I thought about that, but was thinking the fertilizer granules would
sink down under the grass. But your suggestion makes sense, so I'll
What about the next day or so, after the rain stops, but the ground is
Looks like we're in for rain every week or so in the PRC (Calif). Grass is
growing like crazy, with the weather still in the 60-70's. What kind of
treatment is good just before a 1-2 inch rain?
if grass is growing like crazy, it doesn't need fertilizer.
Best to wait until spring and fertilize a bit when you expect a light rain.
Now, trees are a different story, since their roots are deeper. But
consider your terrain and don't apply if too much rain is coming so it can
be washed off rather than dissolved and percolated into the ground.
On 12/15/2014 6:09 PM, Snuffy "Hub Cap" McKinney wrote:
In anticipation of the rain storm before last night's storm, I broadcast
a generous amount of gypsum on my back lawn. The lawn is red fescue, an
ornamental grass that grows about 6-12 inches and flops over.
Previously, before earlier storms, I did the front lawn ("pink clover",
Persicaria capitata) and the beds both in front and back. I used a
total of about 225 pounds of gypsum.
Gypsum is not a nutrient. It reacts with the clay soil that is so
common in southern California, causing the clay to become granular and
porous. That means any further rain will soak into the soil instead of
all running off. Unfortunately, the gypsum eventually leaches away; so
I have to repeat the treatment about every other year.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
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