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Wichita gardener’s almanac for Aug. 29

THE time to fertilize fescue — September is the single best time to fertilize tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass lawns – and it starts Tuesday, believe it or not. (I can’t.) Apply 1 to 1.5 pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. “The settings recommended on lawn fertilizer bags usually result in about 1 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet,” Ward Upham of K-State writes in the Horticulture 2015 newsletter. “We recommend a quick-release source of nitrogen at this time. Most fertilizers sold in garden centers and department stores contain either quick-release nitrogen or a mixture of quick- and slow-release. Usually only lawn fertilizers recommended for summer use contain slow-release nitrogen. Any of the others should be quick-release.

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