Flame weeding

Question ...

When perennial weeds get established in the cracks between bricks and paving stones, trying to dig them out often damages the bricks or opens the crack further, increasing the problem in future. Cutting the weed flush with the surface can work, but needs great persistence. Does a small flame gun work any better?

Answer ...

By comparison to hand weeding between paving slabs, a flame weeder would be quicker. They are particularly suitable for weeding awkward areas, such as steps and for killing weeds between paving slabs. Flame weeders also have the advantage of killing the weed seed near to the surface of the soil. Most equipment has a wand or lance and this reduces the need to bend when weeding. Depending upon the situation, most areas will require 4-5 treatments per year for effective control.

Flame weeders are available from The Organic Gardening Catalogue

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