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Old 10-16-2008, 06:47 PM
 
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Default Fertilize NOW?

Dear All,

I have re-seeded my yard about 1 month ago. I was thinking of adding some fertilizer now .. I have "Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Fertilizer with 2% Iron" should I use it now? or wait till next spring. By the way my yard is not in a good shape (some weed) ... that is why I decided to re-seed it.

PS. I live in illinois - temp. is around 63 (Day) and 40 (night)

Thanks,

Fady
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Old 10-16-2008, 07:52 PM
 
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More important question would be soil temp. You should be fine if applied at rate specified on label.
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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Its probably a little late to fertilize, but if you get some warm weather your new grass will appreciate the boost. be forewarned that if you fertilize now, you'll be mowing later into the fall. I'm assuming that Illinois weather isn't too much different from PA.
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:46 PM
 
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Fall is the best time to fertilize--it aids in ROOT growth, instead of leaf growth. And, it depends on if you have cool weather or warm weather grass! If it's cool weather grass, then fertilize now for vigorous root development.
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Old 10-17-2008, 06:03 PM
 
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Fall is the best time to fertilize--it aids in ROOT growth, instead of leaf growth. And, it depends on if you have cool weather or warm weather grass! If it's cool weather grass, then fertilize now for vigorous root development.
P and K elements of the fertilzer aid in root development. N or Nitrogen aid in making the grass green and encourage leaf growth.

So if you do apply fertilzer this time of year make sure the nitrogen is not sky high. Max 25% N IMO. That is first of the 3 numbers on a fertilzer label.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:27 PM
 
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Well, we have been getting some frost in the last two nights. Althought the weather is probably getting a little warmer over the next week.

The fertilizer I have is: 29-2-4

Would it be better to wait till next spring?

Thanks,

Fady
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Newport, NC
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Although that formulation is not ideal, go ahead and use it, it certainly won't hurt. As I said before, you may find yourself mowing a little later into the season, especially with the hi nitrogen number you have.
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