Spring is just around the corner in Florida and it’s that time when we look to the calendar and plan for our lawn feeding. Generally, this occurs when after the last full moon in February. For the most part, we designate March 1st as the benchmark time of year to start your fertilizing chores.
The Florida Turf Growers Association (FTGA) is one of the leaders in turf information and responsible care. They have posted a great calculator tool that will sure make fertilizer calculations easy. I’m all about easy!
It’s called Fill Calculator. I know there are plenty aps out there, but if you are at a loss, or suffer from math anxiety, this will be of help.
You simply insert the fertilizer formulation (granular or liquid) in the calculator, enter the units of your area (square feet or acres) then fill in the a
nalysis (the three numbers on the bag – Nitrogen: Phosphorous: Potassium). Your local extension agent can also help you with calculating the square feet of your area.
Read the back of the bag that indicates the target rate for best results (you can call your local extension office for that number too) and it automatically provides the cost you would pay, the pounds of fertilizer required, and the number of bags you will need.
It’s a great way to compare products, prices and availability while standing in the garden center and plugging in the numbers. What could be easier than that?
Disclaimer: User assumes all risk associated with rates, calculations, and product applications.
Don’t forget to follow your county fertilizing policy prior to application in case you have blackout dates. Newbies to Florida, some of our counties and cities have specific times of year that you are not allowed to apply fertilizer to your residential or business turf. Vegetable gardens and flower beds are exempt from the blackout ordinances.
For more information on fertilization of turf, click on the following link. https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/publication/LH014