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Will Milorganite burn out a lawn?

Youngandfree

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
VA
My brother put down Milorganite back in June in southwest VA. It seems to have nuked his yard pretty good? He overseeded last fall and did some Scott's fert with pre emergence in the spring. He slacked off watering it, but was looking good. This summer has been fairly wet, and other than a 4 week dry spell end if June into July, has been wet enough that grass us growing worse than it was in April here. But his grass didn't recover like everyone else's did and he was curious if it could have been the milorganite. He said he put it down but didn't water it in.

Another buddy I mow for put some down also in June and doesn't irrigate and hasn't had any kind of fert service for a few years. His grass has been a nightmare to keep up with this summer.
 

RigglePLC

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Grand Rapids MI
Overrseeded? What kind of grass? Fescue? Premium disease resistant type or low-cost type? Was there perennial rye in the mixture?
"Did not recover after the dry spell." Hmmm.
In warm humid weather, some kind of lawn fungus disease is more likely. Fescue can get brown patch; it does better if not fertilized in hot weather.
What is his irrigation schedule? Or do you mean no irrigation?
Of course, grubs or some other kind of insect can attack.

 
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Youngandfree

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
VA
Overrseeded? What kind of grass? Fescue? Premium disease resistant type or low-cost type? Was there perennial rye in the mixture?
"Did not recover after the dry spell." Hmmm.
In warm humid weather, some kind of lawn fungus disease is more likely. Fescue can get brown patch; it does better if not fertilized in hot weather.
What is his irrigation schedule? Or do you mean no irrigation?
Of course, grubs or some other kind of insect can attack.

He put down Outside Pride Combat extreme transition. And he irritated last fall and blew a gasket when he got his water bill for those 2 months. New babies came in October so he didn't do any irritation this spring into summer.
 

Crazy 4 grass

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Minnesota
4000 sq ft not sure in how many bags, but he has a leftover bag in his garage with maybe half remaining
One bag is labeled for 2500 sqft. So approximately 1.6 bags to get recommended coverage. I've seen people use 2-3 times the recommended amount with zero ill effects. Three times the recommended amount would be five bags. Can you find out how many bags were used?
 
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