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Why did my Dog do a better job?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by thomsoutdoor, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. thomsoutdoor

    thomsoutdoor LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,444

    I was afraid to ask this at first but I can't figure out where I went wrong.
    Now that winter has set in my yard has turned a lighter green/brown which is typical. However where my dog usually relieves herself it is a nicer darker green. Basically,I did four applications two pre-emrg in spring, one in august and last one November. With the four applications I put down a total of 4 lbs of N/1000sqft. I put down an additional 1 lb of N in December to see if that would make a difference. It did make a slight difference. 5 lb of N/1000 is the max aloud by MDA. I also added iron in the fall applications. My soil analysis has my ph at 7.8. I am slowly adding sulfur to correct that problem.
    Fortunately this is my problem and not with my customers. Any suggestions? thanks
  2. HenryB

    HenryB LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,848

    I've got giant Hostas and Sedums thanks to my two dogs. They like those beds.
  3. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    They can also burn the plants.
  4. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,358

    The dogs urine has some of the N in Ammonium Form which is an availble form for plant uptake....thus the quick green. The fert you are using sounds to be urea based which is not available as N to plants until converted by soil bacteria when soil temps are above 40F.

    As many will tell you here, let the grass go dormant now. Next season if you want to go green later into the fall, apply fall apps mid Aug and one month later. Then your Late season dormant fert in Late November for the next spring.

    Pete D.
  5. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    The dog applied 16-4-5 at a pretty heavy rate. Works good huh?
  6. wowmowwow

    wowmowwow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    LOL as soon as i read the headline i luaghed! i hear ya.i have three dogs and they have dog visitors all year in a fenced half acre, half woods and «halfgrass
  7. willietd2

    willietd2 LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 210

    im going to ask the same ? everyone else ask's on this site.does the dog have her app license? ha ha ha ha
  8. Russ

    Russ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    I think the application was legal as long as she was not aiming at any pest. The real question is did she eat Lesco or Scott's dog food.
  9. thomsoutdoor

    thomsoutdoor LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,444

    Actually I am making a mount on my Perma Green Magna where she would sit. I found if she drinks a six pack of light beer she can cover over 30,000 sqft. She has to work on her capacity. Calibration is also a problem. Might post on the organic sight to see if they have any ideas.

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