Kill Weeds With Heat (cont)
By: Dan Hickey
When used properly, flamers provide effective weed control.
Here are a few important safety tips:
- Never flame weeds during extremely dry periods. Flamers produce intense heat; even wet mulch will ignite. Don't flame if you have any debris around and as little as a 3- to 5-mile-per-hour wind.
- If you're using a flamer with an extension hose, keep the flame away from both hose and tank.
- Though the flamer's handle doesn't get hot, the flaming tip does. Even after turning off the flame, keep the flamer away from people and combustible materials.
- Always be cautious when lighting the flamer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions exactly.
Dan Hickey is a former editor of National Gardening.