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Is there any grass and weed killer that is safe for plants and pets?  The plants are Hibiscus and Clematis and the pets are cats.

Thank You for any help you can give me.

First, the herbicides we have listed in our WEED CONTROL ARTICLE won’t pose a hazard to people or pets when used properly. We have some SAFETY VIDEOS that cover everything you need to know regarding the safe use, mixing and storage of these products. One of the most important things you can do is keep the pet away when treating the yard and then keep them away till the area dries. This is usually no longer than 2 hours. Once dry there is no danger to people or pets and everyone can walk over these surfaces like they did before.

Second, there are only a few products which can be safely used over beneficial plants. One that should do the job is GRASS KILLER. On it’s label Grass Killer cites it’s Okay for use on hibiscus but I wasn’t able to find anything on the Clematis. Just to be safe, I suggest spraying around those plants and if you limit your application to just the weeds, I’m fairly confident you won’t bother them if they are a broadleaf. To be sure just test a small section by spraying it and letting it sit for 3-5 days to see if anything happens.

In summary, there are products that can be safely used around your sensitive plants. The key is knowing the label and in some cases “testing” to be sure. I also advise mixing accurately to be sure you don’t “overdose” it.

Here are direct links to the information and products mentioned above:

http://www.lawn-weeds.com/weed-control

http://www.lawn-weeds.com/product-safety

Grassy Weed Killer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/yard/herbicide/poast-grass-killer

jonathan
www.bugspray.com

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I am looking for a pre-emergent agent. I have a native prarie that is being invaded by cold season grasses.  I only want to kill those grasses. I understand that fluazifop and sethoxydim are save for broadleafs. I’m not sure which of your products would attach this problem. Can you suggest?

After looking over some labels, it looks like the GRASS KILLER post emerge might be Okay to use over bluestem and forbes. I’m not 100% sure on this so you may want to treat a small area to confirm before doing anything extensive. But there are no warnings on the label and from the documentation I’ve found, it appears that any invasive grassy weed would succumb to the Grass Killer and most prairie grass is strong enough to handle this approach. But as I see it, treating before the grassy weeds arrives would be smart and some pre emerge would be ideal for this need.

The one I would recommend would be SURFLAN. It’s active on most anything trying to grow from seed and 2-3 treatments a year should do it. I’ve got labels posted on these here:

http://www.bugspray.net/labels/poast_grass_killer_label.pdf

http://www.bugspray.net/labels/surflan_label.pdf

The products can be seen here:

Grassy Weed Killer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/yard/herbicide/poast-grass-killer

Surlfan: http://www.bugspraycart.com/yard/pre-emerge/surflan-pre-emergent

Hope this helps.

jonathan
www.bugspray.com
1-800-877-7290

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My asparagus bed has been taken over by grass. Can I use Hi Yield grass killer early in spring before asparagus comes up or will this kill asparagus?

Thank You

If you review the GRASS KILLER LABEL, you’ll find that not only is it OK to spray POAST GRASS KILLER before the asparagus comes up but even afterward. In other words, you can actually spray during the growing season when the asparagus is maturing. There is a “one day to harvest” waiting period following the treatment but my point is it’s OK to use as needed during the growing season.

The reason for this is explained in our WEED CONTROL ARTICLE. Basically selective herbicides generally target one type of plant or another. In this case, the grass killer is pretty specific and won’t affect flowers, shrubs, trees or even most vegetables. There are some exceptions to this rule but if you review the label, you’ll see it’s OK to spray on most any common plant grown around the home.

Here are direct links to the label, product and article mentioned above. And if you have further questions or concerns, let us know. You may always e-mail or call us toll free 1-800-877-7290.

http://www.bugspray.net/labels/poast_grass_killer_label.pdf

Grassy Weed Killer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/yard/herbicide/poast-grass-killer

jonathan

www.bugspray.com

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Can you tell me if this product is safe for pets? I want to kill barnyardgrass in my lawn and I have two dogs that like to play in the lawn.

Thanks for your help, L.

MSMA can safely be used in the yard where people and pets are active. Like most of our products, you should keep people and pets off the treated area during the application and for a few hours following the treatment. This will both insure the treatment has a chance to be effective as well as ensure no one comes in contact with wet spray which can lead to exposure. Once the area has dried you can go back to using it as always.

For more information on safe application methods including proper mixing and storing of our products, view the first video on this page:

http://www.bugspray.net/product-safety

And if you have further questions or concerns, give our office a call at 1-800-877-7290.

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I forgot if I need to apply surflan now or in the spring. I used it this past spring and it worked well. Can I apply some now or is it too early?

SURFLAN is one of the best pre emerge products on the market. It does a great job of stopping most any weed seed from being able to germinate and grow. I use it on my Fescue, my mulch beds and even my flower beds. It won’t hurt anything already growing and a good treatment will last 2-3 months.

