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Re: PESTS: Need help with ANTS!

Mike Sutton writes:

Hi John,
We are in a relatively high temp area very similar to Tammy's.  Right
we are applying a 5-10-15, it seems to be the best (for us) at this time
year.  We also have lots of ants.  All our iris are on raised rows much
like row crops.  The ants make little nests all over the place but seem
stay a way from the iris, to date we have never seen any damage from
Mike Sutton
Thanks for keeping the list up!
> From: John I. Jones <jijones@ix.netcom.com>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
> Subject: Re: PESTS: Need help with ANTS!
> Date: Sunday, June 14, 1998 2:55 PM
> Lora L. Masche wrote:
> > 
> > Hi John,
> > 
> > I read your note on fertilizer and have a question?  Do you think a
> > 20-20-20 fertilizer is a little strong on the nitrogen?  I use a 6-20-20
> > Lora L. Masche
> > Forquin Mountain Iris Garden
> > 21643 Shake Ridge Road
> > Volcano, CA 95689
> > (209)296-4436
> > http://welcome.to/irisgarden
> John forwards and replys at the same time...
> Yes and no... When I use anything stronger than 10-10-10 I use less. So
> if it were 20-20-20 I would use half as much. Thanks for pointing that
> out, I neglected to mention it in my post. As to the relative strength
> of the nitrogen component relative to the others, I have always been
> told, by various sources, that balanced is best. Perhaps in higher temp
> and higher humidity areas, a lower nitrogen porportion might be better
> to reduce the risk of rot, but at least where I am, 10-10-10 works best
> for long term fertilizer. I have never felt the need for stronger doses
> of potassium and phosphorus. I don't know your soil, and if it is is
> thinner and drains faster than my rich clay, 6-20-20 may be better for
> you. Once again this points out how careful we have to be to evaluate
> our own conditions and to know the conditions of the giver of advice.
> Thanks
> John                     | "There be dragons here"
>                          |  Annotation used by ancient cartographers
>                          |  to indicate the edge of the known world.

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