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Sun Mar 11, 2012, 12:07 PM

"Natural and Effective Weed Control" OR....

"I burnt my house down trying to get rid of Creeping Charlie!"?????



http://www.weeddragon.com/


The thought of frying some of the more persistent pestiferous plants I deal with every gardening season it tempting but, a) I garden mostly in containers and b) Yikes, FIRE!

Plus, is using propane to garden REALLY all that green?

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Reply "Natural and Effective Weed Control" OR.... (Original post)
beac Mar 2012 OP
mopinko Mar 2012 #1
beac Mar 2012 #2
dmosh42 Mar 2012 #3
beac Mar 2012 #4
Curmudgeoness Mar 2012 #5
beac Mar 2012 #6
kurtzapril4 Mar 2012 #9
Curmudgeoness Mar 2012 #10
Denninmi Mar 2012 #7
grand earth trine Mar 2012 #8
HopeHoops Mar 2012 #11
beac Mar 2012 #12

Response to beac (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 12:33 PM

1. yeah, but i have a brick house, so

bring it on.
kidding, but i have thought of it.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 01:17 PM

2. Wonder if one of those little kitchen torches they make for

caramelizing creme brulee and such would work? The thought of dragging a big tank of propane behind me while I'm wafting fire around = .

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Response to beac (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 01:44 PM

3. Plus, it doesn't work...

I tried a torch that I use for other things, and it only sears the tops, but the roots remain intact, and re-grow.

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Response to dmosh42 (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 03:14 PM

4. Dangerous and temporary--

not an ideal combination.

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Response to beac (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 07:23 PM

5. Good lord, I can just see a neighbor

falling for this one. Fun for the guy who loves "power tools".

Natural and effective, why don't you use vinegar? Or boiling water? Now THAT is natural! (But not nearly as much fun.)

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 08:52 PM

6. But, just IMAGINE the other possibilities...

you could roast your red peppers right on the vine... bake your beans in the pod...and, POOF, instant dried herbs!



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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #5)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:15 AM

9. Vinegar and boiling water

will only top-kill. They won't kill the roots. I wish they did work, though!

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 06:19 PM

10. Oh well. I guess the top is all I care about killing.

I just don't want to see the weeds. If I really cared, I would pull/dig them out.

However, I am at that point where weeds are not bothering me so much anymore.

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Response to beac (Original post)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 09:01 PM

7. I bought a "Swedish Weed Torch" from Lee Valley Tools about 10 years ago.

First off, no, using propane (or propane accessories, as Hank Hill would say) in the garden is NOT green. Greenhouse gas is more like it.

Um, they are only moderately effective. Good for frying emerging seedling weeds. Not all that effective on deep rooted perennial weeds like dandelions, quack grass, dock, etc. You can cook the tops to the point they are black char, and the insulating effect of the soil will protect the root below, and in a week or two, the weed pops back up. And, it actually takes longer than you would think to kill a weed, most you have to hold the flame on for 30 seconds to a minute, except for the most tiny flimsy baby weeds. So, it's kind of a slow process.

The thing I've found it best for is to cook the weeds that grow between the expansion joints in my concrete driveways and sidewalks. I can hold it over the weed long enough (1 to 2 minutes) to generally kill the roots in the limited soil volume that accumulates in the expansion joint. At least it beats pulling them by hand.

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Response to beac (Original post)

Wed Mar 14, 2012, 01:23 PM

8. LOL--I couldn't see what it was.

 

I don't think so!

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Response to beac (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 07:31 PM

11. Isn't that last frame the mace cop?

 

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Response to HopeHoops (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 08:37 PM

12. Pepper-spray your weeds away!





(edited to be clear that I think that the pepper-spray cop is a criminal jackass and the students are lovely flowers and the farthest things from weeds. )

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