If you’re having problems with inefficient herbicide or weed applications, you most likely need a surfactant.
So, what does it do? It helps liquid treatments stick to plants better for a more effective application.
That’s just one benefit of the substance, and there are still many that you should take advantage of.
This is why PetraTools created its surfactant for herbicides to help you eliminate unwanted vegetation more efficiently. It breaks down waxy surfaces on plants, so growers can absorb the herbicide or weed better.
Before we learn more about our product, let’s discuss what it is, how it works, how to use it, and why you should choose PetraTools for all of your gardening needs.
What Is a Surfactant?
A surfactant (also known as a spreader, surface-active agent, or wetting agent) is a chemical that functions as a buffer, breaking down the liquids’ surface tension.
When it comes to getting rid of the weed, it helps liquid solution stick to surfaces better and weakens the plants’ resistance to absorb the chemicals being applied.
Leaves, for example, have a cuticle or waxy layer that water and other liquids find as a strong barrier to absorption, and a wetting agent can help with this.
How Does a Surfactant Work?
Natural surfactants are surface-active agents that are soluble in water and chemical solutions. They let liquid mixtures work, combine, and adhere better.
A small addition to your liquids can significantly help combine the solutions and make them more effective.
For herbicides, the treatment can successfully penetrate the weed as it breaks down the waxy surface of the plant. This increases the herbicides’ ability to get rid of weeds and prevent wasting of the solution.
Although a wetting agent helps herbicides, some solutions on the market may already have the substance. That’s why it’s crucial to read the label to find out if a surfactant is already there.
What Is a Non-ionic Surfactant?
A non-ionic surfactant lets the liquid droplets spread better to cover larger areas.
The substance loosens the water molecule’s surface tension, allowing the herbicide to scatter on plants. This creates a better and more accurate application to get rid of weeds effectively.
With the many products on the market, it can get confusing which one is ideal.
PetraTools recommends our non-ionic surfactant! It works best with your weed and is non-toxic for plants, pets, and even people.
When Should I Apply a Wetting Agent?
Before applying it to your herbicide, it’s always essential to remember that the product shouldn’t be used alone. It should be mixed with other liquids.
You should use the solution to make sure that the treatment can effectively eliminate the unwanted vegetation.
Once you have identified the type of vegetation you want to remove, you’ll need to purchase your herbicide.
When buying a weed solution, check the label to determine if the solution already has a wetting agent. If not, you can combine a surfactant for weed whenever you apply your herbicide.
How Should I Apply a Spreader on Weeds?
Using the solution on plants is simple, and you can do it in two ways:
- Combining it with your herbicide and applying the mixture to the affected areas
- Applying the surface-active agent to the area first and then your herbicide
Although both methods provide the same effectiveness, we recommend using the former as it saves time during the application.
With our surfactant for lawns, we formulated our product to work with many types of herbicides and weeds.
You’ll feel confident using new treatments, making it a cost-effective way to get rid of any unwanted vegetation at home.
Use a quality-tested lawn and garden sprayer as well to ensure you’ll achieve an accurate, easier, and faster application.
PetraTools offers the best powered sprayer with unique features, providing different spraying benefits.
Choose from our HD4000, HD3000, LT-PRO, HD4050, or HD4100. You’ll have a precise and enjoyable spraying experience!
Helpful Tips in Using a Surfactant to Remove Unwanted Vegetation
Although there are directions on the label, there are still helpful tips you can follow to achieve your desired results:
Coat All the Leaves with the Treatment
To apply an herbicide more effectively, spray the treatment directly onto the plants’ foliage. Make sure that the leaves are completely covered.
Apply at the Right Time
Timing is a crucial factor when applying herbicides. To ensure you have complete control over weeds, apply the treatment when the plants are growing actively.
This is usually during spring or when fall starts.
Don’t Treat Weeds If It’s Windy
Having windy weather won’t help when you spray herbicides on your lawn. The wind will only disrupt the spraying pattern of your solution, giving you an uneven application and wasting your treatment and money.
Applying during windy days can also be dangerous as the chemicals might drift to your desirable plants and yourself.
The ideal conditions are during a sunny day where you won’t feel any breeze blowing your clothes or plants.
Keep Pets and Children Away from Your Lawn a Few Days After Applying Herbicides
Liquid Solutions may not cause any health risks once dried.
However, children and pets are more sensitive to chemicals, so it’s better to keep them away from the treated areas for a few days.
This ensures that the chemicals have already been absorbed by the plants and won’t pose any harm at any level to children or animals.
Wear Protective Clothing When Treating Weeds
Your safety while spraying is also a priority because you should avoid having chemicals on your skin.
Wearing protective clothing is what you need, and you don’t have to buy special clothing because old work clothes are excellent!
Just make sure you have the following:
- Shirt with long sleeves
- Long pants
- Hand gloves
- Eye protection
Use a Topnotch Sprayer
This is another helpful tip in applying herbicides and surfactants to your lawn.
Using a sprayer with guaranteed quality makes a lot of difference. It’ll ensure better application and coverage.
With PetraTools, you can always find the powered sprayers that will make your spraying experience more memorable.
Our tools have multiple brass hose nozzles that cater to your different spraying needs. They also have an extendable garden sprayer wand to help you reach difficult-to-access areas.
The list of great features and benefits goes on!
How Does PetraTools Surfactant – One of the Best Lawn Care Products – Help Me?
There are several ways PetraTools spreader can help you:
- Aids in increasing the treatment’s efficacy and coverage, maximizing the solution’s use
- Saves money as it works with many herbicides and even fertilizers
- Enhances plants’ absorption of liquids, making unwanted weed more powerful
- Safer than other brands as it’s non-flammable and has no alcohol
- Easy to use
When purchasing any of our lawn solutions, always consider any of the PetraTools battery powered backpack sprayers to go along with it, as they work best with our Rock-Solid spraying tools.
Each of our battery backpack sprayers provides different spraying benefits that you can choose from in applying lawn care solutions. You might want to get rid of your old handheld pump sprayer and apply your liquids the easy way using our tool.
Check out PetraTools to learn more about our lawn solution. It’s always best to buy the product now before supplies run out.
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