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Old 04-23-2012, 01:07 PM
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How many gallons do you use?

Last season I used 128 oz (1 gallon) of Lesco 3 way and had great success with it. I was at John Deere Landscapes this morning and told them that and they were shocked and said that guys usually use 2-2.5 gallons. I was just curious how much everyone uses.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:09 PM
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We use approx 200 gallons per season of various weed control products.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:19 PM
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I'm not sure what the question is here? I buy chemical in both 1 gal and 2.5 gal containers, based somewhat on how much I need but mostly on what's in stock lol. This is my first year spraying, I have went through 3.5 or 4 gal of herbicide. I started out at the 1.5 oz per k rate, then cut back to 1.3 oz per k so it won't burn the grass as bad.

How many gallons of product you go through is basically irrelevant. What matters is that you are mixing it at the recommended rate indicated on the label.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:53 PM
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I was just curious how much everyone uses.
Depends all on how many square feet or acres one cares for.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:21 PM
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Depends all on how many square feet or acres one cares for.
It also depends on how well you and your customer maintain the property...I have accounts that have had 5 weeds in the two years I've had them. Pre-m and thick irrigated lawns are my favorite.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:29 PM
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Agreed there. I have had the 5 weeds in the entire lawn situation as well. Irrigation is so important here that I will not take a lawn that is not on irrigation or if the irrigation is not up to par and the client refuses to fix it. Those two scenarios lead to poor weed control and even worse appearance of the lawn. Of course, it is all my fault if the lawn does not look like a golf course after one fertilization and weed control application. I can sit on a gallon of Speedzone for a long time. Other lawn people go through that like water because they are not looking at the whole picture.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:32 PM
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What I was trying get at was I used 1 gallon of 3 way in my 200 gallon space saver and the guys at JDL told me guys usually use 2 to 2.5 gallons of herbicide in a 200 gallon sprayer at a time.
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Agreed there. I have had the 5 weeds in the entire lawn situation as well. Irrigation is so important here that I will not take a lawn that is not on irrigation or if the irrigation is not up to par and the client refuses to fix it. Those two scenarios lead to poor weed control and even worse appearance of the lawn. Of course, it is all my fault if the lawn does not look like a golf course after one fertilization and weed control application. I can sit on a gallon of Speedzone for a long time. Other lawn people go through that like water because they are not looking at the whole picture.
That being said...I have many crap lawns...chemical after chemical and the people refuse to water...costs me more and is not the right way to make a lawn weed free. Chemicals are not the answer to poor lawn care (irrigation, proper cut height or other things)
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:41 PM
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I do not touch crap lawns unless there is also a commitment to make the improvements needed to mowing and irrigation. A bad lawn has more than just weeds going on. In my area, underwatering or overwatering and usage of a rotary mower are big reasons why a lawn is bad. Part of the fix is to turn over mowing to a friend of mine that will use a 7 blade reel on the lawn. Most mowing guys use rotaries or a string trimmer to cut the entire yard.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:47 PM
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To add, if mowing and irrigation are not correct, it is impossible to control weeds here. Keeping lawns on preemergent herbicides 12 months straight and constantly applying postemergents eventually damages the lawn. I have seen it happen to other lawn people. They have managed to OD the lawn on many herbicides, kind of like when a person is on 30 different medications. When the actual fix was to correct irrigation and fertilize properly.
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