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Posted on: 5/08/17

Selective and Residual Control of Weeds in Turfgrasses

Meso 4SC Select™ generic tenacity is a herbicide that can be used for both pre and post-emergence control of more than 45 broadleaf weeds and grasses in turfgrass. Classified as a group 27 herbicide, Meso 4SC Select inhibits photosynthesis in susceptible plants and is absorbed systemically through leaves, roots and shoots. Meso 4SC Select can be effectively used for weed control prior to and when seeding of specific types of turfgrasses.

  • Provides post-emergent control of tough-to-control weeds
  • Weeds controlled include crabgrass (pre and post-emergent), ground ivy, yellow foxtail, yellow nutsedge and dandelion
  • Can be applied anytime you are seeding including overseeding of established turfgrass, bare ground seeding or during renovation


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Posted on: 7/07/16

That special time of year has arrived. It’s Japanese beetle time. They suddenly seem to be everywhere. We have had reports of adult Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) in several locations in Dupage County. I have even spotted a couple of them as far north as Boone County not far from the Wisconsin border (and that was almost two weeks ago!).

Japanese beetles are up to 1/2 inch long, and have oval, metallic green bodies with coppery brown wing covers. They appear to have five white spots along each side and two additional white spots behind their wing covers. Upon examination under a hand lens, the spots are actually tufts of hair.

Adult beetles feed on nearly 300 different species of ornamental plants with about 50 species being preferred. Highly preferred hosts include rose, crabapple, cherry, grape, and linden. The adults feed on leaf tissue between veins, resulting in skeletonized leaves. Severely infested plants may be almost completely defoliated.

Early infestations of Japanese beetle may be missed since the insects start feeding in the tops of trees. Japanese beetles overwinter as larvae (grubs) about four to eight inches beneath the soil surface. In spring, as the soil temperatures warm to about 55° F, the grubs move upward through the soil to pupate. Adults normally emerge from late June through July. Within a few days after emergence, the females mate and burrow into the soil to lay eggs. Nearly all eggs are laid by mid-August. In sufficiently warm and moist soil, eggs will hatch in about ten days. Grubs feed on plant roots until cold weather forces them to greater depths in the soil for the winter. There is one generation of this beetle per year. Source: Morton Arboretum



Posted on: 6/06/16

Liquid Concentrate Product

Tick Killz is a Cedar Oil based liquid concentrate that mixes with water and is then applied to outdoor areas like lawns, shrubs, mulch beds, perimeter wood lines and any other damp, shaded areas where insects tend to dwell and breed.

Safety Profile

Tick Killz is considered 25b exempt by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which makes it a 'minimal risk' pesticide. The EPA does not require 25b exempt products to have a pesticide registration number therefore, when used as directed; Tick Killz is safe for children, adults and pets and, won't harm beneficial insects such as pollinators.

Long Lasting

Tick Killz controls ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and other nuisance insects on contact, while also providing on average 4 weeks of residual repellent benefit after each application.

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