Starter Fertilizer Application

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by cross1933, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. cross1933

    cross1933 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    I finished planting and fertilizing my yard on Sept.2. I started my watering process on that day. Should I apply more starter fertilizer this year, if so at what time?
  2. Marcos

    Marcos LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,720

    There are competing schools of thought about fall fertilization, so don't be surprised if you get different answers from people from different experiences. My 25 year + green industry experience is that you should never apply high amounts of nitrogen (the first number on the bag) once the turf has begun to go dormant. You're in IL, on a newly seeded yard. I believe you'd want ROOT development first and foremost this fall. And I'd recommend fertilizing again in about 5-6 weeks with an analysis of something 'like' a 16-24-12 with little or no slow release nitrogen. ( A starter fertilizer bag containing 24% phosphorus like this one would cover 12,000 sq. ft. at 1 # P /1000) Your last mowing of the year should be relatively short, and with, of course with having new turf, SHARP blades.

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