Getting on top of woody weeds

Getting on top of woody weeds

Brambles, gorse and broom are tough woody weeds which can grow quickly, taking over areas that could be grazed. “These sorts of weeds typically grow around the edges of fields and gateways,” says Dr Nicola Perry, weed biology specialist for Corteva Agriscience.

“Spot treatment is the best way to tackle them, spraying between June and the end of August before the plants start to die back in the autumn. Grazon® Pro is ideal for spraying via a hand-held applicator like a knapsack.

“For best effect, perennial weeds like docks and thistles need cutting down to the ground before spraying the regrowth two to three weeks later. But bramble bushes, gorse and broom do not need cutting back and should be sprayed thoroughly, wetting all of the foliage, but avoiding any run-off.

Grazon Pro, containing clopyralid and triclopyr, is a professional-use product and spray operators must be certified to apply it. They should also wear personal protective equipment (PPE) including a face shield, gloves, coveralls and rubber boots.

The rate of application is 60ml in 10 litres of water. After application, livestock and horses should be excluded for at least seven days. Grazon Pro is very safe to grass and is rainfast in only two hours.

Grazon Pro also gives good control over invasive weeds like Himalayan balsam and Japanese knotweed. More details on the Corteva Grassland App.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...