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Tips on using Grass Getter

We have had so many inquiries and messages posted on our Q&A forum regarding this innovative product that I thought it appropriate to take a few moments addressing this issue.

Q. What is Grass Getter?

A. Grass Getter is a post emergence herbicide, based on the active ingredient sethoxydim. We first became aware of it through our own agricultural production fields and use it commercially under the name POAST. It selectively eliminates grasses out of broadleaf plants. This is the opposite of 2-4-D, which selectively eliminates the broadleaf weeds in grasses.

Q. What weeds does Grass Getter control"

A. Grass Getter is used to control annual grasses and hard-to-kill perennial grasses such as bermudagrass, johnsongrass, and quackgrass. In California and Arizona, it is especially effective on perennial bermudagrass, but it also controls annual grasses.

Q. Will Grass Getter control all weeds"

A. Grass Getter does not control broadleaf weeds, nutgrass or annual bluegrass.

Q. How much Grass Getter should I apply"

A. With a tank sprayer, mix 1oz. of Grass Getter with 1 gallon of water. This will treat approximately 1,800 square feet. Use with 1oz. of an oil concentrate like the Herbicide Helper that is also listed on our site. We have not found it effective to use a "hose-end" sprayer for application of this herbicide. Hose-end sprayers put the chemical out in a diluted form then wash it off the leaves with the excess water.

Q. What can I use Grass Getter on?

A. Grass Getter can be used on flowers, bedding plants, shrubs, trees, groundcovers and certain fruits and vegetables (check the label for specific varieties). There are more than 300 ornamental species listed on the Grass Getter label. Do not use Grass Getter on your turf grass lawn!

Q. What species should Grass Getter NOT be used on"

A. Care should be used around the following species: Azaleas (variety "snow") Japanese Privet, Potentilla, Snow in Summer, Red Oak and White Oak and ornamental grasses.

Q. Can I use Grass Getter on my lawn"

A. No. Grass getter should not be used on lawns because it kills grasses. Wind drift onto lawns and desirable plants should be avoided. If drift occurs, wash off foliage immediately with water.

Q. Can I use Grass Getter on my dichondra lawn"

A. Yes!

Q. Can I spray Grass Getter over the top of bedding plants, shrubs, etc.

A. Yes. Grass Getter may be applied over desirable plants infested by weedy grasses. Do not exceed dosage rate per gallon of spray. Always carefully read the application and mixing directions.

Q. When is the best time to apply Grass Getter?

A. Apply Grass Getter when the weeds are young and actively growing. A second application 7-14 days after the first may be needed on some perennial grasses.

Q. Does Grass Getter give complete kill?

A. Yes! Grass Getter moves from the leaves down into the roots providing complete kill of the grasses, not only top kill.

Q. What can I expect to see once I apply Grass Getter?

A. Once applied, the grass stops growing. It will turn a reddish color, then yellow and will die in one to three weeks time. Most herbicides are temperature sensitive, the warmer the temperature, the quicker acting they are.

Q. How long will I have to wait before I water after applying Grass Getter?

A. Wait at least 1 hour before watering following application. Avoid applying Grass Getter if rain is expected in the next few hours.

Q. Grass Getter is expensive, why should I use it"

A. Our price is about $30 per pint, which equates to about $1.88 per ounce. 1 ounce will treat 1,800 square feet. If you have ever tried pulling bermudagrass out of junipers, then you will see the value in using Grass Getter.

Q. Where can I find Grass Getter"

A. Why, on our web site . . .of course! Look at ../../../wildflower_mixes/spec_grass_getter.html

We first discovered this chemical while attending an agricultural show several years ago. We thought it was too good to be true! We had been looking for an alternative grass control for years! We began using it on our farms in 55 gallon drums, then thought that it would be a great product to market to our customers for their individual wildflower plantings. Originally we brought it out under the commercial name of POAST, and many of you purchased it in that packaging. Because of trademark difficulties, it has now been re-named Grass Getter, for use in the private sector. It is the same chemical that we use on our wildflower fields to control grass! I recommend it highly as a control for unwanted grasses, not only in your wildflowers, but in groundcovers and other plantings.

If you have any questions that I have not addressed in this newsletter, please just ask. Grass Getter is the answer to my prayers! It really works, and makes life so much easier.