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Why would Scotts be applying pesticides to lawns on Long Island in November?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lawnguyland, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. lawnguyland

    lawnguyland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,108

    What could Scotts possibly be applying to lawns on November 6th on Long Island (Zone 7)? I saw a guy appying a granular to the turf today and put up pest flags. How could he possibly be ripping someone off? There is no good reason I can think of to apply pesticides now on turf. Maybe I just don't get it, what could he be applying? It was raining and cold.

    Weed control? it was granular so probably not and it's too cold plus it was wet and raining at the time.

    Insecticide? Um, for what?- no visible damage to lawn from street plus it's too cold

    Fungicide? Possibly, but why? Snow mold prevention? Fungicides are pretty much useless anyway. this would be my guess, but would still be unnecessary in my opinion.

    What's your opinion?

    Any explanations that would make sense? Thanks....
  2. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,372

    He was prob. putting down the fall fertilizer. The last step in the scotts cycle.
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,795

    i sprayed today in zone 5 with speedzone and fert finishing up my fall step and it works jsut fine despite the cooler weather. it is a very good idea to apply weed control now and catch next years weeds a bit early!!!!!! less problems in spring from chickweed, henbit and dadelion
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    Yep. Probably a fert.. Also, just because there's no damage visible from the road, does not mean there is no insect damage. we are still hitting grubs, and there re several (most0 places that he damage is not visible from the road.
  5. jim163

    jim163 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 149

    had to be a winterizer and he put up the wrong flags
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Pre-Em can be applied in the Fall months. I've done this before with good success on really badly infested lawns.
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    Are you serious? their is a number of things he could be applying at this very moment in that zone with those temps. grub control for one, mild starter fert if their had been overseeding, pre-m and more.... their are no magic dates where apps stop. His reasons are only known to him and the home owner unless someone is interested reads his app tag. fungicides are useless????

    Their are many resources on the net and in library's and bookstores maybe even at adult education classes where you could brush up a little on lawn care.
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    I just read my post and realised it might sound a little smart azz. I did not mean to come off like. I try not to be one of those guys that pull that crap. I am sorry if I sounded rude I did not mean to be.
  9. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    Lawnguy, I would doubt they are putting down pesticides as well. Probably doing the winterizer or lime and just flagged it with the pesticide flag to let the client know they were there.
  10. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,734

    Thats what I'm thinking also.
    Got to show 'em U was there ! :)

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