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.
Japanese Knotweed was introduced to the UK in 1825 and widely planted as an exotic garden ornamental before the invasive nature of the plant became clear. Japanese Knotweed is probably the most invasive plant in Britain and is scheduled under the ‘1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act’ so that it is an offence to plant or cause it to grow in the wild. In addition under the Environment Protection Act (1990) Japanese Knotweed is classified as ‘controlled waste’ and must be disposed of at a licensed landfill site in accordance with the ‘Environment Protection Act (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991’.
Fleshy, red shoots appear in the early spring from an extensive underground network of stems (rhizomes). The shoots can reach 1.5 m by May and 3 m by June. Long racemes of cream flowers appear in late summer and die back usually occurs in late autumn, leaving the leafless stems to remain throughout the winter. The rhizomes from one plant can be 2 m deep and 7 m across.
In the UK Japanese Knotweed does not produce viable seed, except in the rare instances of hybridisation with other similar introduced species. Many areas of the country have campaigns to eradicate & control Japanese Knotweed and Roundup ProActive & Roundup Pro Vantage play an important role by controlling the weed with maximum safety to operators, the public and the environment.
As with most broad-leaved perennials, optimum control will be achieved from treatment after flowering in August or September but before die-back.
Treatment late in the season is the most effective because the glyphosate is transported deep down into the underground rhizome structure along the natural flow of plant nutrients down for winter storage. Japanese Knotweed is sensitive to frost so late season application treatments should be made in advance of the first frosts.
Chemical control of Japanese Knotweed in aquatic areas needs Environment Agency approval.
For established stands Huffey’s Ltd can plan an effective management programme over several years as repeat applications may well be necessary, either to control very large plants, with their associated underground mass of rhizomes, or to control those plants which were missed by earlier applications due to shading. Sites are monitored for at least three years.
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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