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Old 18-04-2019, 09:42 PM   #1
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Gas powered weed burners

Are they any good?

Itís come time for the annual digging out of the weeds growing between the monoblocks on my driveway. Normally I use patio weed brush but itís a horrible task which takes hours and leaves me with an aching back and blistered hands.

Saw a few of these advertised online and wondered how well they worked or if they were a waste of money?
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Old 18-04-2019, 10:01 PM   #2
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Gas powered weed burners

Temporary solution.

You need Glyphosate aka Roundup or a slightly cheaper and inferior generic Glyphosate such as Rosate 360.


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Old 18-04-2019, 10:46 PM   #3
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Weedkiller to kill weeds - generally no benefit in paying extra for branded names -Roseate is glyphosate base and pretty cheap

Mosskiller to kill moss (weedkiller doesn't deal with moss). For moss a biocide based product containing BAC50 is best. Cheapest way is to purchase 5 litres of BAC50 50% solution and dilute 20 to 1.
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As above, Rosate 36 or Rosate Green will do the job. I’ve used a quarter of a 5l tub over the last 4 years down the allotment and it does the job very well. Just take care using it.
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I burn them out with a roofers burner.
Very satisfying, easy, effective and no chemicals around that kills bees etc.
My cats donít like weed killer and I guess itís not very good for them either.
If you burn slowly, it kills the seeds and roots in the ground.
I do it average twice a year.

Councils in Europe do it since the eighties as weedkillers contaminate the groundwater.
Itís forbidden to use weedkillers in the Benelux and Germany (and possible in a lot more countries)
Because itís biodegradable doesnít mean it wonít be there for the next decade!
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Gas powered weed burners

Roundup Pro Vantage is safe to use on and near water courses as it breaks down quickly. So no contamination.

The generic Glyphosate often donít contain other active ingredients and wetting agents making them them not quite as effective on stubborn weeds such as creeping ivy.

Itís worth paying the extra in my experience.






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Roundup Pro Vantage is safe to use on and near water courses as it breaks down quickly. So no contamination.

The generic Glyphosate often donít contain other active ingredients and wetting agents making them them not quite as effective on stubborn weeds such as creeping ivy.

Itís worth paying the extra in my experience.






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Still kills the pollinating insects.

I pull most of the stuff out, or burn it down between the slabs.
Is very satisfying and instant results!
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ive got a weed burner , for the sake of a tenner or so theyre worth having around , i also use glyso but be aware it can take 2 weeks for the weeds to die off

the burner seems good on ivy
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The issue I have is that I would have to quit work to keep on top of my garden weeding with a burner or trowel unfortunately.


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