broadleaf timing

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by teejet, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. teejet

    teejet LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 232

    Anyone hit broadleaf weeds early before crabgrass sprouts. I have about 2 weeks to get barricade down. I don't know if I should start adding ester to the tank or wait till next round.
    Last year I sprayed for broadleafs to early and it didn't kill them. I also don't want to wait till next app. (8-10 weeks ) for weed kill. I only have about 60 lawns. Is my best approach to wait till right before crabgrass sprouts and add weed spray to the first round?
    I know the best time to get good weed kill is after dandies bloom.Any advice would be helpful. I am in southern Indiana
  2. teejet

    teejet LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 232

    Does anyone start rd. 1 without post weed kill and then start adding it as it gets warmer, or does that make things more complicated to keep track of who got what?
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,915

    Last year I added weed control only for new customers that needed it. Takes more time, but I went around to most new customers and sprayed their weeds on the first day dandelions became visible. Then back to the crabgrass control route. Main blanket weed control was in June.
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,130

    I generally do fert+pre only Rd 1. May carry my backpack to spot spray some problem broadleaf areas but generally broadleafs aren't hardly visible yet when I put down pre.
    I prefer not to 'hunt and peck' for weeds on my customer's lawns. I try to hit most lawns when the greatest broadleaf pressure is peaking. Here, that is generally mid-late May and then another surge mid-late August. Blanketing in April is just silly and not IPM.

    My Rd 2 (late May) is my first blanket rd.

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