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ImageMistirose
Apr 16, 2014 10:36 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
thank you Danita, I will do that. Group hug
Imagegreene
Apr 17, 2014 7:04 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Forester's is used to control weeds in the forestry industry, and along the railroad right of ways. I can't imagine why anyone would have an employee put that on a home lawn.

Have you only been talking to the employee who did this? Or have you gone to the owner of the landscape company and spoken to him directly? You and he should try to talk it out so he can mitigate the damages as quickly as possible; if he cares about the reputation of his company, he should be willing to make this right.
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ImageMistirose
Apr 17, 2014 8:28 AM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Its not a Landscape company per Se'. It's a home based business. I emailed the "company" that has supposedly been in business for 35 years and they responded to that email. I don't know if that is who did my yard or not. I'm gonna try to figure out what university I need to call that can advise me later this afternoon and I took some pics this morning. yea it took a couple emails for him to tell me what he was using for the weeds.
Imagestarlight1153
Apr 17, 2014 9:39 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I would still get soil samples. He may say it was one thing, but they guy if he was so sloppy with the addy he may have been sloppy with what product he used too. The owner could say one thing and the guy could have put something else.

Here.... http://soilcrop.tamu.edu/programs/research-programs/weeds/

Scroll down to the link for Scott Senseman. Give him a call or send him an email. With it being Easter, a lot of the folks probably are on vacation, Easter break, but most professors still check their emails everyday to catch up during this time. You might get a faster response with an email.

Ask him about the product, how it works, how long it will stay, anything maybe you can do to flush some of it out and anythign else you can think of.

Make a list and than contact him.
ImageMistirose
Apr 17, 2014 2:04 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thank you so much Star! I will most definitely do that! What would I do without you guys Lovey dubby Group hug Crying
Imagestarlight1153
Apr 17, 2014 3:18 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Ya know..... Danita's post got me thinking. Doing that dangerous thing again. Hilarious! You might also want to contact somebody in the Ecology Department. Maybe somebody here knows of somebody in the Ecology field. See if you can find somebody who is good with the beneficials you trying to or have attracted and ask them if there is anything also that they might suggest.

Document everything you have in the yard.

I know the sketters so bad here it is unreal. You have to worry about heat exhaustion as you can't wear shorts or no sleeves once they start in full force. Once a year the county will come by and spray for them and we have to watch when and contact them to make sure they don't spray our areas. Stuff doesn't kill the sketters just maybe chases them away for a day or two, but it will kill the good critters for sure.

I hope you get some justice and that things don't turn out too bad for you. Group hug

The rin coming in again tomorrow all day and for part of Sat morning. Wish it would rain during the week and not on the weekend for a change. Sunday supposed to be nice but than Mon and tuesday more rain. Sure hope that saying true about April showers bring May flowers. Temps still way below avg and winds haven't let up for several days now.

So I'll be offline for a couple of days. I hope everybody has a safe and a Happy Easter or a lovely weekend whatever you do. Group hug

ImageMistirose
Apr 17, 2014 4:21 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Thank you Star, I will and thank you all for all your help. Sorry I took over the thread *Blush* it was just very upsetting and hubby can only hear so much on his own lol

Yea so far I am lucky in our area they don't spray for mosquitoes...yet. I wasn't aware I had a choice. I may have to call if they start then I agree
Imagegreene
Apr 17, 2014 7:40 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
When I lived 'back home' I noticed the city sprayed for mosquitoes only in certain neighborhoods. So I inquired. The man explained that in order to spray, I would need the signature of each person in the defined area. We were having a problem with Salt Marsh mosquitoes and they were biting people 24/7 - poor children were standing at the school bus stop in the morning with blood running from the bites. Disgusting.

So, for the first time in my life I got involved and knocked on 99 doors to get 98 signatures. In the one house that did not sign, the man of the house said he was an entomologist and did not want the spray in his yard - no problem; he was to place a white flag so they would not spray on his property.

