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how many people use 16-16-16 fertilizer on lawns?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by lawnrangeralaska, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. lawnrangeralaska

    lawnrangeralaska LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 433

    16-16-16 seems to be a good fertilizer for the grass type that i cut. Its a mix of blue grass and rye grass and some weeds. But it seems to get the grass green fast and keep it green for a longer period of time then a higher nitrogen fertilizer like a 21 7 7. My luck with higher nitrogen fertilizers is that they make the grass grow to fast and rob it of other minerals and the grass doesnt stay as green as long. Just wondering if any one else has played around with these types of fertilizers.
  2. jim163

    jim163 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    is there even grass in alaska?
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    What kind of nitrogen is the 16-16-16? Amonimum nitrate? Urea? A % of Sulfer coated urea?

    That's what really makes the difference from one bag to the next in how it works. The number is the just the % of nitrogen per 100 lbs, generally you apply nitrogen based on how many pounds of N you want per 1,000 sq. ft. So a 16-16-16 would go down at a rate of 6.25 lbs per K for 1 lb. of N. Soemthing like a 30-?-? would be applied at 3 1/3 lbs per K to get 1 lb of N per K.

    If both are straight Urea then there should be no diffference in the effects between the two. If one is a slow release type that's coated and the other is ammonium nitrate, then there will be a big difference in speed and duration of the greening of the turf.

    If you already knew all this, the just ignore me, lol. I realize I was rambling but decided I didn't want to waste all my typing...
  4. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,457

    Yes , as a matter of fact , it's legal there .
    I gotta friend that moved there for that very reason
  5. jim163

    jim163 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 149

    your not talking about kentucky bluegrass or fescues....are you?
  6. eruuska

    eruuska LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 454

    I read this before looking at who wrote it, but I KNEW! who wrote it! Not a bad thing, just that after reading LS for a while you get to know people.

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