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Late Lawn Fertilization

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Well a lot of people say that I'm too late fertilizing my lawn. I should have fertilized it a month ago. Well, I don't know. Those of us who have procrastinated a little bit might be ahead of the game because we've had a lot of rain.

Now I hope those of you who did fertilize earlier used this slow release fertilizer that we always talk about because if you didn't I'm afraid a lot of it's washed out. We've had a lot of rainfall this year and where fertilizer goes is straight down into our water table.

You say, "Well what does that have to do with me?" It has a lot to do with you if you don't like to drink fertilizer water because the biggest source of water contamination that we have is not from pesticides but it's from fertilizer runoff. So use the slow release fertilizers and you can still apply it at this time of the year. If you haven't fertilized yet go ahead and do it. But do look for these slow release fertilizers and you can see on the bag it says, "Contains sulfur-coated urea." There are several formulations available and if you want to do it completely organic you can use this milorganite, which is basically sludge from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it's completely organic but you have to use quite a bit more.

So go ahead and fertilize your grass - we've got plenty of moisture to make it grow pretty and green this year. Use a fertilizer spreader so you get even distribution. Use a slow release so we won't have to drink this stuff that you're applying.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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