Leaf-waste pellets as a herbicide carrier for container-grown ornamental plants

Jayesh B. Samtani, Gary J Kling, David J. Williams

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An organic herbicide carrier could help reduce misapplication and environmental pollution associated with spray application of herbicides. Pellets prepared from landscape leaves that were dried, ground, and pelletized were evaluated as a preemergence herbicide carrier for container-grown ornamental plants. Isoxaben, pendimethalin, and prodiamine at rates of 1.12, 2.25, and 2.25 kg ai/ha, respectively, with either water or landscape leaf-waste pellets as a carrier were applied to chrysanthemum 'Lisa', spirea 'Neon Flash', and wintercreeper 'Coloratus'. Common groundsel, common purslane, and giant foxtail were seeded following herbicide application. Leaf-waste pellets as a carrier produced equivalent efficacy and phytotoxicity ratings to conventional spray application of pendimethalin and prodiamine on both chrysanthemum and wintercreeper. The leaf-waste pellets were not an effective carrier for the application of isoxaben alone. The pellets had inconsistent effects on spirea phytotoxicity and growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)942-949
Number of pages8
JournalWeed Technology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


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