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"staining" - Trimec 992 vs Mecamine-D

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by americanlawn, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    Both sport the exact same ingredients, but the 992 is much darker in color than the Mecamine, and they even smell different. So --

    1) Mecamine-D is a more "clear" product that tends not to stain (as much) when spraying on siding & foundations.

    2) Trimec 992 is much darker, so it tends to leave stains on the sides of buildings.

    I figure the difference must be in the way they manufacture their stuff. :confused:

    On the other hand, neither of the above herbicides kill difficult weeds for sh$t, so we spike with Chaser ester. :cool2:

    Anybody have opinions? rscvp, thanks. :usflag:

    LIBERTYLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,283

    Always had the same thoughts about Triplet-same as MecAmine D, but smells stronger & is much darker. Never noticed the staining, though...
  3. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    i always thought real trimec 992 did better despite the same ingredients. Rodney will chime in and tell you otherwise and that is great for hime, but everytime i use a generic i get less results.
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,766

    There is a difference in how "clean" 2,4-D amine is. The odor is related to purity as well. Some, I have seen looked almost like soy sauce, others were a golden liquid. Does not matter to me either. The weeds I have to kill all call for ester applied when it is not 90 and humid. To me, ester smells much less noxious than amine as well.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,342

    I to have noticed the differce in color between 3 ways i think some times it's the insert matter not the AI let's take speedzone they say it's the same as 3 way and quicksilver but mix 3 way and quick silver and spray a dandelion some times it can take sometime for it to die not a hard weed to kill but spray a dandelion with speedzone and its down in 24 hrs there's some more there than what's on the label
    Larry do you get paid to ask these Questions or do you sit around and think them up
    My 2 cents
    Charles Cue
  6. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    thought the same thing mr cue. interesting those things, becuase i used to mix alot more before they started doing it for us and it works better!!! pretty good deal if you ask me.
  7. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,766

    There is also a big difference between Speedzone and Three Way. Speedzone is made with 2,4-D ester and dicamba acid, Three Way is all amine. Adding Quicksilver to the mix of Three-Way does not do much to the biological activity of it other than possibly making it absorb faster. I roll my own Speedzone with ester, Banvel and Quicksilver. It does not work the same as the PBI Gordon product because Banvel is not dicamba acid. But it works well enough for me to continue to use it.

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,342

    I realise speedzone is a ester but i have never seen much difference in control between ester and amine in my experience I here you say you have to use ester but i dont live where you do but some weeds you have to hit twice
    Charles Cue

    Whats with Mr Cue do i look old on here
  9. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    yup, alol old farts here, ahahah.
  10. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,671

    I've only had 2 things cause staining. Pendimethalin and Iron. If you are staining things with Trimec I would say you need to worry more about the turf you are toasting than the siding on the house because you are mixing way to strong if there are stains.

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