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Man destroys his 40,000 square-foot lawn after mistakenly buying weed AND grass killer
dailymail.co.uk ^ | 7-15-12 | James Nye

Posted on 07/15/2012 4:26:45 AM PDT by rawhide

A once green fingered Minnesota man is ruing not reading the labels on the weed killer he bought after it killed all the grass on his 40,000 square foot lawn.

Turning the previously lush green grass to dead, arid scrubland, Lake Elmo resident Rob Olson only wanted to get rid of the weeds from his two and a half acre lawn.

Instead, Olson says three employees at Dege Garden Centre consulted with him about which weed product to buy and fatefully he purchased five bottles of the multi-purpose killer at $35 a pop.

The weed killer in fact contained a pre-emergent grass killer too which not only destroyed the grass but will prevent it from being resseeded or sodded for up to six months.

Having applied the product to his garden, Olson observed the grass begin to fade and called up the garden centre to demand to know what had happened.

Upon realising his mistake, Olson became furious with Ferti-lome, the makers of the dual grass and weed killer, which Olson claims is not clearly marked.

In an email a spokesman for Ferti-lome said that instructions are 'related directly to the product' and are contained in a booklet which is attached to the back of the bottle.

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OOPS!
1 posted on 07/15/2012 4:27:00 AM PDT by rawhide
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Well look on the brightside, He won’t have to cut it.

By the way the drought has killed all of my own, my lawn is brown too and crackles when I walk on it.


3 posted on 07/15/2012 4:30:14 AM PDT by Venturer
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"Upon realising HIS mistake, Olson became furious with Ferti-lome".

Sounds like a democrat --- he's blaming someone else instead of taking responsibility.

4 posted on 07/15/2012 4:31:03 AM PDT by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: rawhide

Looks like he missed a couple of spots! It is too hot to mow anyways...


5 posted on 07/15/2012 4:32:03 AM PDT by Typelouder
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To: rawhide
once green fingered Minnesota man is ruing not reading the labels on the weed killer he bought after it killed all the grass on his 40,000 square foot lawn.

Turning the previously lush green grass to dead, arid scrubland, Lake Elmo resident Rob Olson only wanted to get rid of the weeds from his two and a half acre lawn.

More ignoids at work in "journalism".

6 posted on 07/15/2012 4:32:42 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: rawhide

Guy missed a few spots. Now he will have to go back and reapply to make sure it is even...


7 posted on 07/15/2012 4:32:51 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: rawhide

Curse you technical jargon such as “pre emergent” “grass control”. I only read the “weed” (yup) “Keeps’em out”


8 posted on 07/15/2012 4:32:59 AM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: rawhide

He missed a few spots...


9 posted on 07/15/2012 4:33:35 AM PDT by DJ Frisat ((optional, printed after my name on post))
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To: Venturer

I cut my whole yard once this year so far in early June. Other than that I just cut some small areas of sprinkler overspray from the garden.


10 posted on 07/15/2012 4:35:01 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
11 posted on 07/15/2012 4:49:34 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: rawhide

40,000 square feet is not quite one acre. 2.5 acres would be 108,900 square feet. (43,560 = 1 acre)
Just picking nit here but the story is a good reminder to read the label! Thanks.


12 posted on 07/15/2012 4:52:09 AM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: rawhide

This is NEWS in the UK?

BS article. I am sure he did not understand what the dealer told him and did not read the instructions.

From an e-bay listing:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fertilome-Double-Play-Weed-Grass-Killer-Control-16-oz-/290540408589

US $18.99 Buy It Now

Fertilome Double Play

16 oz concentrate

Glyphosate 40.15% Prodiamine 7.51%

Weeds ‘em out — Keeps ‘em out Pre-Emergent & Post-Emergent Weed & Grass Control. Kills most all plants it touches (both desirable and undesirable) and keeps new weeds from emerging. Do not spray this product on your lawn thinking that it will only kill the weeds. It will kill your whole lawn or whatever plants it touches. Nothing will grow there again for at least 6 months.

How It Works: To prevent new weeds and grasses from growing, you must spray the entire area you want to control, not just the emerged weeds. One ingredient enters the plants through foliage and moves systemically to the roots, killing weeds by stopping the production of a substance found in plants. Weeds begin to yellow and wilt in a matter of days with complete kill in 1-2 weeks. The other ingredient provides an invisible barrier in the soil by preventing growth and development of newly germinated weeds.

Weeds Controlled: The label is VERY extensive. If you would like information on specific weeds, please email us.

Where To Use: Apply product to both established weeds and weed-prone areas where weeds have not yet emerged:

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cracks and crevices in driveways, sidewalks, walkways, and patios.
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along fences, foundations, curbs, retaining walls, and edges of lawns
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around the base or in mulched beds of well-established plants shrubs, or trees (must be at least 6 months old)
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on gravel areas

Use Precautions: Do not spray desirable plants. Do not spray on windy days. Do not use in lawns or for lawn renovation. Do not use for vegetable garden preparations or in and around fruits and vegetables. Do not spray an area that will be planted or seeded for least 6 months.

