Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer

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Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer

Drive XLR8 Herbicide is the latest technology in providing unsurpassed post-emergent crabgrass control. A proprietary, water-based formulation, Drive XLR8 improves the control of crabgrass, torpedograss, kikuyugrass, several broadleaves (clover, speedwell) and numerous other troublesome weeds that you have relied on Drive 75 DF to control. When compared to Drive 75 DF, the new formulation in Drive XLR8 provides faster, more effective weed control, delivers quicker uptake by the plant, and is rain fast quicker (in less than an hour).  Drive XLR8 recommend that you use a methylated seed oil to apply the product with.  Our Dyneamic surfactant has methylated seed oil and is recommended to apply with Drive XLR8.

Drive XLR8 herbicide replaces the older Drive 75 DF Herbicide.

For smaller jobs consider QuinKill Max Crabgrass and Weed Killer which is available in pints and quarts and contains the same active ingredient quinclorac.




Drive XLR8 Herbicide is the latest technology in providing unsurpassed crabgrass control. A proprietary, water-based formulation, Drive XLR8 improves the control of crabgrass, torpedograss, kikuyugrass, several broadleaves (clover, speedwell) and numerous other troublesome weeds that you have relied on Drive 75 DF to control. When compared to Drive 75 DF, the new formulation in Drive XLR8 provides faster, more effective weed control, delivers quicker uptake by the plant, and is rain fast quicker (in less than an hour).

Drive XLR8 is labeled for use in: residential, commercial and industrial turfgrasses, golf courses, sod farms, sports and recreation fields.

TIPS FOR USE:

Spray coverage should be uniform and complete. It is recommended to not mow two days before or after application. Irrigation may improve weed control, if soil moisture is not sufficient. Drive XLR8 may be tank-mixed with other pre- and postemergent grass herbicides, along with postemergent broadleaf herbicides.

Drive XLR8 for Crabgrass Control can be used as a spot treatment only on problem areas of crabgrass.

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  • 84 of 89 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Excellent stuff
    By Dan in Ohio on 08/24/2011
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    I have for years been wrestling with various different varieties of late summer crab grasses in the lawns that I manage, even after high quality pre-emergent and several OTC post-emergent herbicide treatments. This summer with everything looking truly horrid with nasty crab grasses growing everywhere, I used the Southern Ag surfactant along with Drive XLR8 to absolutely knock the crap out of my crab grass problems. I applied the Drive XLR8 and the surfactant combination to the lawns prior to any heat stressing/stunting and well between mowings as specified. My results were outstanding and visible with yellowing in 36-48 hours and then obviously terminal yellow-tan in 96 hours. The Drive XLR8 and surfactant combination is a bit pricey, but the coverage is excellent and the combination actually works as advertised.

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  • 69 of 133 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 stars  over priced roundup
    By Ken in LAKE MARY, FL on 09/05/2011
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    I learned the hard way, tried to spray this on crabgrass in a st. Augustine lawn and works like roundup, killed everything it touched. Please bring back asulox somebody...

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    This product specifically says to not apply to St. Augustine grass, which is why it killed it.  St. Augustine cannot handle a product like Drive XLR8. 

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  • 55 of 62 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  amazing results
    By Roger in Orange, CT on 09/14/2011
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    This crabgrass killer really works!! First I was skeptical, I had a serious crabgrass problem, with big mature crabgrass. I used scott's and Bayer's weed killer with crabgrass controll, they didn't work. I used this one in early september, all the crabgrass were dead in a few days, I just reseeded my lawn...

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  • 41 of 44 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Drive
    By John in Louisville on 09/25/2011
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    Easy to remember, a neighbor told me about it. The mixing instructions were easy enough to follow and one has to know what application he is making. The sprayer I am using mixed it automatically once I knew the tbsps/gallon to set on it. The crab grass simply started to disappear after a few days.

