by OCMGA Master Gardener and Vice President Tom Wentzel
One of the major risks in handling garden chemicals is in the mixing. Pouring and measure is full of skin contact risks. Here is a method that I have tried that works well. It is based on an ordinary turkey baster injector syringe. Simply pierce the containers seal with the needle. Do not remove the seal. Draw the needed amount into the syringe, typically a tablespoon/ gallon, then squirt it into your sprayer for dilution. I have used the method for treating deciduous shrub weeds, such as buckthorn. Normally you would “paint” the cut end with herbicide concentrate. This method allows you to dispense the herbicide one drop at a time onto the cut end. This method has a lot few steps and lowers the risks of skin contact.