Application Rate: Do not apply with a galvanized or unlined steel sprayer or through an irrigation system. Using a tank sprayer, add 3-6 oz to 1 gallon of water. Treats 1000 sq ft. For longer pre-emergent control and/or post-emergent control of larger weeds, use the higher rate.

How To Apply: Spray existing weeds AND the entire surrounding weed-prone area you want to keep free of weeds. Spray with sufficient volume to assure complete coverage.

When To Apply: For best results, apply during warm, sunny weather (above 60 degrees Fahrenheit).

Replanting: If applying at 3 oz per gallon of water, wait 6 months to replant/reseed. If applying at 6 oz per gallon of water, wait 12 months to replant/reseed.


13 posted on 07/15/2012 4:55:33 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: rawhide

Minnesota has long harsh Winters. He might be able to re-plant his lawn next April.


14 posted on 07/15/2012 4:55:44 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: rawhide

At least he wont have to worry about mowing it during the hot Summer months.


15 posted on 07/15/2012 4:56:50 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: rawhide

Easy to kill grass.


16 posted on 07/15/2012 4:57:23 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: rawhide

I got tired of the weed and feed thing every 6 weeks during the summer, so I took the advice of the Saturday morning radio garden expert. I bought a 10 pound sack of white clover (internet purchase) and spread it out over my lawn. It did exactly as he said it would. It choked out the dandelions, crab grass and weeds, and now I don’t even need to fertilize, since clover is a nitrogen fixing legume and creates nitogen compounds for both itself and everything around it. Yeah, there are the little white blossoms, but they don’t detract from the lawn’s appearance, they actually highlight it.
The other thing I didn’t realize was that clover is more resistant to being walked on than the grass is.


17 posted on 07/15/2012 4:57:57 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Repeal Obamacare, the CITIZENSHIP TAX)
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To: rawhide
I really don't have sympathy because you gotta read the label. But still- "Olson says three employees at Dege Garden Centre consulted with him about which weed product to buy"- didn't any of them point out that this stuff kills everything?
18 posted on 07/15/2012 5:09:13 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Texas Fossil

Yup, just as I suspected in the ingredients. Glyphosate = Round-up. Kills ‘em dead, for sure.


19 posted on 07/15/2012 5:17:35 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: rawhide

Missed a few spots. Now he can mow those every few days.


20 posted on 07/15/2012 5:19:42 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free

To be fair, they should probably make the “KILLS YOUR GRASS” thing just a bit more prominent on the packaging.


21 posted on 07/15/2012 5:23:46 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: metesky

Probably previously wrote about the .9MM, fully automatic assault revolver.


22 posted on 07/15/2012 5:30:12 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: BuffaloJack
My understanding is that the white clover will not maintain complete coverage due to the fact that the clover will improve the soil by fixing nitrogen out of the air. Then more aggressive plants will out compete the clover in the areas where the soil has been improved.

However, I have been looking to do what you've done. May i ask where you purchased the seeds?

23 posted on 07/15/2012 5:30:28 AM PDT by whd23 (Every time a link is de-blogged an angel gets its wings.)
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To: rawhide

Looks like he missed some spots. The work of an amateur.

Since they don’t have a “before” shot, I do wonder what his grass looked like previously. Likewise I wonder if it wasn’t intentional and a stunt - as often happens in these kind of stories.


24 posted on 07/15/2012 5:35:06 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Venturer
By the way the drought has killed all of my own, my lawn is brown too and crackles when I walk on it.

Have you ever considered watering your lawn? If you install a sprinkler system all you have to do is program it and it does all the work.

25 posted on 07/15/2012 5:35:16 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: rawhide
You know, you have to get news like this from FOREIGN sources, because our media JUST WON'T REPORT IT.

Biased bastards.

26 posted on 07/15/2012 5:38:01 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Borg Zombies walk around groaning "Commmppuutteerrrrssss......Commmppuutteerrrrssss......")
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To: rawhide

In my college weed science class the mantra was “Read the label, read the label, read the label.”


27 posted on 07/15/2012 5:39:38 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: T-Bird45

Yep, RounUp

PLUS > Prodiamine Pre-emergent grassy and broadleaf weed
control.

Not only did it burn down the grass & weeds, but it kept them for coming up again. Article says for 6 months.


28 posted on 07/15/2012 5:52:22 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: rawhide

Forty thousand square feet is not 2 1/2 acres. If he can’t even figure out how much land he has, no wonder he has problems reading the perfectly clear directions. Of course he’s a Dem—he’s in MN and he blames other people for his own stupid mistake.

P.S.: he’ll actually be lucky if he can reseed in just six months. In the first place, six months is the dead of winter in Minnesota, and in the second, some of those products really lurk in the soil for a long time. They’re kind of intended for places where you really, seriously do not want any vegetation growing for a long time, like patios and sidewalks. READ THE LABEL.


29 posted on 07/15/2012 5:55:53 AM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Venturer

By the way the drought has killed all of my own, my lawn is brown too and crackles when I walk on it.

But your lawn is only dormant, When watered it will come back to life..His won’t.


30 posted on 07/15/2012 6:00:30 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.")
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I am glad this made International News.

