Professional lawn care providers have developed special formulations unavailable to the general public that use both methods. In other words, don't make a selection of a lawn care provider based on whether or not they use the granular or the liquid methods of applying fertilizers to your lawn.
St. Augustine grass is responsive to nitrogen fertilizer in terms of color
and growth rate. On sandy soils St. Augustine grass requires about 1 pound of
nitrogen per 1,000 square feet per month during the growing season to
maintain satisfactory color and density. At rates above 1 pound per 1,000 square
feet, St. Augustine grass produces lush growth that is highly susceptible to
insects and diseases. On heavier textured soils ° pound of nitrogen every month
is adequate to maintain good color and growth. Thatch accumulation is also a
problem when nitrogen fertilization exceeds the required rate.
CONS: If heavy rain or watering occurs before the fertilizer has had time to be absorbed, some benefits of the application, may be dissipated. Liquid fertilizers are short lived compared to time-released granular applications.
PROS: Feeds grass plants the natural way, through the root system. Time release properties of the granular pellets provides long term benefits to the health of the grass plant.
CONS: Takes a long time for fertilizer to soak in. If heavy rains occur any time during the lifetime of the granular pellets, important nutrients may be washed away and thus becomes ineffective.
We use Lesco
By far the best approach to a proper fertilization program is to soil test, but if a soil test is not available these guidelines can be used for a general turf grass fertilization program. All plants require certain chemical elements for proper growth and appearance.
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Many common commercial fertilizers are known by their grade, such as 16-4-8, 10-10-10 or 6-6-6. A complete fertilizer contains N, P and K. The numbers indicate the percentage of each of these nutrients. A 16-4-8 fertilizer, for example, contains 16% Total Nitrogen, 4% Available Phosphorus and 8% Soluble Potash Besides the primary elements (N, P and K) the fertilizer may contain secondary plant foods or Micronutrients
(Feb. /Mar.) “Weed & Feed” dry fertilizer.
Late Spring Treatment (Apr./May) A preventive insecticide spray treatment gets a start against infestations of chinch bugs with a supplemental fertilizer for the lawn.
Treatment 1(June/July) Summer rains and high temperatures create the need
for an insecticide treatment and a supplemental fertilizer (Ironite) to keep
Summer Treatment 2(August/ Sept) Summer rains and high temperatures create the need for an insecticide treatment and a supplemental fertilizer (Ironite) to keep lawns green.
Fall Treatment (Oct./Nov.) “Weed & Feed” dry fertilizer.
Treatment (Dec/Jan) Potash
application builds stress resistance protecting the lawn from drought, disease
and pests while encouraging root growth
St. Augustine grass is sensitive to iron deficiency and readily develops chlorotic symptoms in alkaline or iron deficient soils. This deficiency can be corrected with foliar applications or iron sulfate or iron cheated. Soil applications of iron sources are less effective than foliar application in alkaline soils.
Further Detailed Information Visit the University of Florida Link.
Credit is given to the UF/IFAS the BEST Web Site on Florida Landscape Maintenance
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