20 Most Recent St Gabriel Laboratories Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix 20 Lb Questions & Answers


I have the same question, but have not found a direct answer. I have calculated an estimate setting of 4 or 5 for the speedygreen 2000. The Milky Spore is very simular to the fertilizer that I use. Milky spore says that 1lb covers a little over 300 square feet. My fertilizer says that at a setting of 4 it is spreading 2.6 lb per 1000 square feet (almost 3 lb per 1000 sq ft or 1 lb per 333 sq ft).
Now I may be totally off, but just bought the Milky Spore today and will apply tomorrow. I may look some more tonight to see if I can find an answer. I felt it was kind of bad that the back of the Milky Spore suggested only using a drop spreader!?

St Gabriel... | Answered on Sep 13, 2010


In terms of grubworm control, 'milky spore' products are bacterium meant to create a long-term soil-borne epidemics amoung grubs in the soil. Milky spore very likely will not kill existing populations that're eating at turf roots & thus, doing damage.
But milky spore is an environmentally-conscious product, and certainly a wise long-term investment for those who've put a lot of investment in their lawns.

In leiu of milky spore, I recommend any product containing Dylox for active infestations.
Milky spore may be applied in that same season in an attempt to start that longer-term, human & pet-safe grumworm contagion.

It is perfectly normal to see small numbers of grubs in the soil, in both turf & landscape. In small numbers, grubs are generally harmless. The concern mounts when their numbers are higher.

This is how to check for actively feeding grubs:
In turf areas that are turning brown, get on your hands & knees and take the turf into both hands, and pull.
If the turf readily comes up as if it's carpet, you'll likely see the "lawn shrimp" (haha) underneath.
In a 12" x 12" section, if you see more than 2 grubs, it's time to take action.

Answers:
1) No. After applying Dylox & watering in per instructions, wait approx 1 week to 10 days, then peel back some of those sod areas again.
If it's working, the grubs will have slowly turned from an ugly grey to a light beige, and shrunken somewhat.

2) No. Moisture on grass at time of application doesn't matter. What matters is that you irrigate thoroughly AFTER application.

3) Actually, it is to your advantage if adjacent soil areas aren't treated with milky spore. If ALL grubs are killed, then there will be no carriers to continue the bacterial contagion. Even if your neighbors are grub-free, keep in mind that Japanese, June beetles, masked chafer, etc will drop eggs into the turf season after season. (There's nothing you can do about that.) And these eggs will eventually metamophecize into grubs. If you have milky spore in the soil, they shouldn't mature to the point to which they'll feed.

4) Products containing Dylox are labelled to kill grubs of all species of beetle. At about the time you're seeing June beetles swarming your back porch light, they're likely laying eggs in the turf. Most species of grubworm potentially can do damage 2X year:
JUST before the adults emerge, and about a month to six weeks after the maximum height of adult population.
Here in s. Ohio, late September thru first ground freeze tends to be historically the worst peroid for grubs. But some years, mid to late spring damage can be found, too.

St Gabriel... | Answered on May 01, 2010


I would use a vacuum pump to pull the fuel through.

Garden | Answered 23 hours ago


Being not very familiar with this mower but am a small engine repairman i would suggest you look for an in line fuse located between the ignition and the solenoid. Because u say u dont even have a dash light. However alot of older mowers can build up corrosion on the ignition switch you may wanna wiggle the wires plugged on to switch as well. You can always use a screwdriver to bump the posts on the solenoid to see if it will crank over that way. If all checks out good and ur able to get the engine to turn over by jumping the solenoid with a screwdriver then that is ur issue. When I say all checked out good that is meaning ur seat safety switch, brake switch and even making sure the blades aren't engaged. Any and all could create the issue u are having. If possible upload a pic if ur machine. There are two bolts on your solenoid. Lay a screwdriver on one and while maintaining contact with the one position ur screwdriver to touch both posts at same time. Caution though. That screwdriver will get hot. If this doesn't crank the engine then it is starter problems. However, non of that has to do with dash lights. That leaves me inclined to think that it is a fuse or a safety switch if the blades are not engaged. The handle that lowers the deck.. Try pulling it back as far as possible while turning key as well. Hope I have been of some help. Good luck!

Garden | Answered Yesterday


If it is burning the oil, new rings and piston plus hone the barrel.

Garden | Answered Yesterday


Hi try a new plug you're old one could b breaking down under load also give the carby a clean:::::: blow out the Jets inside Especially THE MAIN JET ::::; IF A MOTOR STARTS & WONT KEEP RUNNING ITS A GOOD SIGN THE MAIN JET IS BLOCKED.,,,.. Cheers

Garden | Answered 2 days ago


Few 2-stroke engines produced in these modern times aren't exhaust tuned which means it is difficult to test the compression pressure with any accuracy at cranking or starting speed - most are exhaust tuned so a much greater power output can be produced from a small and lightweight engine. Peak compression happens at the engine speed when the reflected exhaust pressure wave effectively blocks the exhaust port. At this point the engine capacity grows, the compression ratio increases and the power output increases.

I don't know what the compression pressure should be but I would be slightly worried if it was less than about 90 psi and expect to find a reading of 100/120 psi. As it is a twin, the real test will be the difference between the cylinder pressures which theoretically should be identical though for practical purposes a variation of about 10/20 psi would be acceptable.

The best test of engine condition is how it starts, runs and sounds. When considering a 2-stroke engine it is important not to forget there is also compression under the piston. Sometimes after wintering unused a previously good machine will be down on power and difficult to start. It should not be ignored how if the crankshaft oil seals have lost flexibility, air could be drawn past them into the crankcase reducing the quality of the induction through the carb.

Garden | Answered 2 days ago


See the videos. No one knows who makes a 'T 1200' except you.

https://www.google.com/search?q=drive+belt+on+my+lawn+tractor+broke%2C+a+T+1200

The correct search queries would be

make model drive belt diagram

then look at the images tab.

or

make model replace drive belt

and look at the Video tab.

Garden | Answered 2 days ago


Make sure that the deck parts move freely. That the blades and/or bearings or pulleys anr not siezed or blocked. Also you might adjust your carb just a little in air/fuel mixture and idle rpm.

Garden | Answered on May 28, 2020


Not sure about the fuel/oil ratio. Modern 2-stroke engines are designed to run with less oil due to concerns about pollution and 50:1 isn't unusual. That was the recommendation for my strimmer but I added a little extra oil to maybe 30 or 40:1 and it gave good service for 30 seasons.

The fashion for anti-pollution measures also spread to the fuelling of small engines especially in some areas. In this case the fuel/air adjustments are either hidden behind plastic or metal plugs or deleted from the carb altogether.
If there are no screws it is a preset type and if dismantling and a thorough clean doesn't restore performance it is reasonable to make one of two assumptions (or maybe both) - either the carb is faulty in some way (diaphragm perhaps) or the crankshaft seals are failing and allowing air into the crankcase preventing a good induction.
It isn't unknown for a small 2-strokes to perform well all season and then be next to useless after standing idle all winter. If this is the case it is worth suspecting those seals have lost flexibility...

Garden | Answered on May 27, 2020


I don't think so. Adjusting the high and low on carburetor is a thing in the past.

Garden | Answered on May 26, 2020

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