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Tank Mixing Lawn Care Products

By DoMyOwn staff

Tank mixing lawn care products can save you time and energy in addressing multiple issues in your lawn at the same time! Make sure to use the proper order and read the label of your product before applying.

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Hey everybody it's Heath from Today, we're going to talk to you about some of the questions you may have about tank mixing products together.

One of the questions we get asked is can I tank mix or why would i want a tank mix? And the short answer is that to save time. You know you don't need to go and do three different applications if you can mix all three products in one and do it in one single application. So when tank mixing several different products together, it is crucial that you read the label. And make sure that there's nothing that's going to interfere with the your turf type. Also make sure that what you're trying to target is labeled for those products. So if you're going after brown patch fungus, make sure that your fungicide is labeled for brown patch fungus. If you're going after a specific type of weed, make sure that your weed control is labeled for that type of weed and your turf type. The label is going to tell you whether or not you can apply these to these products and apply these products together.

You may need to do a jar test - taking equal parts of each product with water and shaking those together and seeing if you get separation. If you get separation, then you cannot mix those products together. If it all stays together, in one color, then yes you can use those products together.

There is an order that we need to apply these products when tank mixing. We would start with the ammonium sulfates the fertilizers that would be the first product that we would put in making sure that we filled our tank halfway full prior to putting in the fertilizer. We would next go to our water dispersible products - our our dry flowables our water soluble packs anything that is probably most likely a pre-emergent. We would apply those products next, making sure that we're agitating our tank all the way through. Next, would be our suspended concentrates our micro encaps - these would be mostly our insecticides that we would be applying. Next after that, we would move to our liquid solubles. This would be where you would apply your weed control, any dye that you're putting in, you would put those in as well. And then second to last would be your emulsifiable concentrates. This is some pre-emergents - something like pendimethanin would be in this in this category. Last but not least is our surfactants - our non-ionic surfactant our crop oils our methylated seed oils anything like that would be added last. Making sure that we're agitating all the way through the mixture. Then, after we've mixed it all up we want to continue with that agitation while we're spraying.

Some of the frequent mixes that we recommend for customers is a fungicide and an insecticide application - that is very common. Probably the most common is a pre-emergent and a post-emergent because you want to kill out the weeds that are currently there as well as preventing weeds from coming in. One thing to keep in mind is your herbicides. Herbicides are going to be more restrictive than other products just because they are trying to kill out broad leaf weeds or grassy weeds inside of a grass. So read those labels very carefully. Make sure that you're not mixing that with something that you can't use on your turf.

Let's talk about surfactants and methylated seed oils and that kind of thing. If you've got multiple different products that are calling for two different surfactants or methylated seed oils, you would not mix the two. You want to make sure that you're not adding a methylated seed oil on top of a non-ionic surfactant or vice versa.

So in tank mixing plant growth regulators, it's okay to add an iron or a fertilizer to those mixtures. Most of those products will tell you it's a good idea to mix with fertilizers or iron applications, but you got to be careful with the weed controls that you would mix in there, specifically some some type of plant growth regulators don't want you to use certain types of weed controls at the same time. You may have to wait four or five days before you be able to apply those weed controls.

If you're worried about turf tolerance or you're not sure if the mixture that you've done is going to be harmful to your grass, you can test that in a small area first by mixing it up spraying it in that small location that's going to be inconspicuous. Maybe in the backyard in a back corner or something like that that's not very noticeable and then give it a few days and see how the results are to see if it's actually controlling the weeds that you've sprayed it on, see if your turf is actually damaged by anything that you've done, and if not then, yes you can use those products together.

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