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  • 37 of 39 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Great stuff
    By in Marietta, ga on 08/28/2013
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    In the past I had a lawn control company and have more crabgrass now than ever it seems like. I could have called and they would send someone out to kill everything but I don't like that so I let the lawn service go. I put a premium fertilizer on my lawn a few weeks ago and my Bermuda greened up nice and is very full. I mixed up 1.5 oz of Driver DLR8 along with 0.5 oz of Southern AD Surfactant per gallon of water and used my pump sprayer to spray a fine mist early in the morning with a heavy dew on the grass. About 12 hours later (as is normal this year in the south) the heavens opened up flooding my lawn. I just knew it was not going to work. WRONG! The very next day it looked like the crabgrass was turning yellow, the second day I know it was. Within 4 days the crabgrass was dead. It has been 5 days now and I cut my grass again last night. I can see some yellowing of the Bermuda where I sprayed but I can live with that. Apparently I missed a few spots of grab grass walking around the yard with my sprayer so I will hit it again in a week or two. The same day I sprayed my lawn I sprayed my son's lawn but I did his on dry grass in the sun maybe 4 hours before the rain came. His did not work as good as mine but it did work. I am going to hit his again in the morning dew the next time. I would highly recommend Drive DLR8 w/a surfactant (Southern AG worked great for me.) I have used herbicides before but never with a surfactant. But then again nothing as ever worked this good before either.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Crabgrass and foxtail control
    By James in Andover Kansas on 10/17/2016

    I have used XLR8 two times. The first time in a 1acre field and also in my yard which has buffalo and fescue grass. The first application worked great. I could see the dead crab and foxtail grasses die off and the buffalo come through. The field was mailnly foxtail so it looked pretty bleak after the foxtail died. I'm going to plant native grass this fall. I could not be happier with this product. Finally I'm getting it under control. I live in the country and have a very large yard so it has been time consuming to keep up with it.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Drive XLR8
    By Mike in Newark,OH on 10/12/2016

    This product really worked well and killed the crabgrass on the first application which is what I wanted

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Crabgrass killer
    By Mark in Pa. on 10/07/2016

    Fantastic product that is absolutely deadly on crabgrass.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  yes it works
    By Fyrcapn in upstate south carolina on 10/07/2016

    I use this with a surfactant. it is expensive but you only use 1.5 oz per gal. The draw back is if you wait (like I did ) till sept or so, the crab grass really takes hold and spreads (south Carolina) so you end up with large dead patches. Its amazing how that stuff spreads. I know the grass will fill back in again. I used amine 400 with it and did not have any bad grass damage. war on weeds and war on crabgrass, it never ends. next year --pre-emergent then touch up with drive earlier than sept.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  yes it works
    By Fyrcapn in upstate south carolina on 10/07/2016

    I use this with a surfactant. it is expensive but you only use 1.5 oz per gal. The draw back is if you wait (like I did ) till sept or so, the crab grass really takes hold and spreads (south Carolina) so you end up with large dead patches. Its amazing how that stuff spreads. I know the grass will fill back in again. I used amine 400 with it and did not have any bad grass damage. war on weeds and war on crabgrass, it never ends. next year --pre-emergent then touch up with drive earlier than sept.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  THIS STUFF WORKS!
    By Dean in Springfield, Missouri on 10/04/2016

    Although I've seen some negative reviews of this product, I have to think the people that made the comments didn't follow the directions or it was not crabgrass they were trying to kill. Be sure and use a surfactant with it. Great service from DoMyOwnPestCntrol.com, too.

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  • 1 of 5 stars  XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer
    By Bill in Rolling Hills Estates, CA on 10/03/2016

    So far, it doesn't work. I have spot crabgrass in a Bermuda lawn in Southern California, so I mixed a gallon of herbicide and surfactant. I have spot sprayed the crabgrass 3 times (a week apart) and it looks quite healthy. I may try a heavier concentration than the package recommendation, but would also appreciate any suggestions.

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  • 4 of 5 stars  Crabgrass gone
    By Rick in Wheeler, Illinois on 10/02/2016

    The Drive XLR8 worked worked very well on my thick crabgrass. Will probably give another application next year earlier in the season. It didn't kill what I call crowsfoot or wiregrass depending on who you talk to so I will have to contact them to see if they have a product to take care of that.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass killer
    By Sid in Watertown TN on 09/27/2016

    The product works great. A few days after the application the crabgrass was turning brown.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Did the job quickly
    By Randel in New Hampshire on 09/25/2016

    I had a lot of crab grass in my lawn and this killed it quickly and completely. Did no damage to lawn. I saw results within 3 days and all was dead within about 7-10 days. Follow directions and the product will perform.

