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When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with its fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
Forestry, Conservation, Land Management.
Southern Counties Forestry
With our experience of completing forestry and conservation work using various herbicides and application methods this has lead to an expansion of our weed control portfolio. We undertake work using knapsack sprayers, quad bike sprayers and stem injection guns. We control all the major weed problems such as Rhododendron, Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed as well as Aquatic weeds.
When an area is too big to be treated by knapsack, but not large enough or too complex for a agricultural tractor an ATV or quad bike with a sprayer mounted to it can be a very cost effective method covering a large and sometimes rough site quickly.
Aquatic Weed Control
Many people are surprised to hear that herbicides can be applied to weeds growing close to or in water. We have the appropriate qualifications and can apply for the relevant consent from the Environment Agency and possibly Natural England to undertake this work.
Bracken is controlled best in late July though into August. Asulox is applied by knapsack sprayer, ATV / Tractor sprayer or when very large areas need controlling helicopter application can be arranged.
Spot or Band Spraying
All newly planted trees and hedgerows should be spot or band sprayed for the first 3 to 5 years, this will greatly reduce the amount of failures and also maximise growth at this important stage. The spot should ideally be a 1m x 1m square sprayed around the tree using a herbicide such as Round Up.
This is a relatively new technique which we are able to undertake. A special injection gun is used to deliver a dosage of herbicide directly into the main stem of the plant. This has the advantage of being very selective producing no drift and having a good kill rate. This method is most commonly used on Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed.
This is an excellent way of using a non selective herbicide to selectively control unwanted weeds and vegetation in grassland and heathland. A device is trailed behind an ATV at a set height to brush against the target weed but miss the grass or heather.
Invasive Weed Control
There is currently a huge focus in the UK to control invasive non-native plants such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Himalayan Balsam, American Skunk Cabbage, Common Ragwort and New Zealand Pygmy Weed. We are currently involved in many projects helping to control Non- Native Plants.
Once an area of Rhododendron has been cleared it is most important to undertake follow up herbicide treatment to kill any re-growth. Ideally there should be 1 to 3 years re-growth in order to achieve a complete kill, however seedling will continue to germinate for many years.
When looking after heathland or grassland controlling the scrub while at a spray-able size can save undertaking a big scrub clearance job costing many times more and risking disturbing rare habitat. Using a carefully applied selective or non selective herbicide almost any scrub species is controllable.