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Old 03-01-2011, 01:02 AM   post #1 of 21
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Help Pellet or Liquid fertilizer?

Hi all,
I am thinking about purchasing a rear mounted sprayer for my X540 and was wondering what you all thought about Pellet or Liquid fertilizer? I have been told that liquid is the way to go... I basically do the Scotts 4 step although I try to miss the summer application especially if it is dry. I am in PA and have a 1/2 acre yard but often do the neighbors...so about 1.25 acre max. I really like the idea of a mounted sprayer and I have read that the rear mounted pellet spreader gets product all over the rear of the tractor.

Liquid:
PRO-
Works faster
More effective especially for weed control
Can be applied to dry grass
Less money

CON-
Does not last as long
Harder to get (but I have a Lesco here - owned by JD!)

Pellet:
PRO-
Familiar with its use.
Very easy to get
More forgiving to mistakes?

CON-
must apply when grass is wet for certain types of weed kill to work
Spreader issues
more money


Your thoughts??? I hope you don't say get both!
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:39 AM   post #2 of 21
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I use both spreader and sprayer. Just depends on my mood as to which one I use. I probably use the sprayer more than I use the spreader. You will need to wash the tractor, sprayer/spreader after using either one. http://www.natureslawn.com/index.php

I like the sprayer for using weed killer through out the year. http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=74778
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:48 AM   post #3 of 21
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I use my pull behind 25 gallon sprayer for weeds. Spraying is much more effective on weeds. Use my spreader for dry fetilizer.

If you have a lesco near you I would be buying my fertilizer from them instead of the Scotts. I get mine from my brother that has a lawncare business. He can get a 50# bag for less that $20 and that even included the type with pre-emergent for crabgrass.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:35 AM   post #4 of 21
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I've never used a sprayer on my lawn, so take my thoughts with a grain of pelletized lime, but if cost is no object I could see one of each.

On the other hand, I currently have a nice drop spreader that is handy for spreading lime as well as the fertilizers and weed and insecticides as necessary. It also serves for my annual over seeding, and I could use it for spreading salt/sand on drive though I do not. At my previous house (more than 25 years ago) I had a small fruit orchard of about 30 mixed trees. I used a variety of hand pump sprayers then for the various Volck Oil and pesticide sprays. I would have loved a nice sprayer that could have conveniently switched from lawn boom to tree wand for spraying.

So, if you can afford and store both conveniently that is probably the way to go. If you want to conserve cash and storage for other things, think through all the things you might do with either and choose the one that fulfills more needs.
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I use the sprayer for weed, the spreader for feed. But, there is a caveat, I only use a spreader because I haven't located a local source for a liquid fertilizer.
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I use the sprayer for weed, the spreader for feed. But, there is a caveat, I only use a spreader because I haven't located a local source for a liquid fertilizer.
Go get a big plastic barrel and then go to the local Coop or farm fertilizer dealer in your area and buy some 28% they will know what your talking about. It works well as long as you don't over do it. I use a 30 gallon barrel and it last me a couple of years. slkpk
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:30 PM   post #7 of 21
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My sprayer was not as good as I hoped it would have been. That's just an anomaly perhaps.
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My sprayer was not as good as I hoped it would have been. That's just an anomaly perhaps.
Can you explain further? Was it the sprayer itself you did not like or the liquid fertilizer?

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google "AGGRAND", organic liquid fertilizer that i use. available from any AMSOIL dealer or from their website. good product and good for the environment.
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Go get a big plastic barrel and then go to the local Coop or farm fertilizer dealer in your area and buy some 28% they will know what your talking about. It works well as long as you don't over do it. I use a 30 gallon barrel and it last me a couple of years. slkpk
How do you apply this? Can you use a rotary spreader or is this a liquid?

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How do you apply this? Can you use a rotary spreader or is this a liquid?

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It's a liquid and I use my sprayer. This is high nitrogen and I mix 2 gallon of 28% in with 40 gallon of water. slkpk
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I am sure it has more to do with the mix than the method of application but I have never seen a liquid that works as well as the granular. Even tru-green etc.

For the record, I have never use ANY fertilizer with a tractor but the machine should not make a difference. and of course those cheap brands never seems to work as well as scotts for example, just as generic drugs are NEVER like the original!! close but not exact!



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It's a liquid and I use my sprayer. This is high nitrogen and I mix 2 gallon of 28% in with 40 gallon of water. slkpk

What sort of coverage are you getting from this 42 gals.? Is this like, a 1 acre application or what?

I've always used granular on my lawns, and (as a kid) liquid at the farm. I've ALWAYS ended up with stripes of REALLY green grass due to too much granular over lap......would be sweet to avoid that!
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Go get a big plastic barrel and then go to the local Coop or farm fertilizer dealer in your area and buy some 28% they will know what your talking about. It works well as long as you don't over do it. I use a 30 gallon barrel and it last me a couple of years. slkpk

Thanks for the tip! I'll give it a whirl!
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What sort of coverage are you getting from this 42 gals.? Is this like, a 1 acre application or what?

I've always used granular on my lawns, and (as a kid) liquid at the farm. I've ALWAYS ended up with stripes of REALLY green grass due to too much granular over lap......would be sweet to avoid that!
I'm on 3 acres and use about 5, 45 gallon tanks full. I also use the Brandt colorant to see where I've sprayed. http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=74778 on page #2 of the thread there is some pics of it. slkpk
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