Glyphosate backpack BLOWER!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by zlandman, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. zlandman

    zlandman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 768

    There is this horticulturist who writes articles for several regional papers around here. Usually a pretty good read with good info.

    So he's writing about managing Woodlands. We have a big problem with invasive honeysuckle.

    His logic is in late fall everything has dropped its leaves except honeysuckle holds on a little longer. So he advocates walking the woods with a backpack mister indiscriminately blanket applying glyphosate!

    I was shocked/ horrified/ intrigued but they may be onto something. Thoughts?
     
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  2. No gloves

    No gloves LawnSite Member
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    sounds like deadheading with a chainsaw.
     
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  3. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Fanatic
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    Seems like an idea if it’s that bad. We regularly gly over dormant Bermuda to kill winter weeds.
     
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  4. MowDaddy

    MowDaddy LawnSite Fanatic
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    If it is truly still the only plant actively growing then it may be fine.
    But if it is dormant and just doesn't release it's leafs until later. At best it's just a waste of of chemicals and $s.
    At worst it's not following label and almost criminal.
     
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  5. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
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    What a stupid idea. If your spraying enough to kill the honeysuckle your going to kill a bunch of of other stuff too. Then your the reason we get Roundup resistant weeds and everyone will hate you.
     
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  6. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Gold Member
    from WV
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    What type of honeysuckle? Talking about the invasive Asian Honeysuckle? I wouldn't do a mist of gly. Best control method around here has been a basal bark application. It's horrible in a lot of places and been listed in the state as the #2 invasive plant behind Japanese knot weed.

    If you are doing a foliar app you are risking a really high potential for non-target damage.
     
  7. Digitaria Sanguinalis

    Digitaria Sanguinalis LawnSite Senior Member
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    Using a “backpack blower” to apply herbicides is dangerous and idiotic. Maybe a backpack mister? Not any better suited. Did they also recommend wearing a full Tyvek suit and self contained breathing apparatus?

    Sounds like this article is looking to create more plaintiffs in glyphosate law suits. So please use that blower/ mister and enjoy those lungs full of Round Up.

    I’m guessing the article actually said “backpack sprayer”
     
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  8. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
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    I’ve used a mist blower with roundup on my gravel driveway and on any bulk type spraying. It works very well and very fast. Not a good idea if windy or trying to apply above the waist. Legal? Don’t know and don’t really care. Not something I do that often.
     
  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Ark
    Messages: 6,396

    I'm guessing the "expert" has no real experience/knowledge using said equipment.

    I could see doing this with a conventional Backpack. While I've never gone after this particular plant I'm guessing there might be better chemicals than Gly
     
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  10. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm surprised to see the Glyphosate label includes mistblower application except for California and Arizona.
     
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