Herbicide Damage | From the Ground Up

We’ve seen quite a bit of herbicide damage
in gardens this summer and one in particular that’s interesting to note is 2,4-D, which
falls in the category of growth regulator herbicides. And so the symptoms you’ll see are curled,
or sort of mutated or stunted growth. Beans are especially sensitive, peppers are
also quite sensitive. You might see it on eggplants or sunflowers. 2,4-D contamination in your garden can come
from spray drift. It can also come from grass clippings if you
spray your lawn with 2,4-D and then cut your lawn and put those grass clippings in the
garden or in the compost, you may get an issue in your garden. So in order to avoid having this kind of damage
in your garden, the best thing to do is if you’re going to use 2,4-D on your lawn be
sure not to collect and use your grass clippings in the garden. Be very, very careful when you’re spraying. And if you do suspect that you’ve had herbicide
drift into your garden from somebody else’s spraying, be sure and call your local Extension
office right away and they can help you file a complaint. If the damage is very minor, the plants may
grow out of it and produce a harvestable yield anyway. If the damage is very major, they’ll be
very stunted, they won’t get more than an inch or two tall, and it’ll be best to pull
them out and start over. If you’re going to get straw or grass clippings
or manure from another source, be sure to ask some questions so you can avoid herbicide
damage in your garden. For the University of Wyoming Extension, I’m
Caitlin Youngquist, and you’re watching From the Ground Up.

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