Southeast Vegetation Management is licensed in every state we apply herbicide in. Our employees in the field receive on-going training to help assure compliance with Federal/State/Local regulations and company policies. Our applicators are all certified commercial pesticide applicators. We also are DOT and FRA-compliant with continued roadway worker training and are eRailsafe certified. Our company works with each roadmaster or track manager at each site to analyze any new safety regulations or concerns about job briefings and right of way policies. Label required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is mandatory for all of our applicators to promote a healthy work environment. When you choose Southeast Vegetation Management you choose the most qualified and professional personnel available.
Our mission is to provide vegetation management services that meet our customers’ expectations.
We research the area of the railroad to find the most common problem weeds and go further by identifying the hard to kill resistant weeds and noxious weeds. We then form an action plan where there is only need for two annual applications to help reduce track time.
A good brush and noxious weed program is another useful tool. Brush control is a non-selective method used for encroaching vegetation along the sides of the ballast and further outward toward the right of way. Brush applications are normally scheduled in late summer to early fall, depending on the region. Noxious weeds are invasive weeds that are deemed harmful to natural habitats. The removal of these weeds is important so they may not spread to other desirable areas to become more of a nuisance. Noxious weeds are sometimes harder to control and require a special application or an added chemical to treat the target area.
Southeast Vegetation Management keeps records and reports of not only date, time and chemical used but we also note of possible problem weeds and areas that may become resistant to certain types of herbicide. We like to rotate herbicides in cases where we believe that herbicide resistance is a possibility. This avoids a problem for future applications, leaving the right of way weed free.
Drift control management is another technique we use and watch very closely to ensure the herbicide spray comes in contact with the target site. We wait for favorable spraying conditions as per the herbicide label, so no drift is incurred. We use anti-drift agents and invert emulsions to make sure the spray results in significant drift reduction. Herbicide volatility is another factor we closely monitor. We select the least volatile herbicide so the chemical will not turn into vapor and move off target.