His wife grabbed the clipboard out of my hand and said, "Well, he may be a big shot entomologist, but the house is in my name. I AM signing!"

(Don't worry, the stuff only affected the Salt Marsh mosquitoes.)
SCbuttercup
Apr 18, 2014 5:50 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
I've been away a few days and didn't have a chance to read this thread, wow that's horrible about the yard spray. While I was away of course i had jumped the gun and planted out tomatoes and basil, so I called while I was away and got my daughter to put upside down flower pots on everything because temps were going into the upper thirties...when I got back everything was fine, even the basil that she forgot to cover. Guess it only went down in upper thirties for a few hours. I really dodged a bullet. Here are some pictures of perennials that are coming up as well as a couple annuals planted this spring. The marigold is from seeds I collected at a nearby apple orchard that has a huge "hedge" of marigolds that reseeds every year. Mine looks puny but it has months to grow.
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ImageArleneB
Apr 18, 2014 6:31 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Wow, I' am surprised the basil made it, but Yay!!!! I am just getting around to potting up mine from plug trays. They have been in there way too long so I'm hoping after I pot them up they will catch up. I planted sweet basil, lemon, cinnamon, anise, clove and purple ruffles. I use a lot in my flower bouquets.

It has been raining here all day! And we don't need it!!! The ground is very soggy. I cannot get out to plant anything. Feels like the start of another disaster year.
SCbuttercup
Apr 19, 2014 3:52 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
So Arlene you are a fellow basil aficionado! This year I grew lettuce leaf, opal, lime and cinnamon. Last year I discovered a cake recipe using cinnamon basil and it is amazing. Plus the cinnamon basil is great in my breakfast green smoothie. Clove basil is one I haven't tried yet. Since I grow my varieties mised together I usually buy new seed instead of saving. What's your experience with saving basil seed? Does it cross pollinate and end up giving you unreliable seeds?
ImageArleneB
Apr 19, 2014 6:15 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I'm the same, too many varieties to try and save seeds.

I'll bet the basil is great in your smoothie. I'd be interested in that cake recipe too!

I had a friend who got a ton of sample packets of sweet basil that she sent me so i'll have seeds for sweet basil for a couple more years.

I just love brushing up against the plants when I walk in my garden.

We usually give away a sweet basil plant when someone buys a tomato plant at market. Even then, I have tons of it! It actually sells vey well.
Imagejoseph
Apr 19, 2014 10:06 AM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

When I plant a new field, it takes about 4 to 5 years for plants to really start growing well. I believe that it takes that long for the dissipation of herbicide residues left in the soil by the previous users.

I have been in a waiting mode regarding planting... The extremely frost tolerant plants were planted in March (peas, parsnips, spinach, fava, onions, garlic, wheat, radish). They have germinated and are growing well.

The somewhat frost tolerant plants are going into the ground next week. (beets, chard, carrot, etc)

Corn planting starts in about 2 weeks, except for Joseph's Frosty sweet corn which is going in the ground now.

The frost sensitive plants (melons) are still 6 weeks away from being direct seeded. I intend to start the tomatoes and peppers indoors in a day or two.
Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
ImageAndi
Apr 19, 2014 10:27 AM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
Misti, make sure that the person who applied the chemical had a pesticide's license. If the company was using untrained, unlicensed personnel, it will further your case.

Also, did they spray your vegetable garden? If so, "damages" would include the cost of buying instead of growing organic vegetables.

I would start talking to attorneys right away. The first consult is typically free. It may take time to find one who you feel comfortable with. Perhaps, the local university, environmental club or other group could recommend a like minded attorney.

What a terrible problem. I feel for you!
ImageMistirose
Apr 19, 2014 1:44 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
Hi Andi, thanks I will check that too. No Thank God we keep a lock on the back gate. So all my veggie gardens should be safe. I'm out some Sage and the nasturtiums that had just germinated out there for this year due to the ant poison they applied. Thank you, I'm also gonna make a sign like the one below for the yard to HOPEFULLY keep this from happening again. We also got our surveillance on our old cell phone set up and working in the front window. Its not bad for a free app. Takes pics when there is movement and emails me a link to them.

