Kelly S
Kelly S
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  • Bremerton, WA

Front mulch


I gave up using herbicides,and weeding none worked for more than a month, so I burned it too kill the weeds. Dandilions don't burn worth diddly.
Phase 1 Fire
Phase 1 Fire
15 wheel barrow trips to the back yard and 20 bags of rubber mulch later
15 wheel barrow trips to the back yard and 20 bags of rubber mulch later

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2 questions
  • Sherri
    on Jun 1, 2016

    How do you use fire? A blowtorch?

    • Anna
      on Jun 10, 2016

      I bought a flame thrower type thing at Home Depot, for about $45-50, uses propane and burns well. You have to aim at the weeds and hold for a bit. It's not instantaneous. My grandpa burned his lawn every winter and had a beautiful yard.

    • Sidney Rippy McLaughlin
      on Sep 30, 2016

      This doesn't seem a very complete post.

    • Pmono7690
      on Feb 16, 2017

      I purchased a flame torch from a Harbor Freight for less then $50. I live in farm country. It works for a while then one has to do it again, about every other month.

    • Rin
      on Jun 13, 2017

      Depends where you live. My ex did small patches on his yard, 1'x1', and the fire department told him he could get a fine for "burning" his weeds & grass...
    • Mary
      on Jul 8, 2017

      I purchased a flame thrower from Menards on sale for $27 (that also included tax)... the propane was less than $4. My first attempt at burning weeds did nothing at all, so now that they are like 2 feet tall, I'm going to try to kill them again, but this time I will open the gauge to full and keep the flame on longer. Really bummed that the first attempt did nothing.

  • Cathy Shay
    on Feb 18, 2019

    can this kill the lawn as well as the weeds so I can replant the yard with seed or sod for a week free lawn?

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  • Lucy
    on Feb 18, 2019

    I use household white vinegar in an old detergent bottle to spray weeds that pop up each year between my many brick-on-sand pathways. I give them a good douse on a warm day and they are gone for the rest of the year.

    In my tomato bed, I always put down a thick layer of newspapers (5 or 6 pages) and cover with leaves before planting season. Over the years, this soil just get richer. I use "no-toil" gardening and just move over the leaves and newspaper to dig the holes for my plants. I have finally smothered out all the mulberry weeds this way and have an abundance of earthworms and rarely any tomato cutworms.

    • Angela
      on Feb 26, 2019

      Thanks, I will give the vinegar a try in my rock bed.

  • Brutbos
    on Feb 18, 2019

    I burn weeds with a great blowtorch I purchased at HarborFreight.

    Much better for the world and people’s health than those deadly smelling weed killing poisons.

    Just be very careful with flame direction.

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