By Todd Layt
Due to registration reasons or the fact that certain products only come in large sizes and cost way too much for the average sized Palmetto Buffalo lawn, it is difficult for the typical home owner to buy many of the herbicides and pest control products that lawn care professionals have access to. Sometimes it’s just best to call in a professional weed and pest control company.
One example of this would be in removing onion weed from your lawn. Removing the bulbs doesn’t really work, One option is for the home owner to paint the onion weed leaf with Glyphosate over a number of applications. This is difficult to do and doesn’t always work.
A spray professionals use that will kill onion weed and not hurt most lawn types is called Destiny. With a price tag of over $700 it is not cost effective to buy it for just one home, as the smallest purchasable amount will do many hectares. The best way to get rid of onion weed is to call a professional in to spray it with Destiny.
Removing couch or Kikuyu from gardens is simple for the landscape professional. They just spray it with Fusilade which kills the grass but leaves your non-grass plants unharmed. It doen’t even harm Mondo grass, Liriope, Lomandra and Dianella as they are not true grasses.
Fusilade Forte isn’t too expensive to buy At $198 but as it will cover a large area, it might be better to call in a professional to do this for you plus they can take care of other lawn problems you may have while they are there.
Halosulfuron is a chemical that will eliminate sedges in lawns. It’s really useful for eliminating Nutgrass and Mullumbimby Couch in lawns and gardens. One product that is available to the public and allows you to do this yourselves is called Sedgehammer which costs around $72. However it can can be more cost effective having a professional come in and take care of multiple problems.
There is a safe non-scheduled lawn grub control for turf called Acelepryn which will last up to 6 months. Applying it mid-Spring will get you through the lawn grub summer season. It controls African Black Beetle, Argentine Stem Weevil, Argentinian Scarab, Billbugs, Cutworm, Armyworm and Webworm.
A 750ml bottle can cost over $600 and does a hectare so for the homeowner it is an expensive chemical to buy. If you have a lawn care professional doing work for you some time it’d be worth getting them to apply this as well while they are on site..
If you’re going away for summer holidays it might be worthwhile having a lawn care professional apply Acelepryn and at the same time apply Primo Maxx. At $132 it is viable to buy Primo Maxx yourself. Primo Maxx Turf Growth Regulator works for 6 weeks, greatly reducing turf growth. Apply it before you leave for your holiday and you won’t come back to a jungle. Lawn care professionals should also have a good grasp on how to deal with other weeds like broadleaf weeds, and many grass weeds.
They can apply fertiliser to your lawn as well. If you want to do this yourself it is recommended to use a good slow release lawn fertiliser.
Professional lawn spraying contractors also have access to a lot of great lawn grass pre-emergents, which prevent weed seeds from germinating. If you want to do this yourself, you can buy Oxa Pro which is a combination slow release fertiliser and a pre-emergent.
If you live on acreage it is worth getting these chemicals for yourself. If you get on well with your neighbours you could pool resources and reduce everybody’s lawn care costs.
Using a professional can mean no more Nutgrass, or Onion weed, it can solve lawn grub problems, and can lead to a healthy weed free well fertilised Palmetto Buffalo lawn.