Turf products

Some lawn products I endorse to manage weeds and other pest.  These are just some examples of the products available.  Also check the lawn care page for additional help for maintaining your turf.

Common Labels at bottom of page.Pesticides

Lesco, aka, John Deere Landscapes is a dealer and a great source of education concerning these products.

Lets first start with a few definitions:

Cide: “denoting a substance that kills.” The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com

Pesticide “a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals.” The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com

Pesticides are then broken down into more specific categories.

Herbicide “a substance that is toxic to plants and is used to destroy unwanted vegetation.The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com  Example:  Speedzone is a selective herbicide which is engineered to kill off unwanted broadleaf weeds with little to no damage to desired turf.

Fungicide “a chemical that destroys fungus.” The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com.   Example:  Eagle granular or Manicure Ultra are fungicides which target  fungus such as Brown Patch.

Insecticide “a substance used for killing insects.”   The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com   Example:  Delta Dust.

Rodenticide  “a poison used to kill rodents.”  The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com   Example:  Talpirid mole bait

Selective herbicide  “Kills or significantly retards growth of an unwanted plant species without significantly damaging desired plant species.” The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com  Example:  Speedzone is a selective herbicide which is engineered to kill off unwanted broadleaf weeds with little to no damage to desired turf.

Non-selective herbicide  “a chemical used in such a manner that all exposed vegetation is damaged.” The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com  Example:  Round-up is a non selective herbicide.  Meaning it will kill or damage any vegetation it comes in contact with.

Post-emergent herbicide  “A herbicide that controls weeds after they emerge from the ground.”  The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com.   Example: Round Up.

 Pre-emergent herbicide   “A herbicide that controls weeds before they emerge from the ground.”  The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com.   Example: Snapshot, Preen.

Surfactant “A substance that tends to reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved.” The Oxford American College Dictionary, through Google.com   Often times a Surfactant is referred to as a sticker.   I.g.  Some products require a surfactant/sticker to be added to the mix.   I.g.  a herbicide can be washed off by rain.  If a sticker is added it will better adhere to the turf/weeds. 

Always read the label!   If you don’t understand the label speak to someone that does.   Yes, they are often times difficult to decipher.

 

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Lesco products for split crabgrass control: Lesco recommends using Stonewall followed by Dimension for best pre-emergent control of crabgrass and other weeds. Lesco, aka John Deere Landscapes, is also open to the public for the DIY.

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winter_fertilizer 32-3-8 Fall / winter fertilizer application. This is considered by many to be the most important application of the year. High in nitrogen this application will support your lawn till spring. I advise using a slow release nitrogen formula.
Usually applied around end of november first of December / Thanksgiving

Drive-75 by BASF is a good product for Crabgrass and other broad leaf weed

Drive-75 by BASF is a good product for Crabgrass and other broad leaf weed
Drive 75DF Herbicide is a powder/granular form which needs to be mixed with water and a surfactant. It’s primary use is for Crabgrass. Although it will treat a variety of other broadleaf weeds. However with it being a more expensive formula it’s recommended to utilize more for treating Crabgrass.

 

 

SpeedZone, broadleaf herbicide for turf. With the season being so active this year Speedzone is a “hotter” product then the “Three-way” I been using. It also does not need a surfactant when mixing. Anxious to see what what kind of results this product will give.

SpeedZone, broadleaf herbicide for turf. With the season being so active this year Speedzone is a “hotter” product then the “Three-way” I been using. It also does not need a surfactant when mixing.

SpeedZone, broadleaf herbicide for turf. With the season being so active this year Speedzone is a “hotter” product then the “Three-way” I been using. It also does not need a surfactant when mixing.

 

 

 

This is a handy additive when mixing herbicide, pesticides, etc. It does what it says, mitigates foam.

This is a handy additive when mixing herbicide, pesticides, etc. It does what it says, mitigates foam.

 

 

When managing turf grass fungus such as brown patch: Couple products I endorse is Disarm or Eagle fungicide which is a granular. Manicure Ultra being the topical spray. The granular is the best and should be applied first. It’s a little expensive and only has about a two to three week residual. Heat and excessive humidity exacerbates the situation. Which has been the current weather pattern.

When managing turf grass fungus such as brown patch:
Couple products I endorse is Disarm or Eagle fungicide which is a granular. Manicure Ultra being the topical spray.
The granular is the best and should be applied first. It’s a little expensive and only has about a two to three week residual.
Heat and excessive humidity exacerbates the situation. Which has been the current weather pattern.

Some Advice:  It’s highly recommended to have a dedicated tank for spraying Round-Up!

Delta Dust

Delta Dust – If your a contractor I highly recommend keeping a bottle of this insecticide in your truck.

DeltaDust is a great product for bees and ants.  Short video eradicating in ground bees nest.

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Moles can be a real pain to deal with.  They can do a lot of damage to your yard.  Moles eat grub lava,  and other insects which borrow in the ground. Utilizing a grub control product will help mitigate this problem.

If you have moles you probably want to eradicate them. There are mole traps which can be used to ratify the rodents. However, depending on your situation, mole traps my create a liability problem with children and pets. The best product I found is talpirid mole bait.

A “jelly pesticide worm” which you poke into the moles tunnel. Important: be sure to wear gloves, not only for your safety but most importantly to keep your scent of of the worm. When you open the tunnel be sure to close it.

Other option, actually the best option,  is a product such as Merit insecticide.  See post on mole abatement.

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Merit insecticide – granular. Kills grubs and other sod insects.

 

Crosscheck is a liquid insecticide

Crosscheck is a liquid insecticide

Crosscheck is a great perimeter insecticide.  Residential or commercial.  It’s a concentrated liquid formula in which you would spray.  Also used for treating landscape plants such as rose bushes with aphids.  Spray rate of 0.25 -0.5 fluid ounces per 1,000 square feet.   (per gallon to spot treat.)  Link to pdf label

Lescosol

Lesco sol is a tank cleaner

Some chemicals should not be mixed or share tank without proper cleaning.  Lesco-sol neutralizes the chemicals making it safe to use one tank.

pre-emergent,

Often times snapshot is used when laying mulch to help suppress weeds in landscape beds. Best to apply on top of mulch.

Some common labels for reference:

Three Way herbicide Label

Manicure Ultra Label

Snapshot 2.5tg Label

Speedzone Southern Label

Drive 75 DF Label

Delta Dust Label

Dimension (pre-emergent) .10% Plus fertilizer Label