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Over Fert 1,000 sq ft patch with 14,700 sq ft of fert

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by T.Wells, Jul 3, 2006.

  1. T.Wells

    T.Wells LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 86


    Well I made a mistake today while spreading some Mach 2 with 24-0-11 included. My spreader control opened up all the way and I didn't take notice very quickly. :nono:

    Well, to make a long story short, I basically dumped a bag set to cover almost 15,000 sq feet on about 1000 sq ft of grass. :dizzy:

    I need some help here. Will my lawn (straight stripe of the side of my property) dye out here? It will look really bad in this specific area so I ran the sprinklers for 30 minutes today in the affected area. Is there something else I should do? Maybe run them some more?

  2. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    wait a few days and then run them (the sprinklers) some more so that the grass wont be in shock as much when it uptakes the fert. id water frequently for long periods of time like at least an hour at a time 2x a day every 3 days........ its wont be that bad i used a 50lb bag of urea on my front and back yard (1/4 acre) and then about a week later used an entire 50lbs bag on the back itself..... needs less to say its think as anything and green too but before it was thin and about 60% dirt and weed. ...... youll be ok just keep the water on it...
  3. jeffinsgf

    jeffinsgf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    This is a non-professional opinion, but I would lay the water to that area and not stop. 15 times the normal application is going to burn up that area if you don't leach it out, now. I would water it until the water was running off, and then I would water it some more.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Yup, and when that's done, throw down a 40-lb. bag of lime on Wide-open in the same area and then do the water bit again.
  5. T.Wells

    T.Wells LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 86

    Well, between me and mother nature, there has been a good amount of water given to the area. I used my irrigation system to lay down water for 2-hours over the last day and last night we received some good rain showers (1.5 inches).

    I'll have to go get a bag of lime and proceed as directed.


  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,575

    Umm, well in my professional opinion, your lawn is toast. You applied 15 times the recomended amount of fertilizer. That is a huge oops. Not to mention the environmental damage of all of that insecticide and nitrates leaching into the groundwater. Nature can filter out small amouints, but not that much. Pay attention to what you are doing. This stuff is safe when used properly. That means confirming spreader settings before you start. Better yet, hire a professional. And pray the area you did wasn't over your well.
  7. T.Wells

    T.Wells LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 86

    The spreader was set properly and but the nut came loose during the application process. It was a mistake and I am here owning up to my own error and doing my best to take corrective action which is more than most would do.

    We don't have well water here so no worries there but thanks for pointing that out as it could have been an area which I overlooked.

    Considering that my lawn in this area may very well be toast, how long would until I start to see the effects. I imagine that browning would be the first glimpse of the mistake.

    Thanks again for all the valuable information in the thread.

  8. mbricker

    mbricker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Either the grass is burned out for the season, or DON'T STAND TOO CLOSE TO IT, it may knock you down as it shoots up.
  9. T.Wells

    T.Wells LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 86

    hehe, good one.

    I am starting to wonder if my mistake was not as bad as I initially anticipated. My spreader (Earthway 2170) had only 30 setting on the handle. It was set to 14 per the bag but as I indicated the bolt came loose (under tightened by me) and I started spreading at 30 instead of 14.

    Now if the number are incrementally higher, i.e. a setting at 28 is double rate coverage, maybe I won't come out so bad in the end.

  10. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    So you put what a 50lb bag on 1000sqft of grass?? WOW. If it doesnt die out take some pictures of your new rainforest.

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