Weed Control By Problem
Huffey’s Ltd are fully trained and insured in all types of Herbicide & Pesticide spraying. We hold the following: City and Guilds Pa1, Pa6 and Pa6W accreditation for application of herbicides and pesticides. We can also apply eco-plug’s to tree stumps. Nowadays it is illegal to spray any professional herbicide or pesticide without these qualifications.
Treating weeds on driveways, waste ground and under fencelines
Most driveway weed killers can broadly be classified as either “contact” or “residual”.
Contact driveway weed killers only kill the weeds they are sprayed onto. Although sprayed weeds will die, new weeds can grow back immediately afterwards. Many contact weed killers contain the chemical glyphosate
Residual driveway weed killers give longer lasting weed control by leaving a residue in the soil or substrate which continues to kill weeds after application for a number of months. The more persistent products may only need one timely application per year. Mixing a residual weed killer with a contact weed killer can give impressive results as the contact weed killer gives rapid knock-down of weeds, whilst the residual driveway weed killer continues to keep the area clear of weeds.
Most residual weed killers should only to be applied to a porous surface. This reduces the likelihood of the chemical running off and affecting non target areas
Weed Free Shrubs & Trees
Huffey’s have an extensive range of products to provide safe and long lasting weed control around trees, shrubs and ornamental borders. Although typically these products are applied in the winter months, while weeds are dormant and before they become a problem in spring, we also have products suitable to apply later in the year.
Weed control usually lasts for 3 to 6 months, keeping gardens and amenity areas tidy in appearance and minimising the need for costly and time consuming hand weeding.
We have products which can be applied as a granule (without water) or as a liquid and applied as a spray through a knapsack.
Ragwort is a perennial problem for managers of paddocks and fields. Ragwort is poisonous to people as well as livestock and is classified as an “Injurious weed” by DEFRA under the Ragwort Control Act 2003, meaning that failure to control ragwort on your land may lead to prosecution.
Ragwort should be treated in its early stages, usually in spring and autumn, when it can be found as a “rosette” growing near to the ground (see picture). If it is left to grow, flower and seed ragwort can spread quickly and become very difficult to control.
Ragwort is poisonous to horses and cattle and because it has a cumulative toxic effect it is difficult to spot ragwort poisoning before it is too late. Although it is impossible to calculate the exact number of horses affected by ragwort due to the long term nature of ragwort poisoning, it is estimated that up to 1000 horses a year (ref. University of Liverpool Veterinary School) may be dying.
Huffey’s can use a variety products to control a ragwort problem as well as using ragforks to remove the plant.
Mare's / Horse Tail
The name "horsetail" is derived from the Latin Equisetum which translates as equus, meaning horse and seta which means bristle or hair.
Horsetail is also known as marestail, mare’s-tail or Hippuris vulgaris and is an aquatic weed. Horsetail is a slender, tall weed commonly found in ponds or slow-flowing streams.
Horsetail prefers moist areas but is increasingly found on waste ground, in gardens and on non-cropped areas. It has a thick, silica-rich outer layer and small needle-like leaves. This can make it difficult to get sufficient spray into the plant to kill horse tail.
Horsetail is a poisonous weed if consumed raw due to the heavy content of silica in the weed. Grazing animals will usually avoid marestail but it can become more palatable as it dies.
Huffey’s can use a variety products to control a Mare’s Tail/ Horsetail problem.
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