The best time to apply Surflan is usually Nov-Dec and then again in Feb-March. In some regions a third application may be needed but two a year seems to work for me. Learn more about Surflan in the following product spotlight video.

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I planted 2,000 conifers (seedlings) on about 4 acres this past April 09. The area I planted in was in corn in 08. So the field was bare. Now however the weeds are tremendous and I have cut them down with a bush hog and now I need to spray for the weeds without hurting the seedlings. Do you have a product which could be used without hurting the trees?  Thank you.

A lot of this will depend on just how tall they are. We do have several options that can be used for this application need but we’ll have to ask some more questions before we make specific recommendations. Please call our office at 1.800.877.7290 and talk with one of our reps. They’ll be able to gather some more details and provide a resolution.

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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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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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What do you recommend for bermuda grass control in a vegetable garden? I grow a wide range of vegetables and fruits including asparagus, strawberries and onions. I need something that won’t affect the plants or crop in case I spray too close.

There are several options for controlling bermuda grass that’s growing in or around your garden. The most common is a selective herbicide known as GRASS KILLER. It does a good job on the bermuda but won’t harm most broadleaf plants. It’s labeled for use in most gardens but just refer to the LABEL to be sure you don’t spray any plant it may be able to damage. With gardens, if you watch where you’re spraying, a lot of times you can avoid overspray and not harm the good plants with a little care. Since Grass Killer can actually be sprayed on many vegetable plants directly, the risk of damaging them is minimal. See this product, along with several others we carry, in our WEED CONTROL ARTICLE.

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I’ve got some weeds in my lawn and would like to get some herbicides to spray. The problem is I don’t know where to start when it comes to deciding what to use. There are just so many options I’m a bit confused. What do you suggest?

First, I suggest you read through our on line artilce about WEED CONTROL which simplifies the process of deciding what products can be used for your situation. We’ve presented the product options based on where the different treatment areas so you should be able to find a herbicide that will be ideal for your grass pretty quickly. Just go to the GRASS WEED CONTROL section and all our recommendations can be clicked on to view pricing and mixing directions. If you still need further help, please give us a call at 1.800.877.7290.

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I’ve got st augustine grass and have just noticed crabgrass in one section. I did a good inspection and it seems to be limited to one section alongside my home. I don’t want to hurt my lawn with any spray but it’s in so many locations I don’t think pulling it alone will do the trick. Is there something I can spray that will be Ok for the st augustine?

St Augustine grass is a little more sensitive compared to bermuda and fescue and it’s always smart to make sure you use something that’s labeled for it specifically. Many of the sprays we commonly use on other turf cannot be applied to st augustine. But if you read through our WEED CONTROL article, you’ll see a section on controlling weeds in turf and for St Augustine, you’ll find we have a product called ATRAZINE which won’t hurt St Augustine. To be safe, always do the treatments late in the day, after 6:00 PM, and not anytime around midday.

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Can you use poast grass killer on strawberry beds?

Poast grass killer has strawberries on it’s GRASS KILLER LABEL. I would make sure to use a clean PUMP SPRAYER when doing the application so you don’t contaminate the plant with some other residual. But as you can see on the label, it can be used for many plants including strawberries.

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I’ve got bermuda grass creeping into my flower beds and would like some kind of herbicide to kill it. Is there anything available that won’t hurt my flowers or ground cover but will get the bermuda?

The best product to isolate just the bermuda would be POAST GRASS KILLER. You can use it to kill most any grass that grows in flower beds, pine islands and basically anywhere other than the actual yard itself (unless you want to kill your good grass too…). You can see it on line in our WEED CONTROL ARTICLE along with all our other weed products.

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I sprayed 6 oz. per gallon on the catails in my pond and was wondering how long should it take before I start to see them dying back?

If you review the ERASER AQ LABEL, you’ll note it takes at least one week for them to show any signs of the treatment. And since cattails are mostly tan to brown naturally, it might take even longer for you to see for sure. I would wait two weeks before I attempted to remove them just to be sure the ERASER AQ has had plenty of time to take effect.

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I have several pine islands around my property I’d like to keep weed free. I’ve tried using weed guards under the pine straw but the weeds just keep growing in the straw which is laying on the guards. Is there anything I can spray here that won’t hurt other ground cover or my grass but will stop weed from growing?

There are a few options as listed in our WEED CONTROL article. The best option would be to apply SURFLAN 2-3 times a year. This pre emerge liquid will stop all seeds from being able to germinate. This means you won’t get any growth from any seeds that find their way into the straw.

The extreme option would be to apply some PRAMITOL but as a soil sterilent, this would make the soil incapable of growing anything for upwards of a year so don’t apply any unless you are 100% sure you don’t want anything growing. Generally this product is best used where in driveways, parking lots, etc.

The last option would be a product that will allow all the plants to grow but at a less rate. EMBARK is a growth regulator which means it won’t kill anything; it simply slows the growth rate so you won’t have to mow or trim the plants growing in the areas that are treated quite as much.

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