Herbicide Overdose

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by redspot321, May 19, 2012.

  1. redspot321

    redspot321 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    How do these big companies get away with spraying a herbicide every 6 weeks? Is it diluted??

    I have neighbors with awesome lawns ZERO weeds seriously. The guy who sprays says there is a herbicide in every treatment.......

    Seems to me most herbicides have a maximun number of applications per year. Is this a recommendation or law?
  2. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,386

    Are they doing a blanket app on every visit or spot spraying? What herbicide are they using?
  3. Hissing Cobra

    Hissing Cobra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    I don't believe that there's a Herbicide in every treatment. In Massachusetts, you can only blanket spray Three-Way or Trimec twice per season. However, you can spot treat until you're content.
  4. Skipster

    Skipster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,086

    It would definitely depend on what you're spraying, etc, etc. But, my Trimec label says "The maximum number of spot treatments is limited to 2 per year with a minimum of 30 days between applications."

    Redspot, you'll find that most guys who post on this board don't follow label directions. Then, they complain the loudest that other people are the problem when the regulators clamp down on our industry for not following labels.
  5. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    Who would spray lawns without weeds with weedkiller :laugh:

    It as much against the law to dilute herbicide below lable rates as this creates resistance.

    If you are talking about the 9 treatment program applied every 6 weeks, you likely have
    2 pre-emergent applications
    2 Broad leaf
    2 grassy weed
    3 general fertilizations.
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,795

    It is OK to spray more often...provided...you switch to a non 2,4-D product...like Lesco Eliminate.
  7. nik

    nik LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    Some states may regulate against going below label rate. Termiticides are the only pesticide federally required to be applied with the label rates. Go too low here to where the product doesn't work and you could get hit with a fine for using a worthless pesticide.

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