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Tenacity Herbicide

Tenacity is a systemic pre-emergence and post-emergence herbicide for the selective contact and residual control of weeds in turfgrasses. When applied as a pre-emergent, weeds absorb Tenacity during emergence from the soil. Dry conditions following application may reduce the pre-emergence activity. If rainfall (0.15 inches) has not occurred within 10 days after a pre-emergence application, activate with 0.15 inches of irrigation. When used as a post-emergent, susceptible weeds absorb Tenacity through foliar contact and soil absorption. Foliage of treated weeds cease growth after application, then turn white (loss of chlorophyll) and death may take up to three weeks. A repeat application is required after two to three weeks for improved post-emergence weed control. A non-ionic surfactant should be added in post-emergence applications.




What makes Tenacity different than other currently used turf herbicides?

Tenacity is a selective, systemic herbicide that features a new mode of action for pre- and post-emergence grass and broadleaf weed control in several cool- and warm-season turf species—like keeping bentgrass out of your rough. Tenacity can also be applied on established or newly seeded turf.

How was Tenacity herbicide discovered?

A Syngenta scientist in California noticed that there were fewer weeds growing under his bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus) plant, far fewer than can be explained by shading alone. He concluded that the plant must be producing allelochemicals to suppress weed competition. Syngenta synthesized mesotrione based on the allelochemicals produced by the bottlebrush plant.

What is the mode of action of Tenacity herbicide?

Tenacity inhibits a plant enzyme called HPPD that is essential to photosynthesis and prevents formation of carotenoids in susceptible plant species. Without carotenoids, light energy and by-products of photosynthesis will destroy chlorophyll and cell membranes. This results in bleaching of leaves followed by necrosis and death of the plant.

How quickly does Tenacity work?

Once absorbed, Tenacity quickly translocates throughout the plant. Weed growth is suppressed soon after application, as photosynthesis is disrupted. Death of the plant usually occurs within two to three weeks.

What are some of the unique benefits of Tenacity herbicide?

Tenacity has pre- and post-emergence activity on 46 dicot and monocot weed species. It can selectively control perennial monocots such as bentgrass and nimblewill and annuals such as crabgrass and goosegrass in many turfgrass species. Tenacity can be applied at the seeding to prevent weed germination and allow the turfgrass species to establish without weed competition.

Can Tenacity be used to get bentgrass out of roughs and fairways?

Yes. Tenacity selectively controls bentgrass out of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and tall fescue turf.

What does it mean that Tenacity was granted reduced-risk status by the EPA? Why did Tenacity earn this status?

Reduced-risk is an EPA designated registration status that accelerates the process for registration of certain new plant protection products. Tenacity received reduced-risk status by the EPA based on its unique mode of action, low use rates, and favorable toxicity and human health profiles, as compared to other herbicides currently on the market.

On which grasses has Tenacity been tested for use at or prior to seeding?

Tenacity is safe for use at or prior to seeding on Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, and centipedegrass. Application at seeding can be made to fine fescue only if it is less than 20% of a seed mixture.

Are there any grasses on which you can't use Tenacity?

Tenacity is not recommended for use on zoysiagrass, hybrid or common bermudagrass, seashore paspalum, or kikuyugrass.

Can Tenacity be tank mixed with other herbicides?

Tenacity can be tank mixed with Barricade, dicamba, carfentrazone, triclorpyr, atrazine, simazine, s-metolachlor, bentazon, and several three-way phenoxy herbicides. Combinations can help turf managers broaden the weed control spectrum or improve the level of weed control over single-product applications.

How rainfast is Tenacity?

Tenacity is rainfast within several hours under normal rainfall conditions.

What other brands currently on the market offer a product similar to Tenacity?

There are currently no other herbicides like Tenacity for golf courses and sod farms registered for use or sale in the U.S. Tenacity will compete with multiple products from different classes of chemistry.

