Five Steps to Applying Herbicide Safely

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Any gardener can tell you just how annoying and frustrating it is to control weeds. That’s why so many of us turn to herbicides because they are an effective way to get rid of these nuisances. Unfortunately, though, since herbicides are poisonous for plants, they can be very dangerous to humans, animals and the environment itself. Due to this, it is so important that you know exactly how to apply herbicides safely.

Steps to applying herbicide safely:

Step One: Read the Label Thoroughly

  • In order to make this whole process as safe as possible, you must read over the label of your herbicides fully before applying them in your garden. That’s because the label will tell you exactly what type of plants the herbicide targets, the level of toxicity, safety information, what type of clothing you should have on for this task and instructions on how to use, store and dispose of the herbicide.

Step Two: Protect Yourself

  • In step one, you’ll see that you must read over the label of your herbicide before using it on your garden. On the label, there should be a section which talks about what kind of protective clothing and equipment you should employ when using this sort of item. Some of these protection tools include goggles and gloves. Remember, though, you should never place the clothing you used when applying the herbicide in the wash with your other laundry.

Step Three: Make Sure You Have the Right Materials

  • In order for the herbicides to be effective, you must have the proper equipment for weed killer application at hand. This could be anything from dusters to granular applicators. Once you’ve picked out the equipment you’re going to use, check that there is no leaking connections or nozzles involved here. To make things easier, there are even ready-to-use herbicides offered on the market.

Step Four: Apply the Herbicide

  • When you’re applying the herbicide, you should do it in a continuous motion with little to no overlap. It’s recommended that you spray the herbicide on your yard, so that you don’t have to walk over the areas where you placed the chemicals down. Mornings and nights are generally the best time to put down the herbicides. However, breezy days are definitely the worst, as that’s when particles tend to drift.

Step Five: Clean Up After Application

  • When you’re done using the herbicide, make sure to thoroughly wash the spray equipment, including any nozzles or flush hoses used. You should also wash over yourself, the clothing you were wearing and any protective items. The herbicides should then be locked in a cabinet away from the reach of children or pets.

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