Weed control methods can have a detrimental effect on the environment in which they have been used. The environment may include people, livestock, soil, waters sources, crops or even the wildlife. Be it natural weed removal or use of chemicals, correct use of these methods is not only recommended, but it also prevents unwanted harm that would result if these methods are not used correctly. Therefore, let’s look at some of the safe ways to use the weed killers.
Following all safety precautions on the pesticide’s label. Many people have hurt themselves, the animals around them or the useful plants in their farms just because they did not read the precaution safety rules of safe pesticide which were labeled on the pesticide container. Before using any pesticide, one should read and observe all the precautions on how and when to use the pesticides. The precautions act a complete guideline to the one who is applying the pesticide so as to prevent any danger of the wrong use of the pesticide.
Avoid drifting of the weed killers when spraying. Many weed killers are in the form of spray or dust which tends to drift as the herbicide is applied. Drift is caused by air movement and may have ill effects on people, wildlife, crops and even contaminate the water sources. Drift can also lead to poor application on the targeted area as much chemical is carried away by the wind. Therefore, it would be wise to apply drift control mechanisms such as using sprayer nozzles, applying the pesticides when the wind speed is low and using nozzles with the large orifice.
Wear protective equipment. Many weed killers have been known to be toxic to the skin and other body parts. Therefore, the one who is applying weed killers should always wear protective clothing. Protective equipment shields them from harmful effects of the pesticides as they spray.
Store the pesticides safely. Improper storage of weed killers before and after use is often very dangerous because the pesticide may be wrongly applied or can contaminate other things such as food and drinks. Therefore, the weed killers should be properly labeled and stored appropriately.
Therefore, it would be very essential know how to use weed control methods safely. Safe use of weed killers help to protect the environment around as well as preventing dangers that would result from a poor use of pesticides. Any pesticide user should ensure they use the weed killers safely and appropriately.