Fall application

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Scarlawnturf, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. Scarlawnturf

    Scarlawnturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    As I am recently licensed, I ask the following question. Being new at this, I am currently a granular spreader, backpack sprayer operation. With that in mind, for fertilizer and weed control this fall should I rely on a weed and feed application or granular fert and backpack spray broadleaf weeds? My properties are any where from 1/4 acre to 1 acre in size. Appreciate any advice.
  2. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,370

    I would backpack spray the weeds. This is your most effective time to control broadleaf weeds in a lawn. Why waste the opportunity by using a "granular weed and feed". I have never seen a dry product that meets the standards of professional care.
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,814

    Tscape is exactly right--
    However--if you plan to spot spray--you will not do an adequate job. You just cannnot see all the small weeds that you would kill if you blanket sprayed. Also i would apply a premium weed control like Lesco Eliminate--at the maximum allowed rate. As a small company you cannot afford weeds or any kind of customer dissatisfaction.
  4. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,370

    Yes, working with the equipment you have I would plan to do a blanket spray on all of your lawns. Try using a blue dye to ensure even overlap. When I used a backpack on greens, I had a 3 nozzle boom set up. You can build your own out of stuff you can buy at TSC or your ag equipment store. Like I said, this is your time to control weeds. Do it right.
  5. Scarlawnturf

    Scarlawnturf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    Thanks for the advice. This was just what I was looking for.
  6. WildLake

    WildLake LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    U of MD offers an online turfgrass management and a pesticide course that provides just about all the info you need. Might want to look into that.
  7. mexiking

    mexiking LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 565

    where do you get the dyes? thats a good idea not to spray twice
  8. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,370

    Almost any place that sells ag chemicals sells a blue dye. Blazon is one name I have off the top of my head. They look expensive, but a little goes a loooooooong way!

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