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ticky21
Posted 31 Oct 2011
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Ticky supports British farmers...!!

hi all...a quick and simple question....is it too late now to spray a selective onto a football pitch i look after...ive been asked by the chairman if i could spray out the weeds.....just need abit of reassuring from you guys that im not making a mistake by doing it now.....we still have steady growth of grass, and the weeds do still seem to be active...plenty of broad leaf showing....i do have Depitox which i got from PC shop on here...many thanks...
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mwood
Posted 31 Oct 2011
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My only concern would be that you will be left with bare patches as the weed dies off. I think its too late in the year for the grass to spread into the space left by the weeds.
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eddyinfreehold
Posted 31 Oct 2011
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Depends on how many and what weeds you have really Ticky. If it's Plantain everywhere and you spray now then you'll have huge bare patches through the winter if you get 10 more days of balmy weather. Personally I would say don't do it, too late to spray for three reasons, namely a) the weather could turn any moment now in spite of all this warm moist stuff b) If it does turn and you haven't sprayed, the weather will keep the grass and weeds in the same position all winter without a change and c) the expense of spraying will be more beneficial in late Feb with the grass starting to grow again rather than now when you may kill a percentage of the broad leaved weeds but still weaken the monocots. I'd wait til late Feb myself if I had the budget. With no offence, your chairman should have asked you to do this about 6 weeks earlier in my humble opinion.

The rider is of course whether you're in now damp Sussex or Kent (hooray) or up with Mario in currently balmy Aberdeen. Not sure where you are Ticky. In a week it could all be terribly different. My own guideline to shut down seasonally is the 2nd week of November in N Lancs when the hills get ice and snow.
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Monty
Posted 31 Oct 2011
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I'm a cylinder man myself...

Hi Ticky,

It would depend on how infested your grass is with weeds, I sprayed our football pitches last week but I don't have that bad an infestation
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panch
Posted 1 Nov 2011
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I sprayed one of my pitches with depitox late in october last year against my better judgement and it definately knocked my sward. I know temperatures are much higher this year and you are further south but if you do have to do it i'd use something other than depitox or reduce the rate of application and put on with a liquid feed.
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Cueball
Posted 1 Nov 2011
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We just had our pitches sprayed for weeds and worms. Not much in the way of infestation though, just to clear up really.
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