Organic Weed Management

Flaming

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 Methodology:

 Tractor mounted or handheld units available

Propane fueled

Pass heat quickly over small weeds

Water in cells boils and bursts the cells

 Observed Advantages and Disadvantages:

Generally does not kill grasses

Certain vegetables will not tolerate heat

Works best if weeds are small

Larger weeds are more difficult to kill with flaming

Purchasing and Cost Information:

Red Dragon Backpack Flamer Weeder (www.johnnyseeds.com); $209.00

Weed Dragon Torch Kit (http://www.flameengineering.com/Weed_Dragon.html)  $132.00 with cylinder doll

 Resources:

Video Clip: Flame Weeders from Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines

Video Clip: Tractor-drawn Flame Weeders from Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines