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Winterizer and compost

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Smallaxe, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Most of the ferts here are N only. Add K and it becomes a winterizer. just don't normally need large amounts.

    Yes the 'winterizer' should be put down while the grass is still metabolizing and photosynthesizing. Most all plants store carbs for the winter. Remember, fert is not food the carbs are food.

    In the Spring the plant wakes up and grows roots along with everything else. N seems to stimulate leaf growth at the expense of the roots and the carbs are quickly used up for top growth.

    At least that is the current thought on the life processes of most cool-season grasses...
  2. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,889

    Can't speak for compost, but my Organic lawns that also get mulched year around hold green better all winter, and green up sooner than synthetic lawns in the same neighborhoods.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    It all becomes compost over time... Mulch mowing is critical in so many ways... Just wish I could convince more customers of that....
  4. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    It's becoming illegal to dispose of grass clippings in landfills in some areas now. My Honda push, three Scags, and one Great Dane are all mulching mowers.
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Composting is becoming more popular everywhere, which is what the local communities that run the landfills should be getting into.

    Selling the finished product is a profitable business around here so I would think local gov't could make use of yard waste that way and produce compost at only 200% loss... :)

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