Surfactant for Herbicides is a wetting agent with 80% non-ionic surfactant for increasing the penetration, coverage and overall effectiveness of almost any herbicide. Surfactant for herbicides can be used with almost all herbicide sprays including Trimec, Atrazine, Brush Killer and 2, 4-D Amine. Please check the herbicide product label first to see if a surfactant is recommended. Surfactants reduce the surface tension of water to produce more uniform coverage and penetration of herbicides and weed killers.
Use Non-Ionic Surfactant with most herbicides in order to insure more uniform coverage by reducing the surface tensions of spray droplets. For most herbicides, such as: 2,4-D Amine, Trimec R, Brush Killer, Reward R (Diquat R), Asulox R, Image R, and others.
For most Herbicides use: 1 teaspoonful per gallon (1 -2 pints per 100 gallons of spray).
For Round-up use: 1 Tablespoonful per gallon (2 quarts per 100 gallons of spray).
For MSMA herbicides use: 1 Tablespoonful per gallon (1-2 quarts per 100 gallons of spray)
I have for years been wrestling with various annual and perennial weeds in the lawns that I manage. Specifically, various different types of crab grasses have proliferated in the late summer even after pre-emergent and several OTC post-emergent herbicide treatments. This summer with everything looking truly horrid, I used this surfactant along with Drive XLR8 to absolutely knock the crap out of my late season crab grass problems. This particular surfactant has also proved to be quite handy for increasing the apparent broadleaf weed killing effectiveness of other OTC and commercial grade herbicides.
I sprayed Celsius herbicide on half of my weeds with this surfactant and the other half without. I'm a nerd like that. The weeds sprayed with the surfactant started dying sooner and more completely than the other half! There was clearly a much better result WITH the surfactant. It may seem expensive, but it's not if you don't have to respray weeds to finish the job. I strongly recommend this product!
Just what I needed to add to the weed killer to give it that extra boost for killing the weeds. This is an excellent value for the money. I would recommend everyone to use this product with sedge and weed killers.
Surfactants are available everywhere so why did I get mine on the Web?
One reason: I didn't have to wade through a shelf of surfactants reading labels -- the information about the type and amount in container is up front and plain to read.
Two reasons: DoMyOwn's price is as good or better as any I could get around here, and the Fusilade herbicide I needed surfactant for was coming from DMOPC anyway.
I'll have no problem using up the extra. Surfectants are basically harmless to plants and a bit in pest-spraying water makes it more effective. Plain water is a good home control (at least in low-humidity California conditions) for mites, aphids, and whitefly, if you keep at it.
I added this stuff to EndRun and Drive XLR8 and you could see the mixture clinging to the leaves. The crab grass is gone and most other weeds are either dead or looking really bad. I used Trimec in the past and it did absolutely nothing, I tried it again with the surfactant and it actually worked somewhat. Bottom line, the surfactant really helps the herbicides stick to the foliage so it can do its job.
We have heard some folks use dish soap as a surfactant. We cannot recommend it, because there is not enough research behind it. We recommend a product like Non Ionic Surfactant to be mixed with most herbicides that that are labeled for it.