Turf Management With BIOSOL
Turf managers and golf course superintendents are confronted with a wide variety of soil conditions, fertilizer requirements and turf expectations when maintaining a healthy turf. The organic substances in Biosol promote soil health…
Golf Course Application Rates:
The lasting efficiency of Biosol is particularly advantageous. First year applications should always be the heaviest. Application rates after the first year may be reduced. Recommended application rates are:
2000 pounds per acre for fairways per year:
1000 pounds in early spring
1000 pounds in late Fall
Lawn Sports Turf and Landscaping Application Rates:
The lasting efficiency of Biosol is particularly advantageous. First year applications should always be the heaviest. Application rates after the first year many be reduced. Recommended application rates are:
1700 – 2000 pounds per acre once a year
800 – 1000 pounds per acre twice a year (recommended)
Landscapers and homeowners are confronted with a wide variety of soil conditions, irrigation, fertilizer requirements and plant variety when maintaining a property. The organic substances in Biosol promote soil health. Soil health is the capacity of soil to function within ecosystem boundaries to sustain biological productivity, maintain environmental health, promote plant growth and achieve a healthy balance of good soil microorganisms…
Turf Makeover- Home Edition
10 Steps to a New Lawn
We have been able to consistently, and easily renovate over 300 existing lawns with 10 easy steps. The process is done without expensive turf removal equipment, without rototilling in compost mix and can usually be completed in several hours.
This renovation process can be done whether you have to fill in any thin spots or if you have to reseed a lawn that may have been destroyed by fungus, drought stress, or poor maintenance practices.
1. Decide what needs to be changed.
Landscape re-do, new patio, flower bed. Make sure you have not used a pre-emergent on your lawn. It will keep seeds from germinating and hinder any grass growth.
2. Fix the problem(s)
What caused the turf to be in the shape it is in? Was it poor sprinkler coverage, grub infestations, fungus infection, too much shade for the type of grass, or just tired old turf?
3. Kill out any unwanted grass and vegetation
Do not use a soil sterilant that will keep plants from growing for a year. Just scraping it off will not work. The roots will re-establish.
4. Mark the sprinkler heads
We recommend using flour. Every one has flour and it is biodegradable. Mow the lawn short.
5. Aerate the lawn with an aerator
Make sure the lawn is moist so you can pull the best plugs possible. Go over the lawn 10-15 times with the aerator. The edges will be the most difficult to do. You may have to aerate the stressed areas and the dog paths more.
6. Power rake the lawn
You want the power rake to nick the top of the soil (1/4 in.), not digging up excessive thatch. Breaking the crust of the soil will provide excellent seed to soil contact. Power raking will also break up the aeration plugs and it will look like you have top dressed the lawn.
10-15 lbs/1000 sq.ft. of Biosol Forte organic fertilizer. Biosol Forte supercharges the nutrient cycling in the soil. It has carbon, sugars, and feeds beneficial bacteria and beneficial fungi in the soil. It also contains a 7-2-3- slow release N-P-K.
Mix mycorrhizae in with the seed before broadcasting. Use ½ lb in 25 lbs of seed or 1 lb into 50 lb bag of seed of MycoApply micronized endo mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae is a beneficial root fungus that will increase the root structure 100%-1000%.
5 lbs/1000 sq.ft. of Menefee Humate, a high carbon soil conditioner. Humate helps break down clay soil, holds onto water and nitrogen longer, plus helps to release bound up nutrients in the soil. It will last 4 months in the soil.
3 lbs/1000 of a starter fertilizer. Preferable a 18-46-0 but a 16-16-16 will work. This application will cover the nitrogen needs for the grass for the first 3 weeks as it starts to grow.
The Biosol Forte will start releasing in 2-3 weeks to balance out the nutrient needs of the turf.
8. Choose the right type of seed from the right seed company
If you buy your seed from a box store then ignore all of the above and follow their recommendations. Good luck!
The right type of seed from the right seed company will make you look good and cost you less in the long run.
The newest varieties of seed are much more drought tolerant, disease resistant, and darker of color than the seeds from 5 years ago.
Apply the seed with a broadcast spreader at double the application rate. Application rate is approximately 3-4 lbs/1000 sq.ft. for blue grass and up to 8 lbs/1000 sq.ft. for tall fescue. By doubling the application rate you can make up for the loss of seed that will get caught up in the thatch layer and will not germinate. The seed must come in contact with the soil for germination. It will take 10 days to 2 weeks for blue grass and tall fescue seed to start germinating and rye grass will germinate in 4-7 days, try not to broadcast seed into the flower and garden beds where it is not desirable.
9. Water frequently and lightly for 28 days
Any puddling of the water will separate the seed from the soil. You do not need to water like you do with sod. The existing turf and the thatch layer will hold a lot of moisture throughout the day. You can start cutting back the water in 2 weeks. Mow the lawn with your normal schedule. You can shut off the water for a day so the grass will dry. Mow at 2 1/2-3 inches in height.
10. Sit back and enjoy!