How to Use Glyphosate Herbicides

Written by jo burns
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According to the Extension Toxicology Network, glyphosate is a broad-spectrum, non-selective herbicide that may be used on grasses, weeds, woody plants and several crop varieties. Products that contain glyphosate include Roundup, Rodeo and Pondmaster. A glyphosate herbicide is absorbed by the plant and inhibits the plant from producing the amino acids essential for its growth. While it is considered only slightly toxic to humans, animals or the environment, some precautions should be observed when using a glyphosate herbicide.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Protective clothing
  • Spray applicator

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    Wear protective gear such as eye shields, gloves, close-toed shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and long trousers. Even though glyphosate is considered safe, skin or eye irritation can occur in some people.

  2. 2

    Follow the instructions for your specific glyphosate product. Some glyphosate herbicides are concentrated and must be diluted for use while some are meant to be used directly from the container.

  3. 3

    Choose a dry, windless day to apply glyphosate herbicide. Too much wind may cause over-spray onto garden plantings.

  4. 4

    Spray the glyphosate herbicide directly onto unwanted weeds or plants. Because glyphosate is only effective when it comes in direct contact with growing plants, applying glyphosate near or around weeds will not give the desired result.

  5. 5

    Shower and change clothes when you are finished applying a glyphosate-based herbicide. This will prevent any accidental contact with pets, children, or your own eyes, nose or mouth.

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