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what starter fert. do you use befort the sod goes down?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ant, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. ant

    ant LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    i always been using the old school 20-20-20 ag grade for years.

    TURFLORD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 834

    20-20-20 would scare the hell out of me if it wasn't 50% slow release. A good 10-10-10 should be fine.
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Depends on the job...either a 5-10-5 or 10-20-10
  4. freddyc

    freddyc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 578

    the one with the most phosphorus
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    why do u need starter fert?
  6. chriscraft

    chriscraft LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    You use starter for seed not sod. You need low nitrogen so the seed wont burn, I dont do much sod work but we never fertilize b4 sodding
  7. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,094

    I agree... For sod, unless you can tell the area is pretty barren for nutrients and organic material, a little starter fert is ok... But the sod is already fertilized plenty by the sod farm. Also, putting the fert down and sod ontop, the roots are sitting right on the fert and can burn. 90% of the time dont use start fert with sod.. a thin layer of peat moss can work miracles

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