Please Help Me

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Mike75, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Mike75

    Mike75 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 39

    I am in Oklahoma City and have a lawn that is bermuda. However, it has a serious problem with crabgrass. Because it is mid August, what can I do to get rid of it as soon as possible? If it is not possible to kill it now, what is my best approach? I am also trying to spend as little as possible. I understand that this has been asked before, and I have used the search feature, but I would appreciate the direct answers. Thank you for your time.
     
  2. Mike75

    Mike75 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 39

    Seriously guys?
     
  3. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    Spray with Roundup, wait two weeks and spray again.
    Then slice seed Improved tall fescue in two directions. water,water and water.

    Save your money for three to four years so you can repeat the same process.
    Why? because the Bermuda will be back! IMO
     
  4. VARMIT COMMISSION

    VARMIT COMMISSION LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 547

    Home Depot and Lowes carry home owner products that will work just fine for you. Stop by and ask a garden center associate what they have. If your in south okc try marcum's nursery, north try tlc garden center. northeast okc go to lesco, central okc try estes, west okc try tlc garden center. We have a garden center or a home improvement center within a 5 mile center anywhere in okc.
     
  5. yardprospraying

    yardprospraying LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    You could just call varmitt and have him spray some drive 75 for you. We are about an hour north of you, or I would help you out.
    Good luck,
    John..
     
  6. Mike75

    Mike75 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 39

    Thank you very much for your help. I am actually located in Stillwater, OK. Where are you located? Drive 75 sounds like a great product, but how many times would it need to be applied and how much is each application? Thanks again.
     
  7. yardprospraying

    yardprospraying LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    Hi Mike,

    We are located in Enid, OK. Drive 75 is an excellent crabgrass post emerge. It is also good on a few other grassy weeds as well as several broadleafs. It is very important to use mso as a surfactant though. We usually have good results with one app.

    Another product you can use is msma. It sometimes takes multiple apps of it, plus it can really turn your bermuda yellow in hot temps.

    Depending on how big your yard is will determine the amount of drive you need. One pound will treat one acre.

    John.
     
  8. Mike75

    Mike75 LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 39

    Thank you for the fast reply. I only have 6,000 sq. ft. so it is not very large. Because it is already August 19, should I try and kill the crabgrass now, or should I wait and just put down a pre-emergent in the spring? Will the crabgrass I have now die before next summer or will to come back, therefore is it important that I kill it now? Please point me in the right direction with the timing of things. Thanks again for the help.
     
  9. evergreenedmond

    evergreenedmond LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Crabgrass is an annual weed meaning that if you apply pre emergent in the early spring at the correct rate it will not return next year. This doesn't mean that you won't have to apply a pre emergent every year. You are the only one that can decide if it's worth it to you to use drive 75 or MSMA now to kill the weed or if it's OK to wait until next year to have a weed free yard. It will cost you more to kill it now that it's up than it would have if you would of applied a pre emergent last winter/spring, remember that ounce of prevention pound of cure thing? If it's worth the money to you to kill the crabgrass now then do it, if not wait until next spring.
     
  10. yardprospraying

    yardprospraying LawnSite Member
    Posts: 152

    Mike,

    Evergreenedmond makes an excellent point. It would be more expensive to kill it now, and just wait and apply pre-emergent in the spring.

    Another thing to consider is that if you have more crabgrass than bermuda, it might be a better option to kill it now. That will give your bermuda a chance to fill in those areas where the crab was before it goes dormant this fall. If you decide to spray it, then I would recommend fertilizing as well. If you can go into the fall with a thicker healtheir turf, you will have less chance for weed competition next spring. I would still apply a good pre-emergent herbicide in the spring though, since there is going to be a lot of crab seed laying there to germinate.

    John.
     

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