Growth Regulators

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by DLCS, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Do any of you guys get calls for spraying growth regulators on residential lawns? I've used them on my lawn before and for hard to mow areas but not on a customers lawns at least not yet. I only have used a back pack sprrayer to put down growth regulators just curious if any have sold this service and what are you using to apply. I know its out of reach for most customers but some have asked about them, might have seen it on tv or something and are curious.
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is definately something to think about... we have many weedeating areas that often take longer to do than the mowing, so it is impracticle to do more than monthly...
     
  3. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I know what you mean. I will be using growth regulators more this year to aide in trimming. If used right it can be a very valuable tool. I wish the price of growth regulators would drop a little as I think it woudl be a great seller. The average homeowner can't afford it but it would be a great timesaver for those who enjoy mowing their lawn but don't want to do it every week or don't liek the heavy growth in the Spring.
     
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you trying to put yourself out of the mowing business? It works if you can get the app perfect. Its way more expensive than mowing and will not give that just mowed look. Once you stop you will get a massive rebound growth effect. Something I've been fooling with to hasten plug spread and general fill in with St Augustine.

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  5. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I do alot of large property mowing so it will never replace that as the costs to treat with growth regulators is high. Now for the small pstage stamp lawns I believe someday this will be the answer. Yes, you have to know what you are doing and this requires the app to have perfect or near perfect coverage. I use it on my home lawn and I keep the just mowed look for 3 weeks but the lawn looks good for at least 4-5 weeks. But even if you mow every two weeks while using growth regulators, it will definately speed up the mowing process. Just something I'm thinking about.
     
  6. AnotherOkie

    AnotherOkie LawnSite Senior Member
    from Newalla
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    I used generic primo last summer on my yard and the in-laws lake house yard. I applied at 1/2 oz/1000 w/some iron about 2weeks after applying 1.25 lb/1000 of N. I think I went 19 days without mowing and then another 13 days after that. This was during May-June, which is our most active growing season. I'll use it again this year. I'm a squirt/fert guy, I hate mowing.
     
  7. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    What type of grass was this?
     
  8. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    What are you're experiences with GR on the St Aug?
     
  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    On properties that I regularly use it on the hedges, the turf right in front of them grows slower but denser. When the effect wears off (dependant on temps) it will experience explosive growth in height and laterally. I stripped down two small sections of my yard (6 x 6) and plugged them 8" spacing. I treated one section with Primo and triple 12 fert, the other just the fert. Manually plucking any weeds that pop up. This was 45 days ago. The Primo side is about 25% farther along. Nothing stellar. As we come into growing season I'm going to try a larger area of established but spotty SA. I'm not a CPO so the turf experiment is for my amusement. I make money replacing sod. If I have my way I will be removing the SA and putting in LaPrima XD.
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  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Good plan. The CPOs will bless you because management of bermuda chemical wise is not as hard. On your end, if you want your bermuda to stay bermuda, it is more money for you. Bermuda is to be cut with a reel if the desired effect is fine turf and not a hay field. Invasive coarse grasses tend to take over bermuda mowed with a rotary at cool season grass heights.
     

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