Fertilizing my lawn for initial spring application

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  1. spierceisu

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    I started using Millorganite last year because of all of the good feedback on it and plan on using it again this year. I saw a person mention Pennington pre-emergent. Any other recommendations for just pre-emergent?
     
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    That Pennington Pro Care is exactly what you're looking for. Sometimes people do split applications, once in April and then a second in June. If you do the split application, you'll need to read the label and stay under the yearly max rate. Also, the June application can sometimes interfere with Fall seeding, as Prodiamine is active in the soil longer then any other pre-emergent.
     
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    I like Milorganite but it is super expensive now that it got super popular, when you compare the nitrogen content to synthetic fertilizers. Keep in mind that the typical analysis on milorganite is like 6-4-0. That means you're lawn can eventually build up too much phosphorus over the course of a couple seasons. There are other issues with excess phosphorus getting into our waterways. If you've been using it more than two seasons, I'd recommend a soil test to check levels. Some county extension offices will do a simple soil test for very little money or sometimes free.
     
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    Any brand of pre-emergent is fine for the most part including store brands. Look for prodiamine or dithiopyr as the active ingredient. Both work well. There are a couple of other relatively common pre-emergents but stick with prodiamine or dithiopry. Almost all pre-emergent sold at big box stores has nitrogen fertilizer in them. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but putting out that nitrogen too early is a waste.
     
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    Is middle of March a good time to be overseeding? Only 2nd spring in our house. Backyard is thin so planning on overseeding.
     
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    5-day average soil temp is just 44 degrees in Omaha. Still early. Wait until it's into the 50's
     
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    Can you wait until Sept. 1st to seed? Do you have irrigation? If you have at least 50% grass, I'd take great care of it through the summer, including fertilizer, pre-emergent etc. and wait until September 1st to seed.
     
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    I'd be more worried about weeds in the spring than establishing turf through over seeding. Save that for August thru October when you've got weeds concurred and the summer heat is over.

    Unless you have sprinklers or like to dump a lot of water onto your turf. Then you can start seeding 6-8 weeks after you put down the pre emergent
     
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    I believe this source is soil temps at a depth of 4 inches. Crabgrass and other weeds typically germinate in the top inch or so of soil, so although this is a useful tool, I don't believe it's optimized for turf grass management.
     
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    I'll be applying a generous amount of Turf Builder to my lawn on Saturday.
     
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    I just bought a bunch from Home Depot for $17 a bag. It was hard to find last year. I like that it doesnt burn out my grass if it doesnt rain or I dont water at the right time after applying. Its safe for the kids and the pets. Also its high in iron which really greens things up.
     
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    Just an FYI, mills fleet farm has it for $10 a bag in case you would like to return it and save some money. I am not sure if there is one in Cedar Rapids though.
     
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    they just opened one not to long ago actually.
     
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    I apply my crabgrass pre-emergent when forsythia bushes are in bloom.
     
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