New Dye User

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by sway, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. AnotherOkie

    AnotherOkie LawnSite Senior Member
    from Newalla
    Posts: 365

    I've actually got a commercial contact that specifies that dye will be used on each application. Silly and not necessary, but I just factored it in for the bid.

    Not sure who started or why they did, but it is tough to pick up new work on dormant bermuda around the okc and tulsa areas if you don't use dye. I can't speak for other southern states but that's just how it is in our area
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  2. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dye works much better through fan tips. A large enough fan tip held at the right height will cover a large swath. There is a higher risk of drift unless the fan tip is air inducted.
     
  3. AnotherOkie

    AnotherOkie LawnSite Senior Member
    from Newalla
    Posts: 365

    I agree about the dye looking bettet when applied with the flat fan tips and boom sprayers
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  4. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    Just wondering, does dye show up good on low volume apps? What would you say is the minimum amount of water per to show up good, speaking of dormant warm season turf BTW.
     
  5. AnotherOkie

    AnotherOkie LawnSite Senior Member
    from Newalla
    Posts: 365

    It looks really good at application rates of .5-.75 gal/1000 out of a boom.
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  6. bigdaddycain1216

    bigdaddycain1216 LawnSite Member
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    the die is our calling card in northern OK. if u dont use die around here u wont pick up a new yard.

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  7. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wish I could do that. Making it obvious the grass was treated in my town will probably get me a visit from the Hawaii DOA.
     
  8. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dye has it's place in my world. I use dye every once in a while for spot treatments. Tractor Supply has a cheap Blue dye that works well for me.

    Lawn Dye jobs just don't have the Correct shady of color and look artificial from a mile away IMHO. I am in a Year round growing Climate so those who water have Green Grass even in January. Not a big market here for Grass Dying but there a few. Very Few.

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  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
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    I know dye show up well on dormant turf but how about green actively growing turf? For instance using a contrasting color to green, red or yellow maybe. Anyone ever tried this?
     
  10. turfmd101

    turfmd101 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Some customers require dye because most products of today are very low odor and with liquid apps you do not see pellets on the ground. Allot of customs do not believe they have had treatment if they cannot see or smell it. It's just like a popcorn trail of proof that you were there.
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