Weeding the garden is not a very exhausting task, but it has to be done regularly. If you have done it, we bet you have wished there was a way to just make the weeds disappear all at once.
While this is impossible, farmers have just recently started using something that comes pretty close- flamethrowing tractors. They are actually a solution by organic farmers to turn to a method that is thousands of years old.
To combat the scourge of weeds without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides, this method essentially entails attaching rows of flamethrowers to a tractor, which then systematically burns away the weeds which grow between the crops.
This radical new solution has been developed by Flame Engineering, Inc. who reports that while it may seem extreme at first, it is quite a logical and scientific method.
The company explains:
“Flame weeding is what we like to call a ‘slow kill.’ “
The process is quite tame, in fact, as the flames don’t actually set fire to many weeds directly. The method destroys the plant structure in the leaves of the weed, preventing photosynthesis, which in turn, prevents further growth of the weed.
Moreover, “even on big weeds (over 6″), you will see a stunting effect and even a kill within a few days, depending on how established the root system is and how long the plant was exposed to heat.”
This technique has many benefits:
- Weeds are destroyed all the way down to the roots, as the flames destroy the cell structure within the leaves and prevent the weed from growing any further, so the roots will eventually die
- This method ensures zero chance of return of the weeds
- The process saves time and effort. It is quick and within a few days, even larger weeds are killed. Also, it is much easier to drive across the field with flames than to till it or pull up the weeds one by one
- You no longer need to use any of the harmful pesticides and herbicides that harm the vegetables and fruits, so it is great in a time of new regulations concerning herbicides, and the growing demand of “organic” crops
Therefore, the results and benefits of this recent innovation are impressive, and it can successfully make our lives better!