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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 3:13 pm    Post subject: Quick boost for large lawn Reply with quote

I have a large lawn that is very rushy in places. I fear it may be a drainage problem, as the site was very rushy before the house was built about 6 years ago.

Rushes aside, the lawn is quite yellowed after the winter (we are on the Dingle peninsula - windy and within 1 mile of the sea). I would like to give it a quick boost to get it green. I have used Hygeia weed and feed in the past and although it is has been effective, it is quite expensive (the lawn is upwards of 900 sq m)

The lawn does not get much traffic and I am not looking for a pristine lawn - just want it to look green.

I have heard that something like 18:16:12 might do the trick. What do you think? Is this formula readily available from the local co-op?

Grateful for any suggestions (including any ideas on treating the rushes)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try 10 10 20 just as good and balanced and definitely more readily available. if phosphates and potassium levels are ok then why not use calcium Ammonium Nitrate at a lower rate. Soil test is advisable
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks. Any idea what 10-10-20 costs?

Also, How would I go about having a soil test carried out?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use 18 6 12 from your Agricultural Co-Op. That'll get your grass green and it's cheap as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you can get your soil tested through local Teagasc office or through local agricultural co-op or through FBA laboratories Lismore Co. Waterford.
18 6 12 has a very high level of Nitrogen compared to Potash.
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