Paved areas in the garden are usually low maintenance and undemanding. Until one day you notice weeds between the joints. The use of weed killers on paved areas is strictly prohibited, weeding is very tedious, and the joint scraper is not a long-term solution. Perhaps that is why flaming devices are gaining popularity, as they can effectively and effortlessly remove plants from joints. In today’s article, we summarize the most important things about flaming weeds.
Table of contents
- Flaming weeds: Forbidden or still allowed?
- How do I burn off weeds properly?
Flaming weeds: Forbidden or still allowed?
Flaming weeds offers many advantages: you can remove the plants quickly, without chemicals and, above all, effortlessly. Especially for people with back problems, the method is perhaps the best choice, because you do not have to bend.
Even more so – when during the garden season not only flowers and perennials bloom, and also weeds spread in the joints between the paving stones, then quick action is required.
By law, the use of weed burners is permitted. To be on the safe side, however, you should ask the local authorities when you are allowed to use the devices and what protective measures need to be taken.
Only gardening activities that do not cause noise are allowed on Sundays. So whether you are allowed to flame weeds on Sundays depends on the device. Most are very quiet and can be used without any problems.
Flaming weeds: Are weed burners dangerous?
For now: weed burners are not dangerous as long as they are handled properly. Time and again, however, firefighters and police warn that fire can quickly spread from the joints to nearby hedges, trees and even buildings.
So if you reach for the flaming device right away without first taking important protective measures and practicing the proper use of the weed burner, things can quickly turn nasty. Should damage occur due to a fire, then this could quickly become expensive. On the one hand, because you should then pay the deployment costs for the fire department. On the other hand, because one makes oneself thereby also punishable. The arson is considered namely as realization of a criminal offense.
Avoiding the risk of fire: These protective measures are important
- Read the instruction manual and strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions when operating the device.
- Use the weed burner only on calm days. Otherwise, sparks can quickly jump from the treated area. Especially in summer, during heat and long dry periods, the risk of fire is high anyway.
- Before you flame the paved area, you should sweep it carefully.
- Children and pets should not be in the garden during the treatment. In this way, accidents can be avoided.
- The appropriate work clothes (long pants, closed shoes) is an absolute must.
- While you are working with a weed burner, there should be no other open fire sources.
- You should store the gas cylinders according to the manufacturer’s instructions, out of reach of children and pets, of course.
- Always have small fire extinguishers with you when operating the weed burner.
How do I burn weeds properly?
There are two types of weed burners. The gas burners produce flames that heat the weeds around 800° C on average. The electric ones, on the other hand, do not produce a direct flame, but heated jets of air. This causes above-ground plant parts to die after a few days. The weeds then look wilted, not burned. Both the gas burners and the electric devices score points for being very easy to use. Their effectiveness can vary greatly depending on the weather and the type of weed. The weeds can be removed faster and better during prolonged dry periods. So choose a hot, sunny week to treat the patio or garden path.
To remove weeds safely , you should strictly follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding operation. As long as nothing else is specified:
- Sweep the work area, remove grass clippings, fallen leaves or flowers.
- Choose a sunny, windless day and start work early in the morning.
- Be patient and hold the flame on each plant for a few seconds.
- Especially in late summer, there is a risk that new weeds will grow quickly after flaming. This is because most plants go to seed in August. Therefore, several treatments are necessary until you permanently get rid of the plant.
Flaming weeds: Will the roots get burned, too?
In most cases, treated plants die after several days and never grow again. However, there are exceptions. If it rained heavily the day before, the weeds will have soaked up and be less susceptible to heat rays. The above-ground parts of the plant will die, but the plants may resprout after a few days.
Flame weeds in joints: How long does it last?
Under optimal conditions, that is, if you remove the young plants in the spring and then treat the paved area every 2-3 months, you can permanently remove the weeds. However, if you remove the pavers and joints for the first time in the fall, then patience is required. However, if you treat the joints after each sprouting in September, you will finally get rid of the plant next year.
If you want to kill weeds in the lawn, then you can also use natural weed killers.