Now is the time when weeds are on your client's minds. Nobody likes seeing unwanted weeds pop up in their lawn or landscape. However, given the constant messaging in the media about glyphosate, you might also have more clients than ever before asking about what you’re spraying on their property.
Our customers tell us they’ve never gotten so many questions—or concerns—and it’s important that they’re educated and prepared to answer. Many are also seeking alternatives to glyphosate.
That’s why we’re exploring glyphosate vs. glufosinate and helping keep you up to date on your options. At Nature’s Mulch, we are always making an effort to keep up with “what’s new,” and to guide you toward the best possible choices so that you can keep your clients happy.
Both of these chemicals are non-selective herbicides and control a wide variety of weeds. However, these herbicides work in different ways. Glyphosate is a systemic, translocating herbicide that inhibits the EPSP synthase pathway. It kills weeds by blocking essential amino acids necessary for the photosynthesis process. Glufosinate is a contact, semi-translocating herbicide that inhibits glutamine synthetase. In other words, it kills weeds by inhibiting a plant’s ability to utilize nitrogen.
Because of these differences, glufosinate works faster—our clients are telling us they see results in 2 to 4 days as opposed to 7 to 14.
Besides working at least twice as fast as glyphosate, another benefit that our customers are sharing with us is the fact that it works on weeds that appear to have become resistant to glyphosate. We get a lot of customers who tell us the weeds on their clients’ properties are becoming tolerant of glyphosate—likely because it’s been used widely and for so long.
There’s no question that nature often has a way of adapting.
However, glufosinate should not have those tolerance concerns since it has not been used as widely.
Our customers also like it because of concerns over glyphosate. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-certified the product, lawsuits in the news have some homeowners scared and they may be specifically asking for an alternative. Glufosinate is filling the gap in many of those cases.
We should also add that this doesn’t come at a higher price than most people initially assume. The product that we are selling uses a rate of 0.75 ounces per gallon of water and costs the same per gallon as the glyphosate sprayable solution.
In the end, no matter what product you choose, you want to be able to feel confident that you’re selecting something that will get you the results you desire—and keep your clients happy. We understand there’s a lot to navigate when it comes to product selection but that’s why we’re here to guide you.
Should you ever have any questions that we can answer—whether it be about glyphosate vs. glufosinate, or something else—we are here for you. Feel free to reach out or stop in at any time.