Marking dye

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by williams lcm, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,200

    I usually add marking dye to my weed control. No more!!!! Got a call from my customer saying she was trying to wash it off her cat and herself. She was shrubing and it would not come off. A little of it got sprayed on the side of the house at the bottom near the weedy flowerbed and she was also trying to get that off. She was pissed. I told her sunlight will break it down. She says if it dont come off that she wants the siding replaced. No more dye for me. Anyone have a problem with this stuff?
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    We used a dye when we would spot spray weeds at my uncle's blueberry farm. I can't remember what it stuff it was exactly, it was a blue dye. It definitely was tough to get off if you got any on your skin but it always came out. I had it on my clothes and it always came out in the wash.
  3. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,397

    I'll bet if you called or emailed the company and told them your situation, they would be happy to tell you the best way to remove it.
  4. Duekster

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

    It is a mess for sure but it does go away. Maybe you used turf paint instead of marker? Paint would were longer and be harder to remove.
  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Why do you even need to use dye?
  6. hi_speedreed

    hi_speedreed LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    When you are spraying large areas it keeps you from going over the same area twice. I know the golf course I used to work at put dye in any liquid they were applying until they bought a new machine that had a sud maker on it. The bubbles would drop out the ends to mark your edges instead of using dye.
  7. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    I always use Mark-It Blue in my backpack sprayers, and I've never had a customer complain. If you spill the concentrate on cement, you'll have virtually no luck cleaning it off though. Then they'll have grounds to complain for sure.
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    Why take the chance for a complaint?
  9. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    Strangely enough, my customers complain if I don't use it. They're all accustomed to looking for and seeing the blue dye which confirms that I did in fact spray their weeds. I've actually had customers call and question me because they came home and didn't see any blue, and thought I had skipped them that day because of it. That was a rare occasion that I didn't have any to add to the tank mix.
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  10. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I keep using it for the same reason. I first started using it when burning out a yard for sod replacement, then figured out it would allow me to make sure I hit all weeds in the beds and did not miss any. I have never looked back...if I run out...I do have customers questions if I sprayed that week. For that reason alone it is worth it because here weeds can go from hardly any in the bed to full out invasion in a week. If they see we sprayed they know we did out job and it saves a phone call.

    William - if it rubbed off on the cat - you might be missing it too strong. I used the concentrate , which literally just requires a drop per gallon. My helper went to miss some up for me while I was blowing off a driveway one day and did not realize that I had switched to the concentrate and added the normal amount . There was blue everywhere even next week when we showed up. Too strong.

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