Return to the Lawn Care Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
What kind of fertilizer for new grass (6-weeks from germination)

Posted by lellenh29 8b (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 5, 14 at 12:40

It's time for the second application of fertilizer on my new lawn. I have done some research and seems everyone suggests something different. I know I need something slow release. But what is the best NPK ratio? And how many lbs per 1000sf? Is there anything organic that would be good?


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: What kind of fertilizer for new grass (6-weeks from germinati

Where do you live?
What kind of grass do you have?
If it was not sodded, what variety of seeds did you use?

Any organic will work fine. The application rate is 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet. My favorite organic right now is alfalfa pellets (rabbit chow). You can get it at any feed store in 50-pound bags. The "slow release" feature means that you should not expect to see an improvement in color, density, or growth for 3 full weeks. But then you should see all three.

NPK is completely meaningless in organic fertilizers. With organics you are looking for protein content. The higher the protein values, the better the fertilizer. At the highest end is corn gluten meal and soybean meal. At the lowest end is ordinary corn meal and used coffee grounds. Alfalfa is in the middle and a pretty good one. Organic fertilizers provide food to the soil microbes. Then those microbes process the food and convert it to plant food. It is a biological relay process, so that's why it takes 3 weeks.

When you write back, if you have a bermuda or St Augustine lawn I'll have more to say.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Lawn Care Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here