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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by jc1, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,117

    Today I was surprised to see a company applying Lesco fert with Pre-M in my area. It was 24 at the time in South Jersey. It wasn't even one of the national chains it was a regional company. With applying this early I would expect that by mid summer they would expect break through. Any opinions on this early of an application?
  2. garydale

    garydale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    It is probably a split appl. program. R2 will extend their control.
    When you have people on the clock you must weigh "too early" vs falling behind.IMO
  3. wahlturfcare

    wahlturfcare LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 549

    i have already seen true crap(green) and another company putting granualr down even though we have a bout 6'' of snow on the ground for the past month.
  4. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    I'm glad I am small enough that I don't have to make poor judgement calls!
    There is absolutly no reason to be applying a pre or fert at this time!
  5. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,010

    how? the wheels of spreaders wont go through that.

    Yes I dislike them too and have seen them applying too early, but never this early in Iowa/MN.

    You stretching the truth a bit? :)
  6. CrownLawnSvc

    CrownLawnSvc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Some research shows there is little breakdown in colder temps. Late season breakthrough won't be a problem, if the research is correct. My concern, and maybe undeserved, is waking the turf too early and getting the plant succulent before a big hard freeze.
  7. naughty62

    naughty62 LawnSite Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 369

    I think i will call and schedule a deep root for a couple chlorotic oaks . I need i t done with in two weeks .L.O.L.
  8. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    yeah, i agree it is a bit early, but some companies are so big they have little choice but to start really early. i start in a bout two weeks with fert and pre m. i don't think you run much risk with breakthrough especially with barricade, but making the grass to succulent can be a problem too early. otherwise it does not matter. many put it down as a winterizer instead with great results the next summer still. i wouldn't, but if it works
  9. jbdavis

    jbdavis LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 5

    Pre-emergents are broken down by soil microbes. These microbes are not active in these colder soil tempertures. I will be spraying baricade and roundup on about a 100 acres of burmuda and zoysia sod in the next couple of weeks. I put the baricade down this early just to save time by not having to spray the same 100 acres 4 wks. later. Never have any trouble with early breakdown.
  10. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,717

    Take some before and after pictures of that Zoysia you'll be spraying. I'd like to see how beautiful it is in about 2 months after spraying it with that Special mix of Round Up and Barricade...

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