Hello Kevin and sorry for the delayed response. In Savannah, we do not use growth regulator or any other chemicals around our monuments. The main reason being that these chemicals can be absorbed by the stone and have long-term harmful effects on them. It is a catch-22 however, as improper line trimming can cause damage to the monuments in addition to the added time and money. I recommend contacting the Chicora Foundation for advice on this topic. They have done a lot of workshops and presentations on proper care and maintenance of historic cemeteries and, therefore, would be an excellent resource. They will be at our 2019 conference in Savannah too!
Does anyone spray growth regulator around monuments to reduce the amount of weedeating? We are using it this year and are waiting to see how much it cuts down on how often we have to weedeat. I was wondering if anyone else was doing this and what product they are using and having success with. I would also like to hear if anyone is using any special equipment or procedure to make this process more efficient. We have a crew of 5 men "including Inmates" and we normally spend 2-3 days just weedeating about 90 acres of monuments.