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My centipede lawn is fully of weeds and I need to kill them. The dollar weeds are the worst. I have heard Scotts Bonus S will work, but I have not had the best results with it in the past. What have you guys found to be the best? I have considered Roundup; however, I do not want to re-sod.

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Over the years, I have found that the liquid concentrated sprays work best - the type you pour into a mixer with x number per gallon mixture. I currently use the Ortho Weed-B-Gone. It has been pretty good and is pretty safe to use in spring and again in late summer/early fall. Just make sure to spray when you will have a good 24 hours without rain or heavy dew.

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I'm treating my yard with Atrazine 4L. It's getting harder and harder to find, just like other effective yard chemicals

I've got the dollarweed, clover and dandelions on 2 acres to work with, so cost of the solution is a major issue.
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IF YOU want it dead. Really dead to the point of starting over do this..

Round Up Pro, (Dry Pac is what I use). Mixed per the directions on the label.
Add into that mix Sythe. (If needed I'll get the correct spelling)
Add the proper amount of Sticker/Speader plus tracking dye.

You'll have bare soil that can be planted in 14 days.

PM me if you want details.
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If you want to keep the centipede a light mix of broad leaf herbicide like 2,4-D (part time farming gig talking here). Be sure to follow the ratio for centipede to a "T"....its not hearty with any chemicals and you'll kill it. If you want bare yard to start over mix 4%roundup and 4%2'4-D by volume with a shot of motor oil (only a little is needed..I use about a cup in a 50 gallon sprayer)....that concoction will kill anything that grows and is cheap. I use it on fence lines. Greg
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i agree with mist rest thats what i did and it worked wonders, if you need to just kill an area with weeds like cracks in pavement what i did was mix a little kerosene and motor oil and sprayed it on the weeds and they never came back
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with centipede, you do not want to do a complete kill, it takes too long to reestablish a lawn. one of the best chemicals you can use on a broadleaf weed in established warm season grasses is 2,4,D. I would highly recomend going to your local lawn and garden center, in particular one that sells a lot of products to landscapers, and get your chemicals from them. The big box stores sell crap, plain and simple. The base chemicals used in the mixes aren't that bad, but they dont' have any surfactant in them at all in most cases. In addition, they are usually extreemly weak in formulation.
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Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. I am headed to the local landscape supplier on Monday, with a copy of this thread so I know what I am talking about.

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I just ordered some grass on the internet. (not the kind you smoke!!). It's called Zoysia. Some of my brothers neighbors have it. You plant the plugs, one every square foot, and it chokes out everything, including weeds. It takes a couple of seasons to completly take over the whole lawn, but looks great when it does.
Looks like KY blue grass. Best thing is you only need to cut it a few times in the summer, doesn't need watering, and late summer when there is a drought your lawn will still look great. Perfect for a boater!!! Less time on yard maitenance, more time on boat. Only thing you need to do is put a border between your yard and your neighbors. Check it out.

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http://www2.zoysia.com/index.html

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A fisherman's lawn should be brown, full of weeds, and preferably in need of a good cutting once a month. A nice green lawn is a waste of time, money, and resources.

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OK guys, here's a link to the North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual.

http://ipm.ncsu.edu/agchem/chptr8/816.pdf

Please note that Centipede is very 'sensitive' to 2.4-D. Do not use a post-emerge product within 30 days either side of 'greenup' or you'll weaken the turf. I usually use Trimec Southern which has a reduced concentration of 2,4-D.

Also, it's just a tad late (depending on where you live) but I would put out a pre-emergence herbicide like Dimension early (prior to Forsythia bloom---which is now).

Credentials: Over 25 years in Ag-Chem industry, Ex County Extension Agent and licensed Turf & Ornamental Commercial Applicator.

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Mist-Rest - 3/5/2005 7:34 PM
IF YOU want it dead. Really dead to the point of starting over do this..

Round Up Pro, (Dry Pac is what I use).

