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Three Lawn Chemicals Homeowners Should Know About

April 30 2010

Are you the kind of homeowner who takes pride in your lawn? Then you already know how tenacious some insects, critters and weeds can be.

So just go to the lawn and garden section of your local hardware store and buy some chemical relief, right? Hold on a minute – there’s a better way.

Before you go shopping for poisons and weedkillers, vist  www.csrees.usda.gov. That’s where you’ll find your county’s extension office, and a list of recommended chemicals for your geographic area. The site will also tell you what kind of insects your yard could have, so you’ll know how to properly treat your problem.

Among the most widely recommended chemicals to control pests and weeds are:

• Talstar. Available in both granule and concentrate, Talstar is relatively easy to apply and treats a wide variety of pests for about 2-3 months after application, lasting longer than competitive chemicals like Dursban and Diazinon, according to www.pestcontrol.com. These pests include molecrickets, chinch bugs, and grubs which can invite problems like moles and mice. In granule form, Talstar is about as small as a grain of sand which allows the chemical to fall between blades of grass making it less likely to harm pets and children.

• Acephate 75. More for ant control, Acephate 75 works well on fire ants, harvester ants, and imported fire ants according to www.pestmall.com. Application in granule form is direct; you can pour the pellets on up to 108 mounds and treatment usually lasts an entire season. Also when mixed with water, you can use one pound of Acephate to cover an entire acre, not bad for less than $30.

• Drive 75. A change from pesticide to herbicide- Drive 75 is perfect for weeds and aggressive grasses, according to www.rosecare.com. This chemical takes care of a wide variety of problems including dandelion, crabgrass, and barnyardgrass while protecting highly favorable grasses like Bermuda. Though pricey, a pound can cost up to $160, this chemical will go a long way; 1.5 tablespoons will cover about 1000 feet.

With all chemicals, strictly follow the directions as listed on the container. Be sure to use adequate eyewear and protective clothing, and keep all chemicals safely away from children and pets.  Store surpluses in a safe location. Make sure your containers are sound, so that no leaks might contaminate your storage, garage, or any area of your home. For more information, visit www.pestproducts.com.