methods to destroy Bermuda Grass - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cpoel
September 8, 2006
We will be spraying our bermuda grass with Turf Lawn Ester this fall. All the fruit trees will be dormant. We're a little concerned about the avocado tree which sits low to the ground and is loaded with maturing avocados. The grass is also growing underneath the tree. Is this alright to spray close to and all around this tree?

Answer from NGA
September 8, 2006
The caution with Turflon Ester is mostly with the 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 and your avocado 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. Just keep the spray low and spray on a still day and your avocados should be just fine.

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