Fertilizing right after aerating

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jajwrigh, Sep 17, 2005.

  1. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    I have a good friend who is a golf course superintendant and he told me that if fertilizer gets down into the holes that it will harm the grass plant. I am talking about fertilizing a week or two after aerating. I don't believe it, what do you guys think?
  2. spray guy

    spray guy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 43

    based on good or bad expereinces. I have fertilized many times right before or after applying fertilizer and have not seen all that much different results.
  3. br1dge

    br1dge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 49

    It is usually better, the nutrients get down the the root zone where they are best absorbed. Some nutrients are not mobile in the soil, so what you described is the best case scenario - I think your friend just reconsider giving out such advise.
  4. NC Big Daddy

    NC Big Daddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    We typically don't fertilize until we have germination.
  5. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,643

    No seeding was mentioned there Big Daddy...
  6. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    No seeding at all...just aeration.
  7. teeca

    teeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    on a golf course, where you have very poor root structure due to the grass being mowed so short and always under stress, maybe he is correct, but i always fert and seed (if needed) on the same visit as the aeration and never had a problem. just my thoughts
  8. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    I used to work a golf course, we aerated greens the same way every year,
    aerate, drag, blow remaining cores off, mow & fert. all the same day or if running behind, mow next morning then fert. we had beautiful greens, never ever had a burn. :D
    I fertilize asap after aerating, i want them roots to run deeper for the nutrients.
  9. LonniesLawns

    LonniesLawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from KS
    Messages: 317

    Fertilizing afeter aeration is ideal. Especially if you are using any organics -- the fertilizer I used in rd 3 --- 21-3-7 organic based speciifcally staes on bag -- results are enhanced if done WITH aeration.
  10. Garth

    Garth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    Maybe he meant a specific type of fertilizer? Microbial breakdown of some fertilizers is required BEFORE plants can absorb nutrients. Some grandulars will burn plant tissues without being broke down first even if watered in. Just a thought.

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