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.


Active Ingredient: Quinclorac - 18.92%
Target pests: Barnyardgrass, Bindweed, Crabgrass (large & smooth), Clover, Dandelion, Daisy, Dollarweed, Foxtail, Kikuyugrass, Signalgrass, Speedwell, Torpedograss, and others
* See label for complete list
For use in: Bermuda grass, Kentucky bluegrass, Buffalo grass, Fescue, Ryegrass, Zoysiagrass
NOT FOR USE ON: St. Augustine, Centipede, Bahiagrass, Bentgrass or Dichondra
Application: 3.3 cups per 20 gallons of water per acre
* See label for complete application instructions
Formulation: Professional Product
Group 4 Herbicide
NOT FOR SALE TO: NY, HI
Manufactured By: BASF



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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  • 54 of 57 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Excellent stuff
    By Dan in Ohio on August 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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  • 35 of 41 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  amazing results
    By Roger in Orange, CT on September 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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  • 35 of 80 people found this review helpful:

    1 of 5 Stars  over priced roundup
    By Ken in LAKE MARY, FL on September 5, 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...

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  • 28 of 30 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Drive
    By John in Louisville on September 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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  • 24 of 34 people found this review helpful:

    2 of 5 Stars  Not Impressed
    By Matt in Pueblo, cO on July 11, 2011
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    For the cost and effectiveness, I would not buy this product again. Using the recommended doage, the herbicide only stunted the growth of some weeds, and even killed some of the grass. Most of the weeds remained unchanged. I am going to try going beyond the dosage to see if this works, but as of right now, it is not worth the hefty price tag.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Good product
    By Rob/bob in Lady Lake, Florida on December 8, 2015

    This product seems to be much better in killing Crab Grass than any other I have tried. This would not be my first choice on St Augustine. On Zoysia it's great. The Zoysia is very tolerant of the Drive herbicide, but St Augustine is sensitive. The Crab Grass showed damage after just a few days, and now 10 days later most Crab is brown, and the roots are obviously suffering as well. Most herbicides require several applications to actually kill Crab Grass, but I believe the impact iafter only 10 days is greater than the full impact by the others herbicides I tried. The vigor of Crab Grass makes it a hard weed to control, but Drive is giving a total kill. I happen to have St Augustine invading my Zoyzia from a neighbors property. The Drive is helping on that front as well. Where I sprayed it, the St Augustine is turning red and losing vigor. The over-growing St Augustine is not a big concern to me, but having an easy was to keep it away from my Zoyzia makes it an easy fix for me which I intend to implement.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Shocking How Well This Works
    By Alex in Wisconsin on October 11, 2015

    We had a 3000sq ft yard overrun with stubborn and mature crabgrass. After one application of XLR8 the entire lot of them were wiped out and gray after about 4 days. Adjacent turf and other landscape was completely unaffected.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  It Works
    By Darren in Portage Ohio on September 28, 2015

    Definitely kills it...would buy again

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  works Great !!
    By David in R I on September 23, 2015

    Kills only what you want Killed not your whole lawn

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Works great!
    By Linda in Fairfax Station, VA on September 21, 2015

    The product works great on crabgrass! It takes a few days but then all the crabgrass starts turning brown.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Dead crabgrass
    By Ryan in Orient, IA on September 18, 2015

    Purchased drive xlr8 to use on house yard to kill crabgrass. Sprayed as per directions and within a week crabgrass is brown and dead. Worked perfect!

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  Magic Bullet
    By Larry in Greenwood, IN on September 18, 2015

    This product works as advertised. I mixed it up according to the instructions, and hand sprayed all the crabgrass in my lawn. Within 36 hours, all the crabgrass was brown and dried up.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 Stars  This stuff really works
    By Bob in chesterfield, VA on September 15, 2015

    I have tried other products with limited success. Drive XLR8 does exactly what it says...it kills the crabgrass completely. I applied the product per the directions using a back pack tank sprayer. Great coverage and results. I'd recommend XLR8 to anyone with a post emergence crabgrass problem

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  Buffalo grass management tool
    By Paul in missouri on September 15, 2015

    Received product quickly. I have been working / struggling over my buffalo grass patch for three years now but refuse to give up. Drive XLR8 gave me the upper hand, now I am on top. Buffalo is highly tolerant of this product and it performs well on weedy grasses. I have not identified some of these weed grasses but Drive knocked them out along with Korean and japanese clovers. Curious though, some clover patches died quickly and others require 2-4D, and they look like the same plant. Maybe Jap. and Kor. clovers respond differently. I can't tell them apart. Drive nails foxtail grasses quickly. It's now one of my most valuable prairie management tools for buffalo. Can't wait until next year to finally see my pristine buffalo patch.

