Buffalo Grass

Asked October 6, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

I have a new lawn (8 mts. old) of buffalo grass. It has been invaded by various types of weeds. Since this is a new law, I have been using the manual process of weed control. I'm am having difficulity finding a weed killer that is specific to buffalo grass. I do not over water, and I have only fertilizer once, with a very weak fertilizer as perscribed. All that I have read about buffalo grass and weed killer, is to stay away from the ingredient dicamba, however, most weed killers contain this chemical. Can you help ?

Val Verde County Texas

1 Response

Herbicides for Weed Control in Buffalograsses by James A. McAfee, Ph.D. Extension Turfgrass Specialist Dallas, Texas I. Preemergent Herbicides:

Company Trade Name Common Name
BASF Pendulum ( EC, 2G, AquaCap, WDG) pendimethalin Bayer Specticle indaziflam Dow AgroScience Dimension* ( EC, 2EW, Ultra 40 WP ) dithiopyr Dow AgroScience Gallery isoxaben Syngenta Barricade (4 FL, 65WG ) prodiamine United Phosphorus Surflan oryzalin
* see restrictions on applying to new seedlings II. Postemergent Herbicides:
Company Trade Name Common Name
BASF Basagran T/O bentazon BASF Drive XLR 8 quinclorac BASF One Time quinclorac, mecroprop, dicamba Bayer ES Celsius Thiencarbazone-methyl + Iodosulfuron-methyl + Dicamba Dow AgroScience Lontrel clopyralid FMC Solitaire sulfentrazone, quinclorac FMC Dismiss sulfentrazone Monsanto Certainty sulfosulfuron NuFarm Corsair chlorosulfuron NuFarm Manor metsulfuron NuFarm TriPower MCPA, MCPP, dicamba NuFarm QuickSilver carfentrazone PBI/Gordon, Inc. Speedzone for Southern Grasses 2,4-D, MCPP, dicamba + carfentrazone PBI/Gordon, Inc. Trimec Bentgrass Formula 2,4-D, MCPP, dicamba PBI/Gordon, Inc. Surge sulfentrazone, 2,4-D, Mecroprop_p, dicamba
While this is probably not a complete list of herbicides labeled for use in buffalograss, it does contain most of the herbicides commonly found in commercial stores. Always instruct individuals to read the label carefully before purchasing and before using to make sure when these products can be used safely on buffalograss and to determine which weeds they will control. Call the Val Verde County Extension Agent, Miles Gibbs at830-774-7591