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Author: OldToroOwner

Date: 22 Apr 2006 10:09 am

OK so I 've got to get my fat *ss out there and rake my lawn and fertilize it... :lol: :lol:
But as you know timing is critical.. you can't mow for 3 days after doing fertilizer, especially if you're doing the weed control type(Scotts)...and, you can't put it down if there's rain coming within 24 to 48 hours, at 32 bucks a bag you'll waste it!
My biggest section of yard is going to be ripped up(hopefully) in two weeks because of my new septic system installation, so I'm doing the front lawn only. I've had pretty good luck with Scotts but I wish the hell they made a "spray type" for homeowners....like Ortho. I'm convinced they don't so they can market to the commercial lawn guys..who buy their stuff too. :wink:
For me don't have the sunlight in the morning(weekdays) to do it because I leave early for work, and we all know if you accidentally criss-cross with your drop spreader you end up with a "burned" lawn...been there done that.

I'll tell you what, I'm seriously considering Scotts lawn care service so I don't have to bother with it this year!!

Any other alternatives to consider?? I've got a typical New England lawn, mostly bluegrass & fescue....and some crabgrass :oops:


Author: Marshall

Date: 22 Apr 2006 11:13 am

OTO,

Get you a bottle or two of the pre-mixed Weed-N-Feed that you simply hook up to your garden hose. It works great on broad leaf weeds and will green your grass up quickly. It can rain all it wants to after 24 hours and you'll be fine. If your putting down some of the granular stuff with weed control you want the grass to be damp when you spread it so it will stick to the broad leaf weeds. Once it dries and stays dry for a while the weed control part has got to where it needed to go and you can water.

When you fertilize you want to water your yard right away, preferably within 24 hours so the nitrogen doesn't just lay there and burn up your grass. Maybe you're talking about it raining so much it's flooding and washing away the fertilizer, I don't know? I always want it to rain after I fertilize, saves me watering.


Author: faithfulFrank

Date: 22 Apr 2006 2:39 pm

i've always been too cheap to buy scotts, but many friends swear by it.
Make sure you get insoluble nitrogen, so it does not melt away by the first rain, but instead gives a long term constant supply of nitrogen.
The chesapest stuff is water soluble, so you get a quick green-up, then nothing for awhile....

I gotta get to that also.....we just mowed for the first time this year Thursday.

Frank d.


Author: OldToroOwner

Date: 22 Apr 2006 4:53 pm

Marshall wrote:
OTO,

Get you a bottle or two of the pre-mixed Weed-N-Feed that you simply hook up to your garden hose. It works great on broad leaf weeds and will green your grass up quickly. It can rain all it wants to after 24 hours and you'll be fine. If your putting down some of the granular stuff with weed control you want the grass to be damp when you spread it so it will stick to the broad leaf weeds. Once it dries and stays dry for a while the weed control part has got to where it needed to go and you can water.

When you fertilize you want to water your yard right away, preferably within 24 hours so the nitrogen doesn't just lay there and burn up your grass. Maybe you're talking about it raining so much it's flooding and washing away the fertilizer, I don't know? I always want it to rain after I fertilize, saves me watering.


Marshall-
you're right about watering...I should have been more specific. I was talking about the "Scotts weed control 2" stuff where you can't water afterward. This is usually "step 2" for my area of the country.
I did try the Ortho Weed & Feed sprayer thingy a couple of years ago, but honestly can't remember if it was better than Scotts?!...I'm thinking it wasn't, at least for my lawn because I probably would have continued to use it...if that makes any sense! :lol:
Having said that I'll probably do the step 1 which is the stuff with Halts(crabgrass killer) that is what Scotts told me to do around this time of year.
I just wish they had a spray type. Maybe I will get their lawn service program to see if it works or not. Apparently, there's no contract involved and you can quit any time. It's about $240 or so for 5 applications...


Author: Marshall

Date: 22 Apr 2006 5:26 pm

You might check into the Haltz application this time of year. Down here in OK it's way too late to put it down, by about 2 1/2 months too late.


Author: robmints

Date: 22 Apr 2006 8:32 pm

OTO,

http://www.vpirg.org/campaigns/environmentalHealth/organic_lawn_care.php

It is much easier than anything else. It is better for you, your pets, children, and the animals that visit your yard. I know I sound like a Greenie, and I may be, but I do the lawn organically because it is better and easier. I'm lazy.

It is so funny to see the chemical guys sell a 4 step program. To get the poor little grass blades hooked, when the chemicals stop, so does the lawn. The chemicals kill the good bugs and the way the pre-emergents work is just plain scary. Only problem is there is no Oakview Treatment Center to send your lawn to for a 30 day 12 step program.


Author: OldToroOwner

Date: 23 Apr 2006 7:47 am

Rob-
thanks for the link...I'll look into it!
I'd much rather use something that's safer for my dog, actually. He does like to eat grass sometimes, and I get worried about what chemicals he might be ingesting.


Author: Marshall

Date: 23 Apr 2006 8:03 pm

It's bound to be better for everything.


Author: TheKneebiter

Date: 23 Apr 2006 8:35 pm

I was a diehard Scotts user . My lawn was the envy of the neighborhood untill all the chems killed the good stuff in the soil . If I did not water, my lawn was the first to brown out . After doing tons of research I found out about organic and switched. Only need to fert 2 times. spring and fall unless you feel the need then you can do it more. Almost never need to water unless we have a month long drought with 80 degree plus weather . My lawn is green right through the winter months . Would never use chems again. :)