Turf Growth Regulator

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by newguy123, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's a better application situation for these products. Its can save a significant amount of trim time. A judicious mix of regulator where appearence matters and Gly app where it appearence is less important enhances the cost savings further. Around trees and beds its PGR, fencelines and hardscape its gly sometimes spiked with Imazapyr for a little lasting ability. A little Scythe makes for quick cleanup up of overgrown stone areas and open beds.
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  2. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Yeah that was the main reason I posted the thread. So you have found that it works well in this situation?

    How often would you reapply the product?
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  3. Patriot Services

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    I get 2 to 3 monthes of effiacy then it drops to 6 weeks in the summer.
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  4. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow! Even 6 weeks definitely cuts out a lot of hours trimming. I've asked other lawn care owners in my area about this and I haven't found anyone that uses it. I wonder why...
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  5. johnsonslawnmanagement

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    Ive heard talk on here and been given samples of: Edge less PGR. Hasn't used yet but boy would it be nice to edge once every six weeks.
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  6. Patriot Services

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    Bear in mind you have to be licensed for pesticides to apply this product. Realistically it just didn't save enough time to justify its cost on turf. Bushes and hedges, it makes me money as we have several species that almost need weekly trimming without a PGR.
    Side note a lot of talk has been going on about using PGR's to encourage lateral growth in warm season turf.
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  7. johnsonslawnmanagement

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    This has been our goal: lateral growth and seed head suppression on Bermuda. I've gotten the lateral growth down pat, but the seed head suppression has been spotty. I'm guessing you are going to have patches that won't be suppressed in most lawns. Regardless, we have done some slopes, rough accounts, and small island areas that require extreme angle mowing or string trimming, and made these areas either monthly or every 3 weeks before we have to mow. Trial and error, and about 2 years of experiments, but it has saved significantly on our labor on these accounts. I'm working on some PGR products For this spring similar to the "edge less" and I intend to make a post describing my glyphosate experiments and results.
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  8. bart may

    bart may LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've been using them for 2 years now. I finally decided to try them after fighting the surge growth in the spring combined with what seemed like endless rain. I really like them. I figure it costs me $60 acre for the product. I seem to get 4-6 weeks of controlled growth in that amount of time. By that I mean I might come back after a week and only see about 1.5 to 2 inches of new growth. For me it's more of peace of mind. I can't control the rain and it kills me to have to fight 6 inch tall grass each week. I'm double cutting and when it is wet it looks like crap. PGR's have helped me with all these issues. I know when I come back to the lawn I won't be fighting a jungle and even if it's raining I know I can cut it and make it look good. We use it on bluegrass and fescue lawns.

    I've used Podium and T-Pac in the past. I'm curious as to how well Embark works?? It is considerably cheaper and work use it if I found it produced the same result.
     
  9. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    So would you say using the regulator where you would usually weed whip would be effective? About how long would you estimate it to work in this application?
     
  10. bart may

    bart may LawnSite Senior Member
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    It lasts longer the shorter you keep your grass, so edging that has been trimmed short I would suspect to last 5-6 weeks. This isn't to say that you won't need to go back and trim it just means you'll only be trimming about half the height you usually do. The areas that I've applied for trimming can sometimes be skipped every other week.
     

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