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GARLON ULTRA and ICADE – brand new options for controlling invasive and tough woody weeds

It is not often that a manufacturer can shout about investing and bringing new technology to the industrial weeds market, but we are delighted to announce the launch of GARLON® ULTRA and ICADE® – two brand new herbicides to control the UK’s toughest and most invasive weeds.  Both containing triclopyr and aminopyralid, GARLON ULTRA  and ICADE brings a whole range of benefits over existing products when it comes to controlling problem weeds such as: brambles, hogweed, buddleia, gorse and Japanese Knotweed.

Japanese knotweed treated with Icade

Japanese knotweed treated with Icade

“GARLON ULTRA and ICADE offer real benefits in the marketplace,” explains Mr Robin Bentley, Market Manager, Dow AgroSciences Specialty Products. “The timing of gaining registration for these new products is excellent as it will replace the control of weeds in amenity grassland and non-crop land which was previously captured by TIMBREL. However, GARLON ULTRA and ICADE should not be used in and around forestry/woodland or airfield situations, as we have another product coming along to meet the needs of that particular market sector. GARLON ULTRA and ICADE are a huge step forward in technology, bringing excellent levels of control from a very small, yet powerful, amount of active ingredient. These products are unique to the industrial and amenity markets and ideal in situations where trees are not a concern.  Research and real life user trials have shown that both GARLON ULTRA and ICADE offer very good control of Japanese Knotweed which is particularly good news for anyone faced with controlling this pernicious weed.”

“What GARLON ULTRA and ICADE bring in terms of weed control is only a small fraction of the real benefits that the products brings. The real positives is their formulation technology, which results in having virtually no odour and being a salt formulation there are no volatility issues. What this means is that operators can spray weeds with great confidence and there are no alarming smells that may cause concern for the general public and bystanders. In terms of performance they are rainfast in one hour (which is a real benefit over glyphosate) and has a wide window of application from March through to October. It also offers season-long weed control whilst being safe to grasses,” advises Robin.

The products are available in 1 litre PET containers. PET containers have been chosen as they utilise less hydrocarbons in their production and the design of the packs are much easier to rinse out than other types of plastics containers. Each pack has a ‘stewardship collar’ providing users with stewardship information to ensure good practice on the effective and safe use of the product. “This will also help to maintain the products registration for the future as well as helping contractors maintain and grow their knowledge of best practice when it comes to spraying,” explains Robin.

GARLON ULTRA and ICADE should be applied using a knapsack sprayer at a rate of 150-200mls in 10 litres of water, or a mounted sprayer at 2 – 4 litres per hectare. ICADE will be available through EVERRIS and RIGBY TAYLOR, and GARLON ULTRA will be available through NOMIX ENVIRO.

IMPORTANT – Please note that GARLON ULTRA and  ICADE are not approved (and hence should not be used) in forestry, woodland and airfields.