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 we’re able to accomplish in very little time when we use it for weeding.
How It Works
The propane torch hooks onto any standard 20 lb. propane cylinder and it kills the weeds by flaming them.
It’s very useful when you want to clear weeds out of a large area quickly or to kill weed seeds in prepared garden beds just before you plant your garden seeds in the beds (it kills the weed seeds so they don’t germinate).
It’s also useful if you need to soften asphalt for some reason or you want to melt snow or ice in a specific area.
The actual torch we purchased is shown below and I would recommend getting the model that has the push button igniter for easier lighting. They also have one for about $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.
Using The Propane Torch
Of course, you need to be careful when using a propane torch like this, use proper safety precautions, and wear appropriate protective gear. It’s also highly recommended to have a spray hose hooked up and ready in case any fire starts getting out of control.
This is what it looked like as I started using it to remove the weeks on the bank above our 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.
Here it is in action on another bank that we want to plant with ground cover:
I think this is just fantastic, I can use it in the garden, in the flower beds – everywhere there are weeds! It saves so much time, 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!