Paso Robles Daily News

Mar 10, 2019

4 min read

Central Coast Propane of Paso Robles Has Released A Report About The Benefits of Flaming For Weed Control

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–Springtime weeds quickly become a nuisance to gardeners, farmers, and anyone trying to keep the sprouting vegetation under control. Central Coast Propane of Paso Robles has a solution to herbicides, hoeing, tilling and hand pulling and has published a report about the benefits of using flaming for weed control.

The benefits of flaming for weed control

In California, weed flaming is used by homeowners, vineyards, orchards, row farms, and to eliminate invasive weeds in wild lands. Weed flaming is used throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program recommends flaming as one of the methods for eliminating weeds before planting crops. The California Invasive Plant Council has launched a project, “Flaming: A new tool for wildland weed management” that has been funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture and U.S. Forest Service.

How weed flaming works

Flaming is most effective when new sprouts are under three or four inches tall. Weed flaming can be used in weather conditions that prohibit spraying. Because the technique is non-toxic, farmers can return to their fields immediately, or even continue working a safe distance from the heat. Weed flaming can be done during rain or immediately after.

Getting the right equipment for the job

For agriculture, a propane tank is mounted on a trailer and the propane flows through pipes to the flame tips. Flaming trailers come with two and up to eight tips that are configured for working in orchards, vineyards, row crops, alfalfa fields, potato fields and a variety of other crops.

The experts at Central Coast Propane can help in selecting the right equipment for the job. Central Coast Propane carries single torches for small jobs and works closely with one of the leading weed flaming equipment manufacturers.

Financial incentives for agriculture

To apply, click here to download information from PERC or call Central Coast Propane.

Safety

  • Refill the propane tank according to the instructions.
  • Follow all of the safety precautions that come with the equipment
  • Don’t use flaming around dry grass.
  • The best time to flame weeds is in the cooler, wetter times of the year
  • Don’t flame poison oak or other poisonous plants.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher or water supply close in case of an emergency.

According to the Propane industry website, propane flame weeding is up to 90-percent as effective as herbicides without hazardous exposure. Propane powered vehicles, including farm equipment, produce up to 25-percent fewer greenhouse gases and up to 60-percent less carbon monoxide than gasoline-powered vehicles. Propane is much more efficient and less expensive than electricity for heating homes, commercial and agricultural buildings.

Central Coast Propane has been supplying propane for homes, businesses, and agriculture on the Central Coast since 1992. The services include bulk gas delivery, propane tank, and underground gas line installation, propane fuel and autogas services, and agricultural and winery services including weed flaming consultation.

Central Coast Propane
6260 Monterey Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 237–1001

This press release is by Paso Robles advertising and SEO company Access Publishing, 806 9th Street, #2D, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 226–9890.