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    Lawn care spray services

    Anyone use a lawn care service where they spray for weeds and fertilize?

    Grass is pretty healthy but have way more weeds popping up than I've ever had in the past.
    Pretty sure it's because I just don't have the time to control it myself like I have in years past.

    How well do they do at getting rid of them.

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    I use a service and it's about $42 per visit which is about 5 times per year. This isn't much more than buying the bags of treatment you need and doing it yourself. It eliminates the spring broadleaf and other early season weeds. I have the occasional weed pop up but not much and they are supposed to spray those when they treat. I use Pinkstons right now but I can't say I'm totally satisfied with their service so my recommendation would be tentative right now.
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    Earth Enterprises....

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    Most broadleaf will die off after repeated mowing. Any grassy weeds now are cool weather and will kick the bucket once it warms up. So don't waste your time or money killing what you see now. A pre emergent application will stop those pesky warm weather weeds.
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    I used Scott's when I lived in Noble and they were awesome. Then I used Scott's in Edmond and they were mediocre at best. Goes to show that just because it's the same brand it doesn't mean you'll get the same results.

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    Originally Posted by traxx View Post
    I used Scott's when I lived in Noble and they were awesome. Then I used Scott's in Edmond and they were mediocre at best. Goes to show that just because it's the same brand it doesn't mean you'll get the same results.
    Go Bears!

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    Originally Posted by pphilfran View Post
    Most broadleaf will die off after repeated mowing. Any grassy weeds now are cool weather and will kick the bucket once it warms up. So don't waste your time or money killing what you see now. A pre emergent application will stop those pesky warm weather weeds.
    Good points. OP, if you just wait it out until November-December, you shouldn't have any weeds at all.

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    Is their a DIY pre emergentt I can spray?

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    Originally Posted by Mark_in_tulsa View Post
    Is their a DIY pre emergentt I can spray?
    I tried putting down the stuff you buy at Lowe's and it never worked very well. I'm sure there is something you can use to spray on your entire yard but if you can do it for $40, I'd be surprised. To me, it just wasn't ever worth doing all that myself for what it costs to have it done plus what they use seems more effective.
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    Originally Posted by Mark_in_tulsa View Post
    Is their a DIY pre emergentt I can spray?
    atrazine….for weeds………and metolachlor for crabgrass….
    but you need a license to buy them...
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    It is too late for pre emergents. The seeds have already germinated. You will need to wait til the soil gets back down to low temps for winter pre emergent ~ mid October.

    2,4-D for broadleaf control and some sort of MSMA rebrand like Target-6 for grassy weeds.
    2.5 gal jug of concentrate is about 60 dollars each.

    The mixing ratio of 2, 4-D is 1 oz per gal
    The mixing ratio of MSMA is .5 oz per gal.

    40 gal tank can do my 3/4 acre lawn.

      Spoiler:
    $60 / 320 oz = $.1875 / oz
    40 gal * 1 oz / gal * $.1875 / oz = $7.50 for Broadleaf control (2,4-D)
    40 gal * .5 oz / gal * $.1875 / oz = $3.25 for grassy weed control (MSMA)


    $10.75 to treat 3/4 acre of bermuda
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    Originally Posted by Mark_in_tulsa View Post
    Is their a DIY pre emergentt I can spray?
    Round-up (generic) but it's too late for that. 2-4-D assuming you have bermuda.

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    Originally Posted by Bk2X View Post
    It is too late for pre emergents. The seeds have already germinated. You will need to wait til the soil gets back down to low temps for winter pre emergent ~ mid October.

    2,4-D for broadleaf control and some sort of MSMA rebrand like Target-6 for grassy weeds.
    2.5 gal jug of concentrate is about 60 dollars each.

    The mixing ratio of 2, 4-D is 1 oz per gal
    The mixing ratio of MSMA is .5 oz per gal.

    40 gal tank can do my 3/4 acre lawn.

      Spoiler:
    $60 / 320 oz = $.1875 / oz
    40 gal * 1 oz / gal * $.1875 / oz = $7.50 for Broadleaf control (2,4-D)
    40 gal * .5 oz / gal * $.1875 / oz = $3.25 for grassy weed control (MSMA)


    $10.75 to treat 3/4 acre of bermuda
    Yeah, but how much for the cancer treatments?
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    I use Green Grass in Tulsa. They do everything your talking about for $35 a visit, around 5 or 6 times a year, and if you see any crabgrass or dandelions pop up, they'll come out and spot treat for free. They've been really good for the past 4-5 years. Always call and tell you the day before they come and leave good instructions if you need to water it after 24 or 48 hours, or not mow it for a couple days after the treatment.

    I recommend.

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    I bought a ton of granule pre-emergent from Home Depot called Lesco. Used a riding mower and tow rig to broadcast it.

    I followed the instructions and it didn't do jack sh*t. Not a single weed was culled back or missing. A waste of about $300 and 3 hours of time.

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    Originally Posted by Bustarime View Post
    I bought a ton of granule pre-emergent from Home Depot called Lesco. Used a riding mower and tow rig to broadcast it.

    I followed the instructions and it didn't do jack sh*t. Not a single weed was culled back or missing. A waste of about $300 and 3 hours of time.
    Ya those drop granules suck.

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    Originally Posted by Bustarime View Post
    I bought a ton of granule pre-emergent from Home Depot called Lesco. Used a riding mower and tow rig to broadcast it.

    I followed the instructions and it didn't do jack sh*t. Not a single weed was culled back or missing. A waste of about $300 and 3 hours of time.
    I don't know, but I've always read that granular weed killer wasn't very effective because it's important for the chemical to stick to the foliage.

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    Originally Posted by ChocoLab View Post
    I don't know, but I've always read that granular weed killer wasn't very effective because it's important for the chemical to stick to the foliage.
    depends on the chemical and how it works…
    those like roundup and 24d are absorbed thru the leaves……liquids….
    pre-emergent has to be watered/rained into the soil where it creates a barrier……liquids and granules...
    i would assume the granular herbicides would also have to be watered into the soil and possibly work by being absorbed thru the roots…..but i don't know….i'd have to know the active ingredient….
    i just don't see granules sticking to the foliage as being very effective/reliable...

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    Originally Posted by ChocoLab View Post
    I don't know, but I've always read that granular weed killer wasn't very effective because it's important for the chemical to stick to the foliage.
    It helps to wet the grass before you apply the granular pre-emergent.

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    Originally Posted by NickDangerThirdEye View Post
    It helps to wet the grass before you apply the granular pre-emergent.
    if it's pre-emergent…..wetting the grass before you spread it does absolutely nothing..
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    Most, if not all, pre emergents work by building up a "barrier" in the top couple of inches of the soil. The layer is built up when watering disolves the granule. The seed will germinate but root growth will be stunted due to the chemical "barrier". The tiny seedling then dies due to the non existent root system.

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    Originally Posted by 87sooner View Post
    if it's pre-emergent…..wetting the grass before you spread it does absolutely nothing..

    Yeah, I read pre-emergent but was thinking post-emergent. Thanks for the correction.
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