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  • 70 of 75 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Tenacity Herbicide
    By Frank in Johnston, IA on 05/07/2012
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    I had a lot of weed grasses in my yard and they were invasive and spreading over the whole yard. Tenacity targets weed grasses and kills them while leaving the rest of the yard in tact and that is exactly what it did. All of my weeds are dying. One thing you must note is that this herbicide needs to be watered after it dries on the plant so that the plant takes it in. It will not work if you just spray it on and don't get rain or water it for a couple of weeks. It's pricy but I know of no other chemical that will kill weed grasses and leave what you want, alone.

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  • 50 of 50 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  A Miracle Herbicide!
    By Margaret in Scarsdale, NY on 08/14/2012
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    I had a lawn that was completely taken over by bentgrass. I used round up on the lawn and put in an entire new lawn. All was well for a year or two. Then the the bentgrass came back in a few isolated areas. I would have to round them up at the end of the season and reseed. This went on for a number of years. When I learned about Tenacity I was thrilled and gave it a try. It works wonderfully! Yes it is pricy, however it beats having to round up the bentgrass, clear it out, put down more top soil and reseed. Try it...you won't be disappointed.

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  • 33 of 34 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  No more Crabgrass!!
    By Rob in Greeley, Colorado on 08/23/2012
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    This product really works. It does take time, so be patient. I still have to apply the second application to finish off the Crabgrass!!! It won't take much, the plants are almost dead now after 2 weeks.

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  • 31 of 33 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  Appears to be working!!!!!!!!!!!!
    By Del in Decatur, IL on 06/17/2012
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    I was skeptical about whether Tenacity could kill the Nimblewill in my lawn and still leave my Blue Grass and Fescue alone. It's been 2 weeks since the first application and it appears to have definitely wounded the Nimblewill. The second application was applied yesterday, so we'll see if it kills it or not. It's a "pricey" chemical, but is easy to use and hopefully effective. If it works it sure beats Roundup and reseeding.

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  • 31 of 36 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Great product! Does exactly what it advertises!
    By Debi in Toledo, Ohio on 09/07/2012

    My mom completely re-sodded front and back lawns and within 3 years it had been invaded by bentgrass. My new lawn was hydro-seeded 5 years ago in a new subdivision that used to be a golf course. Our methodology was to use Roundup in the fall (when the bent grass really seems to take off in growth) and then reseed the large killed off areas, hoping that the Roundup did a thorough job in killing the bentgrass. This becomes very tedious every year, not to mention the expense. We waited a few years for Tenacity to be available to the public and have both been having great results with the product. The good thing is that the remaining blades of good turf remain green in the kill zone. That gives me hope that I may not have to reseed, just wait for the good turf grass to fill in by itself. Our lawns are a combination kentucky blue and fescue blends. My only complaint is that the product is so concentrated and thick. The high concentration makes it even more critical to measure accurately! Not too crazy about the enclosed syringe measuring device. I feel it is too difficult to use and the potential to spill is high. I would love if there could be a more diluted Tenacity product to purchase for the average homeowner. That would make the product easier to measure, plus ensure a bit of wiggle room on the measurements?

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  • 8 of 9 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Death of Nimblewill grass
    By David in Exton, Pa. on 10/02/2015

    It took a while, but the grass and other weeds are all white/dying. I used three teaspoons of "Dawn Ultra" & one teaspoon of Tenacity to two gallons of water, per a study by Ohio State University.

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  • 12 of 14 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Finally, a way to kill Creeping Bentgrass
    By in Rochester, NY on 09/05/2013
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    A year ago I killed my front yard (90'x80') with round up, tilled in compost and added about 8 yards of topsoil because it was infested with light green areas of poor quality grass which I know realize was creeping bentgrass. Starting late July this year I noticed areas of the lighter green grass popping up again so after some internet research I found out about Tenacity. This product is amazing! I mixed it up a week ago and applied with a 1 gallon tank sprayer (I recommend mixing 4 to 5 gallons at a time because Tenacity is thick and hard to measure small amounts) and sprayed entire front lawn, a couple of days ago I noticed the new growth on the bentgrass is white and yesterday even more of the bentgrass is losing it's color and turning white, the best part is the good lawn grass is still looking great, my lawn is a 33/33/33 mix of blue, ryegrass and fine fescue mix for NE. Don't be put off by price, this stuff works and goes a long way!

