We mostly focus on row crops in our blog, however with the first day of spring here and warmer temperatures, many are thinking about their grass.
For much of the Midwest the winter was very long with lots of snow and ice. To keep sidewalks clear lots of salt was used. Excess salt creates growth problems along the edges of sidewalks and streets. SuperCal SO4 is the best product to reduce the harmful effects of salt.
|Severe de-icer burn, image credit: www.ag.utah.gov|
Have pets? SuperCal SO4 applied to urine burn spots will help facilitate faster re-growth.
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Early spring is a great time to apply SuperCal SO4 to increase water infiltration, improve root growth, and naturally aerate the soil. Applications of SuperCal SO4 improves plant vigor, keeps it greener though prolonged drought periods, provides calcium for reduced fungus, and sulfur for greener grass, and is safe for the environment.
SuperCal SO4 can be safely used at high rates on mature turf grass, but other amendments often must be used at lower rates;
Elemental Sulfur (S), should only be applied at high rates to bare soil as long as it is mixed in and left for a few weeks are allowed for equilibration. During those weeks the soil should be kept moist and soil temperatures should be above 55 degrees to allow biological conversion of S into H2SO4. Elemental S and other S sources (except gypsum) should not be applied to a mature turf grass above 5# S per 1,000 sqft to avoid foliar burn and excessive acidity at the soil surface. Sulfur fertilizers containing N are limited per application by the turf grass N requirement.
It is always best to start with a soil sample before applying any fertilizers or amendments. Once a need for SuperCal SO4 has been established use at the following rates;
40#'s per 1000 sqft applied spring and fall thoroughly watered in.
Salt affected areas:
After initial spring application, frequent applications of 10-15 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. throughout the growing season may be required to maintain optimum growing conditions. Final rates should be determined on the basis of a soil test.
New Seeding and Sod:
Apply 100 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. prior to seeding or sodding. Water thoroughly.
Heavy Clay or Compacted Soil:
Spread 100-150 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. annually in the spring and fall to maintain soil condition. Water thoroughly.
Applying SuperCal SO4 to your yard will ensure it stays green, reduce your water bill, and make you the envy of your neighbors.
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