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kkcappello
May 19, 2018 5:36 PM CST
Recently, the company who fertilizes and takes care of my lawn did a tick and mosquito spray on my yard including my 4 garden beds. The next day I noticed that 40-50% of my plants/flower leaves look burned and have started to wilt, some worse than others. I'm afraid that this will stunt the growth on a lot of my flowers. Has this ever happened to anybody? What should I do to try and save my gardens? My friend who is an avid gardener recommended organic fish fertilizer to give them a boost.

Last year, they sprayed from May-August and it didn't affect my plants/flowers at all and did a great job repelling mosquitos and ticks. I have contacted the company and complained, hopefully will receive a refund. Any advice would be helpful! I'm so upset.
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porkpal
May 19, 2018 6:00 PM CST
I would rinse everything off with lots of water and see how they do.
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kkcappello
May 19, 2018 6:19 PM CST
porkpal said:I would rinse everything off with lots of water and see how they do.


Luckily it rained all day today, so we'll see.

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May 19, 2018 6:32 PM CST
Did the lawn company spray your yard on a sunny day? Did they change products?
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kkcappello
May 19, 2018 7:17 PM CST
DaisyI said:Did the lawn company spray your yard on a sunny day? Did they change products?


Yes it was sunny, but not hot. I'm going to talk with them on Monday again when they open and I will ask them.
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May 19, 2018 7:23 PM CST
Such a shame! Good luck.
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ctcarol
May 19, 2018 7:49 PM CST
I have two hard and fast rules for spraying (1) never spray anything when sunny, and (2) never spray anything when there is ANY breeze. Even without a breeze the air pressure can cause drift, and of course any wet leaves can sunburn when wet.
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kkcappello
May 20, 2018 7:10 AM CST
ctcarol said:I have two hard and fast rules for spraying (1) never spray anything when sunny, and (2) never spray anything when there is ANY breeze. Even without a breeze the air pressure can cause drift, and of course any wet leaves can sunburn when wet.



Thanks for the advice!
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May 20, 2018 4:24 PM CST
Another possibility is that someone got sloppy and used a sprayer that had previously been used for weed killer. I've heard of that happening before.

I'm so sorry about your lovely plants being damaged. Sad
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sooby
May 20, 2018 4:30 PM CST
Danita said:Another possibility is that someone got sloppy and used a sprayer that had previously been used for weed killer. I've heard of that happening before.


I wondered the same thing. It would be interesting to know the name of the product. However, I have seen damage by DEET to turf, as in these pictures:

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dyzzypyxxy
May 20, 2018 4:42 PM CST
Deet is an oily product, so any plant it was sprayed on would have fried leaves if the sun got on them before the oil was washed off or absorbed. Deet is for people, not plants anyway!

You really do need to find out exactly what it was that they used to spray your plants. Best to do this before they burn somebody else's garden using the same stuff. If it was an oil spray like some sort of horticultural oil, you should use a very mild soapy water solution to wash your plants off, then rinse immediately with the hose.

Even if it was just an insecticidal soap spray, the soap is a surfactant and can make some plants hyper-sensitive to sun. I'm betting it was one of the two. You should ask them for your money back, and not employ that landscape company any more. (besides soap spray for insects is so cheap and easy to do you can do it yourself)
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sooby
May 20, 2018 5:08 PM CST
Yep, DEET is for people, but it was people spraying it on themselves that damaged the turf, as in the pictures.
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kkcappello
May 20, 2018 7:29 PM CST
Danita said:Another possibility is that someone got sloppy and used a sprayer that had previously been used for weed killer. I've heard of that happening before.

I'm so sorry about your lovely plants being damaged. Sad


Thanks, yes, that is very well could be possible, I will find out more information tomorrow! Ugh
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kkcappello
May 20, 2018 7:31 PM CST
sooby said:

I wondered the same thing. It would be interesting to know the name of the product. However, I have seen damage by DEET to turf, as in these pictures:



It could have been DEET, I will find out exactly what the solution was tomorrow when they open again. Thanks!
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kkcappello
May 20, 2018 7:34 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Deet is an oily product, so any plant it was sprayed on would have fried leaves if the sun got on them before the oil was washed off or absorbed. Deet is for people, not plants anyway!

