Merit (breakthrough) new england!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lawn king, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
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    For the first time ever we are seeing some breakthrough on merit, isolated grub activity (chafer) with no ryme or reason to it!
     
  2. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep and Just as it comes off patent and gets cheaper.

    Nothing New for Florida. Merit has been failing for years now and Bayer won't honor any Guarantees. In Fact I believe They took Sugar Cane Grubs off the label as a controlled species. Welcome to my world with the cost of Aloft SC and Arena.

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  3. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hi ric, im trying to pm you but your mailbox is full!
     
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will PM you my E mail address. I don't want any PM. That why I let My PM box stay full. This way I can select who I communicate with.

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  5. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    i have seen some very isolated damages and breakthru as well.
     
  6. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    With all the lack of rain this year it's no wonder there are failures. I am seeing them as well.

    I don't think it has anything to do with the product. It's about whether it was adequately applied and adequately watered in.

    Just like always.
     
  7. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually Grub eggs hatch better in wet soil than dry. The eggs take on over 50% of their weight from water as they mature. It has been my experience to have less grubs in dry years and more Grubs in Wet years.
     
  8. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Ric, is correct.

    I've been wondering if adults were able to target irrigated lawns in drought areas? Therefor higher egg survival rate.
     
  9. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    The trade off is you have more damage in dry years simply because of irrigation problems and lawns that are un or under irrigated have less recuperative capability.

    Its kindof the same with surface insects. You always have them but you only notice extensive damage in dry seasons.

    A lot of these insecticides break down in sunlight too so letting merit sit there unirrigated for a week can't do it any good.
     
  10. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've wondered if sod webworm are attracted to my fertilizers or weed control.

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