Is there any value to adding a surfactant?
Nonionic surfactants (wetting and penetrating agents) are recommended for roadside and invasive managment.
Lawn & Turf: The use of nonionic wetting and penetrating agents are recommended ONLY for spot spray (dandelion control for instance). However the use of a wetting agent is recommended when it comes to broad spraying on lawn & turf.
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I am using A.D.I.O.S mainly for its non-toxic properties. Are there any non-ionic surfactants that fit this category? I see non-ionic Methylated Seed Oil and Yucca as two possible options but the label does not specify if these are compatible. Are these types of surfactants compatible with A.D.I.O.S? Also, I've seen a lot of people recommend just using Dawn dish soap as a general purpose surfactant for its low toxicity. Any guidance you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Surfactants: A bit of non-toxic soap will act as a wetting agent /sticking agent and reduce dripping. Therefore it may improve the results. Do not put too much soap cause it may clog the stomata's and decrease the penetration of A.D.I.O.S. into the foliage.
A penetrated agent like soy-oil derived may also help to break the wax. Liberate (LI700) brand can be use with A.D.I.O.S. Yucca will not improve much the performance of A.D.I.O.S. and cost wise, it will be cheaper to put more A.D.I.O.S. to improve root kill.
Dandelion control tips: Dandelion has one of the toughest root system (straight root) to kill because it grows fast and gets bigger year after year. A second application may be required on older specimen. Soil condition is also a key factor.
• Mixing: Adequate dilution rate. A concentration of 130g per liter (1,2 lbs per gallon) of A.D.I.O.S.™.
• Volume: A sufficient rate is essential to trigger a systemic reaction. The minimum rate will be to the point of runoff+ (4½ gallon per 1000ft²). In order to assure optimal control, soak the center of the crown to get a pooling effect. Spot spraying is recommended after a blanket application to control mixed weeds.
• Uniformity of the application: Foliage must be totally covered to assure optimal control. Do not spray the flower, it has no effect on it. Mowing before the application is also recommended to stressed out the weed.
• Timing: The earlier, the better.
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Our yard is completely inundated with dandelions. (About a half acre) What is the best way to effectively and efficiently use your product? I am new to lawn care so please speak to me in laymen terms.
A.D.I.O.S.™ is not a harsh chemical and therefore it needs to be differentiate from any other conventional herbicide on the market.
Spot spray application is recommended. To ensure dandelion root kill, soak the leaves and make sure some A.D.I.O.S. accumulates [pools] in the center of the crown.
Best results occur when applied shortly after mowing (ADIOS have no effect on the flower).
Several application may be required on mature dandelions.
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