Professional groundskeepers and landscapers monitor weeds on their property because those pesky weeds compete for water and valuable soil nutrients putting at risk the grasses and plants property owners value. The biochemical DNA of weeds evolved to discourage animals from eating them. After studying this weed biochemical marker, scientists learned the presence of weeds in a common soil with healthy, desirable grasses suppresses their growth and regeneration.
Weeds are like thieves that steal the value of your beautifully manicured or landscaped resource. In the landscapers’ world, “weeds” have earned their reputation as unwelcome intruders into their space.
Weeds add risks and costs for professional groundskeepers and landscapers. They can carry and spread disease that is very toxic to animals and other critters critical for the survival of our vulnerable ecosystem. There was recently a large kill-off of American eagles and other waterfowl that have been traced back to the toxic Hydrilla plant. Health of domestic pets is also at risk from various types of weeds. The presence of Ragweed generates human allergies and Hemlock and Oleander are common examples of plants poisonous to people.
Besides health risks for humans, there is something else interesting about weeds: they are allelopathic. That means the mere presence of weeds inhibits the growth of those desirable grasses and plants that are a high priority to be nurtured and protected. This all elopathic inhibition characteristic of weeds highlights the importance of implementing natural and organic weed control plans that don’t introduce harmful synthetic chemicals like glyphosate. Many cities and towns have banned glyphosate. This stems from a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that concluded that the herbicide and its formulated products are probably carcinogenic in humans (IARC 2015). Weeds can also have a genetic resistance to synthetic herbicides (like glyphosate) that are used to target them. That reaction has lead to the need for new, stronger herbicides to come into the market which ultimately can cause a spiraling amount of risk.
Because glyphosate-based herbicides are the most widely used inorganic weed control, they have spawned thousands of lawsuits alleging the synthetic chemical base is linked to the onset of cancer and also poses risks for human health and the environment.
Among the hundreds of products sold as weed control herbicides, synthetic chemicals manufactured in labs are most harmful to humans and the environment. More than 200 different weeds have developed a resistance to the chemical herbicides currently being marketed to control them.
Picking the right herbicide starts with knowing the characteristics of the product you choose. EcoMIGHT’s W.O.W. (Whack Out Weeds!) is naturally organic and classified as “minimum risk exempt”. It is formulated with ingredients already found in nature and allows immediate re-entry after application.
EcoMIGHT’s W.O.W. is a non-selective herbicide that is also systemic. This means it is not simply a “burn down” or contact kill. W.O.W. is absorbed by the weeds and taken into the root system. This kills the entire weed, down to the root. Contact herbicides kill only part of the weed that is sprayed.
Unfortunately, many organic products might be great for homeowners but are not strong or effective enough for the high standards of excellence necessary for professional landscapers, groundskeepers, golf superintendents, and facilities management teams. The phrase “organics don’t work” seems to be common. With W.O.W. now being used by top landscapers, golf courses, high profile communities, theme-parks and cities across the USA, the phrase most common is: “organics don’t work…UNTIL NOW.”
To find out more, check out EcoMIGHT’s website.