Old 04-12-2013, 10:06 AM
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I'm so sick-Herbicide Application Error

So to make a long story short, I accidentally applied a three way (with 2-4d) to centipede. I had mistakenly identified dormant centipede as Zoysia.
I went by my neighbor's lawn and you can definitely see the damage.

I'm trying to determine the next step. Ultimately I guess if the damage is extensive enough to re-sod with centipede.
This obviously is the most expensive option. There is a chance that the centipede could recover this summer. I'm really hoping for this option. The third option would be either to recede with centipede or to recede with Bermuda; I would prefer to recede with Bermuda.

Has this happened to anybody else. What should I expect?

I'm so sick. %&*$!
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:18 AM
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I had a yard that had the same thing done, there was Bermuda in the back and centipede in the front. The back was fine but streaked out the front and killed out a third of the yard. I used a rake and pulled the dead grass out and lightly fertilized the yard and kept it watered, three months later it looked better than before. It will grow back. It would not hurt to seed it a month after raking and feeding.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:21 AM
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I meant to say re-seed not recede.....dang Dragon software.....and my ADD
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Old 04-12-2013, 11:44 AM
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Make sure you communicate with your customer so they are not fuming. Hopefully they allow the lawn to recover. If they want an instant fix, you'd better call your insurance company.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:00 PM
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It's going to be between you and the customer. If I were in your shoes I would explain what happened to the customer and work with them on a solution that costs you the least amount of money but, more importantly, satisfies them.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:14 PM
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This is why we do not use 24D products unless it's a must. 3way is total garbage anyways. Do some research and you can find alternatives that work better on broadleaf weeds.
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:43 PM
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If you decide to seed the lawn try using carpet grass seed. It comes up and fills in quick. It looks a lot like centipede and when the centipede starts to recover it usually crowds out the carpet grass. I've used it as a patch for years and most home owners don't notice the difference.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:46 PM
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I spoke with the owner today. I told him and he kind of chuckled. He said he has seen my personal lawn so he knows my capability. As far as the grass, two weeks after treatment it is about 50% green. Does not seem to be getting worse. Or better. I drive by there every day. I also offered to take care of cutting the yard until I was satisfied with the progress of the yard. I'll keep you all posted on this learning experience. Thanks Ric for the motivation too!
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:18 PM
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Being sick over a mistake just shows he cares. I would suggest a class at the local university on turf grass I.d. If your not comfortable identifying grasses because it all begins with proper I.d.
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