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MikeD
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Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
We have multiple threads regarding what chemicals to apply when and on what yards. Lots of great advice. Hoping to get recommendations from same group of experts here. This is my first spring on a 1 acre lawn so learning!

I’m curious, and imagine many others are, about safety precautions and techniques for spray herbicides?

Safety wise - do folk tend to go with long pants and shirt plus gloves of some sort? Or highly level to impervious material stuff? Other tips, like don’t walk where you spray, spray on non-windy days, etc?

Technique wise - do you use a dye? Or mark certain square footage and treat? Any other tips?



fightin tigers
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Member since Mar 2008
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
I stand upwind and try not to get any in my beer.

I'll probably be dead from my type of behavior though so, to each their own.

Big tip, roundup doesn't work below 55 degrees, but muratic acid does.
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NYCAuburn
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
At one acre. You might be best with a pull behind sprayer if doing it yourself.


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CheEngineer
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Louisiana
Member since Aug 2019
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
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Safety wise - do folk tend to go with long pants and shirt plus gloves of some sort? Or highly level to impervious material stuff? Other tips, like don’t walk where you spray, spray on non-windy days, etc?


One a serious note read the instructions and follow them.


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boudinman
Member since Nov 2019
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
Hey baw. Get yourself a boomless sprayer. Black Rain made in Dequincey, Louisiana. Attach the nozzle to rear of an ATV, UTV,mower or tractor. You need a spot sprayer with at least a 2 gpm electric pump. The electric pumps won't last long unless you flush/clean them out. Herbicides are hard on the diaphragms in the pumps. So always spray the entire mix until the tank is empty. Then add 1/2 gal of pure ammonia and 5 gal of water. Run all 5 gal through the system to clean out the chemical mixture. The ammonia cleans and neutralizes the harsh chemicals in the tank, pump, lines, sprayer nozzles, etc. Then store it empty until next use.

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CenlaLowell
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Alexandria, la
Member since Apr 2016
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
Good advice from everyone. I think you need a trailer sprayer or similar to accomplish this task.

Northstar has sprayers that I good I own one.

Next you need to read the labels of your products. Most call for 1 gallon/1k sqft and in order to accomplish that you need to know what are your nozzles putting out consistently.

Good luck


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ronk
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
True PPE is going to be chemical resistant gloves and boots, long sleeve shirt and pants, and glasses.

How are you applying it?


tigerfoot
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
Safety...no measures at all

Application....no measures at all.

I will spray weeds for minutes at a time, wasting all my chemical


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MikeD
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2004
3325 posts

re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
Long pants and shirt. Latex gloves. Regular leather boots, but I try to walk backwards when spraying. Try to spray on low wind days. When I was spraying bug killer to my soffit and eaves, I could see some mist and ended up putting on a mask.

Technique - I know approximate areas of my yard sections, but don't mark 1000 sq ft sections to spray and remix. I put down some Prodiamine in the front recently, which is ~5000 sq ft. Used 2 gallons and 7 tablespoons. Didn't realize it was supposed to be diluted down to 1 tablespoon per gallon for 1000 sq ft.

I'm just curious how precise everyone is.


subMOA
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Member since Jan 2010
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
I stuck my hand in a tank of MSMA and 2,4-D on Saturday to agitate it. If you have ever tank mixed the two, you’ll know where I went wrong by not mixing one, then adding the other.

I didn’t die yet.


ronk
Member since Jan 2015
1342 posts

re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
What are you spraying it with? Backpack, tractor, 2g rate?

I am precise. I have fill charts on all my products.


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deeprig9
Member since Sep 2012
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re: Spray Herbicide PPE & Technique
While there's no hard evidence that glyphosate causes cancer, there is hard evidence that 24d does, in animals.

Don't stick your hand in that shite.


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