The “glamour” of weed wiping!
As the name suggests weed wiping is quite literally wiping weeds. The apparatus shown above is filled with a concentrated dose of herbicide. The chemical saturates the rope attached at the bottom of the wiper allowing the operator to apply directly to the target weed. Simple to use, however training and appropriate PPE are still required.
Unless you have access to a machine wiper, a hand held wiper is not the best approach to a large area. Its very advantageous for spot treatment and useful as a follow up treatment after a spray event. There is zero drift from the process, very beneficial when working in close proximity to a water course. The herbicide is applied directly to all green leaf foliage and translocates to the roots killing the weed. Any surplus herbicide can be placed back into its container and used again, resulting in zero waste.
For any more information on this approach or, any other questions you may have on invasive weed treatment feel free to contact us on 0800 0209 307 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
A photo of a healthy Rhododendron prior to treatment
The same Rhododendron plant a few weeks after treatment
Herbicide application is a great way of killing most problem plant species but with Rhododendron Ponticum the size of the plant and the lack of systemic movement of herbicides down the stem to the root bole, makes spraying mature plants a very tricky prospect.
However by putting a more concentrated dose of herbicide directly into the plant stem it is possible to achieve very good results as the pictures above show.
The usual requirements for a suitably qualified operator apply and it’s crucial to apply an accurate dosage of herbicide. It’s a technique which isn’t that well suited to small and immature plants or plants which have been cut back and left to regrow because you need a sufficiently big stem to hold the herbicide but in the right conditions it’s a very fast and cost effective way of dealing with this problematic species.
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