Prior to undertaking any spraying works we will make available if requested the following:
- Risk assessments
- Product Data Sheets
- Method Statements
- Health & Safety Policy
- NPTC Certification and
- Public Liability Insurance
Records of any chemical applications are also available.
We can offer a full range of spraying from knapsack, boom sprayer and air assisted. We can provide anything from a one off application to whole season contracts. Our operators are fully trained and NPTC qualified and are also members of The National Register of Spray Operators (NRoSO).
We provide total care and control using herbicides, fungicides and insecticides for hard surfaces, recreation areas and sports grounds. We can also manage large golf courses and the smallest of areas such as tees, greens, cricket squares and bowling greens.
Woodland & Forestry Spraying
Spraying takes on two main aspects and uses either pesticides or herbicides to target pests and diseases (pesticides) or to eradicate weeds and invasive species (herbicides).
Spot spraying around newly planted or establishing trees is one of the tools in the establishment forester’s armory to help reduce the weed growth and help promote growth within your newly planted trees.
Band spraying is used in ground preparation when the site has been left for a few years prior to planting and this can either be done using a knapsack sprayer or using a quad and or tractor mounted boom sprayer.
We are experienced in using Asulox in the control of bracken.
All aspects of paddock maintenance are covered using appropriately sized machinery. Early season harrowing, rolling and fertilising are carried out often followed closely by re-seeding. We are able to either re-seed whole paddocks or repair smaller areas eg: around gateways, and patches of poor grass growth. On occasions the density of grassland can become reduced – we can re-seed into the existing sward so causing huge improvement at low cost and minimal inconvenience to both horse and customer.
Where customers have limited area when carrying out field maintenance, we can for example treat weeds including ragwort, docks, thistle and nettles in two stages so enabling horses to safely stay in there home field. Soil sampling can be carried out and remedial action taken ie: lime application using a dust free product that doesn’t require the horses to be removed elsewhere.
Blends of fertiliser can be applied to rectify problems without causing excessive grass growth. Having put our energy into creating an acceptable sward in the grass paddock a stage is often arrived at where grass runs to seed and requires topping. This operation can be carried out by ourselves using a small tractor mounted topper. If the customer requires the grass can be collected and removed from field to tip elsewhere.
Goldings Agricultural have extensive experience maintaining weed free areas in industrial sites. More mundane but never the less challenging is weed control on large areas used for permanent parking of caravans, cars or portable cabins. A recent task carried out has been extensive moss control on concrete areas which have been inaccessible to anything other than specialist machines. Our operators are fully trained and qualified for the job in hand undertaking risk assessments before and during work. A familiarity with working in areas where general public could gain access exists and appropriate steps would be taken. Chemicals suitable for the task in hand can be supplied and applied by Goldings Agricultural.
Invasive & Aquatic Weeds
We can provide a weed spraying program for aquatic areas. Before any spraying can be carried out permission needs to be agreed from the Environment Agency – this is something that we would be able to assist with. Our Operators are fully trained and hold a PA6W Certificate.
Specialists in controlling Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Pennywort using a weed control chemical.
We use a Stem injection gun for the weed control for this plant, this works by injecting a small measured dose of weed control herbicide into each cane of the Japanese Knotweed or Giant Hogweed infestation. This allows the herbicide to translocate throughout the roots and rhizome of the plant. By using this method of weed control it will not harm any other plants or foliage in the area.
Japanese Knotweed spreads extremely quickly, preventing native vegetation from growing while posing a risk to properties and industrial sites.
Giant Hogweed is a public health hazard due to its clear, watery sap which has toxins that cause photo-dermatitis. Skin to contact followed by exposure to sunlight produces painful, burning blisters that may develop into purplish or blackened scars.
Floating Pennywort causes a range of problems including changing the availability of oxygen in the water, threatening fish and invertebrates, choking drainage systems and crowding our native water plants. Floating pennywort is difficult to control due to its rapid growth rates (up to 20cm per day) and its ability to re-grow from a small fragment. Regular cutting from May-October will prevent complete dominance and so help manage this plant. Cut material needs to be removed from the water immediately. Hand pulling (or spot chemical treatment) should follow cutting to reduce re-growth. Pulling is likely to work best on small infestations rather than large areas. Chemical treatment should only be used at the end of the growing season when all other plants have died back.