the ground to prevent browning in the heat and drought. The roots are gonna be further in the ground where more of the water is gonna be. There is no irrigation system in their lawn, so i need to put extra P. If my thinking is wrong, anyone please correct me.

    I still don't know how much K i'm gonna need.
  7. James Cormier

    James Cormier LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,217

    Parker, you can control dollar spot with N, its a sign of low N

    You may be thinking of fusiarum blight
  8. doster,
    but now isn't the time that grass plants produce roots. Majority of root growth starts in fall and optimuim root growth is late winter for cool season turf!
  9. Doster's L & L

    Doster's L & L LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    Ahh, i see! That's what i was needing to know! Thanks for your reply, tim. I now have a soil test in hand, so now i'll use this and put down what is needed. Thanks for the help.
  10. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,116

    Despite what was already discussed here, my answer would be this:

    Applying Potassium is always a good idea to help survive drought conditions. Also, you can apply Iron for color without the N risk.

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