Whether you’re in the nursery or out in the field Whether it’s disease Weeds Or insect pests that are eating away at your bottom line BASF has the solution you need to fight back. In fact BASF has invested billions of dollars in agricultural products, research, and development as Well as several hundred million dollars in plant biotechnology and it shows through innovative and effective Fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides That give you the control you need to grow better plants One such solution, a breakthrough for the ornamentals industry, is FreeHand 1.75 G Herbicide FreeHand 1.75 G effectively controls key nursery and landscape weeds including Spurges, Eclipta, Bittercress Liverworts, and more. Best of all FreeHand 1.75 G Delivers 8 plus Weeks of Broad-Spectrum Pre-Emergent Weed Control Freeing you from the unprofitable task of hand weeding and since FreeHand 1.75 G Utilizes two highly effective active ingredients Dimethenamid-P and Pendimethalin it’s Also a great resistance management tool. Of course to get the most out of FreeHand 1.75 G or any pesticide you have to apply it properly To apply a product properly it’s important to have a basic Understanding about how that type of product works. In our case that product is a herbicide. As much as We’d like to say otherwise the fact Is there are no perfect herbicides. They all have their strengths and weaknesses The best products however, control a broad spectrum of key, weed species while offering a high, degree of plant safety Herbicides come in two broad categories Pre-Emergent and Post-Emergent Pre-Emergent Herbicides like FreeHand 1.75 G work to prevent weeds from growing even before they show up Post emergent herbicides were to get rid of the weeds after they’ve emerged We’ll focus on pre-emergent applications here. In order for a pre-emergent application to be effective all existing emerged weeds must be removed first for nurseries remember to keep roads aisles and other non crop areas weed free These areas may not be as top of the mind as the soil in your pots but they’re just as important Propagation areas are also critical keeping these areas weed free is key to keeping your liners free of infestation Once clear of existing weeds the pre-emergent herbicide prevents or inhibits germinating seedlings from emerging The active Ingredients in these herbicides bind near the surface of the soil medium This creates a protective barrier that keeps the weed seedlings in check Herbicides like FreeHand 1.75 G are designed to remain on the soil for an extended period of time Offering long-term control. Of course the key to success is the formation of a uniform Undisturbed barrier and this is accomplished through proper application which you will learn later in this video It’s important to note That once a herbicide is applied it must be watered in with at least 1/4 To 1/2 inch of water Now that you know the basics of how a herbicide works you’re almost ready to learn the proper methods of herbicide application. The first thing you must do before applying any herbicide is Read The label. The product specimen label is the EPA government approved Instructional manual for a product. The specific wording is the result of several years of research and testing The label includes information on worker safety, personal protective equipment Directions for use, use rates, and precautions In short it’s a detailed document that summarizes How to safely and effectively use the product. In this case FreeHand 1.75 G Let’s Look at some of the specifics of the FreeHand 1.75 G label the REI or Re-entry interval Is important because it spells out how long workers must wait before re-entering an area After it’s been treated. FreeHand 1.75 G has an REI of 24 Hours When entering a Treated area before the REI or during the actual application Workers must wear proper attire. On the label this is called PPE personal protective equipment for FreeHand 1.75 G Applicators and other handlers must wear shoes plus socks long pants a long-sleeved shirt Chemical resistant gloves and protective eyewear Special statements are another important feature on product labels They provide users With specific do’s and don’ts such as following Transplanting care must be taken to ensure that soils are settled firmly Or make sure to remove existing weeds prior to treatment Of course application rates are probably what most people think of when they hear specimen label and it’s true the labeled