||The argument for and against Atrazine|
Randy explains why he doesn't
like "Weed and Feeds"...
If you listened to much of the GardenLine program Saturday February
16th, boy did we get in to it about the Weed & Feed issue. I certainly donít believe in extremism either way (All Organic vs. All Inorganic), but if I donít start seeing some recognition on what Iím trying to accomplish, Iím retiring from this job a lot earlier than I had wanted, because apparently Iím not getting through to you. To my friend Jesse: If this email doesnít work, then I need to know if that Chick-Fil-A opportunity still exists???
First, if I confused you even more with the ďEarly Green UpĒ email I apologizeÖ I was just trying to give you every possible scenario in weed and fertilizer application at this time of the year. And from the ďBetter be careful what you say department,Ē I think I really messed up other peopleís minds when I joked about ďIf you canít beat ĎemÖ Join ĎemĒ on the weekend of the 16th. So, Iím going to see if I can set the record straight with a brief synopsis about this Weed & Feed dilemma that I have experienced for years.
Here it is in a nutshell - I donít like Weed & Feeds. Iím a firm believer that if you use the Pre-Emergent Herbicides correctly, you never have any need for a Weed & Feed. The best W&F combinations use a chemical called Atrazine - very effective on weeds but caustic to the feeder roots of trees and shrubs and even more dangerous to our groundwater supplies. However, if you simply are overwhelmed with
weeds in your turf, there truly is no better way to eliminate them. So, if you fall into that category at least use a W&F from one of my sponsors.
Thatís not talking out of both sides of my mouth. Itís trying to help my Fertilizer Sponsors, because they all have their own Atrazine based W&F. All they ask is that if youíre going to buy a W&F, they want some of that business. So, hereís what youíre looking for:
Nitro Phos 15-5-10 w/ Atrazine
Fertilome 20-5-5 Weed & Feed for St. Augustine w/ Atrazine
Easy Gro 22-4-5 For St. Augustine w/ Atrazine
But remember the pledge I made you take if you were going to use a
W&F?Ö Itís back at the archives, and I strongly recommend you read it
and take it before you put down granule one.
Again, if you follow the fertilizer schedule to a T you wonít have a problem that requires the use of a Weed & Feed. And for some further research of your own, check out these websites to see why I donít like the idea of Atrazine. And finally, read the back of a bag of Atrazine-based W&F - itís enlightening.
Until next week, here's to
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