Weeds annoy people not only in orchards and vegetable gardens. Often weedy thorny plants fill the yard area, and even a trimmer cannot cope with them. Sometimes it becomes necessary to free industrial areas from lush vegetation, when it interferes with the passage of vehicles and the implementation of loading and unloading operations. In all these cases, instead of mowing the area, it is more expedient to use effective continuous herbicides. One of these drugs is called Hurricane Forte and it is about him that will be described in detail in this article.
Description of the drug
Hurricane Forte is produced by the Swiss company Syngenta. This alone says a lot about its quality.
The drug is one of the most effective systemic herbicides of continuous action. A herbicide is a specialty weed killer. Systemism in this case means the peculiarities of its action on plants. The active active ingredient, upon contact with any part of the growing plant, spreads through all tissues to the points of growth of the weed. The consequence of this is the death of both the aerial part and the root system of the treated weeds.
Continuous action, as you might guess, means the destruction of all representatives of the plant kingdom that come across him on the way. Naturally, this also applies to cultivated plants. Even shrubs and trees are affected by Hurricane Forte - in this case, only the concentration of the solution prepared for work increases.
Based on its characteristics, the scope of application of this drug for weed control is very extensive: it is actively used in the development of new agricultural lands, in gardens and vineyards, in fields and industrial facilities, as well as in personal plots. There are no plants that are resistant to this herbicide. In private gardens, it is used primarily for clearing courtyards, killing weeds along fences and on paths and aisles. It is often used for the development of new neglected virgin areas.
Outwardly it is a yellow-brown liquid. It can be stored at a fairly wide temperature range: from -20 ° C to + 40 ° C without losing its herbicidal properties.
Composition and principle of action
Hurricane weed killer is a concentrate of the potassium salt of glyphosate acid in the form of an aqueous solution. It dissolves very well in water and, in comparison with many analogs in the form of sodium salt of the same active ingredient, has a faster effect on vegetation. In addition, the composition of the preparation is enriched with surfactants. When sprayed on weed leaves, they moisturize them, washing away the protective wax coating, and allow the active substance to easily penetrate inside.
Possessing a systemic effect, the drug does not directly affect the leaves. When the active substance gets to the roots, it blocks biochemical reactions that are responsible for energy metabolism. After 2-3 days, the tops and main points of growth begin to turn yellow. At the same time, the adult lower leaves may still retain their green color. Within 7-9 days, annual weeds die from exposure to the drug, perennial plants need a period of 10-15 days, and excess trees and shrubs usually dry out within 1-2 months. Since there is a complete death of all, including the underground organs of plants, they are no longer able to regrow.
Attention! It should be borne in mind that the action of Hurricane Forte does not apply to weed seeds.
And since the latter can persist in the soil for many years, after a while it is still possible to overgrow the site again.
You also need to understand that the drug works best on green, actively vegetating parts of plants. If the plant is already quite old, sluggish or semi-dried, then the active substance will not be able to spread inside it.
Instructions for the use of Hurricane Forte from weeds states that the herbicide is completely inactive in the soil and decomposes relatively quickly into safe substances: water, carbon dioxide, ammonia and inorganic phosphorus compounds. That is, two weeks after cultivation, it is possible to plant or sow cultivated plants intended for use in food into the ground.
How to use Hurricane Forte
Hurricane Forte is applied by spraying on vegetative weeds with any kind of sprayer. To prepare the working solution, you must first fill about half of the sprayer container with clean water. Then in the tank it is necessary to dilute the required amount of the drug, stir thoroughly, add water so that the required volume is obtained and mix again. Before spraying itself, it is advisable to shake the container with the solution again so that the solution is completely homogeneous during processing.
If you are planning to use Hurricane Forte in a mixture with other drugs, then it should be the first to be diluted in water. And only after making sure that it is completely dissolved, you can add other components.
Important! The working solution must be used within 24 hours from the moment of preparation. Upon further storage, it loses all its properties.
To destroy annual weeds, it is necessary to use a 0.2-0.3% working solution, that is, 20-30 ml of the drug is added to a ten-liter bucket of water. This amount of the diluted solution is enough to process 300-400 sq. m of area, depending on the density of plant growth. For perennial weeds, the concentration should be increased to 0.4-0.5%. To destroy trees and shrubs, the concentration of the finished solution should be at least 0.6-0.8%. One liter of working solution is enough for one bush. For trees, the consumption can already be about 2-3 liters per tree.
Features of the drug
When working with the drug Hurricane Forte, the following features must be taken into account in order to obtain an effective result.
- Treatment with the drug should be carried out in warm, calm and dry weather. It makes no sense to use Hurricane Forte if the weather forecast promises to rain within the next 6-8 hours.
- It is also undesirable for dew to fall within 4-6 hours after the application of the Hurricane. That is why it is recommended to carry out processing in the morning.
- When using Hurricane Forte, it is important to consider the growth phase of the weeds. For annual plants, the moment when they reach a height of 5-10 cm or release 2-4 first leaves is optimal for processing. It is advisable to process perennial plants in the flowering phase (for broad-leaved weeds) or when they reach a height of 10-20 cm.
- To prepare the working solution, it is important to use clean, preferably filtered water. If only contaminated water is available, then the effect may decrease several times, therefore, it is inappropriate to carry out treatment with poison. Better to use other methods.
- The use of the drug is also undesirable under unfavorable weather conditions - the onset of frost, drought, or, conversely, with waterlogging of the soil.
- It is undesirable to combine the use of Hurricane Forte with mechanical methods of cultivating the land, since as a result, damage to the root system occurs, and the drug is not able to be absorbed. Also, you can not loosen the ground within a week after applying the drug.
The effectiveness of Hurricane Forte has been proven by many examples of its use. It is only necessary to carefully observe all the conditions for its use.