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Herbicide for Conifers

Updated February 21, 2017

Herbicides can do a lot when it comes to dealing with conifers. Although there is always a danger when dealing with herbicides, they can assist in growing coniferous plants and they can also help in killing unwanted conifers. Whatever the reason for using herbicide on or around conifers (or any other plant), it's important to follow the directions carefully and always wear the appropriate protective clothing.

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The term conifer is Latin for cone bearing for this is how conifers reproduce. They grow pine cones that house seeds and when they are mature enough the cones open up and release the seeds. Many people believe that all conifers are evergreens when actually it is the other way around. Some evergreens are members of the conifer family. Some types of conifers include: cedar, yew, loblolly, Douglas-fir, pine and spruce.


Herbicides are chemicals that are designed to kill plants, whether they are weeds or unwanted plants and trees. There are many types of herbicides available on the market and many ways of applying them to the unwanted plants. Most of the main stream herbicides are either soluble in water, oil or both. The oil and water are usually used to dilute the active ingredient in the product

Herbicides to Help Conifers

When trying to grow conifers, it is important for the sapling to not have to compete with weeds. If this happens the saplings will lose the battle almost every time. A conifer should be planted in soil that is free from invasive plants and weeds; one way to ensure this is to use an herbicide on the area designated to house the conifer. The area can be sprayed with herbicides or application on individual plants may be needed if there are other wanted plants nearby. Store-bought herbicides for weeds are usually effective.

Herbicides That Kill Conifers

When trying to kill a conifer with herbicides, it is best to determine the best way of applying the chemical then purchase one that fits with that application method. Glyphosate is one of the most-used herbicides in the U.S. and is used in many popular products. It is a versatile chemical in that it can be applied to many different plants and trees and in many different ways. Triclopyr ester and triclopyr amine are also popular herbicides and all three can be used to kill conifers.

Dangers of Herbicides

Herbicides are chemicals, just like fertilisers and pesticides. These chemicals can have disastrous effects for pets, children and adults alike if they are not handled correctly. There are many ways that a chemical can enter the body so be sure to read and follow the directions of any product that is being considered for use. Some chemicals are poisonous if swallowed or breathed. Others can burn the skin and cause blindness if splashed in the eyes. Certain chemicals can even be absorbed right through the skin and poison the body that way.

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About the Author

Daniel Moverley

Daniel Moverley has been writing professionally for over five years, for various online companies as well as for private clients. His articles specialize in topics ranging from veterinary health to technology and video games, to basic construction projects. Moverley is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English.

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