Herbicides Tailored to Your Right-of-Way Management Demands

Herbicides are one of the primary methods of managing unwanted plant growth around power lines, roadsides, plants, forestry tracts, and along industrial rights of way.

 

They are generally convenient, cost-effective, and efficient. Managing vegetation continuously means impacting it in its early stages of growth, whereas removing it mechanically at a later stage would require more effort and poses more risk to the treatment area. Other advantages include:

 
  • Increased visibility and, thereby, safety 
  • Reduced fire hazard 
  • Soil erosion control
  • Reduced risk of interruption to service
  • Preventing tall plants from reaching power lines
 

Quality, efficient right of way management has its benefits to the public, as well, in terms of aesthetics and impact on human health.

The Need for a Wide Range of Herbicides

No single herbicide can handle every right of way clearance task. Because plants vary tremendously in their biology, their hardiness and their desirability, many different approaches are required in order to remove the right ones, at the right times.

 

Herbicides can be classified several ways, including contact vs.systemic, selective vs. nonselective,  weed control spectrum, chemical families, mode of action, and application timing. The following are a few examples.

 

Contact herbicides — Affect only the plant parts that the herbicide directly contacts

Systemic herbicides — Absorbed by the roots or foliage and moved throughout the plant

 

Selective herbicides — Remove weeds without significant damage to desirable plants. 

Nonselective herbicides — Destroy or injure all plants present if applied at an adequate rate.

 

Herbicides can also be classified by their mode of action (how they work), into such classes such as plant growth regulators, amino acid biosynthesis inhibitors, or seedling growth inhibitors.

 

Herbicide resistance further complicates the issue of selecting the right product. As a result of repeatedly using a certain type of herbicide on the same land, some plant species build up resistance within as little as five years. Currently, about 180 weed species worldwide are resistant to about ten different herbicide families. When working with herbicides, it’s important to know which are best suited to combat specific resistant weeds.

Herbicide Blending

Because the effects and properties of different herbicides are so fine-tuned, it’s necessary to find exactly the right formulation for a given landscape. The majority of these blends also include adjuvants, or additives that improve herbicidal activity or application characteristics, such as wetting agents or emulsifiers.

 

Crafting each unique blend in the field could require numerous ingredients and poses risks. A mistake, like adding the wrong ingredient, measuring incorrectly or spilling a product can have disastrous consequences.

 

Incorrectly mixed herbicides will not work as intended. They may thicken and clog equipment, cause leaf burn, or reduce the effectiveness of any individual ingredient.

Field mixing or tank mixing also leads to leftover products, which must be transported or stored, as well as the need to triple rinse and properly dispose of empty containers. 

Advantages of Custom Blending and Packaging

Custom blending and packaging solve many of these problems. By ordering a custom herbicide blend, in its own container, you skip the need for field mixing. You get precisely what you need to manage the vegetation in the target area, in the correct amounts.

Eco-Pak can tailor custom blends to meet your unique specifications. Our
returnable containers use the closed-loop MicroMatic valves to reduce worker exposure and further guard against contamination.