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Fertilizer bans

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by South Florida Lawns, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
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    This past year I have seen a lot of yellowing lawns due to the ban. Hell i cant even buy anything off the shelf for my own lawn anymore. I notified my customers last year to increase their watering cycles . What are your guys thoughts on this? I may get into topdressing this spring.
  2. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Is your ban a complete blackout period? Or is it one in which you just have to get your BMP to apply during that period?

    watering may help a little, but I like the topdressing idea much better. It should not only give a place for new microbes to come in during a time in which they will not be getting zapped by the salts of fertilizer, but of course it will help retain moisture when it is applied, help keep any nutrients that you do apply in the root zone longer. The benefits are to numerous to list, so if you can find the time to explain this to your clients, it could be a real money maker for you.

    I do not have a ban in my county but in Orange county (a area i service) there is a ban during the heat of the season, but you are allowed to still apply if you have your BMP certification.
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,187

    Topdressing is always a good idea. Start with a soil sample to see exactly what you need. Pasco and Hillsborough are still selling supplies. If you haven't taken the BMP class now is a great time. Even if you only want to work on your own lawn it's great info. The lawn guy should have the neighborhood trophy lawn.
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  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Attention Lee and Sarasota Counties with fertilizer Black out. Contact LS member Fl-landscape and beg him to work with you. He has a Professional power driven Top Dresser and Class B CDL 14 yard truck to haul compost. His equipment is still in great shape and there is no way you could top dress yourself as economical as he does. In addition he can offer you full service Pest & Weed Control.

    Without getting too technical Top dress is the way to go on our Sandy Soil. It adds Water and Chemical Holding power to the sand. Use this in conjunction with SLOW RELEASE Synthetics creates a year round Green response. This is called a Bridge Program because it uses both Orgasmic and Synthetic products or the best of both worlds. Studies by the U of F have proven properly managed Bridge programs have a positive impact on our environment. 1st these applications are less prone to leaching or run off and the healthier turf acts as a filter to inhibit leaching or run off by other chemicals.
  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,187

    Florida, where we have "soil" in our sand.
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  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    There actually is a Green Belt in Florida with excellent soil. However Coastal S. W. Florida is not that area. I can't speak for your area but I have pulled enough soil samples from my area to know exactly what is lacking.
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,187

    Seems all the stucco boxes built in my area are on leveled sand with the only soil being what is on the sod. Looks great for a while. I would think the old orange groves they turn into developments would have decent soil.
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  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Most successful Orange Gloves were in fact planted on better soil. But Look where they are????? They are not the water front canal property that has the big bucks for a trophy Yard. Orange Groves are inland and moving farther south each years because of our climate change.

    Fact is blame the poor soil on the builder. They save about $ 200 bucks in my area by using Crapola for final fill and grade instead of Top soil. If it is behind the walls or under the ground who cares?? Plastic Pipe running to Gold faucets.
  9. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Ric, you talking about this guy? Thanks for the free advertisment. Those are not \gaps in coverage you see, just the areas the tires go over and push the compost down into the turf. And that particular spot on the property isnt in great shape, bermuda mixed in and brown due to frost

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2011
  10. TheGoat

    TheGoat LawnSite Senior Member
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