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!