upper midwest dought

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Scottypoo, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. Scottypoo

    Scottypoo LawnSite Member
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    Good mornin fella's. Up here in Minnesota a lot of my customers lawns have gone almost completely dormant due to the fact that it hasn't rained much since the flood in June. we got hammered with 11" in 24 hours. Since then we have only had a few rains totaling around 4 inches. My question is, is it safe to put down my fall app? I use a granular 18-0-8. We may get some rain before it snows, but the temps are in the 40 's at night and we will be getting frost soon. Please share your thoughts.
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  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sure, why not; just my opinion. It will probably rain soon and then that fert will go to work.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The ferts will sit there for quite a while waiting for the rains to come,,, and to some extent, so will the broadleaf postemergent... but I like to apply post emergent ONLY to actively growing weeds, because I've had plenty of apps over the years, simply go to waste, because the weeds just didn't soak the herbicide in...
    'cides can be applied in Oct, even Nov. here in the Midwest, but it seems that the 'Winterizer', should be down b4 mid-Oct to do the best advantage for the turf...
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,899

    2nd straight year up here with hi heat and no rain. Getting old.
    Even weed free lawns look like hell, large areas have died out. I feel bad for my customers but not much I can do beyond offer slice seeding.

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