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Hi!! My name is Kevin and I am new to this forums... I have a question that I would like to ask...Last week on Tuesday I aerate and slice seed my lawn and now I want to start applying organic fertilizer to my lawn so how and where do I begin and what do I use..I am in Kansas....Please help!!!I really love the idea of doing organic lawn care.....
 
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I would think its time to start sourcing or creating some compost to eventually add to the soil. Try leaf removal companies, horse stables, organic dairys or chicken farms, lawn care companies (cilppings....questionably organic...) or just create your own over time from lawn waste and vegetable kitchen scraps.
 
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I have to leave in like two minutes or I would say more ...

Definitely do NOT fertilize until your baby grasses have reached mowing height.  They're a little delicate when they are first getting started.

 
                                      
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paul wheaton wrote:
I have to leave in like two minutes or I would say more ...

Definitely do NOT fertilize until your baby grasses have reached mowing height.   They're a little delicate when they are first getting started.





Why do you say this?

Fertilization with seeding is a very common practice to give the new seedlings a kick start. Without it and waiting weeks until the new grass needs to be cut is only creating an unhealthy lawn with shallow roots and poor growth.

Fertilizing while seeding gives the fert a chance to work itself into the soil for use as the grass seed germinates and therefore better root growth which is essential to a healthy lawn.
 
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The babies are tender.  Fertilizer can burn. 

Further, seeds don't take in fertilizer - grass does.  If you throw down fertilizer with seeds, it may be more than a week until seeds germinate and two weeks until you see the tiniest blades of grass.  During this time, you are watering once or twice a day.  What happens to all of that fertilizer?  Does it just get washed into the subsoil - on its way to our drinking water?  When the grass is ready to take it in, will there be any left?

The truth is so freakishly complicated, it could fill volumes of books.  It depends on the kind of seed, the kind of fertilizer, the amount of water, rain, what all is in the soil, the temperature, etc. etc. etc. 

So, it is true that some folks make recommendations that are different from mine.  My general rule of thumb recommendation without knowing lots more:  hold off on fertilizing until the grass is ready for the first mow.  By then, it won't be so burned by it, and it will be able to take it in.  Usually, there is lots and lots of other stuff that used to be growing in that spot that has recently died somehow and the baby grasses can feed off of that.

Naturally, given a freakishly huge gob of details on a situation, I might change my recommendation.  But if we're gonna go into that much detail, I wanna get paid.  Lots! 


 
                                      
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paul wheaton wrote:
The babies are tender.  Fertilizer can burn. 

Further, seeds don't take in fertilizer - grass does.  If you throw down fertilizer with seeds, it may be more than a week until seeds germinate and two weeks until you see the tiniest blades of grass.  During this time, you are watering once or twice a day.  What happens to all of that fertilizer?  Does it just get washed into the subsoil - on its way to our drinking water?  When the grass is ready to take it in, will there be any left?

The truth is so freakishly complicated, it could fill volumes of books.  It depends on the kind of seed, the kind of fertilizer, the amount of water, rain, what all is in the soil, the temperature, etc. etc. etc. 

So, it is true that some folks make recommendations that are different from mine.  My general rule of thumb recommendation without knowing lots more:  hold off on fertilizing until the grass is ready for the first mow.   By then, it won't be so burned by it, and it will be able to take it in.  Usually, there is lots and lots of other stuff that used to be growing in that spot that has recently died somehow and the baby grasses can feed off of that.

Naturally, given a freakishly huge gob of details on a situation, I might change my recommendation.  But if we're gonna go into that much detail, I wanna get paid.  Lots! 






OK, I'll go along with it, I'm always involved in all of those details, so I know the answers, but I understand where you are coming from. 
 
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