Pre-emergent for flower beds

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Indy Kyle, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
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    I know many of you use snapshot for your mulch beds but what about your flowerbeds? I don't think you can put that stuff down when you plant flowers because it won't let them grow right? Do you just have to hand weed the flower beds?
     
  2. bglawncommand

    bglawncommand LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
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    We have used it in the flower beds for years. no problems. (over 200 commercial accounts)
     
  3. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
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    You can put it down just before you plant your spring flowers? I thought it would prevent the flowers from growing also.
     
  4. bglawncommand

    bglawncommand LawnSite Member
    from Chicago
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    We put it down second week of march. It is a cholinesterase inhibitor, and is really only effective on smaller plants (early stages of life, although snapshot is a bit tougher than treflan, etc.).
     
  5. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    have had only mild problems with vinca if it is used too much, other than that i have even used it on some of the plants labeled as harmed by it, just use less and have had no problems, but to be safe i would try till comfortable with the material. it does a good job, but still have to de -weed by hand or roundup to keep some weeds in check that are not controlled. mulching after first application is a must to get good control. rock mulch is still ok cause there is almost always fabric under it to help too. it is a good product.l i apply using the small hand spreader by scotts i get from walmart for 10 bucks. i hold it low( must apply with little wind, it is a dust ) and wear a mask, gloves and long sleeve shirt. two apps are needed about 4 weeks apart i think.
     
  6. Indy Kyle

    Indy Kyle LawnSite Member
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    So you put the stuff down in early March, hopefully just before it rains. Then you start your flowers in late April or early May and they should grow just fine?
     
  7. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
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    yup, but rememeber it takes two apps 4 weeks apart
     

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