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Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by rixtag, Aug 21, 2001.

  1. rixtag

    rixtag LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lehi Ut
    Messages: 280

    Ok, here it goes. Hi everybody!! Sorry, I almost forgot my manners. I have aproperty that has been overcome by spurge. My question is what is the problem with my turf that allows this stuff to start? It is only in one area, but it covers the whole area.

  2. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 393


    This will probably get moved to the pesticide forum but spurge takes advantage of thin turf and soil compaction, which is what probably thinned the turf in the first place. Any of your broadleaf weed controls will take it out fairly quickly but a heavy aeration followed by seeding should go along way to relieving the problem.
  3. Jet boater

    Jet boater LawnSite Member
    Messages: 113

    What the heck is spurge?
  4. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    An unsightly low growing weed..... youll find it alot coming up in pavement cracks and so fourth..... sprays you in the face when you hitit with a weed wacker.
  5. williamslawn

    williamslawn LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 202

    Can you apply the broadleaf herbicide in the extreme heat we are having? I assume you are refering to 2-4-D or you refering to something else?
  6. CMerLand

    CMerLand LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 393


    Check your label but for the most part no you shouldnt apply broadleaf weeds when temps are above 85 degrees or when lawns are under drought stress. 2-4-d will control spurge but other options such as confront or i believe millenium will also
  7. Allyn

    Allyn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    A hard freeze will kill spurge. Delt with it for years. But you will need to seed or get the lawn healthy next year. It is like crab grass. When the temps are over 80 or so it starts to germinate. The best thing is to cut high, and if it is where you string trim. Don't scalp the edges. Each one of those leaves had alot of seeds. If the ground never gets hot the seed won't germinate.

  8. turf13

    turf13 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Thicken the turf,mow tall,and apply PRE-M in the spring .Spurge is a summer annual and will be controlled with PRE-M, in conjunction with solid cultural practices.
  9. rixtag

    rixtag LawnSite Senior Member
    from Lehi Ut
    Messages: 280

    Thanks for all of your help.


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