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Old 12-26-2012, 01:09 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I just bought a house in south Florida and the previous owner left a spreader full of pink colored granular fertilizer? want to know what it is before I use it. The lawn is Bahia grass and lots of palm trees.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I believe Scotts Bonus S is pink.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I wouldn't risk putting anything down I could not definitely identify. How would you know what rate? if anything else had been added? when the last time it was spread? you could do a lot of damage.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Pink Fertilizer/ Bahia Grass

Yes, I will not use it. I took it out of the spreader and put it in a garbage bag awaiting the next garbage day, then I washed out the walk behind Scott spreader because it was caked around the spreader spinner. Looks like new.

I have a question on correct fertilizer. I live in the Port St. Lucie Florida area and have a lawn of Bahia grass and also have may exotic palms and tropical plants that the previous owner took time to care for. Now it is up to me.
What fertilizer to use on the lawn and what to use on the palms. Aside from those mentioned there are tree ferns and many tropical plants many I do not know. What fertilizer should be used here. The soil is very sandy and I assume alkaline. Thankfully I have a well fed sprinkler system. Maybe a hose end dose of miracle grow for the tropicals?
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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Wander into home depot and ask. :-) Take some photos of the plants with you, they will be happy to sell you everything you need.
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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They make special palm fertilizer with added magnesium and manganese. Many palms get deficient in these minerals, but I suggest Googling the symptoms so you'll know what to look for.

I wish you luck with the Bahia grass, that stuff is a major weed in my area and I spend a fortune trying to kill it without killing my Centipede. I cant imagine fertilizing it.
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Old 12-27-2012, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Bahia Grass

I don't really know for sure about the grass, it looks like St. Augustine and the lawn is lush and thick, I think it beautiful, can't be talking about the same thing. The blades are slightly narrower than St Augustine. Seems to love well water, smells like rotten eggs.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Fertilizer Color in Port St Lucie Florida

Well, I went to Home Depot and got advice in the garden area from a guy that sounded like he knew, he confirmed that the fertilizer I had was Scotts Bonus S and he cautioned me not to use it as long as the lawn was nice. ESPECIALLY ON BAHIA GRASS- IT WILL KILL IT. However he thinks my grass St Augustine but I disagree because it does not have the characteristic blue green color I am familiar with in New Orleans. I am not taking any chances and got rid of the Pink fertilizer. I did buy some palm fertilizer for my trees. I have a variety of them, still learning their names.
New to Florida
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Bonus S contains atrazine, which supposedly harms Bahia. I used it hoping that would be the case, but it didn't affect my Bahia at all. I ended up using Sethoxydim to get rid of it (more like control it, you can never eradicate it). You'll know if you have Bahia come next summer, because it'll have those tall Y-shaped seed heads that require constant mowing.

Does your grass have runners? Both St Augustine and Centipede have runners, but Centipede has more narrow leaf blades. Zoysia also has runners, and looks even finer than Centipede.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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Default Bahia Grass or St Augustine

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Bonus S contains atrazine, which supposedly harms Bahia. I used it hoping that would be the case, but it didn't affect my Bahia at all. I ended up using Sethoxydim to get rid of it (more like control it, you can never eradicate it). You'll know if you have Bahia come next summer, because it'll have those tall Y-shaped seed heads that require constant mowing.

Does your grass have runners? Both St Augustine and Centipede have runners, but Centipede has more narrow leaf blades. Zoysia also has runners, and looks even finer than Centipede.
It has runners and looks like St. Augustine, it is about 4 inches thick, hard to walk thru. Someone in Ft. Lauderdale told me you need to always add fill other wise the grass will just keep growing on itself and is at risk since there is no soil directly on the top layers. Maybe true or maybe an urban myth. Trying to get my used Snapper mower going now, too much for a walk behind even with front wheel drive.
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