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Ike's Sandspur killer




I am curious if anyone has tried this stuff. I used to use Balan I would get at Ace but $35 a small bag that did maybe 2000 sq ft was expensive if you treat the yard 3-4 times a year. This will cover 29,000 sq ft for about the same price. Around here those sandspurs are nasty and hard to kill and make stay away.




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Balan is a pre-emergent, it has to be applied heavy at the end of march or in April, Before the plant comes up in the spring, it does no good after the plant starts growing.


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I think the active ingredient in this is Pendimethalin. Described as a pre-emergent. Might be safe for other grasses though. Have read that white vinegar knocks it back, if you can spot spray.

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Sandspur is an annual so September is too late to do anything but removal. Get rid of next year's plants by collecting the spurs before they drop their seeds. Lay an old blanket or towel down on top of them and walk on it (wear shoes!). The burrs will stick to the fabric which you can roll up and throw away.


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Used to go barefoot walking to and from the beach 30 years ago. Stepped on them several times. Flip flops after that. Ouch!


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Sandspur is an annual so September is too late to do anything but removal. Get rid of next year's plants by collecting the spurs before they drop their seeds. Lay an old blanket or towel down on top of them and walk on it (wear shoes!). The burrs will stick to the fabric which you can roll up and throw away.

Greg MD
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Definitely tip of the week! We typically have pulled them off manually. Will do that this week. Great idea!!


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Drag the shaggiest carpet remanent that you can find across the yard to pick up the sand spurs. I found the effort was worthless unless all your neighbors flip the same thing at the same time.


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Drag the shaggiest carpet remanent that you can find across the yard to pick up the sand spurs. I found the effort was worthless unless all your neighbors flip the same thing at the same time.

Alexy


Okay! I know the spurs are the seeds and move into other yards and multiply. The house that we just bought has tons of them as well as prickly pears. Husband has been spraying something on and the cacti are slowly dying out. They are terrible and much worse than the spurs. We are friends with our neighbors and we will give them a heads up. We mow their lawn and they mow ours when the other is out of town. Husband sprays theirs too. Thank you!!!


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Are you applying a pre-emergent in September? That will be expensive with zero results.


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Are you applying a pre-emergent in September? That will be expensive with zero results.

GoneCoastal252


We've only owned this particular home since December and are doing work arounds as we can with the lawn. I really liked Greg's and Alexy's suggestions to use now. My husband is a killer weed king and our previous home in Avon ended up with beautiful grass. He has a lot of bottles of this and that that he uses depending on the season. Thank you for the info!!


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I just dig them up. Am I doing it wrong?


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I just dig them up. Am I doing it wrong?

ultrahog99


This past Easter Sunday, we discovered the prickly pears in the yard and began digging them up and found out the cacti covered almost half of the yard. Not that the yard is big, but just too much to do by hand. We ordered a product online and began spraying. I think it also helped with the spurs, but we were mainly targeting the cactus. Noticed some of the spurs coming up in August and started pulling them. But, I think the carpet and blanket ideas are great. And, we have a dog and want to clean them out as fast as we can for her. We've been busy with a lot of renovations on the house and somewhat neglected the yard this Spring except for the cactus. Scary stuff-pic of some of the cactus we dug.




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I hate these things too. I am far too lazy to dig them all up so I will be trying the spray on the entire lawn in March!


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Balan is a pre-emergent, it has to be applied heavy at the end of march or in April, Before the plant comes up in the spring, it does no good after the plant starts growing.

Corakers Dad


I used Balan for many years and you have to apply it at the right time and several times a year as those nasty sandspur plants pop out those nasty seeds. It just was too expensive to do a whole lot 3-4 times a year. I wish once and done but it won't work that way. Maybe this stuff is as good and cheaper.


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Drag the shaggiest carpet remanent that you can find across the yard to pick up the sand spurs. I found the effort was worthless unless all your neighbors flip the same thing at the same time.

Alexy


That's right - wind, neighbors dogs, bike tires etc all drag those darn seeds into the yard so one application is never enough. Where I live now thw sandspur is really bad and much worse than in KDH where I used to live.


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I just dig them up. Am I doing it wrong?

ultrahog99


I dug them for years, you have to get all the root or they come back. The problem is the seeds come from all over and get in your yard.

Here is something I read and agree with to make a real dent in heavily infested areas:

To ensure complete control of germinating sandspurs in heavily infested areas, make applications of the pre-emergent herbicide every six weeks through August. In areas with a light infestation of grass burrs, two applications that are six weeks apart after the initial application should control seed germination. As always, the pre-emergent application needs to be watered in thoroughly. Not applying enough water after application of a pre-emergent herbicide is one of the main reasons for failure to effectively obtain control of annual grassy weeds such as sandspurs.


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We will try some of the sandspur product that you noted, Tim! Thanks!!


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Corolla Landscaping (now Definitive Landscaping) use to spray my yard in the spring with excellent results. In fact, I didn't step on a spur since they began the treatments. Not expensive either.


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As Tim stated in his earlier post, he needed to apply more than one application of Balan for any effective control. The reason Balan's effectiveness is reduced by sunlight. It must be watered in immediately after application. Balan has been around a long time and was marketed by Scotts. There are quite a few preemergent materials available today that are much better than Balan.
Pendimethalin is better choice.
My personal choice is Dithiopyr, the active ingredient in Dimension. Comes in a liquid or a granular. Excellent, relatively long lasting control, on many annual weeds with one application.
Regardless of which material is used, calibration of the application equipment is very important. Whether it be with a "hose end sprayer" or a rotary spreader for granular products. Apply too little, desired control not that good. Too much, it's expensive.
Also timing of application is important. It has to be in place before the seeds begin germination.
And one last point, preemergents control any seeds that will germinate. Not just weeds but grass, flowers, anything from seed.


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Ace used to have a spring sale where if you can get in in a shopping cart they would take 15 or 20% off the price. I went every year and got 2 or 3 bags of balan until one year they said they has no balan in yet. smiley with shades Then the next couple years at the sale they never had it in stock for the sale anymore. That used to help keep the cost down, I put it out around April - June and Aug as I recall.


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I just dig them up. Am I doing it wrong?

ultrahog99


I dug them for years, you have to get all the root or they come back. The problem is the seeds come from all over and get in your yard.

Here is something I read and agree with to make a real dent in heavily infested areas:

To ensure complete control of germinating sandspurs in heavily infested areas, make applications of the pre-emergent herbicide every six weeks through August. In areas with a light infestation of grass burrs, two applications that are six weeks apart after the initial application should control seed germination. As always, the pre-emergent application needs to be watered in thoroughly. Not applying enough water after application of a pre-emergent herbicide is one of the main reasons for failure to effectively obtain control of annual grassy weeds such as sandspurs.

Tim-OBX
You just answered my question for me. It's INFESTATION. fortunately, I'm not on the same mega level, so I can keep ahead of them. I did offer them to my OF neighbor for her dune, and for a minute, I thought she was going to take me up on the offer. smiley



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the empty lot next door is just full of them and treating 10,000 sq ft several times a year isn't likely to happen. It's funny to watch when people cut through thinking it is a short cut. I watched one guy carry his girlfriend (maybe wife) when she would take no more steps it is an Infestation in this area if not treated vigorously. I chuckle thinking anyone would walk through there pulling a blanket. You would throw it away after that and not get them all.


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