Safe Pesticide Handling and Signal Words

One of the first words that everyone probably learns in life is “NO”. ‘No’ is a signal word that indicates to a person to not do something. If the signal word is ignored, there are likely to be consequences. Fast forward from the first signal word to several more signal words we are all accustomed […]

Reducing Pesticide Spray Drift: 5 Key Aspects

Each spring ushers in new plant growth, some of which we like and some we don’t. Obviously, the plants we don’t like we try to remove using the best available tools at our disposal. Most likely, a herbicide will be applied to control the unwanted plants. Whether it is a homeowner applying herbicides to their […]

The Importance and Benefits of Preventative Weed Control

For most of us, disease prevention is a no brainer. Whether it’s getting a vaccine to prevent a serious disease or taking medicine that helps the body prevent illnesses, prevention is preferred to having to deal with illness. Can the same logic be applied to preventative weed control? In a perfect world, crop production managers […]

Basal Bark Treatment: What is it and how is it used?

The spring season ushers in new growth, someof it good and others not so good. The good: Trees are lush with leaves, lawns grow, and April showers bring forth May flowers. How beautiful it is when spring arrives! The not so good: Breaking the serene landscape, weedy and invasive plants emerge to fill whatever space […]

Adjuvants 101: Nonionic Surfactants

Managers of land and aquatic systems have something in common. That is, they must manage vegetation at some point during the year. Perhaps it is weedy plants in crops, unwanted plants in lakes or ponds, invasive plants on rangelands, or unwanted vegetation in forest undergrowth. For each of these instances, control of plants is the […]

What is Methylated Seed Oil and How Does it Work?

The control of weedy and invasive plants is a battle that is fought by many managers of terrestrial and aquatic habitats. This battle must be waged to prevent the proliferation and establishment of weedy and invasive plants that lower the potential of a variety of habitats. In addition, uncontrolled weedy and invasive plants can impact […]

How to Effectively Control Algae Growth in Ponds

A common occurrence in many ponds across most of the United States during the summer months is the growth of algae. Algae growth gives water bodies a green appearance which, when closely examined turns out to be mats of plants floating on the surface of the water. Often referred to as ‘scum’, the growth of […]

How to Successfully Control Aquatic Weeds in Lakes and Ponds

One of the most challenging tasks in managing lakes and ponds is the control of unwanted vegetation. Each year in spring and into summer, vegetation management will be the most important task for anyone managing lakes and ponds. Summer is also when recreational activities such as fishing, swimming, and boating take place on lakes and […]

Aquatic Herbicides and Surfactants: What they are and how they are used

Freshwater ecosystems are a vital resource for all forms of life on Earth. Consisting of lakes ponds, rivers, streams, springs, bogs, and wetlands, freshwater ecosystems provide essential resources that allow plant and animal species to thrive. Therefore, we must protect freshwater ecosystems at all costs from possible threats. One major threat is weedy and invasive […]

Postemergence Spraying and Tips for Application

Postemergance Spraying

Weed control is a routine task undertaken by almost everyone who manages land where plants are growing. From the homeowner who battles weeds in a lawn, a farmer who must control weeds in crops, to land and water managers who must confront a variety of vegetation management scenarios. To all of these individuals, postemergence spraying […]