You really do need to find out exactly what it was that they used to spray your plants. Best to do this before they burn somebody else's garden using the same stuff. If it was an oil spray like some sort of horticultural oil, you should use a very mild soapy water solution to wash your plants off, then rinse immediately with the hose.

Even if it was just an insecticidal soap spray, the soap is a surfactant and can make some plants hyper-sensitive to sun. I'm betting it was one of the two. You should ask them for your money back, and not employ that landscape company any more. (besides soap spray for insects is so cheap and easy to do you can do it yourself)


Thank you for that information. It could possibly been either DEET or that insecticidal soap, I will find out exactly what they sprayed tomorrow when they open again. Will let you know, I am going to ask for my money back, we'll see what they say, I don't know if I'm going to do business with them after this Sighing!
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May 20, 2018 10:44 PM CST
Iam sorry about your plants. That's a real bummer. I hope that you get your money back and that your flowers recover. I definitely wouldn't work with them again. But that's just me, and my opinion.

Cheers!!!

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sooby
May 21, 2018 4:22 AM CST
kkcappello said:

Thank you for that information. It could possibly been either DEET or that insecticidal soap, I will find out exactly what they sprayed tomorrow when they open again. Will let you know, I am going to ask for my money back, we'll see what they say, I don't know if I'm going to do business with them after this Sighing!


I don't think (or at least hope) they wouldn't have deliberately sprayed anything with DEET in it but I just mentioned that to show that bug sprays can be unintentionally harmful to plants. I'd be surprised also if insecticidal soap would cause the plants to actually wilt and collapse as they have, and they also seem to have white residue/specks of some kind. Hopefully you can find out what they used (and maybe whether they calibrated the sprayer correctly if it was the same as last time).
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kkcappello
May 21, 2018 7:15 AM CST
sooby said:

I don't think (or at least hope) they wouldn't have deliberately sprayed anything with DEET in it but I just mentioned that to show that bug sprays can be unintentionally harmful to plants. I'd be surprised also if insecticidal soap would cause the plants to actually wilt and collapse as they have, and they also seem to have white residue/specks of some kind. Hopefully you can find out what they used (and maybe whether they calibrated the sprayer correctly if it was the same as last time).


So the owner came out and looked at my yard this morning and said that most likely what happened is that the guy who sprayed the tick and mosquito didn't clean out the container well and left some fertilizer or weed killer in the spray which is why all my plants are burned. They are going to reimburse me $500 worth of new flowers, which I'm happy about.
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kkcappello
May 21, 2018 7:16 AM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Deet is an oily product, so any plant it was sprayed on would have fried leaves if the sun got on them before the oil was washed off or absorbed. Deet is for people, not plants anyway!

You really do need to find out exactly what it was that they used to spray your plants. Best to do this before they burn somebody else's garden using the same stuff. If it was an oil spray like some sort of horticultural oil, you should use a very mild soapy water solution to wash your plants off, then rinse immediately with the hose.

Even if it was just an insecticidal soap spray, the soap is a surfactant and can make some plants hyper-sensitive to sun. I'm betting it was one of the two. You should ask them for your money back, and not employ that landscape company any more. (besides soap spray for insects is so cheap and easy to do you can do it yourself)


Turns out it was weed killer, the owner came out and look at my gardens, said this should have never happened and that the guy didn't clean out the container correctly. He was very nice and apologized, they are going to reimburse me $500 worth of new flowers.
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MindiHammerstone
May 21, 2018 7:20 AM CST
Well that was awesome of the guy to reimburse you like that. That will be a lot of flowers. I don't know about the soil?

But for someone to stand up and tell the truth and not make up excuses speaks a lot!!

Cheers!

😀

Mindi

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