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  • 5 of 5 Stars  This stuff works!
    By Bob in Spotsylvania, VA on September 12, 2015

    I colleague of mine told me about Drive XLR8, so I purchased it online. I sprayed the product, combined with Bonide Turbo surficant, on a Saturday, then went out of town for a week. When I returned the next Saturday all the crabgrass was dead. It did not affect the good grass at all. Great product.

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May 8, 2011 Sue asked:

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.

A

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.

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October 17, 2011 Garey from New Orleans, Louisiana asked:

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.

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April 21, 2011 M asked:

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.

10 of 12 people found this answer helpful.
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September 22, 2011 Kenneth from Zellwood Florida asked:

QWhere can I find a crabgrass control as good as Asulox?

AOur most popular crabgrass product is Drive XLR8. Drive XLR8 Herbicide is the latest technology in providing unsurpassed post-emergent crabgrass control. Drive XLR8 is a post emergent selective herbicide that is labeled for crabgrass as well many other troublesome weeds. Not for use on St Augustine grass.

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March 29, 2012 John from Saint Marys, Ks asked:

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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September 19, 2015 Dick from Downingtown, Pa. asked:

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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September 1, 2015 Gerry from Waconia, Mn asked:

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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August 23, 2015 Jack from Church Hill, Tn asked:

QDoes the Drive XLR8 Herbicide kill orchard grass, goose grass, foxtail , nimblewill ?

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Per the Drive XLR8 Herbicide label, it is only labeled for foxtail grass.

A better option would be Tenacity Herbicide. It is labeled for goosegrass, foxtail, and nimblewill. It is recommended to spot treat with Round Up in areas where the orchardgrass is growing.

 

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August 17, 2015 John asked:

QWill Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer harm mazus ground cover?

A

Drive XLR8 Herbicide Crabgrass Killer is designed to treat crabgrass and other listed weeds, primarily in approved turf areas. The product label does not list mazus ground cover as a tolerant species of plant. However, since this product does kill a variety of broadleaf weeds, it may injure your groundcover. You may want to contact a master gardener in your area through your Cooperative Extension Service if you are having trouble finding an herbicide that will meet your needs.

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August 12, 2015 Tom from Kokomo, In asked:

QCan you use Drive XLR8 this late in the season to kill crabgrass, or is it too late for it to work?

A

Drive XLR8 works best when the temperatures are not excessive (hot or cold).  The product label does state the following: For consistent results, make Drive XLR8 application to newly germinated, to 1-tiller crabgrass, and when crabgrass has matured to 5 tillers or greater.  

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August 1, 2015 Elicim from Hillsboro, Or asked:

QCan I mix Drive XLR8 with Speedzone and a non-ionic surfactant?

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Drive XLR8 should be mixed with a methlyated seed oil, such as Dynamic Surfactant. Per the label for Drive XLR8, this product can be mixed with Pendulum 3.3 EC herbicide or Pendulum AquaCap herbicide for extended grass control.

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July 30, 2015 Jay from Decatur, Il asked:

QHow much Drive XLR8 do you mix in a 50 gallon tank? How much of the methylated seed oil surfactant is needed?

A

In a 50 gallon tank, you will use 8.25 cups of Drive XLR8 herbicide. You will use 12.5 fl. oz. of Dyneamic surfactant in 50 gallons of water.

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July 20, 2015 Jimmy from Hobbs, Nm asked:

QWill Drive XLR8 take care of sandburs?
I'm going back and forth between Drive XLR8 and Target 6. I have crabgrass, sandbur, and occasionally foxtail. I know Target 6 will take care of all 3 of these but Drive XLR8 is cheaper and so I'm wanting to make sure that it will take care of all 3 as well.

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Drive XLR8 is not labeled to treat for Sandburs. The best method of treatment for Sandburs is with a pre-emergent before the Sandburs germinate. A good option for a pre-emergent would be Surflan AS Herbicide but please refer to the product label to be sure it's safe for the type of grass you have. You can check Ferti-Lome Weed Out with Crabgrass Killer, it is labeled for Goathead which is another name for Sandbur, please refer to the product label to be sure it's safe for the type of grass you have.

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July 9, 2015 Briggs from Greensboro, Nc asked:

QCan you use Dawn dish detergent as the surfactant for Drive XLR8 Crabgrass Killer?

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Per the product label it is not recommend to use a dish detergent with Drive XLR8. When using Drive XLR8, it is recommended 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.

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June 30, 2015 David from Wv asked:

QDoes Drive XLR8 control white clover well

A Drive XLR8 is labeled for white clover, you want to use a broadcast application of 64 oz of product per acre or 1.45 fl oz per 1000 sq. ft. (0.75 lb ae/A)

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