Have always used the Scotts brand of basic lawn fertilizers.
Was wondering, though:
ACE Hardware has their own labeled brands of.
Quite a bit cheaper.
Any thoughts on Ace fertilizer ?
"Good" as Scotts, etc. ?
Any burning type of problems with, if inadvertently used ?
I haven't used Ace's but I have used lots of other house brand lawn
fertilizer. As long as the label shows that they have the same
amount of nutrients X-X-X, IMO, opinion they are about the same. I
haven't seen any difference.
The three numbers tells you want is in there. Brand names tell you
nothing. It may also include slow release. That would be a plus to reduce
the chance of burning and wasting it. I suggest sticking with one feature
products and not using weed and feeds ect. Most of the time the weed
product should not be put on at the same time as the feed product.
If you are in the US, I suggest contacting your local county extension
agent office and ask them to help you with a plan tailored to your local
conditions. Some areas and soils need more of this or that or slow release
etc. Follow their advice BTW their advice is free.
I agree completely. Slow release fertilizer, x times a year depending
on how often you want to mow grass. Varies with our southern grass 3-5
times/year. Fertilizer burns because it dehydrated the plant - too
heavy fertilization and too little water. No plant should be fertilized
when stressed by heat and dry conditions. Broadleaf weed killers should
not be applied to whole lawn unless the weeds are heavy, and should be
after fertilization when weeds are growing rapidly. Also not a product
to be applied when lawn is stressed. I could not care less what brand
name is on the package.
Have your soil tested (or test it yourself) and look and compare
numbers on the packages to get the correct fertilizer for your lawn. A
slow-release fertilizer is much better than one that is not
slow-release. Fertilizer applied with a broadcast spreader to a damp
ground is much less likely to burn. When filling a spreader, do so
off the lawn in case you spill any. If you really want a better
distributed application, apply at half rate, wait 4 weeks and apply
the other half. I use an organic fertilizer once a year, and
inorganic three times a year.
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