Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Simply Natural Weed Control

Propane Torch
We were going to discuss recycling materials for your garden, but a minor set back in plans has caused me to change course.  It's all good though, we have other things we can discuss.  I have recently found a new way to control weeds.  It's a propane fueled flame torch!  Yes, we get to play with fire!  Instead of using chemicals, a controlled flame is a great way to kill unwanted weeds.  Of course, you have to use caution when using fire.  You do not want to set your lawn on fire or kill the plants you are tyring to save. I purchased the Flame Engineering VT 2-23 C Weed Dragon Torch Kit.  It has been easy to use and effective.  A regular propane grill tank is your source of fuel and easily attaches to the torch.  As always, be sure to read all instructions before operating the torch.

You can use this torch around fence rows, sidewalks, driveways or any other border that can withstand the heat.  No chemicals to worry about and no more constant weed whacking around the yard.  The flame is used only to burn the top/body of the grass.  In other words, you do not want to implement a scorched earth policy!  The heat from the flame will interrupt the photosynthesis process, damage the cell walls and kill the plant down through the roots.  If you burn the weeds to the ground, it may not completely kill the roots and the weed will grow back sooner. So, you only need a few seconds of heat to damage the plant enough to kill it.  In this way, you are not spending any more time than you normally would when using chemicals or weed whacking.  If you need to use the torch closer to your plants, then you can use a metal shovel to place between the plant and the flame.  You will keep the heat from damaging your plants, but still get close enough to scorch the weeds. 

I enjoy using this method when I can for weed control.  It's easy to do, effective and fun!  You also get to destroy the weed instead of pulling it up and tossing it somewhere else where it may root and grow all over again. Plus, it does benefit the land.  Fire is a natural way for the earth to destroy, rejuvenate and replenish the soil with life giving nutrients. So, unless you are the Scarecrow, don't fear the flames and try it out!  You may enjoy torching the lawn!  Check back with us on Friday, when we will have our Recipe of the Week!

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