soil sterilants

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Ssouth, Feb 28, 2001.

  1. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    I need to apply a soil sterilant to a clay tennis court and was wandering if any of you use this type of product.. If so what, where do you get it, and how much does it cost.
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    There is a product called Sahara. Try Lesco.
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    Johnson and Johnson use to put out dead zone.
    Be careful with this one,it can travel.
  4. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    awm, do you mean that the aforementioned Sahare will travel. If so, approx. how many feet. In the past this area has been sterilized every year for the past eight yrs. that I know of. Could I possibly use a growth inhibitor because over the past year the only thing green I have seen on the clay is a little moss around the perimeter. Any advice on this subject would be appreciated.
    Thank you,
  5. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    I really have limited knowlege about growth inhibitors
    The product I used was so deadly an long lasting
    that I ask my super to get rid of it.The guys working
    off my license would really damage a landscape.
    There may be products now that are more area specific
    and dont leach all over creation.Wish I could help you
    more as I understand what your up against.
  6. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    just wanted to bring this back up to see if I can get any more responces. Any help would be appreciated
  7. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,876

    I guess I've never used or heard of a sterilant. What's the difference between that and a pre-emergent?
  8. MikeGA

    MikeGA LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    What part of North Alabama? If East, call Helena Chemical, Im sure they are all across Alabama, but I deal with the one in Centre. Try UAP (United Agri Products) around Athens Alabama. Any of the Big Ag Chemical Dealers should be able to help you alot better than Wal-mart, Home Depot, etc.
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    They are similar.I dont keep upwith it much anymore
    but understand pre m can be selective.
    A stirilant just renders soil unable to produce any
    plant for a specified time.I know the only thing I ever thought it was good for was cracks in pavement etc.
    To use enough to neutralise a clay court I would have to
    put in a block around the court.Hopefully this would
    keep it out of desirable plant areas as it spreads
    will even travel along roots.IM NOT EVEN SURE THEY MAKE
    Ssouth what about a deep edging.
  10. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    I did a mini search and somewhere some guy said safety salt was a better soil sterilant than herbicieds. Don.t know much about this but try safety salt, whatever that is.

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