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Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide Review

Review of the Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide

As of this writing, there are 347 customer comments and 296 answered questions for the Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide.  I've read the customer feedback, and then condensed the results into this review.  I hope that this review helps you when shopping for weed killer.

Best Features

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    Controls most unwanted trees and brush
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    Can be used on rangeland, grass pastures, and non-crop areas
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    Kills plants quickly
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    Effective on blackberry bushes and wisteria 
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    Good price

Item Specifics

The Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide comes in a 1 quart jug.  It controls most unwanted trees and brush.  This weed killer can be used on rangeland, grass pastures, and non-crop areas.  This product contains 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, butoxyethyl ester, and Triclopyr.   For spot applications use 4 to 6 ounces in 3 gallons of water.  Spray it directly onto the unwanted plant.  

Be careful Using It in the Heat of a Summer Day

Some customers suggested applying this product, in the Fall if at all possible.  Of course this requires some planning.  A customer shared this piece of advice, "Despite this product claiming to be "low volatile", it is best not to spray the ESTER form of any weed killer at the peak intensity of summer.  Volatility increases in hot dry conditions.  And under such weather, this product drift and concentrate at recommended dosages that will burn even your grass.  Amine salt varieties are more suited for summer spraying as they are less volatile (but also less effective in general).  I would seriously recommend using this product during the late fall when the active perennial weeds are desperately trying to store nutrients/energy to survive the winter.  Esters are fantastic at getting into the plants in just this manner.  Then come spring when the weeds try to revive from dormancy - BAM! poisoned breakfast!  The second best time to spray an ester herbicide is from the time the weeds start growing in the spring up until they are in vernal bloom.  Again, fall and spring are ESTER herbicide season.

Works Quickly

Some people testified to this product working very quickly.  A customer had this to say, "I cannot say enough great things about this product.  My yard was covered in clovers and dandelions.  I sprayed this stuff all over my yard, and within 24 hours I saw the weeds beginning to die.  One week later, I do not have a single weed in my yard. I applied two applications, but too be honest, one would have been enough.  I even sprayed it in my neighbors yard whose lawn is covered in weeds, and almost all of his are dead within one application.  A second application will be needed for his though. Finally, my lawn is tall fescue, and not one blade of grass was harmed (from what I can see)."

Will Kill Blackberry Bushes

A common praise among customers was how great this worked to kill blackberry bushes.  Blackberry bushes can be very hard to get rid of.  Here is one of the many compliments on how well it worked, "Wow, works exactly as described and quickly! Anyone that lives in the Northwest can attest to how tough blackberry bushes can be to eradicate! I have tried salting, digging them up, cutting them down as well as other weed killers all with no luck - in fact I think the blackberry bushes just laughed at my paltry attempts! I sprayed them as instructed and within a few days noticed they were looking less than healthy, after a week they were all dead! Now who's laughing!! 😉 I did cover the bushes up so that no birds/bees etc would attempt to feed off the plants which I recommend doing at least until they are dead and no longer look appetizing to creatures.  It's been a few months now and they are still dead, with only a few small vines making an attempt at a comeback. I just need to get rid of the dead vines now - OUCH! I will be spraying them again! This stuff works great!"

Cap Is Hard to Get Off

People had difficulty getting the cap off of The Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide.  Here is one of the comments left by a customer, "I'm only giving if 4 stars because the cap is so hard to get off.  So, I take off my gloves and the poison gets on my hands and into my skin and I CAN'T wash it off.  You CAN'T SEE it on your skin, but you sure can smell it."

Kills Wisteria

Wisteria is another one of those hard to kill plants.  According to customers, this product works well to kill wisteria.  A customer had this to say, "It kills wisteria! I have been trying to kill invasive wisteria for 2 years. This stuff works! I tried RoundUp and it killed everything around it, and withered the leaves a little, but it was like it gave it a hangover or just made it mad. Crossbow took it out!"

Good Price on Amazon

The majority of comments were very positive for how well this herbicide is priced, especially on Amazon.  Here is one of those comments, "Product works extremely well for killing blackberry vines.  I used a 2oz per liter solution and the vines are dead in 1.5 weeks during the month of June, when they grow at the highest rate.  Only downside is clearing up the dead bushes.  The price on Amazon beats the local farm supply shop by $5 and no sales tax!  I recommend this product to anyone with a vegetation problem."

Be Careful Not to Overdose

This is a powerful herbicide so take care to not add too much of the concentrate.  A customer recommended weighing out the ounces instead of using a measuring cup.  He commented,  "DO NOT OVERDOSE- When I was reading the ingredients and mixing instructions, it says for poison ivy you should use 6 ounces to 3 gallons.  Some may just grab a measuring cup and fill it to the six ounce mark.. DON'T DO THAT, you will have an overdose if you do.  Get a paper cup, put it on an actual scale, zero the cup out and then add the concentrate until you hit six ounces. It's much less liquid than you will be using IF you go by the ounce marks on a measuring cup.  Mark the 6 oz. point on your paper cup and save that as your dosage for 3 gallons and you'll be spot on! Some reviewers commented that is "killed grasses also" yes, it will if your concentration is too high, I'm just going to guess that they went by oz marks without actually weighing the concentrate... it's by weight, not volume."

Use Caution Around Pets

No matter what a herbicide says, even if pet safe, it is important to always use caution when using around pets.  One customer chose to cover up the area she sprayed to keep her dog from getting by the poison.  She commented this, "Cut down the Chinese Elm interloper against my fence, and my father in law painted this on there. I covered it with a box so my dog wouldn't get at it, and left it that way for two weeks (figured lack of sun can't hurt the killing process). And it's dead. It's been two months now and no new growth. I'm very happy."

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Pros

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    Good price when bought on Amazon
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    Works well on hard to kill plants like blackberry and wisteria 
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    Works fast 

Cons

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    Cap is hard to get off 
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    Not good to use in the heat of the summer day.
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    Use caution around pets

Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide Conclusion

The Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide is mainly for controlling unwanted trees and brush.  It comes in a 1 quart jug.  It can be used on rangeland, grass pastures, and non-crop areas.  This herbicide contains 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, butoxyethyl ester, and Triclopyr.   To spot spray, use 4 to 6 ounces in 3 gallons of water.  This product is made to spray directly onto the unwanted plant.  The cap is hard to get off so be careful that you don't get the poison on yourself when taking off the cap.  The price is good for the amount that you get. 

Common Questions

Here are some top questions that I found for people considering buying the Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide.

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    Is this already mixed or is it concentrate?  It is concentrate.  If you peel back the label it has the mixing instructions. 
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    Does this kill bamboo?  I would like to spray this on new shoots and on the cut stumps.  No, it does not kill bamboo.  It may help prevent new shoots but bamboo is very difficult to kill.
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    Can I spray this on blackberry bushes around pine trees, or will it kill the pine trees as well?  The Southern Ag Crossbow Specialty Herbicide can kill trees, but if you are careful and only spray the blackberry bushes it shouldn't kill your pine trees.
Mariann Foster

I am one of our content writers for Everything Backyard. I am a mother and business owner of Big Horn Mountain Alpacas in Wyoming. I love farm life, cutting my own firewood in the mountains, and participating in local trail run races.

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