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What is Surfactant and When to Use It?

Jun. 16, 2021

Surfactants are typically used in combination with most liquid herbicides to help the solution adhere to the leaves or foliage of the weed so that the chemical can effectively penetrate the plant system. When to use it? Surfactant Suppliers share with you

What is a surfactant?

Surfactants are often referred to as wetting agents - they act as a "buffer" for the herbicide chemical you are applying and break the surface tension of the liquid. This allows the chemicals in the herbicide to adhere to the plant surface instead of rolling off, and breaks down the plant's resistance to absorbing the applied chemical.

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When should I use surfactants?

First, it should be noted that Surfactants cannot be used alone - they must be used in combination with other liquid products such as fungicides, fertilizers, insecticides, or most often with herbicides for weed control. You can always refer to the label of a control product to see if it can be used with a surfactant to ensure safety. When you choose to treat lawn weeds with a surfactant, you should:

1. Determine the type of weed you are experiencing

2. Purchase a selective herbicide that is labeled to treat the weeds you want to control without harming your lawn

3. Purchase a surfactant that works in combination with the herbicide you decide to use.

Determining the type of weeds you encounter is an important step in selecting an herbicide. After all, you need a product that really works to control the weeds you see out there. In contrast to non-selective herbicides, selective herbicides can control weeds that are labeled for killing. On the other hand, a non-selective herbicide will kill every plant it comes in contact with - including your grass. An example of a non-selective herbicide is a glyphosate product. You can still use surfactants with selective and non-selective herbicides, but be prepared to use a non-selective herbicide to kill everything it touches.

We also have Anionic Surfactants available, so please feel free to contact us if you need them!

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