End the Scourge of Spurge

The term “spurge” refers to a HUGE genus of plants with more than 2000 varieties, including the poinsettia plant, the candelabra tree and the giant frilled fan shrub. But for turf professionals, there’s only three spurge species worth worrying about — spotted spurge, (Euphorbia maculata), prostrate spurge (Euphorbia humistrata) and annual spurges (Euphorbia spp.). And for one Florida landscaper, the scourge of spurge is nothing to worry about at all, thanks to the postemergence control of Blindside® herbicide from FMC. Said Keith O’Neil of Florida Landscape Professionals of Orlando: “Blindside knocked out the spurge in about a week and a half … with no damage to the turf.” O’Neil treats mostly St Augustinegrass with both broadcast and spot treatments. On hot days, he limits broadcast sprays “just in case,” and if need be, gives turf a jolt of fertilizer so turf will fill in. In addition to its efficacy against spurge, Blindside also controls Florida pusley and other weeds that run amok in the Orlando area. Dual-action Blindside herbicide works through both foliar and root uptake to deliver fast control of over 70 broadleaf weeds and sedges, including dollarweed, doveweed and buttonweed. It’s also safe on almost all types of warm-season turfgrass as well as some select cool-season grasses for transition zone flexibility. Each 1/2 lb. package treats over 50,000 square feet. Spurge is a problem throughout the United States but is more prolific in temperate zones. Spurge plants form dense mats growing from a central point, and can quickly take over turf. For more information on Blindside, contact your FMC Market Specialist. For an estimate from Florida Landscape...