The Iowa State Turf Club members apply fertilizer and pesticides to the Reiman Garden Lawns each year. Reiman Gardens is a beautiful facility managed by the ISU foundation. It is located just south of the football stadium on campus.
The late summer application of 18-0-3 fertilizer at a rate of 1 lb nitrogen/1000 sq ft was applied yesterday, Sept. 5. It has been a rough year for lawns in Ames because of the drought. While much of Reiman Gardens is irrigated, the parts that are not watered are under quite a bit of stress. Hopefully, we will get some rain and cooler conditions soon.
Thanks again to Damian Richardson and the others from John Deere Landscapes #249 in Clive, Ia for donating the fertilizer to the club for this falls applications (see blog from August 2, 2013). This is a fund raiser for the club and the money will be used to travel to the sports turf managers meetings in San Antonio and to the golf course show in Orlando early next year.
These donations make it possible for the club members to participate in the turf contests at these meetings. Any other donations of fertilizer or pesticides would be greatly appreciated.