70% of Americans believe that gardening can help them gain control over what they eat. 39% of Americans want to grow greens to save money. These Americans are going to be very disappointed when the weeds come along to destroy all their hard work.
Luckily, there is weed control equipment that can save the day! These are Smucker weed wipers. Read on to learn more about these and how to use them.
What Is Weed Wiper
When it comes to killing weeds, most people think spraying with a simple spray bottle is the best option. However, weed-killing formulas often don't discriminate. They can also kill the plants surrounding a weed as well.
So say that it's a windy day, the weed you want to kill is on a slope, or both situations are true. If any of these situations are true, the weed killer you spray can kill some of your garden's purposely grown residents. You probably want to avoid such a calamity.
A weed wiper can help you remove weeds and only weeds.
What It Looks Like
There are a few different kinds of weed wipers. Some types are handheld.These look similar to a mop with a flat head.
Another kind is one that you can mount onto a tractor. This is a set of perpendicular poles in which the middle vertical pole is shorter than the horizontal pole below. Below the horizontal pole hangs a pole-shaped sponge.
How It Works
Like a spray bottle, a weed wiper will still use a herbicide. It will pump this to the applicator from a tank.The weed wiper user will only apply the herbicide to any plants the applicator touches.
This is an especially useful weed control technique when the weeds are taller than the wanted garden plants. Weed wiper users can simply sweep the applicator over the plants and into the weeds. This will cause the herbicide to only touch the taller weeds.
Another great perk of a weed wiper vs. spray bottle is the amount of herbicide used. Spraying herbicide uses up a much larger amount of the chemical than wiping herbicide on a weed. There's also no waste.
Why Smucker Weed Wipers Are Best
Smucker Manufacturing is an agricultural equipment manufacturer that has been around since 1983. Their mission statement speaks of how dedicated they are to meeting their customers' needs and proving practical solutions. They also insist on teamwork, efficient and high-quality manufacturing, and integrity.
On top of that, weed wipers were the first products that Smucker ever produced. So the company has been innovating them for the 40 years they've been in existence.
How has all this innovation helped their weed wipers become some of the best? Here are some of the details:
Specially Designed Sponges
The sponges on Smucker weed wipers hold a lot more of a herbicide solution than other materials. Smucker manufacturers also designed them so that they could get far more herbicide on the weeds and not other plants.
More Mounting Options
Those who wish to buy tractor-mounted options should find the exact mount type they need. Smucker offers a wide variety of mounting types.
How to Use Weed Wiper
Now you know what a Smucker weed wiper is and how effective it is. However, you still need to learn how to use it. This is the only way you can get the most effective weed removal job done.
Also, keep in mind that the following tutorial is for handheld Smucker weed wipers. The tractor-mounted weed wipers are better suited for farm applications.
What You Need
A weed wiper and whatever herbicide you choose to use aren't enough. You should also properly protect yourself. You also want to keep your weed wiper from drying out in between usages.
Here's the full list of equipment that you'll need when using your weed wiper:
- Weed wiper
- Appropriate weed wiper herbicide
- Spray indicator dye
- Plastic bag
- Face shield
- Rubber boots
- Chemical-resistant gloves
Put on Protective Equipment
Many herbicides are health hazards. Before you use any herbicide, make sure you put on the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). Proper PPE for herbicide includes overalls, a face shield, rubber boots, and chemical-resistant boots.
Mix the Herbicide
Mix only enough herbicide that you need for the job. Try not to be wasteful. Also, make sure that you read all of the instructions that the herbicide manufacturer has provided for you.
Prepare Weed Wiper
Unscrew the cap. Fill your weed wiper with the amount of herbicide you intend to use. If you want to mark the weeds you sprayed, add some dye to the solution.
Screw the cap back on.
Carry the Weed Wiper to Weed
After you replace the cap, flip the weed wiper so that the Smucker sponge is pointed toward the sky. Doing so will prevent the herbicide from dripping down when you don't want it to.
Apply the Herbicide
When you arrive at the weeds you want to treat, flip your weed wiper back over. Wipe the sponge over the target weeds. Don't touch any plants you don't want to treat with the sponge.
In addition, don't walk over areas that you've treated. If you do this, the herbicide may attach to the bottoms of your boots. You can then spread the herbicide.
Store the Weed Wiper
When you're done, screw the caps on tight. Then store your weed wiper upright with the sponge in a plastic bag. This will prevent the sponge from drying out.
Get Smucker Weed Wipers From Us
As you can see, Smucker weed wipers are highly effective garden tools. Once you get one and learn how to use it effectively, you'll have a weed-free garden in no time. And when your garden is weed free, you'll get a huge amount of yummy food or gorgeous flowers from your garden.
So where should you buy Smucker weed wipers? You can get them from us here at Barndoor AG. We offer quality agricultural equipment that will last a long time and complete even the toughest jobs.
Check out our selection of these weed wipers on this page.