Torpedo Grass Help

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Fernis, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. Fernis

    Fernis LawnSite Member
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    Hello,

    I have a Centipede lawn that has recently been invaded by Torpedo grass. The Torpedo grass now occupies approx 10% of so of my lawn in patches and is spreading like an out of control wild fire.

    Is there anything that I could apply to selectively kill the Torpedo grass without killing my Centipede?

    Attached are pictures of the grass I believe to be Torpedo grass.

    I am not a professional, but just an average homeowner in need of help dealing with this nasty problem. Any help would be appreciated.

    Fernis

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  2. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 590

    Look into Vantage with active ingredient Sethoxydim. I do not know if it will kill torpedo for sure, but I know that it is safe for Centipede and with remove many different grasses and some broadleafs for centipede lawns.
     
  3. Fernis

    Fernis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Thank you for the suggestion. I placed an order for the Vantage and will post back after I apply it.

    Any tips for the mixture or application?
     
  4. ProLawns

    ProLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    That looks like St. Augustine grass to me.
     
  5. Fernis

    Fernis LawnSite Member
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    It's definitely not St. Augustine
     
  6. cstafford

    cstafford LawnSite Member
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    Lesco makes a product w/active ingredient "Sethoxydim" with the same name. Same stuff as Vantage, a little less money. Same results.
     
  7. Fernis

    Fernis LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for posting the alternative product.

    The Vantage seems to be working, but it is expensive.
     
  8. Jeffc92

    Jeffc92 LawnSite Member
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    My whole backyard is filled with that stuff, some have said it was bermuda but to me it's much thickerthan the Bermuda I've seen. They're are whole sections of my yard where this has completely taken over. I've pulled pieces 3 feet long in my yard. Now I'm trying to kill the whole backyard and start over. Just using roundup. We'll see how it goes. Good Luck
     
  9. Fernis

    Fernis LawnSite Member
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    Jeff, use the Vantage product or the alternative product listed in this thread. It works.
     
  10. Jeffc92

    Jeffc92 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    My whole backyard is filled with that stuff, some have said it was Bermuda but to me it's much thicker than the Bermuda I've seen. There are whole sections of my yard where this has completely taken over. I've pulled pieces 3 feet long out of my yard. Now I'm trying to kill the whole backyard and start over. Just using roundup. We'll see how it goes. Good Luck
     

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