organic grub control

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Drew Gemma, May 18, 2008.

  1. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
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    what is out there that is proven to work I have 80 k to treat
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Drew,
    We are in trials right now with our NPP product, very encouraging results.

    ICT Organics Introduces 1-2-3 NPP (Natural Plant Protector). 1-2-3 NPP is a naturally occurring long chain polymer that induces systemic resistance in plants bolstering their defense system to high alert. While bolstering the turf or plants immune system it is also registered effective as a fungicide fighting downy mildew, powdery mildew, early blight, late blight, gray mold, leaf spot, anthracnose and blast.

    This multifunctional product is also registered with the EPA to control nematodes on crops, ornamentals and turf.
    Mode of action: 1-2-3 NPP acts in soil to stimulate the growth of naturally occurring microorganisms in the soil, which then release substances that kill pathogenic nematodes and their eggs.
    Application Methods: Spray on leaves throughout growing season, with applications every one to two weeks as needed.

    Here is how it works, There are certain microorganisms that produce an enzyme that is lethal to root feeding grubs and nematodes. Our product triggers the response to produce the enzyme, these are the microorganisms that live in the rhizosphere, any grub or nematode that trys to munch on the root is killed.

    In soils that have been bombarded with fungicides, herbicides and high salt fertilizers there may be NO or very little biological activity in the soil. You will need to apply an inoculant like ours first in order to get the numbers up, for the NPP to have any effect.
    Quarts are $19.95 and treat 32,000 sq ft as a maintenance dose, double for active fungal disease , gallons are $74.50. It works out to $0.58 per 1000 treated.
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you looked into nematodes?
     
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The ingredient is EPA registered as a pesticide for nematodes. The interesting thing is this all happens in the rhizosphere so if you are not a root feeding nematode, which are the bad guys for plants, it does not affect you. Root feeding nematodes lay their eggs in the rhizospere so that when they hatch there is food readily available, so it wipes out the eggs too. pretty cool

    You actually want bacterial, fungal and nematode eating nematodes to keep the numbers in the soil in check.

    To show you how non toxic it is to humans and pets, I actually give my dog a pill of this in his food every day, it is a form of glucosamine.
     
  5. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    hey bill, I got a customer who seems like he might have some brown patch or something going on in his yard you got anything for that?
     
  6. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Maybe we can get Low Country Landscape on here they are doing trials in the Low Country of SC on take all patch with our NPP.

    You can stop the expansion with the NPP and then hit it hard with some trichoderma, once a week for 3 weeks and then back off to every 2 or 3 weeks and see.

    Brown patch is a diversity thing, there is nothing there to compete with it, once the lawn is mowed the blades of the grass are open for fungal disease.
     
  7. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    THAT IS GREAT BILL a nother way to deal with grubs
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was talking about the nematodes that specifically target the grubs.

    Worry about what this microbe does in relation to that mocrobe once tw grubs are gone.
     
  9. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    bill your dog wont get cancer either, the long strand monosaccharides are being researched for cancer treatment. or is yours a poly.
     
  10. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    uh oh, what is the difference between a microbe and a mocrobe?
     

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