Plant Growth Regulator and Liquid Fertilizer – Lawn Care Tips |

Yeah we got a bit of work to do today! But before we get to all of that, I want to
do a follow up on our last video. The tree sucker problem that I had. That sucker stopper did a really good job
of preventing those things from popping up in the yard. I’ve just kind of been going through and plucking
them out as I see them and spritzing that on there. It’s done really good. It’s been about a week and a half since that
last video and I haven’t mowed or done anything to the yard, and by now you usually would
see those suckers sprouting up above the grass. They’re really obvious. But, like I said, I’ve been plucking them
out and spraying that sucker stopper on them as I see them, and they’re gone! Don’t have the issue anymore. So, good stuff! There are a few bare spots where I plucked
those out and put the sucker stopper down. Like right here. But hopefully what we’re going to do today
is going to help fill this in and take care of that issue. Now like I mentioned it’s been about a week
and a half since I’ve busted out my mower and done anything in the yard, because we’ve
had severe thunderstorms, late in the afternoons and pop up showers throughout the day. It’s just, we’ve gotten a lot of rain here
recently. But the forecast is clear for the weekend. Today’s a Friday. That’s when I typically shoot these videos
and release them the following Thursday. The weekend is clear. We don’t really have any rain forecasted so,
I can actually get to doing what I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now. But first step, got to do some mowing. Pretty sure the Bermuda is going to look like
crap after I mow it because I have not put down a fertilizer in, man, I don’t even remember
the last time I put down a fertilizer. I know! I committed a lawn care sin. But I’m going to repent of that today and
correct that with today’s application of the liquid fertilizer. But before I do any of that, mowing, and putting
down that application, I wanted to get some beautiful, cinematic shots, before all of
that. So, enjoy the beauty. Alright, enough of that. Time to cue the aerial montage and music! Alright, so let’s see how many clippings we
got after that mow. Look at that. Full bag. Jam packed in there. And this right here is just the front yard. Just the Bermuda. And this is after mowing the turf type tall
fescue in the back and on the side with the Bradford pears. I realized I hadn’t said that in a while. Anyway, that’s jam packed as well. So, take this with a grain of salt, because
again, I hadn’t mowed in probably a week and a half, two weeks because of all the bad weather
we’ve been having. But, still, a lot of clippings. So almost filled up an entire yard bag of
clippings for the front and the back. So front and back yard is mowed and as I suspected,
it’s just, it’s under some heat stress and it’s lacking some nutrients. So, as you can tell in the back, I don’t know
if that’s showing up on camera well or not, there’s just a lot of discoloration. The color’s not even throughout the yard what
so ever. There’s some, just kind of light gray spots,
it looks kind of lime green, and it’s just, it’s not filled in really well. So, let’s talk about the application of the
growth regulator and the liquid fertilizer I’m going to put down today. Alright, so usually I use an organic granular
fertilizer, but that craps in short supply these days. So that’s why I’m going to be using a liquid
fertilizer along with a growth regulator. I’ve been wanting to try this combination
for awhile. I’ve just really enjoyed the organic granular
fertilizer that I’ve been using. But, I’m going to give this a shot and see
what kind of results I get. I’m going to talk about both of them, so up
first, the growth regulator. Let’s talk about that and why you would want
to use it. And I’ve got to be honest with you, I’ve been
hesitant to use a growth regulator. I don’t know. It, it sounds like it’s counter intuitive. Put a growth regulator down so the grass doesn’t
grow as much, so, what’s up with that? Now this growth regulator is a micro emulsion
concentrate that is going to help manage the growth of the turf. But at the same time it’s going to help improve
the quality and the stress tolerance of my warm season Bermuda here in the front and
the cool season turf type tall fescue in the back. A few other things that the growth regulator
is going to do is help enrich the color of the turf as well as promote lateral growth
instead of vertical growth. It’s also going to help root mass development
and it’s going to give us healthier, more durable blades of grass in the turf. So all of that stuff combined, it’s going
to really help the turf fight the seasonal stress it goes under. So, down here in the south when it gets up
in the high 90s and we got about a thousand and one percent humidity and the turf starts
to get stressed out from all that heat, it’s going to help with that. So by shortening up the plant, you’re not
going to have to mow as much. So if that’s something you don’t like to do,
I don’t know that we can be friends. I’m joking! We can, we can still be friends. But if you don’t want to bust out the mower
as much, this is going to help with that. So growth regulators claim to fame is it reduces
mowing by half because it shortens up the leaf blade. And when you do go to cut, you’re not cutting
off as much of the leaf blade, so it’s not going to stress the plant out, therefore producing
a healthier lawn. And another claim to fame on this particular
growth regulator, if you don’t have a post emergent for poa annua, this can help suppress
that as well. That’s the growth regulator, now let’s touch
on the liquid fertilizer I’m going to be putting down today. So the formulation on this liquid fertilizer
is an eighteen, three, six, with point five percent iron. So it’s a high nitrogen, slow release fertilizer
so it should feed over a longer period of time and it’s got very low burn potential. And also, the salt index on this particular
liquid fertilizer is pretty low as well. And the reason that’s important, when you
have a high nitrogen fertilizer with a lot of salt in it, that could damage some plants. So for example, urea has a 74 on the salt
index scale, potassium nitrate’s a 70 if I’m not mistaken, this liquid fertilizer is a
five on the salt index scale. So, that’s good. Another thing I learned about this particular
liquid fertilizer is it acts as a carrier for other products that you might want to
mix up with it and put down in the yard. So, if you want to put down an insecticide
or an herbicide or even a fungicide, you can mix those up with this liquid fertilizer and
put them all down at the same time. Enough yapping. Let’s get to mixing and putting it down! Hopefully this is going to show up OK. This is before I put down the growth regulator
and the liquid fertilizer. We’re going to look at this part of the yard
right here. We’ll compare the whole yard some how some
way. I’ll get some before shots. But right here is probably going to be my
best example. This is where all that monkey grass use to
be that I took out at the very beginning of this series. And what I’ve been doing is just letting the
Bermuda creep in here on it’s own because that’s what Bermuda does. It’s a runner. It puts out runners and then it grows up. But what I’ve been doing is just letting it
do its thing, get in here on its own, and try to fill this area in. But as you can see, it’s still pretty thin. We got some weeds mixed in there, just kind
of ignore that. We’ll take care of that in the fall time when
we do our pre and post emergent application then. But its still pretty then, like I said, Bermuda,
its a runner. It puts out these runners, as you can see. We got some really good ones going on in here,
but there just, its, its thinned out. So I’m hoping the growth regulator and the
liquid fertilizer application that we’re going to put down today is going to help this situation
and help just create that horizontal growth instead of the vertical growth. Interesting side note, over here is where
I’ve already sprayed, you can definitely see the turf type tall fescue back here is under
some heat stress. It’s just really discolored. Kind of got some brown tones to it. Grayish tones. Really stressed out, so hopefully this helps. Alright, now that we’ve sprayed we’re going
to pray to the lawn gods this does some good. Time will tell. And yeah, I know I got to clean that out,
I’ll, I’ll get to that, but this application of this liquid fertilizer and this growth
regulator, especially with the liquid fertilizer, that should give me about point five pounds
of nitrogen per thousand square feet. So if that doesn’t help this thing bounce
back and get some color and good growth to it, I don’t know what will. The growth regulator should help it as well,
so we’re just going to have to wait and see. I’ll definitely do a follow up on this and
show you the results of this application. I just checked the weather, it’s 95 with 60
percent humidity, so, yeah, I’m done! So that’s it for this one. If you want to know more about the products
that I used, like I always do, I’ll leave the links in the description box below so
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23 thoughts on “Plant Growth Regulator and Liquid Fertilizer – Lawn Care Tips |

