Protecting your lawn seeding investment from the start

By Dean Mosdell, Ph.D., technical services manager for Syngenta

With Tenacity® herbicide, you can control weeds at the same time you seed. Most herbicide products remove weeds from established turf, but Tenacity can also be used to prevent weeds from germinating in newly seeded or overseeded turf. When grass seed has a chance to grow without weed competition, fall root establishment is stronger, resulting in a healthier, denser turf stand in the spring.

Whether you want to overseed in the fall, re-seed bare areas or remove grassy weeds like creeping bentgrass from your turf, Tenacity can help.

Seeding with Tenacity

Tenacity herbicide may be applied to labeled turfgrass species anytime up to, during and after seeding, but prior to turf emergence. Tenacity controls weeds during seeding and provides pre-emergence and some post-emergence control of many weeds. View the Tenacity and Hydroseeding Information Sheet to learn more about hydroseeding with Tenacity.

University of Maryland trial, 2010. Tenacity was applied at 5 oz. + 5 oz./A and Tupersan® herbicide was applied at 24 lbs./A.

Performance assessments are based upon results or analysis of public information, field observations and/or internal Syngenta evaluations.

Keys to success

  1. Apply Tenacity at 5-8 fl. oz./acre prior to, during or after seeding. A good quality non-ionic surfactant is recommended if weeds are present at time of application.
  2. Repeat application after second mowing, or 3 to 4 weeks after emergence.
  3. Use the low rate (5 oz./acre) for existing stands containing greater than 50 percent ryegrass. Do not use on seed mixtures containing more than 20% fine fescue by weight.

White means it is working

Short-term, transient whitening may result from Tenacity applications. Its mode of action prevents production of carotenoids in new leaf tissue, a key stabilizer of chlorophyll (green color) in plants. This may also occur in new seedlings of the desired turfgrass species. The effect is temporary and with regular mowing, normal growth of green tissue resumes. The resulting turfgrass stand will be weed-free during establishment and help ensure a healthy stand of grass.

For a complete list of target weeds controlled, view the Tenacity label. Below is a list of some common weeds controlled by Tenacity:

  • Common chickweed
  • Common dandelion
  • Creeping bentgrass
  • Crabgrass- large, smooth and southern
  • Florida betony
  • Ground ivy
  • Henbit
  • Large hop clover
  • Lawn burweed
  • Mouseear chickweed
  • Nimblewill
  • Oxalis
  • Speedwell – persian, purslane
  • Annual bluegrass suppression
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Sowthistle
  • Swinecress
  • White clover
  • Wild violet
  • Yellow nutsedge
​​​​To learn more about how Tenacity can control troublesome weeds in your area, contact your local Syngenta territory manager.

All photos are either the property of Syngenta or are used with permission.

© 2021 Syngenta. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties and/or may have state-specific use requirements. Please check with your local extension service to ensure registration and proper use. Tenacity® and the Syngenta logo are trademarks of a Syngenta Group Company. Tupersan® is a registered trademark of Gowan Company.

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