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Question: Bermuda grass is growing in the back strip of the yard. We also have fruit trees (4) back there. In the fall we were told to use Turf Lawn Ester. Now we are told there is residual left in the soil when using this produce that will not be healthy to use near the fruit trees. Would Complete, Round-up, Ramuda be a better product?

Answer: The caution on the Turflon Ester label refers to overspray which can drift onto open flowers and either distort fruit or cause the tree to abort fruit. If you time your applications properly and apply on days where there is no wind to transport the droplets, Turflon Ester should be safe to use near your fruit trees. The active ingredient in Turflon Ester (Triclopyr) is, as far as I know, the only one that is effective against bermuda grass in ornamental turf. You need to make multiple applications spaced at 3-4 week intervals for complete control of bermuda grass so be sure to read and follow the label directions exactly so you won't harm your fruit trees.

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