It is very important you control weeds, grasses, broadleaf, and sedges, anywhere they emerge, whether in your homes, farm or workplace. The control of weeds is a must prior to and after planting. Herbicides are the known chemicals used to control weeds commercially.
There are two types of herbicides, we have
- Preemergence Herbicides
- Post-emergence herbicides.
The preemergence herbicides are those types of herbicides used for weed control before the emergence of weeds, hence, they kill weed seeds surviving in the soil. They are applied to the soil in the absence of the intended plants.
On the other hand, post-emergence herbicides are herbicides applied to the weeds when they appear above the soil surface. In most cases, preemergent herbicides are mostly used for weed control in homes and farms as a preventive measure.
How Pre-emergence herbicides work
The mode of action of herbicide differs with the current situation; you apply pre-emergence herbicides before the intended plant emerges. What these types of herbicide does is to kill the weed seeds so that they do not germinate to compete with your plant for space, water, and nutrients.
Do not apply any preemergence herbicide if your plant has emerged; if you do, you may lose your plant. This is a common mistake most farmers make as they intend to control weeds on their farm.
These preemergent herbicides are highly effective at controlling all forms of weeds such as annual grass, sedges, and broadleaf weeds; examples are Guinea grass, Elephant grass, waterleaf, spear grass, nimblewill, bent grass, crabgrass, Chickweed, ground ivy, Dandelion, yellow foxtail, clover, yellow nutsedge, Buffalo grass, and dormant bermudagrass, etc.
The benefits of using preemergence herbicide are copious; it saves you the cost of weeding for not less than 3 months. So, if you are planting crop like maize, you would not bother about weeds till you harvest, if you have diligently followed the prescribed dosage.
Here is a list of preemergent herbicides you can use to control weeds safely. You can check out each of them for further information about usage and purchase.
- Syngenta Tenacity Turf Herbicide
- BARRICADE PRE-EMERGENCE 10 LB.
- Simazine 4L preemergence herbicide
- Surflan A.S. – Pre-Emergent Herbicide, 32oz
- SURFLAN A.S.® PRE-EMERGENT HERBICIDE with Oryzalin
- Treflan Easy Weeder – Herbicide – Active Ingredient Trifluralin – 6 lbs.
- Southern Ag Surflan A.S. Specialty Herbicide Pre-Emergent Herbicide with Oryzalin
- Drexel Diuron 4L Herbicide
- Quinclorac 75 DF Selective Herbicide
- Dimension 2EW Dithiopyr Pre-Emergent Herbicide
Lastly, these herbicides have been certified safe for use as they are eco-friendly and non-toxic to the environment provided, they are used at the recommended rate. Do well by reading the manufacturer’s instruction before usage.
Read also: List Of Herbicides Used For Weed Control On Maize Farm
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