Safety & Spraying Procedures

Tips & Recommendations

The key to personal safety when handling pesticides is to avoid exposure to them! Find more helpful information below:
  • Always spray away from you and never walk through freshly sprayed areas (carefully walk backward).
  • Always wear glasses, unlined liquid-proof gloves, long sleeves, and long pants before any spraying commences.
  • Avoid wearing anything made of leather or canvas as these materials absorb and retain pesticides.
  • Before using an herbicide, carefully read the label. The label is the law.
  • Hands must be washed when finished spraying, before using the restroom, or before any food or drink is consumed or tobacco products are used.
  • Have an extra set of clothes close by in case of any spills.
  • Keep people and animals away during herbicide application and until the herbicide has dried.
  • Make sure that desired grasses are well watered the day before an herbicide application. Drought and herbicide together will overly stress the grass.
  • Never spray in winds over eight miles per hour and always keep the spray wand as low as possible to minimize drift.
  • Never spray around any water; this includes puddles.
  • Should any spills occur, control the leak or spill, contain the spill area, then clean it up. For cleanup information read the herbicide label and call the National Pesticide Information Center at (800) 858-7378.
  • Spray very lightly under or around desired vegetation and avoid the use of herbicide if possible. Too much herbicide can kill trees!
  • The herbicide you are about to use is very concentrated. You only need to use a small amount in order to kill weeds so be conservative when spraying - less is more!
  • Use the herbicide as soon as possible after obtaining it from the Weed Program. The longer the herbicide sits, the less potent it will become.
  • If you accidentally spill herbicide on your self or on your clothing, quickly get undressed and wash herbicide off. If clothing is affected, promptly put in washing machine, by themselves and wash in warm water.

Helpful Contacts

  • Ryan Cook: (970) 668-4218
  • Poison Control Center: (800) 222-1222