I recently saw and smelled a fella using a hand-held sprayer, drenching his driveway with Roundup. Sure, weeds take over unless we dutifully follow a plan involving mulching, chemicals and weeding. But, hand-held sprayers are not designed to drown and kill. Drip not.
A hand-held sprayer consists of a tank, a pressurized device, a hose, and a sprayer nozzle. To use the sprayer, fill the tank with liquid, seal the lid, and pump the hand-pump to build pressure inside the tank. Trigger the handle with the hand to activate spray from the nozzle at the end of the hose.
When liquid pesticide is measured and mixed in the tank, the sprayer becomes a weapon. Pesticides contain the suffix “cide,” denoting the act of killing. Don’t let the convenience of a hand-held sprayer tempt misapplication. Walk at a steady pace to only dampen leaves when controlling weeds.
But, rather than enforce control, experience safety and realistic expectations. Learn to classify and manage weeds. Learn to read and follow pesticide labels. Learn to re-read labels because we don’t remember everything all the time.
Pesticides pose risks to non-target plants and people. Toxic chemicals can drift or contaminate soil. I talk more about this in my memoir, “I Am My Father-Mother’s Daughter.”
As far as expectations, a few weeds in the driveway, garden or lawn? Eh, not as irksome as expected. Some weeds are pretty.
The University of Rochester Medical Center posted online, “Mix only enough of the pesticide to treat the problem. Dry pesticides can be stored safely for a season, but liquid pesticides must be treated as hazardous wastes and disposed of through a county hazardous waste program. Never pour them down the drain.”
If we’re going to drip, let’s drip improvement in thought and action.