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05/08/2011 Sue

QHow much do I need to mix with a 2 gal tank? The directions say to mix 1.45 oz of Drive to treat 1000 feet.
Does this mean I need 2.9 oz for a 2 gallon tank. I've gotten conflicting information on how much 2 gallons will treat. Thanks.

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The first thing you need to know when using an herbicide such as Drive XLR8 Herbicide is that the exact amount of water you dilute it with is not important. It is only important to make sure you are using the correct amount of product per 1,000 sq ft of lawn. Use too much and you risk damaging your lawn, use too little and you will not get adequate results. You will need to use 1.45 oz per 1,000 sq ft . To decide how much water you want to use, you should mark a 1,000 sq ft area, fill your sprayer with water ONLY, and start walking and spraying just as if you were doing the actual application of herbicide. When you are done walking and spraying the 1,000 sq ft area note how much water it took you to spray that area, and that is the amount you will want to mix 1.45 oz of product with for each 1,000 sq ft area that needs to be treated. You will need to make sure treated areas are irrigated with at least 1/2 inch of water (either by rainfall or by sprinkler) following the application.

77 of 120 people found this answer helpful.
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10/17/2011 Garey from New Orleans, Louisiana

QWill Drive XLR8 kill Torpedo grass without killing my Empire Zoysia?
Torpedo grass has spread from my next door neighbor's yard and is taking over my entire front yard. I am looking for a product that will kill the Torpedo grass and also help me maintain a Torpedo free lawn.

ADrive XLR8 is labeled to kill torpedo grass in zoysia and you can use it for that.  However, it will typically require at least 2 applications at 21 day intervals.  Please read the product label for complete instructions on treating torpedo grass.

18 of 23 people found this answer helpful.
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03/29/2012 John from Saint Marys, Ks

QCan Drive XLR8 be applied during seeding of Tall Fescue?
If not, how long should I wait after seeding (tall fescue).

AAccording to table 4 (page 9) on the Drive XLR8 product label you can seed before, at the time of application and after the application if you are dealing with Tall Fescue.

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04/21/2011 M

QShould I start now for crabgrass in Ohio?

AWe do not know the exact time of year you will start applying Drive XLR8 in Ohio. Weeds grow at different times in different regions and there is no way for us to know if the weeds have started growing in your area yet. According the Drive XLR8 product label you should start applying the product when the weeds are actively growing if you are using it as a broadcast spray. If you are using Drive XLR8 as a spot spray you should use tables 1, 2 and 3 on the product label and apply the product according to the turf species, rate and growth stages indicated in the tables. If you are not sure when the weeds start to actively grow in your region you can contact the master gardener at your local cooperative extension office for more information.

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08/04/2013 John from Cape Girardeau Mo

QCan I tank mix Drive XLR8 with 2,4-D with Trimec?

APer the Drive XLR8 product label it is labeled to be tank mixed with 2, 4-D, triclopyr, or other broadleaf herbicides to increase spectrum of control.

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Most Recent Customer Questions

09/01/2016 Robert from Auburn, Me

QHow long after Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer application before I can let my child (14mo) play in the treated area?

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You can let your child re-enter the Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer after the treated area has dried.  This can take at least 2 hours.

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06/17/2016 Royce from Newalla

QCan Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer and the surfactant be used with a hose attached sprayer?
Can Drive XLR8 and a surfactant be used in conjunction with a sprayer attached to a garden hose like Ortho's Dial-n-Spray?

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Drive XLR8 is not recommended to be used in a hose end application. The first thing you need to know when using a herbicide such as Drive XLR8 is that the exact amount of water you dilute it with is not important. It is only important to make sure you are using the correct amount of product per 1,000 sq ft of lawn. Use too much and your risk damaging your lawn, use too little and you will not get adequate results. You will need to use 1.45 fl oz per 1000 sq ft. To decide how much water to use, you should mark a 1000 sq ft area, fill your sprayer with water ONLY, and start walking and spraying just as if you were doing the actual application of herbicide. When you are done walking and spraying the 1000 sq ft area note how much water it took you to spray that area, and that is the amount you will want to mix 1.45 fl oz of Drive XLR8 with for each 1000 sq ft that needs to be treated. You will need to make sure treated areas are irrigated with at least 1/2 inch of water (either rainfall or by sprinkler) following the application. 

