This might be a stupid idea... (BLSC and alfalfa pellets)

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This might be a stupid idea... (BLSC and alfalfa pellets)

Postby chrispitude » August 3rd, 2017, 10:16 am

Okay, this might be a stupid idea...

but could you spray or soak alfalfa pellets with BLSC in some manner, so that it is absorbed into the pellet and becomes time-release across multiple rain events? This might allow more of it to soak into the soil. On my property, the soil saturates within minutes and the runoff goes down-grade and off-property.

If the dried pellets remain intact, they could be spread on the lawn with a drop-spreader. But for all I know, the alfalfa pellets would mush up immediately upon treatment with the BLSC. I don't have my BLSC ingredients here (yet) nor do I have alfalfa pellets, so I can't try it out yet.
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Re: This might be a stupid idea... (BLSC and alfalfa pellets)

Postby TimmyG » August 3rd, 2017, 12:48 pm

chrispitude wrote:
August 3rd, 2017, 10:16 am
But for all I know, the alfalfa pellets would mush up immediately upon treatment with the BLSC.
^ I assume this.

You're worried about runoff when applying BLSC? That's not remotely a concern given the amount of water applied unless your soil is literally a shelf of bedrock. Just apply it as usual, let it do its thing, and your runoff issue should improve.
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Re: This might be a stupid idea... (BLSC and alfalfa pellets)

Postby chrispitude » August 3rd, 2017, 1:47 pm

There goes my shot at ATY fame and fortune. :(
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Re: This might be a stupid idea... (BLSC and alfalfa pellets)

Postby MorpheusPA » August 4th, 2017, 10:20 am

+1 TimmyG. It wouldn't slow release the BLSC any more than just spraying it on (more solid) soil.

With easily saturated soil (it probably has a clay or silt lens lower down that blocks infiltration?), I'd apply BLSC when the soil is dry. That'll give it maximum penetrance and reduce the amount running off.
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Re: This might be a stupid idea... (BLSC and alfalfa pellets)

Postby LTCM » August 19th, 2017, 12:20 pm

I'm not even sure I completely agree that time-release is prefered. BLSC isn't a salt based nutrient. If your lawn needs it go out and apply it at rates beyond the recipe. It's pretty innocent stuff - I've gone up to 5x what the website says with no ill consequences.

Then again, I've been know to apply SC and KH in the same manner as micros, so I don't think of ATY as a rule book.

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Re: This might be a stupid idea... (BLSC and alfalfa pellets)

Postby lVlrBoJang1es » August 19th, 2017, 12:55 pm

LTCM wrote:
August 19th, 2017, 12:20 pm
Then again, I've been know to apply SC and KH in the same manner as micros, so I don't think of ATY as a rule book.
That thought crossed my mind the other day when i was applying my milo+micro app - atleast the SC part.

I swear i read somewhere that the KH also provides benefit as a foliar app. If applied the KH in a milo carier, i'd think that it would only be helping the soil. Helping the soil IS of course the intended purpose of the KH, but I don't mind milking every bit of benefit i can out of my apps even if the foliar benefits of the KH are slight at best. Correct me if i'm wrong.

Just my thoughts. I'm glad i wasn't alone in considering the combined app possibility (whether or not it's a good idea heh) :good:

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