General Information

Product Information

Drive XLR8 herbicide may be applied postemergence to residential and nonresidential turfgrass (refer to Table 1. Turfgrass Tolerance (Established)) for the control of many broadleaf and grass weeds.

Mode of Action

Drive XLR8 is an auxin agonist and is classified as a quinoline carboxylic acid. It is absorbed by foliage and roots and translocated throughout the plant. The control symptoms exhibited by broadleaf weeds include leaf and stem curl or twisting, and chlorosis. Susceptible grasses demonstrate stunting, chlorosis, and gradual reddening followed by necrosis and death. Refer to Table 1, Table 2, and Table 3 for turfgrass tolerance and susceptible weed species.

Resistance Management

Drive XLR8 has a low probability of selecting for resistant weed biotypes. However, repeated applications of a single mode of action in a weed management plan increase the probability of selecting for naturally occurring biotypes with less susceptibility to herbicides using that mode of action.

Therefore, weed management programs should include rotations using herbicides with different modes of action.

Application Information

Apply Drive XLR8 to actively growing weeds as postemergence broadcast or spot sprays using the turfgrass species, rate, and growth stages indicated in Table 1, Table 2, and Table 3. DO NOT exceed the labeled application rate or fail to comply with use restrictions listed in Restrictions and Limitations.

In New York, Drive XLR8 can only be applied as a spot application.

For best results, weeds should not be under stress from lack of water, excessive water, low fertility, mowing shock, excessive hot or cold temperatures, or injury from other herbicide applications.

To achieve consistent weed control, use methylated seed oil (MSO). Refer to Table 2 and Table 3 for rates.

Adding adjuvants may cause slight leaf burn, but new growth is normal, and turfgrass vigor is not reduced. The potential for leaf burn is increased when relative humidity and temperature are high. Additional stress from low mowing heights may also increase the possibility of turfgrass injury. Chelated iron or sprayable soluble nitrogen fertilizer will reduce a slight yellowing that may occur on some turfgrass species. Not all chelated iron or sprayable nitrogen fertilizers are compatible with Drive XLR8. Always perform a compatibility test to ensure proper mixing. See Compatibility Test For Mix Components section of label for directions.

Spot Applications

Postemergence spot applications may be made to susceptible weeds in turfgrass that is tolerant to Drive XLR8 (see Table 1 and Table 2). Apply 1.45 fluid ounces of Drive XLR8 per 1000 square feet (0.75 lb ae/A) of treated area. Spray coverage should be uniform and complete. See Table 5 for spot spray mix instructions.

Mowing Information

DO NOT mow 2 days before or after applying Drive XLR8 to maximize weed control and minimize potential turfgrass injury. Clippings from the first three mowings after application should be left on the treated area.

Irrigation and Rainfall

If soil moisture is not sufficient prior to Drive XLR8 application, irrigation may improve weed control. For best results, DO NOT water or irrigate for 24 hours after application. If rainfall does not occur in 2 to 7 days after application, irrigation of at least 1/2 inch is desirable.

Extended Grass Control

To extend grass control, Drive XLR8 herbicide can be tank mixed with Pendulum 3.3 EC herbicide or Pendulum AquaCap herbicide to provide residual control of annual grasses. Consult the respective tank mix labels for additional weeds controlled.


The use of Drive XLR8 before or after seeding or overseeding a turfgrass area will not significantly interfere with the turfgrass seed germination and growth of those grass types identified as tolerant or moderately tolerant in Table 1. See Table 4 for seeding, overseeding, or sprigging application timing.

Backpack Sprayer

Begin with a clean spray tank. Fill the spray tank 1/2 full with clean water and add the required amount of Drive XLR8 to the sprayer. Cap sprayer and agitate to ensure mixing. Uncap sprayer and add appropriate amount of methylated seed oil. Cap sprayer and agitate once again. Uncap sprayer and finish filling tank to desired level. During application, agitate the mixture on occasion to ensure mixing. If the mixture is allowed to settle for any period of time, thorough agitation is essential before spraying is resumed.

Restrictions and Limitations

In New York, Drive XLR8 can only be applied as a spot application.

- DO NOT apply more than 128 fluid ounces of Drive XLR8 per acre (or 2.9 fl ozs per 1000 sq ft) in one year (1.5 lbs ae per acre per year).

- DO NOT apply to golf course collars or greens.

- DO NOT make applications of Drive XLR8 to drought-stressed turfgrass and/or drought-stressed weeds.

- DO NOT apply to fine fescue unless it is part of a seed blend.

- DO NOT apply to Bahiagrass, carpetgrass, centipedegrass, dichondra, St. Augustinegrass, or lawns or turfgrass where desirable clovers are present.

- DO NOT apply to exposed feeder roots of trees or ornamentals or within the dripline of trees and other ornamental species.

- DO NOT apply into any ornamental bed.

- DO NOT apply within 4 weeks after seedling emergence of creeping bentgrass, fine fescue blends, Kentucky bluegrass, and perennial ryegrass.

- DO NOT apply Drive XLR8 prior to and within 2 weeks after seeding seashore paspalum.

- DO NOT use clippings as mulch or compost around flowers, ornamentals, trees, or in vegetable gardens.

- DO NOT plant eggplants or tobacco within 12 months in areas treated with Drive XLR8.

- DO NOT plant tomatoes or carrots within 24 months in areas treated with Drive XLR8.

- Apply when wind speed is less than 10 mph or drift may cause damage or death of nontarget area vegetation. DO NOT apply when conditions favor drift from target area.

- Use a lawn-type sprayer with coarse spray because wind drift is less likely.

- Avoid mist and spray onto vegetables, flowers, ornamentals, shrubs, trees, and other desirable plants, especially plants belonging to the Solanaceae family, such as tomatoes, eggplants, and bell peppers.

- DO NOT discard rinsate on or near desirable plants.

- DO NOT apply this product by air or through any type of irrigation system or equipment.

Refer the specified label information on Seeding/Overseeding/Sprigging Timing Chart.

Limitations, Restrictions, and Exceptions


Bermudagrass, common; Yellowing that occurs on these species can be reduced by the addition of chelated iron or sprayable soluble nitrogen fertilizer. See Application Information and Adjuvants.

DO NOT use on golf course greens and collars. Consult Table 4. Seeding/Overseeding/Sprigging Timing Chart for this situation.


Crabgrass, large; Crabgrass, smooth; Foxtail, giant; Foxtail, green; Foxtail, yellow; Signalgrass, broadleaf: Under certain conditions, Drive XLR8 application to annual grasses at 2-tiller to 4-tiller may not provide complete control. A sequential application will be required for grass control in these situations. Optimum control is achieved when applications of Drive XLR8 + methylated seed oil are applied either before second tiller or as grass weeds mature.

Kikuyugrass: Tank mix partner or sequential application required

Kikuyugrass; Torpedograss: Make 2 sequential applications of 1.0 fl oz (0.51 lb ae/A) of Drive XLR8 per 1000 sq ft and an additional sequential application up to 0.90 fl oz (0.46 lb ae/A) of Drive XLR8 per 1000 sq ft at 14-day to 21-day intervals.

Crabgrass, large; Crabgrass, smooth: Biotypes of large and smooth crabgrass in California have shown varied response to Drive XLR8. If control failure occurs following a full or split application, DO NOT reapply Drive XLR8. Change to a herbicide with a different mode of action.

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