As much as turfgrass expert Tom Phillips wants to be environmentally friendly, he echos the thoughts of many landscapers, groundskeepers and others in the industry with this statement.
“I’d love to be as ‘green’ as I can, and I’m frequently asked about organic herbicide alternatives,” Phillips explained. “Unfortunately, the results just aren’t as good. They are usually contact herbicides, which means they kill the green part of the plant, but then the weeds grow back. Organics are also much more expensive.”
Tom Phillips has been around the block when it comes to turf. After earning a degree in turf and turfgrass management from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Phillips has built an impressive 37-year career, making him an expert in the industry. Phillips has been a golf superintendent at several exclusive clubs and now owns a high-end landscaping company in Massachusetts.
When Phillips first learned about EcoMIGHT’s W.O.W. (Whack Out Weeds!) naturally organic herbicide product, he was skeptical. “Many industry professionals don’t even want to try a new ‘organic’ product because they’ve had such bad experiences in the past,” Phillips said. “Everyone is really turned off by the current offerings.”
However, when he tried EcoMIGHT’s product, he found that this product broke his previously held stereotype of organic herbicides. “The results are amazing,” Phillips said. “I can’t say enough about the product. I was very surprised. I was expecting poor results and got excellent results instead.”
W.O.W. is a post-emergent, non-selective, naturally organic herbicide that destroys weeds by going straight to the roots. Unlike contact herbicides that only kill the portions of the weeds they touch, W.O.W. works systemically. This means it obliterates the entire weed including the roots.
“EcoMIGHT’s product has a residual effect of 60 to 90 days, which means you don’t have to reapply for two to three months. That’s unheard of in the organic product lines”
“With other organic offerings, it’s difficult to get the results that customers want,” Phillips said. “EcoMIGHT’s product has a residual effect of 60 to 90 days, which means you don’t have to reapply for two to three months. That’s unheard of in the organic product lines.”
In fact, even the most popular glyphosate-based herbicides do not carry such a lengthy residual effect. “I typically need to use a pre-emergent product in addition to a glyphosate herbicide to achieve some residual effect,” Phillips said. “The glyphosate-based product advertise the fact that you can apply the herbicide and reseed your turf on the same day.”
EcoMIGHT products are sold as a liquid concentrate, which you combine with water when you’re ready to use it. At six ounces per gallon, a single gallon of W.O.W. concentrate would make about 21 gallons of herbicide. The effective cost of W.O.W. is as low as $2.21 per gallon, excluding discounts.
“Although synthetic herbicides may be cheaper gallon for gallon, you have to take into account the cost of pre-emergent herbicides, soil sterilizers, and surfactant additives as well as the labor costs of more frequent applications,” Phillips said. “And what’s the long-term cost to our environment?”
EcoMIGHT products hold the rare U.S. EPA designation of “minimum risk exempt,” which means that all of its active and inactive ingredients are non-toxic and occur naturally in the environment. When used as directed, W.O.W. is safe for humans, animals, aquatic life, pollinators, groundwater, and soil health.
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