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How do I apply this fertilizer?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by lawnjet52, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. lawnjet52

    lawnjet52 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I have two 50 lb bags of Urea 46%N. I was just wondering when the best time and how to apply this to the lawn.

    I've never used it before, but I heard it can really help a lawn come back to life.
  2. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 612

    post it in the pesticide forum. you'll probably get a better response since this is the organic one
  3. lawnjet52

    lawnjet52 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I asked them over there. I would erase this thread but dont see how.
  4. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    46%? in this weather...your looking at an acre's worth...
  5. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 680

    wait until late fall.
  6. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Your kidding right?
  7. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 680

    no actually i'm not. BUT, i didn't realize he was working with warm season grass so it is probably different down there.

    universities recommend putting down high soluble nitrogen in late fall for root growth and as a winterizer. many golf courses and lawn care companies do it.

    are you kidding me? what the hell buddy.
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    I didn't see any mention of what type of turf he is dealing with. Without knowing the type of turf, how can you say late fall? I also didn't see you mention what rate it should be applied at?

    Application of N where it is not deficient will generally not lead to increased root growth. Furthermore, if you over apply N, your most likely going to get a reduction of root growth, not to mention potential disease related problems.

    Some turf benefits more from a late summer/early fall application other late fall/early winter. Late fall/early winter applications are primarily used to provide resources for early spring growth.

    So I ask you, not knowing the type of turf, soil, or site management strategies, what rate should he apply a fertilizer with a 46-0-0 analysis?
  9. lawnjet52

    lawnjet52 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I went ahead and put this Urea down a few weeks ago with the help of my buddy from the golf course. I used a little less than 50 pounds.

    My yard is out of control..... I can't keep up with the growth, my lawnmower blades are dull, the weed eater can't handle the thick grass. I have grass growing in places that shouldn't have grass. I used to cut grass every two weeks, now I do it twice a week.

    but I'm not complaining. Almost all of the bald spots are gone, I've never seen grass get this green and thick. Very heathly looking.

    My Neighbours are giving me dirty looks. The color difference at the property line is similiar to the greens on this forum.

    *I have Centipede grass-6 years old.
    *The sprinklers are set for every other day at 3:30am. 4 zones, 30 mins each, city water.

    My next question will be when to weed & feed.
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Sounds to me like you over applied. How many square feet did you apply ~50 lbs to?

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