BroadStar Herbicide Now Labeled for Use in Landscapes

Granular formulation provides landscapers and lawn care operators with new option for preemergence weed control; complements sprayable SureGuard® Herbicide

March 6, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent Professional Products announced that BroadStar Herbicide is now labeled for use in landscapes, giving landscapers and lawn care operators (LCOs) an effective new option for preemergence weed control.

Providing long-lasting preemergence control of annual grass and broadleaf weeds in ornamental shrubs, trees, ground covers, non-bearing fruit/nut trees and vines, and bareground non-crop settings, BroadStar controls a broad spectrum of weeds including groundsel, chickweed, spurge, dandelion, crabgrass, goosegrass and many more.

Applied as a granule to clean, weed-free soil, mulch or gravel surfaces, BroadStar consistently provides three months or more of residual control of grass and broadleaf weeds—and eight-plus months when applied in the fall to these settings—thus reducing applications and saving time and money.

A granular formulation featuring the active ingredient flumioxazin, BroadStar is dust-free, odorless, doesn’t stain and is not volatile against high-value, non-target crops. Additionally, BroadStar has a low water solubility, binds tightly to organic matter in soil, gravel and mulch beds, which reduces the risk of off-site runoff and displays excellent safety when applied next to turfgrass.

BroadStar complements the already available SureGuard® Herbicide, a sprayable formulation of flumioxazin. SureGuard is an excellent tank mix partner for glyphosate because it increases the speed and spectrum of activity of glyphosate while providing exceptionally long-lasting residual weed control.

Currently, SureGuard is labeled for use in landscapes in all states and BroadStar is registered for use in all states except New York.

“BroadStar is an excellent herbicide and works great with all kinds of mulch,” said Dr. Hannah Mathers, associate professor of horticulture and crop science at Ohio State University and the state extension specialist for nursery and landscape. “If I was a landscaper right now and I was looking to pick a herbicide with mulch, it would be BroadStar."

Said Dr. Jason Fausey, regional field development manager for Valent Professional Products, “Landscapers and LCOs are looking for a herbicide that safely controls a wide range of weeds and lasts for a long time. BroadStar and SureGuard provide superior performance and are unsurpassed in terms of the length of control they provide. These solutions should be their No. 1 choice for preemergence herbicides."

For more information on BroadStar and SureGuard, please visit www.valentpro.com.

Valent Professional Products serves the areas of tree, turf, greenhouse, nursery and landscape management as well as industrial vegetation management. Valent Professional Products include Adorn Fungicide, Arena® Insecticide, BroadStar Herbicide, DiPel® PRO DF Biological Insecticide, Distance® Fire Ant Bait, Distance Insect Growth Regulator, Envoy Plus® Herbicide, Fascination® Plant Growth Regulator, Gnatrol® Biological Larvicide, Overture® Insecticide, Payload Herbicide, ProGibb® T&O Plant Growth Regulator, Safari® Insecticide, Stellar® Fungicide, Sumagic® Plant Growth Regulator, SureGuard Herbicide, Tame® Insecticide, TetraSan® Miticide, Tourney® Fungicide and Velocity® Herbicide.

For more information about Valent Professional Products, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or our full product line, call 800-89-VALENT (898-2536), or visit the Valent Professional Products Web site at www.valentpro.com.