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Old 07-27-2006, 03:21 PM
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I have to apply something to my lawn and it comes in 10 pound containers and is a powder which needs to be applied every 4 feet, making a grid pattern with 1 teaspoon of powder per 4 feet of lawn.

Rather than bending down to drop a teaspoon of powder every 4 feet I am looking for a better solution. I have a 5' piece of PVC pipe I can drop the powder down and onto the lawn but I'd still need to measure 1 teaspoon and drop it in.

It can't be sprayed and it can't go into a spreader. I have ~ 25,000 square feet of lawn to treat. Any suggestions?
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Local lawn service.........
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The train would beat the plane by 37 minutes because engineers don't fly planes.....
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Ok... I still say someone is yanking your chain but here's a possible solution.

Get a large salt/pepper shaker. Attach it crosswise to a dowell. Fill it with the "stuff." Walk around the yard with the shaker at the down end of the dowel. At the desired intervals, invert the shaker and release the desired amount of material onto the ground.

You may use tape to block off some holes if too much material is being dispensed. If you dont wish to sacrifice a shaker then improvise with a coffee can or jar or whatever...

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Old 07-27-2006, 06:09 PM
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Put it in a plain white envelope and mail it to the guy that told you you had to apply it that way.
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Old 07-27-2006, 07:05 PM
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Thanks Kamper. I thought about this as well as a sugar dispenser which lets out exactly 1 teaspoon.

As far as the directions are concerned, it's the only way to put down this type of product. No harm done in yanking the chain but if you guys were right here in front of me I'd make you apply it for me
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FireFly - 7/27/2006 7:05 PM

if you guys were right here in front of me I'd make you apply it for me


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Old 07-27-2006, 08:28 PM
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WTF is this stuff & what does it treat? I've delt with a lot of chemicals & whatnot, and never heard of an application guide that whacked.
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Old 07-27-2006, 08:32 PM
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broncobirdy - 7/27/2006 4:47 PM

The train would beat the plane by 37 minutes because engineers don't fly planes.....


and the smoke from the electric train would go straight up...



I've never heard of something that complicated - if in fact it is for real, call a lawn service..

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Old 07-27-2006, 09:19 PM
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Sounds like the mold or milky spores used to treat the lawn for grubs. If so, don't
waste your time. Takes years to be effective and by that time your lawn
is nuthin but dirt. Do youself a favor and go out and buy 3x the amount
of kick-butt chemicals required for normal treatment and use it all in
one shot. Wait 6 weeks and do it again.

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Okay, all kidding aside...... Use a drop spreader with some, or most of the holes plugged or taped off. That would allow you to carry a quantity of the material and dispense it only when you want to and in the amount that you desire. (by the amount of time that you hold the handle back and dispense)

I'm like Autobahn here, what the heck are you putting down???????
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Old 07-28-2006, 09:58 AM
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Cjsweeney nailed it. Not a problem with damage from grubs but I do have quite a few beetles and want to make sure I prevent them from doing damage down the road.

Unfortunately I can't throw down the killer stuff. Wife has her wild birds which eat insects off the lawn and I can't just go out and kill everything. I just want to know why I can't keep my bait in the freezer but she can keep 10,000 meale worms in the fridge for her blue birds??
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FireFly - 7/28/2006 8:58 AM

I just want to know why I can't keep my bait in the freezer but she can keep 10,000 meale worms in the fridge for her blue birds??
Why? - same as for the rest of us - Cuz she'll kick yer azz if ya put bait in HER freezer

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I wonder what the chances are, that meale worms become beetles? Hmmm?
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Moles...... you need some Moles...... They'll get those darned grubs....... Of course I don't know which would be worse????????
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katkt - 7/28/2006 1:00 PM

I wonder what the chances are, that meale worms become beetles? Hmmm?
The meal worms don't have a chance to become beetles because the birds eat them directly from the feeder when I call them. Not kidding.

And the beetles I have are Japanese beatles eating the roses.
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Tell me exactly what you are trying to accomplish. I am a Golf Course Superintendent responsible for three courses, about three hundred acres of fine turf. I'd bet I can come up with a solution for you. I use products that require application rates of 10th's of a gram per thousand square feet. I have all kinds of tricks up my sleeve.

One suggestion I have for you is to mix your product with dry sand and put it out with a drop spreader. You can effectively increase the bulk application rate by a factor of 100 by adding the sand as an inert filler. I use this method when I'm applying bentgrass seed to my greens. There are 5.5 million seeds per pound of bentgrass so it is impossible to find a drop spreader with small enough holes that will apply the seed at exactly the right rate. The solution is to mix a pound of seed with a 25 pound bag of sand in a small electric concrete mixer, then apply the mix through a drop spreader calibrated the way you want it. Works like a charm and I bet will do fine for you.

I would suggest though that there are many products available to you that will be more effective yet have no detrimental effect to your bird population. In the Fall, when the army worms start marching and eating everything in site, I use Sevin. Within minutes the birds are flocking to the site to eat the hundreds of thousands of worms that are dying. I've yet to find a dead bird anywhere on site after a treatment. And trust me. I have thousands of homeowners (all retired, with plenty of time on their hands) that love their bird watching every bit as much as your wife and they'd scream bloody murder if I killed even the first bird.
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FireFly - 7/28/2006 9:58 AM

Cjsweeney nailed it. Not a problem with damage from grubs but I do have quite a few beetles and want to make sure I prevent them from doing damage down the road.

Unfortunately I can't throw down the killer stuff. Wife has her wild birds which eat insects off the lawn and I can't just go out and kill everything. I just want to know why I can't keep my bait in the freezer but she can keep 10,000 meale worms in the fridge for her blue birds??
P.S. Every type of beetle is a grub before it is a beetle. Kind of like a caterpillar becomes a moth, a grub is a juvenile beetle. And they are much easier to kill when they are a soft bodied grub. All you need is the right product and a good irrigation system or heavy rainfall to wash it into the soil profile. Problem is that you need to treat for them months ago, depending upon what species we are talking about.
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