Gardening Articles: Landscaping :: Lawns, Ground Cover, & Wildflowers

Kill Weeds With Heat (page 3 of 3)

by Dan Hickey

Safety

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.

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