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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  • 78 of 83 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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  • 64 of 127 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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  • 51 of 58 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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  • 39 of 42 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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  • 35 of 37 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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  • 10 of 10 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Dead crabgrass
    By Ryan in Orient, IA on 09/18/2015

    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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  • 8 of 8 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  XLR8 works GREAT
    By Will in Peabody MA on 09/13/2014

    I mixed per the instructions (1-1/2 oz per gallon for my use), sprayed an area, and one week later - amazing. MUCH better than anything you can buy "over the counter".

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  • 11 of 11 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Excellent product and service
    By Robert in conroe,texas on 08/27/2014
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    I ordered this product to treat crabgrass that was taking over my yard which is half bermuda grass and half st augustine, I treated the bermuda and product worked as it said it would and killed all the crabgrass and had no affect on the bermuda. I am really happy with this product.

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Good Product
    By Mike in Woodruff, SC on 06/25/2014
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    Good product, did what it said it would do, killed the crab grass and not my Zoysia grass. Good customer service, fast derlivery.

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  • 13 of 14 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  excellent product
    By Tom in Edmond, Oklahoma on 04/21/2014
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    The product is excellent. Did a great job killing crab grass. what was difficult was getting a "reasonable" explanation on what the mixture should be. At least a recommended mixture per gallon of mix.

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  • 11 of 12 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  The Real Deal
    By John in Tazewell, VA on 09/25/2013
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    I never thought that I would be able to control crabgrass, I was skeptical about XLR8 also. I had hired a person to spray my lawn but all he killed was clover, the crabgrass flourished. In three days after applying XLR8 the crabgrass was dead. Great product!!!!

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  • 20 of 23 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Best $86.50 I've Spent On My Lawn
    By in Middletown, DE on 08/27/2013
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    Over many years, my 1 acre of turf has been invaded by a number of weedy grasses. The most annoying and hard to control for me has always been crabgrass. I'm talking big areas of nothing but crab invading otherwise decent fescue. I'm always on time with the proper pre-emergent crabgrass fertilizer/herbicide from the big box retailers, but it never seems to do my lawn much good. This year, preparing to do some fall lawn renovations, I picked up this herbicide. I made the first application in late August when my crabgrass was absolutely thriving. I have a backspack sprayer, and a hose end sprayer. After carefully reading the directions, I measured up the correct dosage to treat 15,000 sq. feet and mixed it up with the recommended non-ionic surfactant. I used my hose end sprayer to evenly disperse the mixture over the proper number of square feet, and the results after a few days were remarkable, even without rain to help the product absorb into the plants and work more effectively. I would estimate that the first spraying killed or severly damaged 75% of the crabgrass that was alive and thriving in my yard. In addition, it also managed to kill a bunch of other weedy grasses and weeds. Two weeks later I applied a second applications and I am confident that my lawn will be 95% to 99% crabgrass and weed free. It's only been two days since then, so we'll see. The product was enough to easily cover my 1 acre when mixed with the recommended surfactant, at the recommended dosage, twice. I can't recommend enough and am looking forward to getting more for next year. Than you for the great product, and thank you to all the reviewers who influenced my decision.

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  • 18 of 19 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  XLR8 Works
    By in Caldwell, Texas on 08/16/2013
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    Following directions including surfactant dosage, I performed a test on a 10x100 ft strip of heavy crab grass and bermuda, some St Augstine. Within 3 days the leaves turned yellowish brown, and within 6 days, all crab grass was dead to the roots. There was no damage to bermuda and in areas where we have St Augustine, did not notice much damage, some leaves turned yellow but St Augustine is showing new growth. Will use on rest of yard this comning weekend. Note that we live in South Texas, it's mid-August, temps in upper 90's, not much rain this time of year.

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  xkr8 works well
    By in Roanoke, VA on 06/24/2013
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    I have used Drive Xlr8 for past 2 years on a yard that was 1/2 crabgrass, used pre-emergent - Dimension 2EW plus Xlr8 - first time around mid-march, then a second application in early June ( in southern Va), then seed tall fescue in fall. Has worked well, grass is now dominant. XLR8 kills the crabgrass roots - they turn black. combination seems to starve the crabgrass. Shipping was always fast. Product works when used as directed.

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  • 25 of 39 people found this review helpful:

    2 of 5 stars  Not Impressed
    By Matt in Pueblo, cO on 07/11/2011
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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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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.

73 of 110 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.

17 of 22 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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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.

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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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08/12/2015 Tom from Kokomo, In

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

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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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07/30/2015 Jay from Decatur, Il

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

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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.

7 of 7 people found this answer helpful.
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02/12/2015 Ellen from Tryon, Nc

QWhat can I use on my turf grass (fescue, blue) and clover lawn to eliminate crab grass?
Crab grass is taking over my fescue and blue grass and mostly white clover lawn. How can I control the crab grass and leave the rest

ADrive XLR8 would be a great post emergent product to use for crabgrass and clover and many other weeds.

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07/28/2014 John from Norwalk, Ct

QIm only spot spraying crab grass
Is it 1 ounce of drive XLR8 per gallon of water. I am hand tank sprayer

AThe 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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05/05/2013 Dan from Grand Have Mi

QIs Drive XLR8 safe for pets?

ADrive XLR8 is safe for pets to be around after the treated areas have dried. We would not recommend using this product where animals would be grazing.

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10/10/2012 Jack from Onsted Michigan

QApplication time and rate
When is the best time to apply Recommended application rate Specific mixing instructions Thanks JA

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 0.50 - 1.45 oz per 1,000 sq ft (please read the product label for the exact usage rate needed for your application) . 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 0.50 - 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. Please contact your local cooperative extension office to determine the correct timing of the application as this will vary greatly from region to region.

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05/30/2012 Jason from Eagan, Mn

QBASF recommends mixing Drive with a methylated seed oil to improve results. Do you carry that?

AOur Dyneamic surfactant has methylated seed oil and is recommended to apply with Drive XLR8.

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03/13/2012 Jennifer from Tulsa, Ok

QHow long should I keep my dogs away from the yard after treating with Drive XLR8?
Crabgrass has taken over our yard and we need to do some serious control. I'm concerned because both of my dogs have a habit of eating grass. Can I still use the Drive XLR8 or should I use something else?

AYou should keep your dogs off the treated area for 2-3 hours following the application. After the product has dried there should not be any issues with your dogs using the treated areas. We do recommend that you take the time to read the Drive XLR8 product label and MSDS before you pruchase the product as customers have different perceptions of what they feel is or is not safe for use on their property.

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09/22/2011 Kenneth from Zellwood Florida

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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