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fertilize now?

Orkin Yards

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Jackson, MS
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
 

MOW ED

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
N.E. Wisconsin
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.
 

eggy

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Seymour Indiana
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.
 

Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
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.
 

luckylawnboy

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Anderson IN
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

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Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
'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?
 

luckylawnboy

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Anderson IN
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.
 

GroundKprs

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
South Bend, IN
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
 

MOW ED

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
N.E. Wisconsin
Are you talking about 100% quick release?
Otherwise what % of SCU would you use at the most if any?
 
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