Curse the rain or praise it?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassmasterswilson, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
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    As bad as we need some rain I just had a thunderstorm blow up out of no where. It dropped about 3/4 inch in 15-20 minutes. I finished my last app about 1.5 hours before the first drop.

    Wonder how many call backs I'm gonna get? Sure hope the weeds were sucking up the celcius/mso mix!!!!
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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I think you will be fine. I did a test on clover last year and after 15 minutes, T-Zone herbicide was absorbed and rain safe. I watered it on purpose at 1 min, 5 minutes and 15 minutes.
    Your solution--well you just have to test it.
     
  3. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
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    No weeds in our yards....rain is welcome.
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  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    On the other hand...
    a mid summer heat and drought which thins the turf, and which warms the soil to a high level...
    followed by heavy rain...
    is almost sure to result in a huge crabgrass problem. This is partly due to the gradual dissipation of crabgrass control products by late summer. I am predicting an onslaught of summer annuals also--especially spurge--which I hate the most. YUCK!!
     
  5. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    Seeing more crab and spurge every day. Running Momentum Q pretty much entire round 4/summer app
     
  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes spurge has absolutely blown up here, and some crab around the boundaries. Putting Drive XLR8 in the backpack with T-Zone but if there is more widespread crab may have to run a 4 way in the PG and broadcast (hoping not).
     
  7. Dbry12

    Dbry12 LawnSite Member
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    I'm going to take a different approach to the main question. Curse the rain because 80% humitidy and 105 temps is miserable.
     
  8. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rain? What is that? I get a wind driven drizzle that does not even water anything. Then the drizzle stops and I am left with the wind. If I were FalseBrown, I would be spraying yards by just letting the wind carry the spray from one end of the property to the other.
     
  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    We were in a severe drought just as much of the country, no rain since April. Then it rains 5 day out of 7, 3-4"s. Then the weeds come out of nowhere. I thought I had everything under control but they were just waiting on enough water to emerge. This also made the mowing much more difficult.

    So I am almost thinking a drought works to my advantage. I can control the water on my lawns and not mother nature and the irrigation business is great.
    The rain will mask irrigation problems.
     
  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dry, windy weather is when I am hopping fixing irrigation coverage. The sloppy half azzed "good enough' installs show their weakness when it is dry. Wind makes it even more apparent because lack of overlap really shows.
     

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