Lapis Lazuli - reliable and safe protection of potatoes from weeds
What does it take to get a good potato crop? Many gardeners, answering this question, will say - good seed material, fertile soil, timely watering and top dressing. They are, of course, right. But there is one negative factor that can significantly reduce the potato crop, despite the fulfillment of the above conditions - weeds. On plantations overgrown with weeds, it is not possible to obtain a rich harvest of potatoes, and reusable weeding is one of the most labor-intensive procedures in caring for this crop. Fortunately, today you can grow potatoes without debilitating weeding and without weeds.
Why are weeds scary for potatoes?
Appearing often before potato shoots sprout, weed vegetation is a real competitor in the struggle for moisture, nutrients and a place in the sun. But even this is not the worst thing - many types of weeds attract various insect pests and are carriers of diseases!
Often found on potato plantations, ragweed is scary not only for its allergenic effect. Numerous seeds of this weed plant remain viable for up to 8 years, and a powerful root, which goes 4 meters deep, draws not only moisture, but also the potassium necessary for potatoes from the soil.
Wheatgrass roots, no less malicious weed, long and thin, often pierce the tubers through, causing the tubers to rot.
The conclusion suggests itself - weed control must be controlled.
Potato weeding - hard work and short-term effect
The most popular weed control method since ancient times is weeding. To do this, use all kinds of hoes, cultivators and other manual and mechanized garden tools. All these tools help for some time to achieve a positive result in the destruction of weeds, but take too much time and effort.
Even if the area reserved for potatoes is very small, you will have to work hard to clear it of weeds. And the saddest thing is that these events will have to be repeated repeatedly. After all, the roots remaining in the soil will sprout again. And the seeds of many weeds can lie in the ground for many years, without losing their germination and waiting for an opportunity to ascend. For many weeds, a small piece of the root remaining in the soil is enough - the plant will rise again and produce seeds in a short period of time.
"Lapis" - a modern alternative to inefficient weeding
To combat weeds, the company "August" offers a modern herbicide of selective action "Lapis". The unique preparation, destroying weeds (both at the stage of their emergence and adult plants), does not adversely affect potatoes.
"Lapis lazuli" is active against a large number of weeds - quinoa, gauze, cirsium, ragweed, shiritsa and many others. The list includes about 50 common weeds. The herbicide is absorbed mainly by the roots of plants and partially through the leaves, affecting not only sprouted weeds, but also their seedlings. In this case, the appearance of the second wave of weed vegetation is significantly reduced.
Advantages of Lazurite:
- selective herbicide does not harm potato seedlings;
- destroys weeds, both before germination, and after;
- destruction of weed vegetation takes 10-20 days;
- protective effect lasts 1-2 months.
How to use Lapis Lazuli for weed control?
"Lapis lazuli" is a very economical drug - to till the soil before weed emergence, you need to dissolve only 10 g of powder in 3 l of water. And this solution is enough to process 100 m² of soil.
In order to defeat already emerged weeds, it is necessary to dilute 10 g of the drug in 9 l of water. This solution is sufficient for processing 300 m². It is only necessary to take into account that processing can be carried out absolutely safely while the tops of potatoes have grown no higher than 5 cm.
Lazurite is a modern herbicide and, like any chemical means of protection, has its own safety requirements. The instructions attached to the drug describe in detail how to use the herbicide - the method of preparing the solution and the rules for working with the drug.
They are simple and easy to do, and the result is a healthy crop, environmental safety and no exhausting weeding!