You ain't kiddin' man. I am glad I found that stuff several years back. I have a pretty creek in my back yard that used to grow over very fast. All I have done for the past 2 springs it spray the banks with this stuff and I am done. No weed eating all year.
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Bonus S is a fine product and when used properly, will control your weed problems. Make sure that you have the spreader setting correct. The primary weed killing ingredient in Bonus S is atrazine. If you like, this can be purchased at any garden store in bottle form and sprayed on your lawn as an alternative. I've used both and had good results. But I do like the Bonus S and will apply it soon. Dollar weed does not like 2-4-D ,also. Try spot spraying some on a difficult patch and see what happens.Good luck from your neighbor in Pensacola.
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...that concoction will kill anything that grows and is cheap. I use it on fence lines. Greg
What measures for safety have you provided for your neighbors children? For the ground water? For the river fish?
http://greenupgrader.com/9671/the-tr...nd-herbicides/

Roundup, of course, doesn't just kill the weeds. Glyphosate contamination has been detected in humans who work around Roundup and their families and children. According to a research article from Environmental Health Perspectives symptoms of contamination in humans includes swollen eyes, face and joints; facial numbness; burning, itching skin; blisters; rapid heart rate; elevated blood pressure; chest pains, congestion; coughing; headache; and nausea.

http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2003/6667/abstract.html

Poisonous Spray on a Course Towards Drinking Water

May 10, 2003

(http://politiken.dk/VisArtikel.sasp?PageID=269614)

Politken, Denmark, by Anders Legarth Schmidt



Denmark’s most popular herbicide Roundup is polluting the underground water far more than previously thought. Agriculture uses yearly 800 tons of active glyphosate in herbicide. The Environment Minister is looking at taking steps to address this.

The Danish drinking water resources are under attack from an unexpected quarter. The chemical glyphosate that is in the popular herbicides Roundup and Touchdown is against all expectations sieving down through the soil and polluting the ground water at a rate of five times more than the allowed level for drinking water.

This has been shown from tests done by the Denmark and Greenland Geological Research Institution (DGGRI) in an as yet unpublished article.

Believed Bacteria broke down glyphosate

“When we spray glyphosate on the fields by the rules it has been shown that it is washed down into the upper ground water with a concentration of 0.54 micrograms per litre. This is very surprising, because we had previously believed that bacteria in the soil broke down the glyphosate before it reached the ground water.”

It is the Environment Ministry that has given permission to use glyphosate - based on the producers [Monsanto’s] own research.

Used against Twitch and Thistles

Farmers spray glyphosate on their fields after the harvest to keep the soil free of twitch and thistles. It had been earlier found in wells in Roskilde and Storstroms regions as well as the Copenhagen district council area. Critics say glyphosate causes cancer, while its defenders call it a wonder herbicide.

Professor Mogens Henze the head of the Institute for Environment and Resources at Denmark’s Technical University, says that the consequence of the new knowledge is that water works in five to ten years will need to clean the water before Danes can drink it.

“The results show that glyphosate is polluting our drinking water. And unfortunately we have only seen the tip of the iceberg, because glyphosate and many other spray chemicals are on their way through the soil at this point in time. Politicians need to look at agriculture in relation to clean drinking water and decide what it is they are going to do.” says Mogens Henze, who isn’t blaming the farmers who use something that the authorities have allowed.

Use Doubled

Statistics from the Environment Ministry show that the use of glyphosate has doubled in the last five years. In 2001 800 tons was used and that made up a quarter of farmers total use of pesticides. This shows that glyphosate is the most used herbicide by farmers.

As a result of the new research from DGGRI the Environment Minister Hans Christian Schmidt is currently thinking about doing something about the use of glyphosate on Danish fields.

“It is simply not acceptable that this stuff is turning up in our groundwater in such a concentration so high over the acceptable level. If this is the case then we must react quickly” says the Environment Minister, who is awaiting a report from the Environment Ministry.
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What I've found is that regular old weed killer at a higher dose than normal works fine with dollar weed.

If 2 oz/gal is normal, use 3.
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I just keep the grass cut. I have St Augustine grass, and it keeps the weeds at bay as long as it's cut regularly.

I just noticed you're in Mobile. You should start over with st augustine. No reasonn to have anything else on the gulf coast, IMO.

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I spray fuel all over,even hit the next door's yard too
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My neighbor is pretty good at killin' his yard. I'm sure he could be hired out!
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Hi there as in my toe nail fungus there is no over night solution for your lawn there is a process go to the scotts web site put your information(location grass type weed type that you have if you know it)and they will give you the answer you need to follow the treatment year round that' what i did dollar weed means too much water also when mowing don't cut too low just trim a little there are different application for different seasons hope it helps.

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