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Seasonal color annual beds liquid fertilizer?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by BrendonTW, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
    Messages: 659

    We are well known for our seasonal color beds on commercial and residential properties. Between the compost and granular fertilizers we use when we plant, we get some very lush and dense color. However, I'm trying to decide if we can take it even further for events and things like that. Have any of you who are picky about annual flowers ever experienced with liquid fertilizer applications? If so, what did you use and how did it turn out?
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  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    I use 20-20-20 from Everis. Yes, Peters. That is probably what those plants were fed when they were plugs all the way until you bought them and installed them. In my area, I add 21-0-0 and additional micronutrients because of my alkaline soil.
     
  3. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    A bed gets hit every 30 days with 3 lb Peters, 1 lb 21-0-0, and the label rate of a dry soluble micro mix in at least 50 gallons of water per 1000 sq ft. I do not believe in pushing plants or lawns for special events if they are on routine maintenance. They should always look good enough for a party.
     
  4. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
    Messages: 659

    I agree with you. Honestly just trying to get even more show out of my color throughout the season. Should have just said that.

    We deal with alkaline soil here as well. 7.5-8.5 is a normal pH here. We use acidified compost which helps quite a bit. We also apply sulfur granules about a week prior to installing pansies.

    What kind of dry soluble do you use?
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