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Homeowner fertilizer application

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by murox, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. murox

    murox LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    I live in WV and have a tall fescue lawn. I typically fertilize about 6 times a year with Scott's. Two weeks ago, my neighbor, in the heat of the summer (it's in the 90s here) applied 23-0-0 pelletized urea to his lawn. It rained about an inch the day after the application, and now he has the darkest, greenest grass I have ever seen.

    I really don't know a lot about how fertilizer works (I know a little), so I thought I'd ask you guys about the potential risks of me applying the same thing to my lawn. I've heard it's preferable to feed your lawn as little nitrogen as possible. Is that right?

    Currently my lawn is suffering from brown patch and stress from the summer. It's like this every summer, and in the spring and fall it is the envy of the neighborhood. But it seems to look worse than other lawns during the summer months.

    Any advice?
  2. rwnail

    rwnail LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    The only thing I would apply is a biosolid based slow release like Milorganite or Sustane at a 1/4# to 1/2# N/1000. That is if you want to risk increasing the severity of the disease you already have.. I wouldn't apply anything if it were me. Next year, if you are willing to pay a professional for monthly preventative apps of fungicide, I would push it then.

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