Starter fert???

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by CleanCutMowers, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. CleanCutMowers

    CleanCutMowers LawnSite Member
    from SE MO
    Messages: 150

    Well I always put it down when I aerate and overseed. But as of late I have talked to people that the competition did their yard and their price seems low and the customer didn't't act like they knew if they put it down or not. With the drastic increase in price of fert this could be the difference in them having a lower price and getting the customers. I always explain with my bids that they are getting the starter though.

    So my question is do you put it down with it? If not, why not?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Seedlings need all 3 of N-P-K plus the micros.
    The question is -

    "How much do they need? and is the soil is fertile enough to support a few more grass blades?"

    Chances are, yes, you are still fertile enough to sprout seeds. If they germinate now they will be interested in the 'winterizer' just like the existing turf.

    The fertilizer schedules have been invented by fertilizer dealers. [They sponsor Universities with huge grants, don't forget.] We have 3 - 5 months MAX. of actively growing grass and we are working on 6 apps of fert/season in some cases. :laugh:

    The December one really makes me think "SUCKER".

    I cover seeds with compost and it works great.

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