  1. How tall are you cutting your Bermuda? It looks very leggy and could be part of the reason it's thin and not very healthy looking.

  2. Looks like you put about 2 oz T-Nex in the first sprayer load out. That seems high to me. How much square footage do you get from one load out? (I’ve just started experimenting with it, varying in different areas of the yard from 0.375 to 1.5 oz per 1000 on 1/2” 419 hybrid. Too soon to see results (or damage!).

  3. What sucker stopper did you use, I watched Conner ward RIP his yard up pulling 7 foot roots out from his suckers… your method seems much better if you have something that works well

  4. I’ve actually been meaning to buy coron and t next for my first lawn application

    (I’ve never used herbicides before)


  5. How many times did you fill up your back pack sprayer on the Bermuda? I'm guessing you're applying it on the grass with a fan spray setting and once you see it covering the untreated grass you just move along as fast as the sprayer is covering, correct? How long does the inhibitor take to show a difference on Bermuda without the fertilizer added?

    I was starting to see some heat stress a few weeks ago and the previous round of slow release granular was about exhausted after about 6-7 weeks. I had to raise the mower deck up an 1/2" to 3" so I didn't cut the green out of the grass. I cut it every 3-4 days and bag the clippings. i'd like to keep the grass height no more than 2" if possible. The blazing sun sure puts a hurting on the ground surface temps when kept short.

    So this recent round (3 weeks ago) of slow release granular I applied was a 15-0-15+2(iron) and it was rained in 30 mins after (how lucky) and the next day my lawn company put down a slow release 40-0-0 Urea and was rained in about 3 hours later (lucky again). This took care of the stress look but I didn't want the grass this tall but, had no choice. The Potash helped the base of the grass and the roots dig in deeper.

    Now, as of this post, we've had some good rain shower events just after I mowed on Tuesday (lucky again) and still have the on and off mild showers supposed to be lasting until Friday, Aug 3, 2018. The Bermuda has really responded to this excellent slow soaking we've been getting. I'm sure you're having the same weather up there in Norcross, GA.

    I'm wondering if I should just wait until next Spring to try the inhibitor (Podium was my pick unless you suggest another brand) and utilize my normal granular pre emergent and granular fertilizer regime with it. I want to keep the grass thick but not at 3". Organic granular never worked on my hybrid Bermuda sod. The red clay beneath was impervious to it. I get all of my fertilizer from our local co-op really cheap and not that overpriced big box store once a week mowing homeowner stuff like Scotts etc.

    If I apply the Podium when the grass wakes up really good next Spring and before the first granular fertilizer treatment do you think this is a winning strategy? I read the label on the Podium and suggests it needs to be applied every 4 weeks for best results? I read what you said and the label about no more than 7oz per season on the Bermuda. How much Podium (or your flavor inhibitor) per 2 gallons of water should I use? I read 0.2 – 1oz per gallon on the Podium label. you know better than I on this call.

    I hope the book I just wrote didn't bore you but, I wanted to make sure you knew what I was doing on my lawn and what was the best course of action using any brand of inhibitor.

    Thanks so much, Paul.

  6. I'll be damned if i can find out the delivery rate for a Roundup S1 – 3 gal back pack sprayer. Maybe I'll buy one like you use so I know the rate and applying the GR etc will be exactly what you post.

  7. Are there other similar/comparable PGR's that also promote lateral growth, similar to T-Nex, that are less expensive? (I know T-Nex is already a cheaper generic) The smallest size (1 gal) would last me 6 years at the absolute max application rate. If other comparable PGR's aren't available, is there any chance that Quali-Pro would release T-Nex in a smaller size?

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