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Spraying drainage ditches

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassmasterswilson, Mar 26, 2013.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,965

    When on a maintenance bid yesterday and the guy was showing me around. He want some one to mow and keep the lawn up. He showed me a long line of ditches along one side of the property. He said he'd like for us to mow as far down as we could, trim the rest, and spray a 2-3 foot wide steak at the bottom to kill everything. It's been cold and we had some recent rain, so there was some water in the bottom.

    From a legal and environmental standpoint this is something I will not do since I'm sure this runs to a blue line stream at some point. Is there a product labels for this purpose? I don't have the aquatic add on. I'm not sure if the license requirement would be different if the ditch was dry(summer) and no chance of rain.
  2. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,965

    I'm not familiar with it but think rodeo would be what I need to use. Think it's labeled for aquatic but not sure if I can apply it with a regular t and o license.
  3. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,046

    I worked for guy that used dyquat or diquat, not sure how to spell. around water situations. Pretty sure it's covered under standard applicators license. It's not like your spraying ponds or something.
  4. Bates Lawn Care

    Bates Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    You could use reward it's a landscape and aquatic herbicide , it's a diquat and we have had good results in the summer with it in our ponds.
  5. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,994

    Diquat + diuron is labeled for drainage areas that do not contain water at the time of application. Provided those ditches are part of a sediment/runoff control system that is in no way connected to a public waterway that is ok. If those ditches connect to or drain into any public waterway, that becomes aquatic application. The new NPDES rules.
  6. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,965

    Spoke with the dept of ag licensing person today. She said if the ditch was dry and no rain forecasted that I could spray it under my t and o category. I there was water in it then it would fall user aquatic.

    So hoping it is dry in the summers.
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