NIEDERHOFER ENTERPRISES, INC.
CHEMICAL & MECHANICAL WEED CONTROL DIVISION
NIEDERHOFER ENTERPRISES, INC. is a diversified industrial service company offering a range of services including industrial weed control. Founder and president Ron Niederhofer holds pesticide applicator certificates in Texas and Louisiana, and has been successfully accomplishing chemical vegetation control for industrial, commercial, residential and agricultural customers since the 1960’s. He has experience with all types of herbicides and all application techniques, from hand-held through aerial.
Through continuous research and experimentation, Niederhofer has developed vegetation control systems that provide maximum safety and efficiency even within the current highly—restrictive regulatory climate. Recently, several highly effective herbicides have been removed from the market because of safety, environmental or liability concerns. Because of Niederhofer’s experience and knowledge of the industry, their removal did not result in a decrease in weed control performance.
Through three generations, the Niederhofer family has worked with selective herbicides for crop protection and pasture improvement. A system of Bermuda grass release, developed by Niederhofer is currently in use at several large industrial sites and is achieving substantial reductions in mowing cost and a general improvement in the appearance of the site.
All of Niederhofer’s herbicide technicians are trained and competent in the safe and effective application of weed—control chemicals, and are licensed by the State of Texas. The company’s safety record with all pesticides is spotless, there having never been an OSHA—reportable injury or illness related to any pesticide involving any Niederhofer employee.
Of particular importance to any vegetation-control program is dependable, versatile equipment. Niederhofer has an array of application equipment with flow capacities of up to 30 gallons-per—minute and tank capacities up to 300 gallons. Some units also have all—terrain capabilities. The pumps are positive-displacement plunger pumps equipped with adjustable hydraulic regulator-unloader valves so that, in conjunction with variable— jet spray guns, the system can be adapted to apply herbicides safely and efficiently over a broad range of field conditions.
Working in concert, this combination of experience, knowledge, competent personnel and heavy-duty hardware offers the best there is in vegetation control.
The Alternative to Frequent Mowing
Bermuda grass is a native plant which, given sufficient encouragement, will thrive and actually prevent weeds from becoming established. Bermuda is a true turf grass, which forms a tough, dense sod. It requires relatively little water, but is also tolerant of poor drainage conditions. It is not susceptible to the fungus and insect pests that plague other turf grass species, and it produces a viable seed, making it self—renewing.
Almost any open area will have some native Bermuda grass present. In the typical tank field or pipeline right—of—way, the taller bunch—grass and broadleaf weeds, will overshadow it. These taller species grow rapidly and unevenly, thus requiring frequent mowing. They do not form sod, thus are relatively ineffective erosion preventatives. They present a particularly serious problem on earthen firewalls because mowing there is difficult and expensive and because erosion of the firewalls must be prevented.
The solution is to discourage the weeds and encourage the Bermuda grass, which can be accomplished with a combination of selective herbicides and fertilizer. Successive applications of Bermuda— release chemicals will suppress the undesirable vegetation and allow the Bermuda grass to permanently dominate the treated area.
Niederhofer’s Bermuda release program is highly effective. When applied consistently, mowing is reduced from a semi—monthly to a semi—annual function, with good appearance being maintained the year around. The initial phase may require several general applications of chemicals during the season, but each successive season will require fewer applications to the point where no chemicals except an occasional fertilizer application will be needed, and the treated areas will become almost maintenance free.
HERBICIDE APPLICATION UNITS
TANK SIZE FLOW RATE POWER 300 GAL 30 GPM VH4D WISCONSIN ENGINE 300 GAL 20 GPM TJD WISCONSIN ENGINE 200 GAL 10 GPM TRACTOR PTO 100 GAL 10 GPM 8 HP KOHLER ENGINE 240 GAL 8 GPM TRACTOR PTO 30 GAL 8 GPM 5 HP B & S ENGINE
- RONALD A. NIEDERHOFER HOLDS TEXAS COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE APPLICATOR’S CERTIFICATE NUMBER 31178 ISSUED BY THE TEXAS STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL BOARD. HE ALSO HOLDS LOUISIANA PESTICIDE APPLICATOR’S LICENSE NUMBER 189 ISSUED BY THE LOUISIANA DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY.
- NIEDERHOFER ENTERPRISES, INC. HOLDS TEXAS PEST CONTROL LICENSE NUMBER 7434, ISSUED BY THE TEXAS STRUCTURAL PEST CONTROL BOARD AND LOUISIANA CONTRACTORS LICENSE NUMBER 21825, ISSUED BY THE LOUISIANA STATE LICENSING BOARD FOR CONTRACTORS AND NURSERYMAN'S CERTIFICATE NUMBER 20862 ISSUED BY THE TEXAS DEPT. Of AGRICULTURE.
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