4 of 5 people found this answer helpful.
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05/14/2016 Steve from Yukon, Ok

QCan Drive XLR8 be used on pasture or Bermudagrass for hay?
What is the recommendation regarding use of Drive XLR8 on Bermudagrass pasture area or being used as hay crop?

A

Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer is not labeled for applications on pastures on crops used for food or feed. Please provide the names of the targeted weeds so that we can offer an alternative option. 

1 of 2 people found this answer helpful.
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05/04/2016 Greg from Ooltewah Tennessee

QDo you apply Drive XLR8 as a spot treatment or do you treat the entire lawn?

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Depending on what you are treating for Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer can be applied as a spot treatment or broadcast. Be sure that the turf grass you have is labeled as tolerant if you wish to broadcast.

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04/27/2016 Mark from Saddle Brook, Nj

QHow close can I spray Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer to a garden with tomatoes?

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You will need to keep the Drive XLR8 Herbicide out of the drip line of the tomatoes to be safe.

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04/17/2016 Rj from Bartlett, Il

QIs there risk to trees when using Drive XLR8? Can I use a backpack sprayer? Are rates the same for various weeds?
Since the critical quantity is the amount of Drive applied per square foot, not the dilution of the spray, is it absorbed through the roots? Since I am upon a forest preserve and have many trees and shrubs(ornamental and shade) in my yard, is there a real risk to these desirable plants? I am suffering with islands of clover, creeping charlie, and crabgrass as well as dandelions, is the rate of application the same? If I use a backpack sprayer I use for mosquito control, can I adequately clean it of XLR8 to use on foliage with mosquito spray or should I use a dedicated sprayer?

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Only when Drive XLR8 is being applied to established creeping bentgrass is the rate different than for other turfgrasses as listed on the product label.  Otherwise the rate is 1.45 fl oz/1000 sqft.  The product is absorbed by foliage and roots and is translocated throughout the plant.  It should not harm mature trees or desirable plants when used as directed.  Generally if you can it is best to use separate sprayers for herbicides and insecticides but if you use the same be sure to triple rinse the sprayer thoroughly have each application of such.

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03/28/2016 Kurt from Brevard, Nc

QIs an application of Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer harmful to squirrels?

A

Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer is generally safe to use around animals as long as they are out of the treatment area while you are spraying. Once the application is dry, it is not harmful to squirrels or other animals.

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02/27/2016 Jon from Mn

QWill Drive XLR8 harm mature native grasses bluestem and indiangrass?
How about seeding natives after application?

A

The Drive XLR8 Label does not specifically mention Big Bluestem grass or Indian grass on the label whether it be as a target pest or as a tolerant species to the product. From the links below from the USDA NRCS it states that those grasses are tolerant to most broadleaf herbicides and should not be harmed if product directions are followed and applied accurately. That being said, you can follow the link below to the USDA Service Center Locator to speak with your local conservationist in your region on what works bests in your area and what products they may recommend. 

Big Bluestem Grass

http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_ange.pdf

Indian grass

http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_sonu2.pdf

USDA Service Center Locator

http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?agency=nrcs

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09/19/2015 Dick from Downingtown, Pa.

QHow soon can I reseed after applying Drive XLR8?
I see the chart on when I can apply Drive XLR8 to newly seeded areas, however I need the opposite answer to this question. I am going to reseed my lawn using a mixture by volume of 50% Kentucky Bluegrass and 50% Turf Type Fescue. How soon after applying the Drive XLR8 can I reseed? I hope you can answer this question as the last time I asked a question I never received an answer. I Thank You in advance.

A

With the type of grass you are seeding with (Kentucky Bluegrass) according to the chart on the label you may either apply Drive XLR8 7 days prior to seeding or 28 days post seeding. 

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09/01/2015 Gerry from Waconia, Mn

QWill Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer control creeping charlie?

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Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer is not specifically labeled for creeping charlie. We do carry products that are effective for eradication. Please check out Ferti-Lome Weed Out with Crabgrass Killer. It is labeled for established cool and warm season lawns. Please refer to the product label for specific mixing and application instructions for your turfgrass.

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