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  • 9 of 9 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Amazing results
    By in New Bern, NC on 07/25/2013
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    I have been searching for a product to control both broadleaf and weedy grasses in my centipede yard in eastern NC. The initial price of the product was difficult to overcome, but I am glad that I tried the product. Spot treatment for post emergent control requires only 2.5 cc /gal of Tenacity and I added a surfactant. Within 3 days I could see white tips on the treated areas without any damage to the centipede. At 10 days the areas are browning, again without any damage to the centipede. Treated areas included; Florida betony, mimosa weed, bahia, crabgrass and a number of others. Looking forward to using this product on the Florida betony during the fall and spring blush.

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  • 12 of 13 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  no more crepping bentgrass
    By in Fairfax, VA on 07/12/2013
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    Finally a working solution to crepping bentgrass. I was fighting bentgrass for the last 4 years and it always came back even after killing everything with roundup and redoing the whole lawn. This really works and after 1 week you can see first results. Make sure you use a surfactant.

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  • 12 of 15 people found this review helpful:

    3 of 5 stars  TENACITY HERBICIDE
    By Rob in Jenkintown, PA on 09/23/2012
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    I have used tenacity in several situations, and overall, it has been fairly effective. I originally purchased it to control nimblewill, post emergence. It was only moderately effective, although I think the nimblewill already had too much of a head start. The mature nimblewill did have white leaves, but I did not see any effect on the plant growth (or death). It has been effective against crabgrass, also post-emergent. I have also used it against Japanese Knotweed, post heavy injections into the stems with Roundup concentrate, on the regrowth after 3 doses of the above. There has been whitening of some leaves, but I have only today retreated this patch of one of the worst weeds I have ever seen. I am hopeful that the 2nd treatment will be more effective than the 1st one. By the way, my wife really didn't like the white patches in the lawn!

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  • 9 of 15 people found this review helpful:

    3 of 5 stars  Tenacity herbicide
    By Bill in Easton, CT on 09/18/2012
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    I'm not sure I used the right dilution. Instructions only cover one acre. How about mixing in oz/teaspoons per gallon for hand sprayer. I used a little over one teaspoon/gallon. Have soon no results but maybe I'm too impatient. Can you help?

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  • 11 of 11 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Tenacity
    By Nick in Gaithersburg on 08/20/2012
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    After trying everything to try and get rid of nimberwill in the yard, I was just about to use another application of roundup when I discovered Tenacity. So far it seems to be working and is very effective on crabgrass as well.

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  • 22 of 24 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Obvious it's working...
    By William on 08/15/2012
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    Lawn was overrun with a variety of weeds (bermudagrass, Nutsedge, clover). Applied at the higher rate (8 oz. per acre but converted down for residential lawn size) as directed, putting a little extra directly on problems spots. Day Four: Noticed large weed patches turning a bright green Day Seven: Weeds turning white and some turning brown, curling and clearly dying. Good fescue grass appears unaffected and fine.

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  • 21 of 21 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Slow but sure...
    By Dan in Camp Hill, PA on 08/09/2012
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    Don't expect results immediately. I used Tenacity with a surfactant. I wasn't sure at first if the herbicide worked. After about a week, the Nimblewill started to turn white. None of the surrounding grass seems to have been harmed. Great product!

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  • 15 of 15 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Tenacity Herbicide
    By Paul in Charleston, WV on 07/15/2012
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    Applied Tenacity to eradicate nimblewill about 10 days ago. The weed is turning white and dying as represented. I am very encouraged, as the weed was overtaking an otherwise decent lawn.

