fertilize now?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Orkin Yards, Oct 4, 2000.

  1. Orkin Yards

    Orkin Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    here in MS the temps are dropping a little now and yards aren't groiwing as much, is it time for some fertilizer for something or not?!? i don't know much about all that so i'm j/w if its time for anything....need a little better cash flow
  2. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    I'm not from your end of town but I'll give you a few of my thoughts if you don't mind.
    Do your lawns normally go dormant this time of year? If so there isn't much you can do but enjoy the break. If not haw has the moisture been in your area? A little rain will get things growing if your grass isn't at the end of its season.
    Fertilizing is specific to your location. If you have problem lawns then you probably need a soil test to really see what will make it come back and then begin planning for next season. A blanket application of fertilizer may help but you should know why and what to put on.
  3. eggy

    eggy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,156

    I have to agree, it could be close to the end of the season, here in Indiana theyare forcasting cooler even cold temps this weekend, we are recieving a lot of rain today, this will help some but grass has slowed down, Focus maybe on leaf removel for added income.
  4. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    Of course you fertilize now!

    The tops of the grass are slowing their growth. The grass plant is storing carbohydrates in the root system.

    Now is the ideal time to fertilize especially with higher potassium.
  5. With cool season grasses if you fertilize with a high N product now you will be mowing later in the season and sooner next spring.

    Plus the lawns will stay green all winter.

    YOU need to do some reasearch on the needs of warm season turf.

    Try: http://www.msu.edu/user/karcherd/turflinks/turflink.html
  6. luckylawnboy

    luckylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    There is 3 really important times that you need to be Fertilizing. Here in Indiana about the middle to end of may no sooner. If you put it down to early the plant will just use all the N up and make the grass blades grow to fast, no root growth. The Next time is around Sept 15 this will help boost the plant life and bring it back around from summer stress. Apply a fast release N. And the final time is when the plant just starts to go Dormant. Around here it is Nov 15 or later. This will give the plant food for the winter and since no leaf growth is happening the roots will take in all the nutrient possible..Apply a slow release. Make sure the ratio is a 4-2-1 like a 24-12-6 or 28-16-8. for all times

    JC's Lawn Service
  7. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,446

    'Course you don't apply a lick of Phosphorus, Michigan soils don't need it and it doesn't leach out of the soil like N and K.

    Why would you apply SLOW release just prior to dormancy?
  8. luckylawnboy

    luckylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 435

    You want to apply a slow release because it will stick around for most of the winter, and supply the plant with nutrients till spring.
  9. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,969

    Lucky, you seem to be using guidelines for southern grasses. For Indiana lawns, Purdue recommendations call for quick release N in Nov, to be taken up and stored for spring. Slow release in late fall is like waiting 'til spring to apply.

    Re: http://www.agry.purdue.edu/turf/pubs/ay22.htm
  10. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    Are you talking about 100% quick release?
    Otherwise what % of SCU would you use at the most if any?

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