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Thu Feb 6, 2020, 02:18 PM

Opinions on garden flame-throwers

Anyone use a propane torch for weeding? Is it a pain to use? Recommendations,.

Getting ready for spring, and the weeds left over from last year

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Reply Opinions on garden flame-throwers (Original post)
Bayard Feb 6 OP
mopinko Feb 6 #1
GP6971 Feb 6 #2
Drifter Feb 6 #3
Bayard Feb 6 #4
GP6971 Feb 6 #5

Response to Bayard (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 02:27 PM

1. thinking about getting one myself. have used a plumber's torch for scrub trees.

 

i am thinking of getting a roofer's torch. got a fence full of mulberry saplings to deal w.

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 02:29 PM

2. I have one.

They're good for flower beds and for eliminating weeds in driveway expansion joints. The problem is using it on lawns...it takes out the grass around the weed.

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Response to GP6971 (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 04:24 PM

3. I could see that


It really is not intended to be used on established plants (like lawn weeds).
Flame weeders are used to kill very small weeds within a few days of germination.
This germination is encouraged by a process called "stale seed bedding".

This is a technique that SPIN (Small Plot INtensive) farmers use.

Otherwise, I love using it.

Cheers
Drifter

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Response to Bayard (Original post)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 04:39 PM

4. Any particular type or brand?

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Response to Bayard (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 6, 2020, 09:22 PM

5. I got mine from Amazon.

Houseables Weed Torch, propane, 20,000 BTU. About $38 IIRC.

Also great for melting small amounts of snow and ice.

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