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Tigerroc
Member since Jun 2017
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Fertilizer Recs
What do you use on your annual and/or perennial flower beds and hanging baskets? Do you use liquid fertilizer? Osmocote smart release plant food? Professional grade fertilizer? Your own mix? High yield Blood meal? Bloom buster? Miracle gro Shake n feed? Organic blossom boosters? Or triple 8 or 13 granular? How often? Mix and use more than one kind? Regular strength or more? Like to hear y’all thoughts! I try to use acid fertilizer on those that require it.
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notsince98
Missouri Fan
KC, MO
Member since Oct 2012
9812 posts

re: Fertilizer Recs
This probably isn't available near you but it is what I use on plants and my grass:

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CrawDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2019
71 posts

re: Fertilizer Recs
Lots of options out there, isn’t there.

This is what I’m using, while not saying they’re any better than other products on the market.

Lesco 14-14-14 Polycoat (extended release) on shrubs and trees, including fruit trees (citrus, pears, Jap persimmons) and herbaceous perennials, applied once in spring. Actually, twice a year (Feb/Mar, again in May/June) b/c these are all newly planted (past year or 2) and I’m trying to push their growth. But I’ll cut back to once per year, in a couple more years. ETA: Also have used Fertilome Growers Special. ETA again: Paid $36 for 40 lb bag of Lesco 14-14-14

Lesco 24-2-11 for lawn. ETA: paid $26 for 50 lb bag

Osmocote Plus 15-9-12 on container plants, supplemented on occasion with water soluble (liquid) - Miracle Gro (12-4-8). Just bought a 50 lb bag of the Osmocote from A.M. Leonards (on-line) - wait for a free shipping coupon. Expensive ($100; ouch), but the bag should last several years. Cheaper in the long run if you have lots of large containers. I’ve been planting a bunch of different things in 15 gal black poly nursery containers in the past couple years, prob a 12 or more containers, thus I could justify a 50 lb bag purchase.

Vegetable Garden - standard 13-13-13 (quick release) - no specific brand name, just wherever is available when I go buy it. Mixed in the garden bed prior to planting. Supplemented with calcium nitrate when the vegetable plants begin to flower. Sometimes supplement with soluble (liquid) Miracle Gro when the plants are young. ETA; I’ve also used Ferilome Gardeners Special.

Annuals - not planting many of those anymore but usually use the 13-13-13 mixed in the bed prior to planting. Sometimes supplement with liquid fertilizer when plants are young. Also used Fertilome Gardeners Special.

The Lesco fertilizers I purchase from SiteOne in BTR, and for other SiteOne stores look on line. Their pricing is very good.

Application rates - following the label directions on the bag/container is your best bet. But if you read reputable articles for specific plants specific to your geographical location, take azaleas for example, I’ll follow the articles recommendations on fertilizer application rates. Same for the 13-13-13 for vegetable beds. I will always follow LSU AgCenter recommendations when possible.

P.S. On acid loving plants I’ll use an acid forming fertilizer. The Lesco 14-14-14 Polycoat is an acid forming fertilizer - the nitrogen sources are ammoniacal-nitrogen and urea, coated with sulfur, all which are acid forming. Will also use elemental sulfur or iron sulfate to acidify the soil if needed (azaleas, camellias, blueberries, and some others).
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meeple
USA Fan
Member since May 2011
5794 posts

re: Fertilizer Recs
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Lesco 24-2-11 for lawn.

When are you putting this down? I’ll go by the local SiteOne this week. My St Aug is in need of a quality fertilizer.


CrawDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2019
71 posts

re: Fertilizer Recs
I put mine down this weekend before the Sunday rain. You in Louisiana? If not, have you cut your lawn at least twice for the grass, not the winter weeds that might have been growing

if so you’re good to go. For St Aug use 4 pounds of the 24-2-11 per 1000 square feet, that is about equal to 1 pound of N per 1000 sq feet which is the recommendation for St Aug. And b/c St Aug loves fertilizer Turf/lawn grass professionals recommend 3 applications - you can do April, late June-early July, and perhaps late August/early Sept. That choice is yours. I do a minimum of 2 applications, sometimes 3 depending on how the lawn looks.


meeple
USA Fan
Member since May 2011
5794 posts

re: Fertilizer Recs
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You in Louisiana? If not, have you cut your lawn at least twice for the grass, not the winter weeds that might have been growing

I'm in LA but haven't had to cut my yard yet. Grass (St Aug) is green, just not growing tall yet.

Thanks, I'll pick some of this up and see how it goes. Has to be better than the other stuff (Green Thumb) that I used to put down.


CrawDude
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Apr 2019
71 posts

re: Fertilizer Recs
I think you’re good to go. Can’t say for sure it’s better than any other product but it’s what many landscape services use. If I recall, about $34 or so for a 50 lb bag, and they carry it out and load it in your vehicle.

ETA: checked receipts

Paid $26 for 50 lb bag of 24-2-11 Lesco lawn fertilizer
Paid $36 for 40 lb bag of 14-14-14 Lesco extended release fertilizer (shrubs, trees, perennials)
Paid $33 for 50 lb bag of Lesco Dimension 0.21% pre-emergent herbicide
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Tigerroc
Member since Jun 2017
34 posts

re: Fertilizer Recs
Thank you CrawDude. Lots of info to ponder and try!


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