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Old Yesterday, 07:45 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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it sounds counter intuitive, but some stormwater management folks told me about how they use growth inhibitors to control excess growth and avoid mowing during the growing season.

They claim the grass looks much greener because the nutrients in the soil are not wasted on upward growth.

Anybody here have any experience? I'm thinking of trying some this spring
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Old Today, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now a Rehoboth Beach Bunny
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I can only say that I have a NIshogi Willow, near my house front. Note I said, near. It grows toward my home and I was not happy that I had to cut it so often, so we had that growth inhibitor applied. It has been great, we have not had to cut it back at all this past spring-summer. I will see what the spring brings but all the research I did seems to support no ill effects.
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Old Today, 01:24 PM
 
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Interesting,


Cytotoxic effects of maleic hydrazide. - NCBI https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/368621 by Z Swietlińska - ‎Cited by 71 - ‎Related articles Since 1950, maleic hydrazide (MH) has been introduced into agriculture as a major commercial herbicide and a depressant of plant growth in numerous …


"Plants can break down MH into several products, one of which, hydrazine, is a well-known mutagen and carcinogen."


Sounds like fun.
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Old Today, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Yeah, I've used growth inhibitors on my bermuda grass lawn for two years now. So when actively growing (summer), I only have to cut it every few weeks.

I've never tried it on anything but a lawn.
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