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Diatamaceous Earth spreading

Posted by BillM2 NY upstate (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 12:21

I need to spread some Diatamaceous earth on a fairly large lawn. I know I could use a hand crank duster, but that might take a couple of days! What else could be used to cover a large area. Drop spreader?

Also, when's the best time of year to do it? Has anyone had experience using it for tick control?


This post was edited by BillM2 on Mon, Apr 22, 13 at 20:23

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RE: Diatamaceous Earth spreading

First of all, I can't even imagine how expensive a project that will be! You're using horticultural/food grade diatomaceous earth (as opposed to pool filter stuff)?

Secondly, as far as I am concerned, there IS no good time to broadcast diatomaceous earth (DE) on your lawn. DE is a broad spectrum control agent that is capable of doing more harm than good and for a long time. There are many very beneficial creatures, including some natural predators of your ticks that can be harmed by the DE. Its best uses are very directed and contained, not broadcast over a large area.

Lastly, you will need to protect your lungs and your eyes if you decide to broadcast DE.

RE: Diatamaceous Earth spreading

I'll be using food grade DE and it's not that expensive. I've looked at chemical treatments which seem worse by comparison on their impact. What else can be used instead to get rid of ticks? From what I've read, DE seems like a good choice and I may elect to do perimeter treatment and areas closest to the house.


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