Northwest Ohio - IS IT or ISNT it time to put down crabgrass preventer??

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by stinky rodent, Mar 21, 2004.

  1. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You noticed crabgrass germinating in April? Really? You actually saw the plant in April? I am skeptical.
     
  2. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What's the ground temperature at 4 inches deep? That will dictate your timing. Also, how many customers you need to get done as to whether or not you should start a little early.
     
  3. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
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    In my opinion the radiant heat warms the soil next to the kerb. When its 70% degrees outside it gets crabgrass going real quick with some moisture. ...but hey who am I to say anything.
     
  4. get rich

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    Radiant heat also near a house will kick the crab in high gear. Also along the roadways, ITS ALIVE ....But that doesn't mean it's germinating and going to seed just because you see it, correct? It just means you better hurry up and get it down so it'll get watered in and build that barrier up so the new seed can't grow? It's a crabgrass preventer not killer(unless dimension,which has alittle post control on younger plants,one two tiller) If your seeing it in april, you should have done a lte season app last year. Some say if you put it down late enough in the year you'll get very early control, then you can not stress so much about having to have it down by end of april. I'm up north, so ground temps been slow to recover. Night time lows still dipping down into low 30's and lucky if day time highs reach fifty for two three days in a row. Thats my take on it although i'd buy turftims book, on how too if he'd write one. He's sounds like he's got a great program. Kudo's to you.
     
  5. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
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  6. get rich

    get rich LawnSite Member
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    New account.....if its bad i would spray it with acclaim when your there applying second app of fert, after early spring pre-m. I would try to put as many newly aquired miss treated(no pun intended)at the top of your list,and make them your first stops when starting your season. As for when to start your season i think depends on how many lawns on your list, I'd strive to have all your lawns done by mid-end of april. Gotta wait til snow is gone and grounds dry,and not too soft. If you get a lot of rain in the spring it might just call for second application of pre-m w/ your second round. Hey Tim, how many weeks does it take for crabgrass to germinate and drop it's seeds? Three weeks? Just wondering about that, thanks.
     
  7. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
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  8. get rich

    get rich LawnSite Member
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    I tried trimec plus last year, it didn't work very well for me although i was trying mid-late in the year. I'll stick with drive or acclaim.good luck with this year. Hey you ever catch any Marty Grunder seminairs in Ohio, he's out of dayton i think. Now thats one smart cookie when it comes to sales. I'm sure he does ohio trade shows. Oh well, good luck.
     

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