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10/11/2011 Mary from Marshfield, Wi

QDo I need to keep the dogs away from the area where I have applied Tenacity?

AYou should keep the dogs off of the area while you are applying Tenacity and until the area has had a chance to dry, about 2-4 hours.

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03/08/2012 Scott from Grosse Ile Michigan

QAfter applying Tenacity and surfactant how long do you have to wait to seed or sod?

AAccording to the Tenacity product label "Apply Tenacity at 5-8 fl. oz. per acre in at least 30 gallons of water per acre prior to seeding or post seeding of tolerant turfgrass species listed on this label, except fine fescue. Tenacity may reduce density of fine fescue seedings. Tenacity can be used on grass seed blends that contain less than 20% by weight of hard or fine fescue. Tenacity will control many monocot and dicot weeds that compete with and slow the establishment of the turfgrass stands. Apply at grass seeding or close to seeding for best performance. Avoid spraying on newly germinated turfgrass plants. Wait until the newly germinated turf has been mowed two times or four weeks after emergence (whichever is longer) before making a postemergence application." If you need more specific information on a turfgrass not mentioned on the product label you can reach the manufacturer at 866-796-4368.

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03/10/2014 Thomas from Cut Off, La.

QWhat is the shelf life of Tenacity?

AThe shelf life on most liquid herbicides all depends on how they are stored. If the product has been tightly sealed and kept out of sunlight and extreme temperatures, the shelf life is 3-5 years.

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04/21/2015 Wayne

QHow soon can I mow my lawn after an application of Tenacity?

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You can mow your lawn 2 days before application of†Tenacity Herbicide and 2-3 days after application.†

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07/20/2015 Lori from Keokuk, Ia

QAfter spraying Tenacity Herbicide, when the weeds turn white, do you pull them or just reseed?
I was told I had nimblewill in my yard. It was a large portion with green blades and brown plus some other weeds. I purchased tenacity from you and applied it. The areas that were brown and green haven't turned white but the are scattered portions of other weeds that have. Does that mean anything? Also, am I supposed to pull them after they turn white and reseed?

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After spraying with Tenacity Herbicide, the foliage of treated weeds cease growth after application, then turn white (loss of chlorophyll), and death may take up to three weeks. A repeat application is required after two to three weeks for improved postemergence weed control. We would not recommend pulling up any weeds because the product will not get into the root system, and the weeds may come back at that point.

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Most Recent Customer Questions

07/25/2015 Marlin from Evansville, In

QWould it be OK to apply Tenacity Herbicide in the evening, after it cooled down for the day?
No application above 80 deg. Does that mean don't apply anytime when temps are consistently above 80 or just not at the exact time it's that hot? Would it be OK to apply in the evening, after it cooled down, even though it gets that hot during the day? Or should I wait a couple of months until consistently cooler temperatures set in?

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When the label states that no applications should be made when temperatures are above 80 degrees, this means that the product should not applied when it is 80 degrees and above. Tenacity Herbicide can be sprayed in the evening time and/or early morning hours.

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06/14/2015 Steve from Allison Park Pa

QDoes Tenacity Herbicide need to be watered in after applying?

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After treating with Tenacity, you want the product to have at least 6 hours of dry time before any rain or irrigation occurs. You do not want/need to water after a post emergent application. We recommend using the spot treatment rate of Tenacity in the dense areas so as to not cause damage to your lawn. Tenacity is known due to its power to even with an accurate application to sometimes temporarily whiten the turf surrounding the weed areas. The color will normally return within 3-4 weeks so to minimize the chance of turf discoloration you will want to use the lower dose at first and be cautious to not overlap or too heavily apply the product. Please let us kow if you have any other questions.

