Field experiments were conducted to evaluate ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea L.) control and Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) tolerance to Twenty Mule Team Borax, Super Trimec, and Sharpshooter applications. Ground ivy control improved with time in 1991 whereas the inverse was true in 1992. Liquid borax at 610 g/100m2 and Super Trimec at 560 ml/100m2 controlled ground ivy consistently (≥85%) during 1991 and 1992. Ground ivy control with dry borax was not as good as liquid borax when each application was applied at 305 g/100m2. Unacceptable ground ivy control occurred with Sharpshooter. All treatments caused turfgrass injury in 1991. At 4 weeks after treatment (WAT), injury increased to 30 and 40% for the 305 and 610 g/100 m2 (10 and 20 oz/1000 ft2) liquid borax treatments, respectively. No turfgrass injury however was observed the following spring. In 1992, only Sharpshooter caused injury 2 WAT. Weather differences after the applications contributed to the variability in ground ivy control and turfgrass injury between years. These results indicate that boron can be used to selectively control ground ivy in a Kentucky bluegrass turf with a 610 g/100 m2 (20 oz/1000 ft2) liquid borax application with only temporary turfgrass injury.

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Journal Paper No. 16174 of the Iowa Agric. and Home Econ. Exp. Stn., Ames, 1A 50011. Project No. 2062.

2Former Research Assistant. Present address: FMC Corporation, Box 8, Princeton, NJ 08543.

3Professor, Department of Agronomy.

4Professor, Department of Horticulture.