Best time for Weed and Feed

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by JasonPC, May 12, 2000.

  1. JasonPC

    JasonPC LawnSite Member
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    I applied my fert w/dithiopyr the week of April 5th. I was thinking next Saturday which would make it 6 weeks between apps. Does this sound right? I live in Massachusetts. The dandelions are all over the place!<p>Also, Lesco tells me that their granular weed and feed is great and will work just as well as liquid. I'm a newly certified pesticide applicator and this is my first season doing this fertilization program. Do you more experienced guys have any suggestions? Lesco wants to sell me a product that has 2,4 D, dicamba, and one other chemical in it. What do you think? Will it get rid of all of these dandelions??!<p>Thanks ahead of time...<p>Nicole
     
  2. Lazer

    Lazer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    A good time to weed isn't always a good time to feed. Apply a liquid herbicide at full rate and 1/2 rate of fertilizer.<p>Your Lesco people need to get in the real world, I think the fumes are getting to them cooped up in there. If you do granular weed control, make sure the whole lawn is soaking wet before application. (Dew, irrigation, etc.)
     
  3. NeilG

    NeilG LawnSite Member
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    Right on Lazer. I can't count the number of new customers that I sign up, because they have tried to kill weeds with a granular weed and feed product, and they just don't work well unless the product can stick to the plant. I go with Bentgrass, from Lesco the first two rounds. Takes care of most of the weeds that I am faced with, even onions. After that I switch to Momentum.<br>
     
  4. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
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    I spot-treat using a backpack sprayer with Trikill. Haven't sprayed yet..waiting for the rest of the spring weeds to join their dandelion friends first. If you gotta go granular, put it down first thing in the morning on a dewy lawn.<p>----------<br>Dave in S.Ontario<br>www.cutntrim.com
     
  5. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hey Dave, I'm in Ontario too and I'm having a hard time getting the correct pesticides sign for my lawns. I am making them on my computer and copying them, where do you get yours? I do mostly country lots from 1/2 to 4 acres so signs aren't really a problem but I would like to stay legal. I use 2,4-D for most with hit of killex to help it along. Thanks, cantoo<br>
     
  6. cutntrim

    cutntrim LawnSite Senior Member
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    We get our signs from the same place we get our chemicals. Outdoor Supplies in Hamilton. We used to go to Milgrove Warehouse north of Waterdown. Try your local fertilizer supplier.<p>----------<br>Dave in S.Ontario<br>www.cutntrim.com
     
  7. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks Dave, I have tried the local place, they sell only to farmers and registered users and don't know where to get the signs. I am trying a few more places in London and Kitchener.
     
  8. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    I just came back from Outdoor supplies in Hamilton.

    They want $65 for the sticks and $65 for the Residential signs per 500. (1 box of 500)= $130.
     
  9. Nova

    Nova LawnSite Member
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    Wow! 4 years later! :p
     
  10. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
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    JaysonPC,
    If you have broadleaf weeds on a new client's lawn then you need to do an addendum application for broadleaf weeds if they are bad. Granular weed and feed will work if applied on a dew covered lawn or just watered lawn but no water for 48 hrs to get good results. Read the label on the weed and feed and if in fact it does have dicamba in the formulation then stay away from the drip line of all trees as dicambe moves through the soil profile and WILL HURT AND EVEN KILL trees over a 2 year period.

    I have found the best way to keep the lawns weed free in the spring is to do an blanket application for broadleaf is in the fall after the weed seeds from the neighbors dandilions ect...have dried during the summer period and germinate in the late summer after some rain and cooler weather. they are immature at this stage so no flower and easier to control but most imporntantly no spring weeds except mabey some wild garlic and some chickweed which you should spot treat during your 1st and 2nd spring applications. nowadays with a permagreen spreader/sprayer I spot treat weeds every visit that weather allows. Number one reason clients hire lawn care companies is weeds. I hope this helps and good luck with the granular weed and feed.(start at 5:30A )

    Pete D.
     

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