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Killing Weeds with Steam?

Can I use steam to kill weeds?

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By steve from San Jose

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September 30, 20100 found this helpful
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Yes, you CAN use steam on a fence or gravel driveway. However, it is not cost effective if you have to pay for the fuel to produce the steam.

You can not use it on a lawn, unless you have a tightly focused pencil nozzle on a wand, since many weeds are tougher than lawn grass. A pressure washer is usually just as effective on sidewalk and driveway cracks, but like steam, does not do any root killing.

A "torch on a stick" is more effective.

The only place, where steam is the solution, is along wooden sided buildings with dry leaves or dry grass clippings accumulations, where you don't want to use flame.

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If you need a solution, that does not involve commercial herbicides, you can boil down vinegar in a big pot on a BBQ, until it is about half the original volume, or less. That kills most weeds.

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October 2, 20100 found this helpful

I just use vinegar full strength on weeds.

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