Yard overtaken with a sea of small careless weeds

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by lawnbridge, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. lawnbridge

    lawnbridge LawnSite Member
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    Customer's yard overcome with a sea of small careless weeds. He mistakenly mowed his main yard with same mower that he mows his ditchs with. Now he wants me to come clean it up. He has bermuda, temp is in the upper 90's. I am just timid to put anything to harsh down with these temps. Can anyone recommend anything?
  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    Depending on what the weeds are, just spray early in the morning.
  3. turf hokie

    turf hokie LawnSite Silver Member
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    If the weeds dont care, why does he???
  4. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    Depending on what types of weeds you are referring to and the type of turfgrass he has, apply the herbicide at 1/2 or 1/4 rate per 1,000 sq.ft. Any amine type broadleaf killer will work in those temps. Grassy weed killers will work at those temps too--MSMA!
    Spray in the morning as lawnspecialties has stated! If this lawn isn't irrigated at all, be very careful...................and i mean very careful!!!!!! Use the 1/4 rate on the label.
    I know that time is money and you don't want to blanket spray a lawn that could possibly fry out, but treat a small area of the lawn and make your decision from there---then come back in a couple of days to make final spray. Let the customer know what you are doing.
    I will be necessary to know what the weeds you are trying to kill are so you don't misapply the wrong herbicides and fry the lawn.
  5. lawnbridge

    lawnbridge LawnSite Member
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    Thanks think green. the weeds I am talking about we call them careless weeds but I guess the official name is redrooted pigweed.
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
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    If it is pigweed, then cut it back, then let it regrow to a 3-4 leaf stage, and spray a 3-way broadleaf killer with 2-4D, Dicamba and Mecoprop on it. Try that first, then see what response you get before you bring out something else. Don't forget some type of spreader sticker like adjuvant with the spray mixture or you won't get good coverage. This plant has stout leaves and hard coated leaves. Then again, it all depends on your turfgrass.
    I am all Bermuda's and Zoysia's here.

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