Dandelions

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by rcreech, Apr 19, 2007.

  1. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Posts: 6,053

    I have only been in the biz for three years (I know....still a rookie), but every year I get calls about now from customers with some dandelions. I don't use and broadleaf control in the first round due to the colder weather and poor control. Do any of you go out for broadleaves on round 1? How do you respond to your customers if they will not have a broadleaf application for several weeks?

    Thanks,

    RC
     
  2. tremor

    tremor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,476

    Tell them the truth. Herbicides only work on actively growing weeds.

    That aside, you might be able to start spraying earlier than you think. Ester herbicides like NuFarm's Cool Power increase your application window.

    Organosilicone surfactants might increase efficacy under less-than-ideal conditions.

    Old schoolers sometimes add ammonium sulfate to their herbicides to increase cool weather performance.
     
  3. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,372

    I tell them that I'm the professional, that I'm the ones that's been licensed, trained.

    I COULD spray them now, but I will offer no guarantee. If they want it sprayed then, okay.... but I'm pretty sure I'll be spraying it again.

    If they allow me to wait until it's time, then I'll guarantee it.

    Also, I inform them that if they would have allowed me to spray the previous fall, right after the first hard freeze, that they would have had less than a hand-full of dandelions this spring.

    Education of the customer is the most important thing.
     
  4. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    Thats the God's honest truth right there.
     
  5. Grandview

    Grandview LawnSite Gold Member
    from WI
    Posts: 3,251

    Start doing a fall application for broad leaf weeds. This eliminates any blooming dandelions in the spring.
     
  6. M.C.L.C.

    M.C.L.C. LawnSite Member
    Posts: 67

    Speedzone works great here in ks in the spring, the label actually has 2 listings as far as oz per gal goes...one for cool weather and one for warm
     
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,849

    In Ohio, mid to late April would be the earliest for broadleaf weed control.

    Inform your customers of this.

    For your customers that call regarding broadleaf weeds, just pull their route card, and put them at the top of the list.

    You have a very fine land-grant university in Ohio. Use it whenever you can.
     

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