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Control Measures
Pulling Weeds
Digging Weeds
Mulching
Cultivating
Reducing Reseeding
Crowding Plants
Glyphosate Herbicide
Organic Herbicides
Corn Gluten Herbicides
Flamers

Flamers

Flamers are portable gas torches that produce heat intense enough to boil the water in plant cells. Killing a weed requires heat for only 1/10 of a second. Flamers are usually used to kill young weeds in prepared rows, just before seeds or seedlings are planted, as an alternative to pre-emergent herbicides. Flamers become trickier to use later, when the plants are actively growing, and they cannot be used where mulches are present. Flamers also are quite costly compared to a hoe, but may be a worthwhile investment if you have a number of straight rows to weed. They also are useful for killing weeds in between walkway pavers. The smallest models consist of a backpack that holds propane fuel, a hose, and a hooded nozzle at the end of a handle that resembles a carpet sweeper.

 
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