Be Cool: Basal-spray in the fall and winter

Be Cool: Basal-spray in the fall and winter

Control brush during the dormant season with basal applications.

Brush control can’t be much simpler than basal application (stem spraying) with with Remedy® Ultra herbicide.

It’s effective on nearly all woody species. Equipment is simple. You can do it yourself. You can do it anytime.

Anytime means it works year-round, including the dormant season. That means you can target brush this fall or winter when it’s cooler to work.

The herbicide solution — herbicide and an oil-based carrier — is applied to the bark, not the leaves. You’re not dependent on foliage. The solution penetrates the bark, and most woody plants will move it to the roots. Result: dead brush. (If you do spray green leaves with the oil-based basal solution, the leaves burn and drop too quickly to move the herbicide. Save your money and basalspray the bark only.)

Oil Carrier, No Water

Basal-spraying (stem-spraying) works well on most brush species, even in dormancy.

Use low-volume basal spraying on woody plants with smooth bark (that’s important — easier to penetrate) and trunks less than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree. Here’s the mix: 25 percent Remedy Ultra plus 75 percent oil-based carrier (basal oil) — no water. Adding a dye can help you tell where you sprayed.

Apply enough solution to wet the lower 12 to 15 inches of the trunk, but not to the point of runoff. Pretend you’re spray painting. But make sure the solution wraps completely around the trunk.

That mix and method provides excellent control of mesquite, elms, locust, oaks, Osage orange (hedge, bois d’arc), sweetgum and many other species.

If the trunk is more than 6 inches in diameter and rough-barked, control may be erratic. To control woody plants of that size, the better option is basal cut-stump treatment.

25% herbicide mix for stem- and cut-stump sprays
Total volume (tank size) Remedy® Ultra herbicide Oil-based carrier
1 gallon 1 quart 3 quarts
2 gallons 2 quarts 6 quarts
3 gallons 3 quarts 9 quarts
4 gallons 1 gallon 3 gallons
5 gallons 1.25 gallons 3.75 gallons


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