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I have been thinking of spring and was getting prices on fertilizer for the lawns. I usually buy about 2000 pounds of triple 10 or 15, whichever I can get the better price on. I will use at least 1000 pounds on the first application and it gives the grass a good and needed boost after a long hard winter. What are your plans to getting a lush green lawn this summer???????? What is the going rate for fertilizer where you live? Tehe first price that I got so far is $8.00 for a 40 pound bag. I know that is double of what I paid last year, but with rising transportation costs, I don't know where the final prices will be... Junk...
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Free. I have all the compost I could ever use.

Really though, I have never been much interested in lawn care. I don't do any kind of supplementary care other than mowing. I duon't know, it's just never seemed all that important to me.
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I have been thinking of spring and was getting prices on fertilizer for the lawns. I usually buy about 2000 pounds of triple 10 or 15, whichever I can get the better price on. I will use at least 1000 pounds on the first application and it gives the grass a good and needed boost after a long hard winter. What are your plans to getting a lush green lawn this summer???????? What is the going rate for fertilizer where you live? Tehe first price that I got so far is $8.00 for a 40 pound bag. I know that is double of what I paid last year, but with rising transportation costs, I don't know where the final prices will be... Junk...
Junk, what brand fertilizer do you use? I have used the Lilly Miller brand Lilly Miller without moss control (the moss control stuff was nearly fatal to parts of my lawn) but the stuff is expensive- 20 bucks for 33.3 lb. What size lawn do you fertilize?
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I'll just keep dumping in the toilet and flushing. My leach field is in the front "lawn". Couldn't care less about the rear yard. The more it grows the more I have to mow it.
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Junk, what about my other question-what brand fertilizer do you use?
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What ever brand that I can get a good deal on. On the very front lawn that you see when you drive up to the house, I use Scott's, but all the rest of the areas get the generic products. I couldn't afford to use Scott's on the entire lawn area..... too expensive and it doesn't go far enough ... Junk...
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I'm with Junk. For the "good" lawns I stick to the Scott's Fertilizer program - it just works.

The rest of the property gets no-name brand basic fertilizer.

I'm big on Lime too.
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I have a neighbor who gives me more horse poo than I know what to do with. I'm thinking of buying/making one of those rolling manure spreaders. I think it would do a good job of adding fertilizer and also help to level the ground a bit too.

Might be a good little welding project.
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Junkman, I know what you mean about the price increasing. I was at Sam's Club the other day and their Scotts with Haults was $45 for 18,000 square feet, I think I paid around $35 last year.
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Junk...you want lush green? Try this sometime. The results are incredible. I sure hope you like seat time though, and don't say I didn't warn you...but you can actually hear the grass grow

Here's a couple pics of half my lawn using nothing but their product for the last 10yrs...
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Nice looking lawn BA.
Do you have a per acre cost for the Fertilizer you use?
Do you spread it with a tractor implement?
I never have fertilized the 4 acres I mow, but I'm sick of the dandelions, and thin grass in areas. I really don't want to make it grow faster, but I would like it to look nice, like yours.
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BA - you must love your seat time! That is some nice lawn and lots of it.

Your spring time motto must be the same as mine: ABM (Always Be Mowin')
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Ta heck with the lawn, tell us more about that gorgeous stone wall!
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I'm with OTC, I don't do anything to make it grow faster. There's no way I could keep up with the mowing if it did .

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Nice looking lawn BA.
Do you have a per acre cost for the Fertilizer you use?
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I never have fertilized the 4 acres I mow, but I'm sick of the dandelions, and thin grass in areas. I really don't want to make it grow faster, but I would like it to look nice, like yours.
Thanks Doc...it took alot of work and blood, sweat & tears , but worth it IMO! The cost for the 'Weed & Feed' mix is about $90 per acre. That's the stuff I highly recomend if your looking to get rid of the dandelions The Winter Green or basic Green Power is about $60-70 per. Trust me, I've blown some serious coin over the yrs trying just about every product made and nothing compares.

I use a 3pt hopper...holds about 500#s and depending on the material, I can do the whole 2.5 acres with one load. If you want a green carpet, you WILL have to deal with grass that GROWS. So frequent mowing is required
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BA - you must love your seat time! That is some nice lawn and lots of it.

Your spring time motto must be the same as mine: ABM (Always Be Mowin')
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Seat time isn't bad in the begining of the growing season...helps me deal with stress. After a month or 2, it does get old. Plus I hate wasting daylite mowing, so by the time it gets old I usually mow at night. Best time to mow IMO...as long as there's no dew.

Yeah I agree with the motto...after suffering thru a New England winter, it's a treat to go out and cruise around mowing for awhile.
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Ta heck with the lawn, tell us more about that gorgeous stone wall!
I don't want to 'jack Junks thread so I'll be brief.

The wall you see is about 400' long. Half of it was buried by the previous owners...farmers. I cleaned up and restacked most of it, but would love to rebuild it entirely. At the far right of the wall, there is a serious pile of rocks I stock piled. Plus I have about another 1K' or so of old walls, down in the valley. Plenty of field stone around here...that's for sure!
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Well I must the be the lonely tree-hugging envior-wacko of the forum because I detest the use of chemical fertilizers on the lawn. I absolutely refuse to use them in the dog yard (an area about 60' by 150'). I will use them only occasionally (about every 3rd year and about 1/2 dose) to knock down the dandelions in the 'front yard' and never use them in the other areas, especially where the kids play. As for the garden where I grow food, that is ALMOST an organic garden, I use no herbicides at all and only will spot treat plants with an insecticide as a last resort if all else fails.

I firmly believe that Scotts and all similar brands create thatch and lead to surface rooting of the grass, which creates a dependancy on more and more chemical fertilizers. It also creates a situation where, because the roots are near the surface, the grass is subjected to greater stress from both drought and insects.
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Well I must the be the lonely tree-hugging envior-wacko of the forum because I detest the use of chemical fertilizers on the lawn.
Bob, believe it or not, we have something in common. That is why I have been using that Lilly Miller stuff.
Now if only we can convert you to wearing tie-dyed shirts!
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