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Imagestarlight1153
Apr 19, 2014 4:31 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
No rpoblem Misti.... What happened is important and needs input from anybody and everybody who can help ya. I like your sign. That cute. Thumbs up

Arlene... I wondering if you, me and Danita ever gonan see some sun and dry ground. It poured here from 3 am friday morning hard and flooded everything and we got another 3" and it didn;'t stop til early this morning, but been a mist rain all day today. Supposed to be clear tomorrow than back to two days of rain.

Wildflowers and Chelle... Haven't forgotten ya, just the cold and wind and tons of rain I can't get up to that area to try and dig. Heck was warmer in Ohio by 13 degrees than it was down here.

We should be in the 80's instead of low 60's and having to turn heat back on still at night. I'm so tired of being cold and wet. Wet and warm is ok, but not this cold wet. I'm pruning. Bad enough I got enough wrinkles on my own all this rain making even more from being wet all the time. Hilarious!

Hey anybody grow mints? I have some Citrus Orange mint that barely made it through the winter here. It struggling to come back, but I was wondering if anybody knows if makes seed at all so I know whether to watch for any later in the season.

Joseph.... If you think of it, shout out when you planting corn. Maybe by then the rains will have moved out. I still can't plant my beans or anything in the ground. To cold and way...way to wet. I think this year I am not going to see any veggies til late fall.

ScButter... Never heard of a cake make with Basil before. Yep me too, when ya get a chance post it please. What all that ya got growing in first pic.

I'm getting jealous with all the pretty blooms. I got a ton of wild Ajuga for the butterflies that growing and blooming. They happy flitering from one to the other. I think if it wasn't for all my weeds blooming I wouldn't have anything. Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageArleneB
Apr 19, 2014 4:51 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
I'm hoping for sunshine tomorrow!!! I will use the wet ground to get some serious weeding done. I already have grass a foot high in some spots in the garden!

I grow mint but only in pots. Check the roots for growth. I had one I thought was dead and when I dumped the pot, there was a live root at the very bottom. I don't know if they set seeds, but they grow so fast with runners I just keep taking cuttings. I have orange, chocolate, pineapple, chocolate and when I was in MI I got an apple one! I don't do anything with them except rub the leaves and smell them. Aaaahhhh!

We refuse to turn the heat back on so we have used the fireplace at night and just snuggle under the covers at bedtime. I have a small heater for the bathroom. I don't really want 80's and above but I sure would like a bit warmer! I guess we're not used to having a real spring!
SCbuttercup
Apr 19, 2014 5:38 PM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
I grow orange mint and chocolate mint, use the sunken pot method and patrol for runners that try to escape. I recall learning that mint does not come true to seed, cross pollinates too easily. So if you want a certain type of mint you need to do plant cuttings or get seeds from a very careful grower.
Imagejoseph
Apr 19, 2014 6:50 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

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Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse
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ImageAndi
Apr 19, 2014 6:58 PM CST
Name: aka GardenQuilts
Facebook, NGA
and the beloved Winston the pug
All of my mint is in pots. In my old place, I kept a hanging pot of mixed mint varieties in my kitchen year round. I don't have any hangers installed here. My mints are outdoors on the deck in their pots. None of them has woken up. As I was working outside today, I was checking for root growth on any potted plants with no apparent signs of life. My mints had runners and emerging leaves under the soil surface. If all of mine survived this terrible winter in pots outside, your mint probably made it also, Ella. Myabe the are "just resting" not dead.

Misti if you, or anyone else, needs a laugh, you may like the online tv show "Farmed and Dangerous". It is a dark comedy about big agriculture on hulu.com. It is free to watch over the internet.

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