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06/09/2015 Frank from Plattsmouth, Ne

QWhat is the maximum application temperature for Tenacity?
Heat spell, but I need to get a second spraying on the weeds in the buffalo grass before it rains for the next week or two. Want to know if I can spray it at exterior temps over 90 degrees.

ATenacity Herbicide should not be applied to the lawn when temperatures are over 90 degrees or on day when you are expecting rainfall.

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05/30/2015 P from Wisconsin

QWill food coloring work to mark areas on turf that I spot sprayed ?

AYes, some folks do use food coloring to mark where  Tenacity Herbicide has been applied. 

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05/04/2015 Jim from Fort Morgan, Co

QIn one answer about watering you state it does not need to be watered in because it is mixed with water;
however, in another answer you state it does, indeed need to be watered in asap. could you please clarify which is correct. Thank you.

ATenacity is a systemic preemergence and postemergence herbicide for the selective contact and residual control of weeds in turfgrasses. When applied as a preemergent, weeds absorb Tenacity during emergence from the soil. Dry conditions following application may reduce the preemergence activity. If rainfall (0.15 inches) has not occurred within 10 days after a preemergence application, activate with 0.15 inches of irrigation. When used as a postemergent, susceptible weeds absorb Tenacity through foliar contact and soil absorption. Therefore, you should water in Tenacity when using it as a preemergent herbicide but it does not need to be watered in when using it as a postemergent herbicide.

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09/14/2013 Linda from Mcmurray Pa

QDoes Tenacity control creeping charlie?

AYes, Tenacity is labled to control Ground Ivy "Creeping Charlie" as post emergent control. We highly recommend using a temporary turf colorant like Turf Mark Blue so that you can see where you spray with the Tenacity to avoid overlapping. Tenacity is a great product, but also a very strong product so too much overlapping or mixing the product too strong can cause temporary damage and whitening to your turf around the ground ivy. The color will come back in the lawn after 3-4 weeks but to avoid this potential problem it is best to use a colorant to make sure no overlap occurs. To get optimum results for post emergent control it is recommended you use a Non Ionic Surfactant in your mixture as well.

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08/05/2013 Dale from Leesburg,va

QIs Tenacity Herbicide bad for pets?

ATenacity herbicide is safe to use in a yard will pets will frequent as long as they are out of the area during the application. They can safely return after the area has dried.

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06/02/2013 John from Ames, Ia

QHow long do I need to wait to start bagging my lawn for composting the clippings.
I heard the product stays active even after composting and may harm my garden plants.

AWe contacted Syngenta which is the manufacturer of the product. According to Syngenta, once you have cut your grass, you would need to put the clipping in the compost pile and let it sit for at least 30 days. After 30 days the chemical has broken down in the clippings and can be used in other areas of the yard where you are growing garden plants.

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02/28/2012 Alphonse from Austin, Texas

QCan I use Tenacity on Buffalo and St. Augustine grass?

ATenacity is labeled for use in both St. Augustine grass and Buffalo grass. Be sure to read and follow the Tenacity product label for best results.

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01/15/2012 Lea from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

QCould you please confirm that Tenacity will not kill of Tall Fescue or any other grasses?
Is Tenacity available in Australia, Melbourne

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Tenacity Herbicide is labeled for use on Tall Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, Centipedegrass, Buffalograss, Perennial Ryegrass, Fine Fescue, St. Augustine Grass. Other species of grass such as Bentgrass, Poa annua, kikuyugrass, zoysiagrass, seashore paspalum and bermudagrass are sensitive to Tenacity applications and damage may occur. According to the product label - Residential Lawn Applications: Unless renovating and/or re-seeding the home lawn, avoid broadcast applications of Tenacity for pre and post-emergence weed control because undesirable whitening of some turfgrasses may occur.

We do not ship to Australia and we are not sure if the manufacturer offers Tenacity in Australia. You can contact the manufacturer, Syngenta, to inquire about availability 866-796-4368.

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