The propane torch shown below is the best $29.99 I’ve ever spent for weeding (I found it at Harbor Freight) – it’s awesome what I was able to accomplish in very little time.
This is what it looked like as I started using it to remove the weeks on the bank above our new rock wall (see Bramblestone Wall).
And this is what the bank looked like less than an hour later – weeds eradicated! It would have been difficult and time-consuming to do this using other methods.
After torching, we were able to immediately plant with Ivy to start getting a ground cover established. We got the torch with the electric ignition for easier lighting (they also have one for $10.00 less without the igniter). With the unit we got, the gas has to be turned down very low to get it to light, but once you get the hang of that, it’s super easy to use.
I think this is just fantastic, I can use it in the garden, in the flower beds – everywhere there are weeds! It’ll save so much time, it helps avoid using chemicals, and torched seeds in the upper soil layer aren’t going to germinate anymore. It’s the best thing since sliced bread for weeding!