Hello, my name is Patrick Gorman. I’ve recently joined Fernland as an Agronomist, and I will be looking to work closely with Fernland’s new and existing clients to grow healthy, forward-moving plants economically and sustainably.
The Challenge: Weed Management for Nursery Growers
As a Nursery Grower, I know how time-consuming and frustrating weeds and their management can be. I’ve been fortunate to work with great mentors, and now, with Fernland’s extensive range, I want to pass on some key ideas to save you time and money.
Starting Point: The Dispatch Area, Sprinklers, and Boundaries
Stopping weeds before they get into the Dispatch area starts out under the sprinklers, in the laneways and along the boundaries of our Nurseries. I have used Specticle and Gamma together, which provide exceptional residual control that can last for up to 9 months. By applying these pre-emergent herbicides before putting pots on the ground, and along high-traffic areas, you and I can limit weed spread into and on top of pots.
Next Up: Granular Pre-Emergent Options
Next on the agenda, I would recommend some exceptional pre-emergent granules for your weed control routine. Farmalinx's Sayonara delivers up to 6 months of residual control, while BASF's Freehand offers a reliable 3-month barrier. These options work well with most nursery lines.
If you're looking for additional choices, Syngenta's Barricade and MacSpred's Dismiss are also worth your attention. Barricade provides up to 6 months of control, and Dismiss sustains a 3-month barrier. Incorporating these herbicides into your weed management strategy allows for a tailored approach that suits the unique needs of your nursery. As always, please trial these products on your more sensitive lines before broadly applying.
The Nitty-Gritty: Manual Weeding
Finally, and most importantly, it is critical to continue to manually remove weeds on a regular basis. I was taught the old-fashioned way to use a whiteboard and visibly record areas that had been ground sprayed, had pre-emergent applied, Spot Sprayed and Hand Weeded. If we are consistent in our approach, the time and money saved throughout the course of the year will be paramount.
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