Anyone else having problems now with crabgrass?

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Florida Gardener, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. I am cutting my St Aug high as he'll and I still am getting emergence here and there...am I the only one?
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  2. bugsNbows

    bugsNbows LawnSite Member
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    No you are not the only one... it's going nuts now. You do realize that baking soda sprinkled on damp grass will burn off the crabgrass very quickly???!!! The rate is about 1 lb. / 100 SF. It's not a permanent kill-off, but will quiet customer complaints.
     
  3. Bugs I do know that but the customer has to be willing to pay me for that. It would be cheaper than an R&R though.
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  4. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
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    All the lawns that I cut that are treated by a company starting with the letter "T" and the other company starting with the letter "M" are infested with crabgrass. All of these lawns would have been in much better shape with a few bags of Milorganite a year and insect control only. It really is amazing how shoddy their work is.
     
  5. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    There is a actual product for you spray guys out there that is essentially that. I promote Heron for L & O and they treat this areas with that mixture. It yellows the hell out of it and gets it do die back. If it is a small area they can usually get the SA to overtake the area again - big areas - not so much. But it does do a great job in getting the HO to see how much actual CG that they do have present in there lawn on the first treatment. That usually means sod workpayuppayuppayup
     
  6. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Chris

    I believe with only a limited Pesticide License you would be breaking the Law to treat crab Grass because you don't have the Commercial L & O License. Therefore Crab Grass isn't or shouldn't be your problem. Tell your Customers to contact their spray Company to control Crab Grass.
     
  7. Ric, I know, we have beat that horse to death. It was a question to see if anyone else is having CG problems right now. It is my concern bc I am trying to not have more CG spread. Don't worry Ric, I wasn't asking what chems to control or what pre-emergents to apply. I'm not breaking any laws.
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  8. bugsNbows

    bugsNbows LawnSite Member
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    That is a gray area because baking soda is not an EPA registered pesticide.
     
  9. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ch 482.021-22.a defines pest control as (The use of any method or device or the application of any substance to prevent, destroy, repel, mitigate, curb, control, or eradicate any pest in, on, or under a structure, lawn, or ornamental) I do not see any grey area in the law.
     
  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Chris

    What you don't understand is how Crab Grass grows or you would know if any one else was having Crab Grass problem.

    CG is a annual which means it grows to maturity in one season. CG will put out Millions of Seed which are in fact viable for up to 15 Years. But Typical of annual seeds They germinate and grow quicker than Perennials and out competing them. Given the fact annuals love Water and the fact we have had a HUGE amount of rain this year and August is our wettest month, you better believe CG is popping up any where there is a NICHE for it to get a hold. A Niche is any weak or thin lawns where sunlight can hit the seed as it germinates. If you believe in Pre Emerge then it should actually be applied for CG control in July and August in our state because those are the highest Rain Fall months.
     

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