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Re: Stinger Soap

I have never heard of Stinger soap, but I don't think it is the
same as the herbicide Stinger. Stinger is widely used by tree
farmers (Christmas trees) to keep down weeds. It is an extremely
potent broadleaf weed herbicide. It is however selective. The irises
show absolutely no effect from being doused with it, but the weeds
surrounding them often begin to show stress and decline in as little
as two hours. A quart of Stinger costs about 140$ here, but is used
at the rate of 1/5 to 1/4 oz per thousand square feet of area.

We use it as a last resort when time and/or mother nature do not
permit us to keep the weeds out of our acre of irises.

John Bruce  jbruce1@cinci.rr.com
Hidden Acres Iris Gardens
SW Ohio,USDA Zone 5b
----- Original Message -----
From: <DFerguson@cabq.gov>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 7:17 PM
Subject: [iris] Stinger Soap

> Hi all,
> I have a crew member here at the Botanic Garden in Albuquerque who insists
> on using Stinger Soap to kill insects on plants, and insists that it won't
> hurt the plants (but it clearly does).  I keep taking it away from her,
> she keeps finding more!  Anyway, after accidentally killing a five year
> Poinsetta tree with it (just barely got it on the leaves - and it didn't
> kill the white fly infestation either!), and after showing your posts here
> about using it as a weed killer, just maybe I can convince her to lay  off
> the stuff and use regular dish soap.
> Thanks, I had never heard of it actually being used to kill weeds before.
> Dave
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