econo weed/fert

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mowforyourmoney, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. mowforyourmoney

    mowforyourmoney LawnSite Member
    from kc
    Messages: 45

    hey this is a pretty stupid question but how do the "econo" brand weed killers like "weed-b-gone" compare to stronger stuff that most lco's use is it as effective?
  2. indyturf

    indyturf LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,901

    the weedcontrols you can buy like weedbegone are the same as tri-mec and other 3-way weedcontrols you buy at lesco. if you are doing much spraying it would be cheaper to buy in larger amounts from a ag store or lesco
  3. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    When you say "econo" I assume you mean what you can buy at wally world. if thats so, it doesn't compare, its a homeowner grade product.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    It is all the same. The stuff that you buy at the big box stores and at Walmart have the same active ingredients as that that you buy at the suppliers. Granted, there are different active ingredients for different products, and they are sold in different concentration (many times), but there is nothing at places like K-mart that isn't available at the suppliers like Lesco.
  5. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,386

    Check your mix rates. Using homeowner material will be much more expensive in the long run. You have to use a lot more of the homeowner to make any kind of volume.
  6. GrazerZ

    GrazerZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    it dosen't comapre because it has a much with lower AI than commercially available chems. Yes many of the AIs are the same as mentioned. Its kind of like buying a junky tool or a quality one. They both will work, but one will work much better than the other. Of course this isn't true of every single thing, but a general guideline, before someone says "what about such and such...?"
  7. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,523

    If you only do small areas, it might be more economical to buy a homey-grade product, but if you do large areas, buy the professional stuff. Yes, weed-b-gone is chemically similar to a trimec of lesco 3 way, and costs 20% less, but you end up using twice as much.
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Oh, there is NO QUESTION that the concentrations are much different. The cost differences are significant, also. All I was saying was that the actual ingredients that are registered for use by that state are the same.
    If we had to rely on the products available in retail places, we would be out of business - not only because of the cost factors, but because the concentration levels, it would cause us to use so much of their product.

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