It is currently Tue Dec 01, 2015 12:32 pm

All times are UTC - 6 hours

Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:28 pm 

Joined: Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:55 am
Posts: 1
(newbie 1st post, just completing year-one change from synthetic to organic fertilizers, location North Texas DFW metro)

Sharing my plan from last fall "year zero" for anyone considering adoption of the organic turf program:
1. Lightly fertilized with the synthetic fert. had been using (figuring the soil microbe activity hadn't been built yet).
2. Found several local big box/small box hardware stores and feed stores that carry organic products.
3. Applied dry molasses 20 lbs/1,000 sq ft (took the effort to measure the turf area accurately, very imp. step).
4. Applied 20 lbs/1k corn gluten meal.
5. Applied 10 lbs/1k balanced low N-nitrogen+high K-potassium fall fertilizer.
6. Applied 10 lbs/1k dry 35% humic acid.
7. Mulched all autumn leaves into the turf with mower (never did before, usu. had 40+ bags on 8,200 sq ft lawn).

- this may sound like a big investment but was attempting to overcome 20+ years of syn fertilizers
- the st augustine turf growth stopped on time, but remained green longer than usual into December
- following year-one spring green-up started right on time, and all of the mulched leaves broke down nicely
- continued organic program into year-one with super results (all lbs per 1k):
- 3-seasonal applications of dry molasses (3x20), corn gluten meal (2x20, spring+fall) and blended organic fertilizers (3x25)
- one-time soil amendment applications of zeolite (20), lava sand (75), 35% humic acid (10), and sul-po-mag (5)

PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:32 am 
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2003 9:01 am
Posts: 961
Location: Dallas, TX
Great start! You can probably cut back on the dry applications now and maintain things with a monthly or at least quarterly Garrett Juice spray.

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 2 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 6 hours

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by eWeblife