Pre-Emergent + Penetrant

March 25, 2013 at 3:00 am

The long season of 2012 was perfect for crabgrass farmers.  There were instances of pre-emergent breakthrough throughout Midwest.  Multiple factors can affect the quality as well as the duration of both prodiamine and dithiopyr applications.  Human error aside, irrigation and thatch are the two biggest reasons for failure.  Whether you intend to spread your pre-emergent on a fertilizer carrier or spray it, the use of a quality penetrant will greatly enhance your results.

If you’re going to invest the time to apply control products, the use of HydroPak Command will help to get your chemical to the soil/thatch interface by breaking the surface tension of organic matter.

We have all seen crabgrass pop up on slopes or other areas that we know were treated.  Typically, most of the pre-emergent never made it to the soil.  Instead, it washed down the slope carried by the hydrophobic thatch.  This is a quality that makes thatch useful as roofing material, but a serious hindrance in turf when applying pre-emergent.

Command as a tank mix partner adds less than $10 an acre to your treatment but greatly increases your chances for success.  It should also be used when your grub prevention products are applied to enhance results.

Morgan Timberlake
ATS Golf Sales Manager