Even when the weeds in your yard are out of control, herbicide safety should be your priority. It’s an effective means of controlling weed growth, but several risks are involved.
For instance, too much or too little may be ineffective and harm you, your family, or your garden. Besides, it may cost even more in the long run.
There are many types of herbicides that work well, but you need to adopt the following safety practices when using them:
1. Read the label
Herbicides contain different materials that are so potent that the Environment Protection Agency must regulate them. And when you’re using them, it’s best to adhere to any special instructions on the label.
2. Get familiar with the toxicity signal word
The toxicity signal word determines how potent an herbicide is. There are three signal options – “Caution,” which means only a bit toxic. “Warning” means it’s averagely toxic, and “Danger,” which is very dangerous.
3. Understand how they’re applied
The mode of application will help you better understand how to prevent accidents. They’re made in liquid form, granules, or even gel and can be spot-applied or spread around the garden.
The latter is called a broadcast application and should be done uniformly to prevent a buildup of chemicals in a spot. And when dealing with spot applications, we recommend getting familiar with the weeds to avoid making mistakes.
4. Use the ideal amount
You put yourself and your family at risk when you don’t use the ideal amount. Using too much isn’t just wasteful but may cause the weeds to develop a resistance to the herbicide. So, pay attention to the application instructions and follow them carefully.
5. Pay attention to the weather
The ideal weather for applying herbicides is when the atmosphere is calm and not-so-windy or sunny. Target a temperature of sixty-five degrees, and use when the wind cannot blow the droplets away.
Besides, higher temperatures may reduce the potency of the chemicals.
6. Wear protective gear
This is a no-brainer. You should always wear protective gear when applying herbicides to your garden. Protect yourself with eyewear, gloves, and protective clothing.
It’s also best to wash your hands thoroughly after applying herbicides.
7. Watch out for signs of exposure
If you’re guilty of herbicide poisoning, some of the symptoms you’ll experience are irritation of the eyes, skin, and other affected areas. Contact your healthcare provider immediate.
And you can be safer by researching the possible side effects of the herbicide before using it. That way, you’ll be better prepared for remedies if the need arises.
8. Keep away from children
Herbicides are very dangerous. Even the least potent ones are dangerous for around children. Additionally, keep them away from the garden for at least twenty-four hours after application.
9. Don’t mix chemicals together
Avoid mixing chemicals together because it increases the toxicity levels. However, when your garden has varying herbicide requirements, it may be better to seek the advice of a professional.
10. Store properly
Herbicides should be left in their original packaging. They shouldn’t be in extreme temperatures either, to avoid losing their efficiency.