Weed Control Spraying
Both Paul and Adian are licensed, trained and experienced weed control technicians. We do not use weed and feed to control your weeds, We firstly look at the weeds that we need to control, this way we can apply the most effective chemical/s.
We then measure the area to ensure we mix up the required amount so we know exactly how much to spray. We check the weather, and the last thing we want is for the chemical to drift from your lawn onto the vegetable patch and then the family consume it later because we were spraying on a windy day, or worse it rains 2 hrs later washing the chemicals away.
Then once we are ready to spray we put the information in our custom-built software that tells us exactly the dose of the chemical needs to be applied and mixed. Also warns us of any warning from the manufacture regards precautions, drift warning, and also if we are spraying on lawn’s/plant that are affected by the chemical to prevent us spraying chemicals such as dicamba onto lawns that are buffalo which would kill the lawn.
Weed and Feed
General application of weed and feed is effective for most broadleaf weeds, However when spraying weed and feed need to be aware of different types of grass, the area and weather, As all these things can affect the outcome of your weed spraying application.
The issues occur with a number of things, if you use a hose application bottle(One that clips onto the end of the hose) you can’t be sure the chemicals are being applied evenly. Also can easily underdose the chemical but trying to cover 300m2 with a bottle designed for 200m2. This might be effective however the weeds will become tolerant as is not enough dose to kill them, in fact, they might go brown but not actually die.
Why Use Licensed Sprayers
Licensed sprayers have been trained, not just in chemical use but also in weed identification.
Being able to identify the weed’s you to kill correctly, allow the sprayer to select chemicals that have been tested and approved to kill that weed. Also ensures they are not applying chemicals that you don’t need. As not every weed can be killed with weed and feed.
Also in Western Australia, all contractors are required to be licensed when spraying chemicals for reward, This is governed by the Western Australia Department of Health, Application of chemical by contractors who are getting paid for work are required to have a pest controller license, as well be a registered pest control business. Contractors who are not licensed are not covered by insurance and are risking not only your lawn and gardens but pets and family members.
If an unlicensed contractor applies chemicals even weed and feed and you or a family member(including pets) get sick, they tend to run and hide so they don’t have to pay the medical bills, Even weed and feed can cause some serious illnesses or adverse reactions. As a licensed contractor we know the chemicals and the risks, we take every precaution and warn you of the risks and how to reduce the chances of things going wrong.
And when things do we don’t hide as we are covered by insurances, providing you have followed our advice we will do what we can to correct any issues. However, we also follow guidelines and work in a team of two to ensure we are following guidelines, and applying the correct chemicals in the correct dose.
Knowing the chemicals that were applied
Licensed contractors know the risks involved with spraying herbicides, insecticide, pesticides, fungicides, they will have safety knowledge and guidance on how to properly apply the chemicals whether it being public area shops, commercial Properties or residential. (Most people are actually unaware of the dangers, including non-contractors) people assume breathing in the chemical’s vapours is the only way chemical can harm you.
While that is partly true so many people are actually unaware of second-degree poisoning which is the most common high risk involved. Which is caused by touching where the chemical has been applied or by not wearing the correct PPE. Licensed contractors will always carry the MSD ( Material Safety Data Sheet) and the SDS (Safety Data Sheet) of all the chemicals they use. 1) copy will be in the vehicle at all times. 2) in an office
Non-licensed contractors will spray with no PPE, no signs display will normally have the knapsack unsecured in the tray of the Ute or inside the car, they’re unaware of the risks involved.
Glyphosate people manly use in garden beds or on paths, which yes it kills everything, however most broadleaf and grassy weeds have actually started to grow resilience due to glyphosate being overused. But can also sit in the soil profiles for up to 6 weeks, so that means you can’t grow vegetables or turf in the effort area for up to six weeks due to the possibility of it still being in the soils.
Equipment is only part of what is required, Ensuring the equipment is calibrated, the spray nozzles are can apply a different dose at different pressures, So a manual spray knapsack pressure builds and falls as the spray and pump are started and stopped. We use calibrated nozzles, and a battery-operated pump to ensure the pressure is constant, the chemical application is controlled and known.
Also, equipment needs to be washed and disinfected and residual chemicals neutralised, as you don’t want a chemical that can kill buffalo turf left in the tank and then sprayed onto your new nice buffalo lawn when you want to control winter grass.
Weeds are Smart
Weeds are living plants and are smart, they can actually shut down parts of themselves to protect from being attacked by chemicals. Have you seen couch grass that you sprayed with glyphosate (Roundup®) only to see the part you sprayed died and the rest of the plant survive?
Using additives, the correct chemicals and dose can reduce this from happening, unfortunately, the is an overuse of glyphosate and some weeds and plants are growing a resistance, making it no longer effective to control weeds.