Soil Test Results

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by MrC, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. MrC

    MrC LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 189

    I just got my first soil test back today and I think I understand it but I just want to make sure. It provide fertilzer recommendations and ratios using Scotts and Vigoro. I've just started using Lesco (Dimension 0.10% 19-0-6; application 3 weeks ago) for the first time and don't know what I need to do next. I also have a fairly noticable broadleaf problem. I'm going to Lesco tomorrow for their recommendation but I would like your input so that they are not just trying to sell me stuff.

    pH 6.42 Slightly acidic- no correction is need; do not apply limestone
    Lime requirement index: 7.85

    Macronutrients (pounds/acre)
    Phosphorus 89 (Optimum)
    Potassium 107 (Below Optimum)
    Magnesium 237 (Optimum)
    Calcium 1550 (Optimum)

    Micronutrients (parts per million)
    Zinc 3.9 (adequate)
    Copper 1.8 (adequate)
    Manganese 5.3 (low)
    Boron 0.9 (adequate)
    Iron: 175 (high)

    Fertilizer Recommendatin
    Fertilizer grades containing the appropriate ration (1-0-1) of nutrients may be used. Use fertilizers containing 30-60% of the nitrogen in slow-release form (Water Insoluble Nitrogen)
  2. Nathan Robinson

    Nathan Robinson LawnSite Senior Member
    from 47712
    Messages: 317

    Standard fertilizing program will help out. Lesco will shoot you in the right direction....
  3. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,358

    Lesco's 24-5-11 50% PPCU 2% Fe (iron) and 1% Mn (manganese) and 3+ % of Sulfur should be a good fert for the next 1-2 applications. Apply the product @ 3-4 lbs per 1000 Sq. Ft. 6-8 weeks apart.

    P.H. will drop a bit, but you still have plenty of Calcium and Magnesium in your soil (sandy it seems) to buffer it for a while. ( 1-3 years is my guess) The Sulfur as it lowers P.H. will also help the grass plant take up more Fe, Mn.....It will get GREEN quicker.

    Test your soil next spring, and post results again.

    Pete D.
  4. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,643

    Man, someone claiming to use organics and steering people to Lesco?
  5. MrC

    MrC LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 189

    Thanks for your input guys!!!

    Should I use 24-5-11 on my next application 3 weeks from now or should I continue to use my Dimension 0.10% 19-0-6 and then follow it with 24-5-11?
  6. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,358

    What Pre and fert did use use for app 1 and when and how much?

    Pete D.
  7. MrC

    MrC LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 189

    I used Dimension 0.10% 19-0-6 about 3 weeks ago. I don't know exactly how much, they just told me to set it at 5.5-6.5 on my Scotts spreader. I'm guessing it's 3-4lbs per 1000 sq ft.
  8. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,358

    Put down the 24-5 -11 down next week (4 weeks after your first app. of dimension) and 8 weeks post your 1st Pre-Emercence app., apply your 2nd app. of dimension......Buy the .10 Dimension product with NO Nitrogen, so you don't have disease issues in June/July.

    1st week in Sept apply the 2nd app of 24-5-11. @ 4-5 Lbs or product per 1000 Sq.Ft.

    Keep your mowing height above 3" , and the lawn should be great.

    Pete D.
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,955

    MrC....You are in the same zone as me. We apply 19-0-6 + 0.10 dimension (LESCO) at 4 1/2 pounds per K beginning in April. Before that, we use 34-3-11. We make sure all of our lawns get the 19-0-6 + Dimension by early May.

    Round 2 = 34-3-11 plus spot spraying. New customers with weedy lawns get both dry (19-0-6 + Dimension) & liquid for broadleaf weeds. Yes - we do a "double application" for new customers. It costs us money and time, but they truly appreciate our efforts, and it makes future apps much easier. Then there's "word of mouth", and there's no substitute for that.

    Good luck.
  10. MrC

    MrC LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 189

    I just got back from Lesco and he told me to put 19-0-6 down in two weeks to eliminate any chance of the crabgrass growing and then follow it up with 24-5-11. I did pick up some liquid momentum to deal with the broadleaf weed problem.

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