Mowing after fertilizer

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by Prestigelawncare, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. Prestigelawncare

    Prestigelawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    I mowed three homes in the usual subdivision this afternoon. One of the homeowners came flying out of the house telling me I couldnt mow because True Green was there in the morning and just put down granual fertilizer. I could tell because it was half way in the road and all over the place. I told him it didnt matter I was not bagging it and I am still cutting at 3.5 inchs. I guess he called True Green and give them my number. True Green calls and told I am liable for the lawn and if there are any problems I will be responsible. I told them to pound salt and hung up.

    I have been doing the mowing thing for a couple of years now and never had a problem. What is the difference if I mow today or tommorrow the fertilizer is still going to be there right? It shouldnt matter if its one day or 5 days its still at the bottom. Am I wrong??? I dont do any fertilization so a little insight would be helpful.

  2. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    At your mowing height there should be no problem. The granular fertilizer will fall down to the soil or into the crown of the grass plant when it is applied. Little if any fertilizer will be picked up by the mower and since you aren't bagging the clippings the fert would stay on the lawn if it was picked up.

    There could be some concern if they sprayed a post emergent herbicide shortly before you mowed. It can take several hours for the herbicide to be absorbed by the leaves and moved throughout the plant. Unless there were a lot of large weeds I wouldn't worry too much about this either.

    I can't recall ever hearing anything intelligent or accurate coming from any Trugreen employees. Always second guess anything they say.
  3. Prestigelawncare

    Prestigelawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    This is 4 year old sod with no weeds. Do they usually do a spray and granual the same day or is it usually one or the other?

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    It shouldn't hurt anything. Like someone already said, you might only move a very little bit which will not hurt the lawn at all. Tell Trugreen to s**k it.
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,296

    If its dry straight granular fert and the turf is dry when you are mowing it, no problems.
    If the turf is damp, you may make some yellow streaks with your tires, watch that.
  6. Dunlaps LawnCare

    Dunlaps LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 400

    it wont hurt anything tell truegreen to f$$k off
  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,807

    We need a test. Somebody please fertilize your own lawn--then cut--tell us what happened. Get pictures of the "damage".

    Also spray for weeds --then cut--tell us what happened.
  8. summitlawncare

    summitlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I will go ahead and restate what everyone else has said, it will be no problem for you to mow after fert has been applied. I am only replying b/c like most on this site, I cannot stand TG.. nor feel that anything they say or do is worth a damn. Also, on the herbicide part of it, as a general rule (some exceptions) I tell customers that about an hour, two at most, is all that is needed for herbicide to dry on the leaf, then you should be OK to mow, water, etc.
  9. big_belly4ever

    big_belly4ever LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    The only problem I know about is if you use weed and feed you want the stuff to stay on the leaves to kill to the root. If it was just fertilizer i would have mowed it to. Da Q is right though about wet grass and fertilizer(smile) be careful.
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,807

    Da Q and big belly,
    I would like more information about the chance of mower tracks if fertilizer is applied to wet grass and then mowed. I am skeptical.

    For that matter some fertilizer bags say do not apply to wet grass--how come?

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