July 2009 Archives


I have Japanese Clover that is taking over my yard.  It is everywhere.  I have about 3 ½ to 4 areas to lawn area and it is spreading all through it and seems to be crowding out my grass.  I live in Goochland VA (outside of Richmond, Va.) and have mainly tall fescue.  Under a shaded area I seeded with what is called a Richmond Blend which supposed to be good for this area and is a mix of fescue, maybe some bluegrass, and not sure what else is in it.  One side spot has some zoyza.   It live in a rural area, countryside, so the grass is more a mix of this and that, no one kinds.   I am looking for the best weed killer to get rid of the Japanese Clover that will not kill my grasses.   Since I have so much to kill, I am hoping there is also an economical solution.
Thanks very much for your help.

There are many weeds which make themselves visible during the summer months. If you aren’t using a good pre emerge applied earlier in the year like February or March, chances are high that something will start to show by June or July. Learn how to stop weeds from ever growing in your Fescue by reviewing our online WEED CONTROL ARTICLE which does a great job of summarizing all weed control options you currently have available.

As we always do when recommending lawn products, be sure to check your PH to  insure the soil is properly balanced. More information about PH can be found in our SOIL PH CONTROL ARTICLE . As you’ll learn, letting it get out of balance will help lead to weeds, fungus and a host of other problems so it’s vital that you have this number in check before you begin any turf management program.

Once weeds start to grow, getting rid of them will require an acute “post emerge” product. For clover, a tri blend of actives works well. For small areas, TRIO III will handle the job. For large jobs, 10,000 sq or more, get the bulk size TRIMEC CLASSIC.

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How safe is Image around oleanders , satsuma orange, lemon and other trees ?

In general, it’s best to apply Image only to the target plant. We highly recommend it for use on Nutsedge; treating trees is generally not done and in general is not ever needed. As our online video explains, there is no reason to treat a tree and spraying nutsedge underneath it won’t affect it so that can be done without risk of injury to the non target plant.

So to answer your question, Image can be used safely around any non target plant; it’s all about how safely you use it! Spray duing low to no breeze and the risk of spray drift will be eliminated therefore getting it where it can injure another plant won’t be possible. Apply it during a 20 mph wind and the spray drift would surely get all over everything close by and should therefore be avoided.

As for animals, reptiles and other creatures that might be around the risk of injury is minute to non existent when the Image is mixed and applied as explained in our WEED CONTROL ARTICLE. Just keep pets and children away from the area you are spraying till it dries and they’ll be fine. Wildlife and other local creatures will know to stay away and their usual place of refuge or nest site will surely protect them so there should be no impact to the local oleanders if the Image is used properly.

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