removing spots of broadleaf and fertilizing early july in NC?

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by JBradshaw00, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. JBradshaw00

    JBradshaw00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Ok, Long story short I picked up this yard and the guy was previously employing true green to do all the maintenance and paying a local high school kid to mow, Apparently true greens employee was having a bad day and killed around 40 plants somehow. I picked it up in late spring and he was supposed to let me know when the last application of fert was, he had a tragic death in the family and was dealing with that for a while. so now where here....

    the yard needs fertilized bad, its browing and getting brittle. He has two spots around 4x4 of some sort of broad leaf popping up.


    Is it to late into summer to spray a broadleaf killer on these spots?

    Is it a bad time to fertilize?
  2. JBradshaw00

    JBradshaw00 LawnSite Member
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  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know a lot about southern grasses but I don't think fertilizer will prevent brown and brittle... How in the world did southern grasses even survive before fertilizer became available to man???
  4. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    You mention "some sort of broadleaf" you need to spray. You don't know what it is? If you don't know what it is, how do you expect us to tell you what to use to kill it?

    You ask us, is now a good time to fertilize?

    Don't they teach any of this stuff when you take the North Carolina pesticide applicator's certification exam?
  5. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would say it is a good time to fertilize with 0-0-62 or 0-0-20 k-mag. The turf looks a little dry stressed. These blends can help relieve stress. You need to determine if drought stress (in any of its forms) are present. Your picture doesn't truly show this but its hue and appearance resembles it. Two applications 3 weeks apart for the fert. Once stress (if present) is relieved. Herbicide application should be safe. I believe that any healthy strong turf can withstand herbicide stress if applied right with the proper rate dictated by your current environmental conditions. It would also be best applied 4 days after mowing and allow 3 to 4 days after application to mow.
  6. JBNC

    JBNC LawnSite Member
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    I don't think it needs fertilizer. It looks like fescue and right now is not a good time to fertilize.

    I doubt it's drought related since all of NC has had plenty of rain this summer. My guess is that the mower blade is dull as crap and is shredding the blades, causing harm and stress to the grass. May be some brown patch mixed in too as a result.

    Can you get a close up shot??
  7. JBradshaw00

    JBradshaw00 LawnSite Member
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    I will try to get a close up shot, i have to swing by to measure for mulch there also.

    aslo let me add that I'm not licensed to apply chemicals, so anything i can apply will be over the counter. This guy wants me to help him, he does not want to get mixed up with a big name company again.

    Another important thing to note that I found out today: Before i began mowing this yard (mid may) it had went weeks and weeks without being mowed. He said it was 10-11" and he rented a mower and mowed it at 4.5" and bagged it. The yard has consistently been browning and getting very brittle by the week.

    I cant speak for the previous mowers, but my blades stay sharp.

    ANY help with this would be greatly appreciated.
  8. Victorsaur

    Victorsaur LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    Hello my fellow North Carolinian.

    According to the somebody the cooperative extention calls the "guru" on fertilization in NC, now is NOT a good time to fertilize tall fescue, which is what I'm guessing you have there. He told me no fertilizer at all this time of the year. I really doubt that is a fertilization problem from the looks of it.
  9. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'll bet by saying no fertilizer he means no N. He probably doesn't realize fertilizer comes without N and that fertilizer is a multitude of nutrients. Not a single nutrient. From the described beat up the turf took. Research the nutrients, P & K. I think you'll find the nutritional values they provide would speed up recovery similar to a person taking vitamins when trying to recover from a sickness. I don't think if you were trying to get over a sickness your Dr. would say now's not a good time for vitamins. But then again, who knows.
  10. tattooedturf

    tattooedturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    that's brown patch fungus, been fighting it in the charlotte and union county areas from the afternoon rains lately. you need to apply a quality turf fungicide. nitrogen will only magnify the problem.

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