what is the best kill all spray??

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by The_Duk, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. The_Duk

    The_Duk LawnSite Member
    Messages: 32

    i've got some areas in customers yards that they want nothing to grow ever... they want to sterilize the soil... what is the best spray to use, purchased or home brew... i've used killzall in the past with ok results... what do you use? this would be used on cracks in sidewalks and concrete so no grass will grow also....
  2. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,260

    Well there aren't many sestemic weed/grass killers. People don't always like chemicals that hang around the environment. Round-Up just came out with one and Ortho has one as well. But they are expensive.
  3. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    Sahara....looks like a bomb went off after a few weeks...nasty stuff but effective...
  4. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    Big question is your license.
    Provide a number and I'll explain how to deal with soil sterilization herbicides.
    The state of Texas requires at a minimum a Texas Department of Agriculture, category 3A license with the record keeping for at least two years.
    You don't have a license and apply anything for pay = a big fine.
    And the State actually has the beginnings of a decent enforcement division.
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Effective at preventing but not so effective as removing existing. Mixed with Roundup works well. In my experience it leaches really bad. Tried it on sidewalk cracks before and stone driveways and it wound up going into the good turf....with bad results. We have had excellent results for crack and crevice spraying with parking lots and right of way...lasts a solid six months.
  6. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    There are some home brew materials on the net, and some are effective, but do not hang around for very long. What you are wanting is long term control products that are obtainable with a license from the State of Texas. I can tell you names of products, but you can't just go to TSC or anywhere else and buy it without filling out a bunch of paperwork and holding up the lines.
  7. qps

    qps LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indy
    Messages: 1,484

    Yep..leaches badly, read the label, use it with a sticker helps alittle, mixed with roundup we use it on existing with great results...if your talking nothing over 8" tall....
  8. blumpkinator

    blumpkinator LawnSite Member
    from nj
    Messages: 41

    we use eraser.. pretty potent stuff
  9. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,843

    Go to your local elevator that sprays fields - ask to take off there hands there rinse spray out of tankers, applicators etc - free and very effective!
  10. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,083

    Then your label of Sahara is markedly different than the one I have in Texas as it states NOT to use any type of gylsophate in the tank mix or reduced efficacious control results.
    Also soil sterilization results is directly related to climate conditions when applied and what occurs during the half life of the material. NE climates are much easier to deal with than the incredibly noxious climate patterns common to C. Texas.

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