New Dye User

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by sway, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. sway

    sway LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    This will be the first year for our company to use the dye when applying pre emergent applications. We will be using the high concentrate Lesco Tracker dye, which so far doesnt seem to pricey or look to bad.... Only issue is we are using the Lesco spray gun (green gun with yellow 2 gallon/minute tip) and its near impossible to make sure you hit the vulnerable edge of the turf without dying the sidewalk while your at it. I realize it washes off easy but i hate the look of a sloppy spray job.

    Any advice from applicators with dye experience?

    Different technique, gun, nozzle or is it just something that comes with using the dye?
  2. FdLLawnMan

    FdLLawnMan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,253

    I can think of no reason for using a dye. You will have a mess after using dye with a Chemlawn type gun. Those dye were meant to be used with boom type sprayers when they don't have foam markers.
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  3. rcreech

    rcreech Sponsor
    Male, from OHIO
    Messages: 6,163

    Expensive and not needed IMO
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  4. Green Leaf Turf

    Green Leaf Turf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    It will only make things worse in my opinion and I have used it, once! That was all I need in order to know not to use it again. It will stain anything it gets on.
  5. sprayboy

    sprayboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 951

    No way I would use it.
    If you are unsure about spray coverage of employees then take straight water and train them on parking lots.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,462

    Yea there's no way I would use marker dye that would be a mess. I seen 2 truegreen guys that were using it last year and they were all blue there cloths and truck.

    Just pay attention where your going look for land marks and if it's have decent grass you can see your foot prints. Or drag the hose right behind you so when you turn around you can spray back to your hose or foot prints.

    Charles Cue
  7. TurfWerks

    TurfWerks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I used dye last year and will only use it to tell a difference in my mixes between tanks now.. Not as a coverage indicator.
  8. AnotherOkie

    AnotherOkie LawnSite Senior Member
    from Newalla
    Messages: 463

    I'm also in OK. Running dye in our feb/march app of pre/gly is pretty much standard procedure on dormant bermuda. With the chemlawn gun, you can spray from the concrete side towards the lawn and outline the lawn. This reduces overspray on the concrete.

    I like using dye. I know its expensive and messy, but it really is great advertising and is a good way to track coverage if your training a tech.
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  9. TurfWerks

    TurfWerks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    AnotherOkie, the guys up in Tulsa are spray dye crazy.... everything up there is blue from January till March.. I used to go up there all the time and treat Taco Bells.
  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,136

    Not needed. I can see the liquid on the grass if on foot. From the truck, that is what I use the GPS for.

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