$16 Trillion in debt, our nation about to implode, war about to erupt in the Middle East, a Dictator in the White House, and some guy in Minnesota has a brown lawn.

31 posted on 07/15/2012 6:01:06 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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What part of “grass control” couldn’t he figure out?


32 posted on 07/15/2012 6:04:38 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: rawhide
You bought the chemical, you applied the chemical....can't anyone take responsibility for any thing they do!
33 posted on 07/15/2012 6:09:26 AM PDT by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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To: SVTCobra03

I know I can water it, but I do not like wasting water on grass. I water my garden, it produces a valuable food source, I don’t eat grass. So it looks bad, I am not so pretty myself,IMO water is too valuabale a resource to squander on grass, especially during a drought.


34 posted on 07/15/2012 6:09:38 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: rawhide

Vegans and other Dirt First groups will condemn this man with hate crimes


35 posted on 07/15/2012 6:14:34 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( if you love, you will not condemn, and if you condemn, you cannot love)
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I just hope he has lots of neighbors to tell him “You missed a spot”. LOL


36 posted on 07/15/2012 6:15:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: rawhide
Olson says three employees at Dege Garden Centre consulted with him about which weed product to buy!

WoW! He should re-think where he does his gardening business.....

37 posted on 07/15/2012 6:22:05 AM PDT by classified
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Mighty dry here in Southern Michigan. I'm in south central Michigan and we have kids riding rollerblades in the dry spillway of the dam near my place.

Drought forces Southwest Michigan farmers to tap rivers, creeks, ponds in fight to save crops
38 posted on 07/15/2012 6:28:04 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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We havent had rain in six months, our lawns are dead and still the home owners association sent us a letter telling us to cut our lawns. Sheesh!


39 posted on 07/15/2012 6:29:13 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( if you love, you will not condemn, and if you condemn, you cannot love)
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To: Venturer

That happens along about August all across the south unless you have a sprinkler system. It’s the “wet dead grass is just darker brown, don’t worry about it until fall and enjoy not needing to mow” stage.

Came early this year. Crabgrass survives it though, verdant and green as ever, always thought a hybrid variety that stayed green through the winter would be a great thing. There’s not much that kills the stuff, almost in kudzu territory.


40 posted on 07/15/2012 6:32:12 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: rawhide

One of my neighbors did this a few years ago.
His wife bought the wrong stuff.
This was a big lawn, several acres, and he had a tractor mounted sprayer.

After the first week, we were all asking what the heck happened?


41 posted on 07/15/2012 6:34:01 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: The Truth Will Make You Free

I’ll be the first to admit not knowing very much about cystic fibrosis but i can’t imagine all the chemicals he puts on his lawn would help his children.


42 posted on 07/15/2012 6:37:10 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( if you love, you will not condemn, and if you condemn, you cannot love)
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To: BuffaloJack
My whole neighborhood got taken over by clover with no effort on anybody’s part that I am aware. The only yards that aren't covered with it are the few weed & feed fanatics who are fighting the soil, the terrain and the intact, mostly wild forestation throughout. They're all retired and so have time to fool with it. The rest of us struggle to just keep it mowed and fertilized/reseeded in the fall.

To me, the clover is annoying. The white blooms pop back out within a day of mowing, so the sunny areas of the yard look perpetually in need of mowing. I'm embracing moss in the shaded areas, which is most of it. Wild ferns coming up too. Kind of nice, but it still needs occasional mowing, stray unwanted vegetation.

43 posted on 07/15/2012 6:44:28 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: BuffaloJack

Along with those little white blossoms come the bees. Lots and lots of them. Clover honey is just that, from clover.

Beware walking in blooming clover with bare feet!

I learned that lesson the hard way when I really young.


44 posted on 07/15/2012 6:53:38 AM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimze, my handle is a Hate Crime. Hope they don't like it.)
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To: BuffaloJack

That is a very retro solution! Years ago people had gorgeous lawns using clover as a natural weed and feed in their lawn. Some decided clover in a lawn was a weed and the battle began. I am going to put clover back in my yard, little kids like it too- gives them something to do, they can look for four leaf clovers.


45 posted on 07/15/2012 6:55:15 AM PDT by Tammy8 (~Secure the border and deport all illegals- do it now! ~ Support our Troops!~)
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To: rawhide
want to bet this guy voted for Obama?

no one read the clearly marked label there either

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46 posted on 07/15/2012 7:02:38 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Texas Fossil

I am wondering if the Marketing Department at Double Play has contacted him about doing an endorsement?

“Double Play: Works as Advertised!”


47 posted on 07/15/2012 7:05:10 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: BuffaloJack

You’re in high clover now.


48 posted on 07/15/2012 7:05:26 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: rawhide
want to bet this guy voted for Obama?

no one read the clearly marked label there either

.

49 posted on 07/15/2012 7:05:44 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: rawhide
He can 'no till' in some soybeans. SOP for no till; spray roundup, kill the grass, wait a while and drill in soybeans. Might be a little difficult getting the rig in.
50 posted on 07/15/2012 7:15:02 AM PDT by Walmartian (An update is available for this tagline. Click here to download.)
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