Applied Altrazine to growing Bermuda lawn! Help!

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by jettabrett92, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. jettabrett92

    jettabrett92 LawnSite Member
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    I made a boneheaded move. I applied "Scotts Bonus S Weed & Feed" to my Bermuda lawn yesterday. So now, I learn that altrazine is in it and that it is essentially an herbicide for Bermuda.

    Is there anything can be done to help save the bermuda? Have you guys ever heard of this happening? What was the outcome? My lawn is about 60-70% "greened up" if that helps.

    I called my local extension office but their agent is out of town. Also called Scotts and they didn't have any recommendations. Actually, the guy I spoke with said he's had cases where it didn't hard the Bermuda lawn, but maybe he was just trying to make me feel better.

    Anyhow, I feel really stupid about it. Normally, I'm very good about reading labels, but I just saw "southern weed & feed" and turned my brain off after that. Live and learn I guess.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. dogsluvtrux

    dogsluvtrux LawnSite Member
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    Atrazine is a Syngenta chemical (Atrex), there are a bunch of generics on the market....look up who the local Syngenta ag chemical rep is, and call them. If they don't know the answer, ask them to talk to their tech rep. The will be able to get an answer for you...
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Otherwise healthy bermuda can take a low rate of atrazine applied once. It might turn a little yellow or even brown, but grows back pretty fast. The granular form on fertilizer is not as hot as a spray application. Especially if you stayed within the label rates of the fertilizer. When atrazine is being used to kill bermuda in St Augustine, that involves high rates applied 30 days apart and in combination with another herbicide known to be toxic to bermuda. It might be different if this was done to a lawn not on irrigation. Dried out lawns dependent on erratic rainfall are not the same as lawns getting 1" of water per week guaranteed.
  5. jettabrett92

    jettabrett92 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks guys for the replies.

    The yard was actually looking great the last few days, but I noticed this morning that there are a few small yellow-ish spots. Not bad at all, but a little worried it might get worse. But, the good thing is that the lawn doesn't look near as bad as I thought. I literally thought I'd come home from work and find a yellow lawn, with all the blades laying sideways and/or shedding off - haha.

    Also, I ended up talking to my county's extension office and he said pretty much the same thing as you guys: "Bermuda is resilient, and should grow back".

    So, I'll try to get a picture for you all, if you're curious. I know I was dying for a picture when I was researching this topic.
  6. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    You set the your lawn back 2-3 week's, it will be fine. Aren't you glad bermuda is so forgiving? If it was a cool season grass like fescue you would be looking at bare soil.
  7. jod78

    jod78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    Don't know, but I hate Scotts. I went organic last year. No worries about over applying, burning, etc. Synthetics like Scotts do nothing but harm in the long run for your soil, in my opinion. I apply Milorganite at about 30 lbs per 1000 sq feet every 4 weeks and sometimes throw in an application of soybean meal in between.
  8. antv20

    antv20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    Using Milorganite on Bermuda?
  9. jod78

    jod78 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I'm using it on Zoysia, but if I had bermuda I'd use it on that too.

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