With so many weed control products available, trying to determine which is the best for your specific needs can be overwhelming. Deciding on herbicides is further complicated when you consider all the different terms used to describe products. Emergent, persistent, selective: What do these terms all mean?
When Do You Intend to Use It? Do you tend to take a reactionary approach to weed development? In other words, do you only use products on weeds after they appear? If so, you’re likely looking for a post-emergent weed product. This means the product is intended to be used only on visible, mature plants.
On the other hand, if you intend to prevent weed growth from occurring before it even has the chance to start, a pre-emergent herbicide is what you need. These products can be administered directly to your soil during the springtime to prohibit weeds from developing altogether.
Where Do You Experience Weed Growth? Another factor to consider is the location where you’ll be applying the product. If your objective is to kill weeds without damaging surrounding plant life, you’ll need a selective product. These products are powerful on weeds yet won’t damage nearby grass, flowers, or other plant life. On the other hand, if your weeds are concentrated to a mulched or paved area, you may prefer to use a non-selective product, which kills all vegetation in the area.
How Long Do You Need It to Last? A few final considerations to be mindful of when selecting an herbicide are how long you need it to last for and whether you’ll spray it directly on the weed itself. Products labeled “persistent” will thwart future weed growth, but non-persistent products work quickly to kill existing weeds without lasting effects on seedlings. Contact weed products, as their name suggests, impact only the plants they come into contact with.
Whether you’re seeking weed control solutions for an entire farm or a small patch of your yard, Gregg Farm Services has an option to meet your unique needs. With herbicides and pesticides for large-scale applications as well as consumer-level products, we provide an ample selection of options. Learn more by calling (870) 481-5165.