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Weed wand/ flame gun

30 December 2016 16:48:48

Hello all. Hope you had a peaceful Christmas and wishing you new opportunities for 2017. Getting garden ready, we'll in theory anyway. Looking for advice on weed wand / flame guns for weed Control. Products vary from company to company in price and what type of aerosol used. Have any of you got one and where did you purchase? Included two possible candidates.. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 30 December 2016 16:56:17

Hi Evelyn. A very welcome back and I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I have never tried weed wands before but customers swear by their effectiveness. They're sold in Woodies, probably Homebase too.

feverfew feverfew 30 December 2016 17:04:44

Hey jacinta.  Woodies says no  product match. And homebase show aerosol cans for weed wand. I expect it's just a little early yet for stores to have products on site or on display. Thanks anyway.. 

PCON PCON 30 December 2016 17:05:43

I have one for years. Weeds seem to recover quite soon after burning them. Sometimes use it to kick start a reluctant barbecue . Propane or butane gas at local hardware.

Fleurette Fleurette 30 December 2016 18:44:06

We have one, but I really cannot tell you  where it is currently hidden. My husband used to make use of it to light the fire ..... no, not a bonfire, the one in the sitting room!  

   I found that our weeds have too much sap or are too wet ..... but I will add that in an "Open Garden" the owner just ran it every day along the edge of his manicured lawn. Haha, no use to me !  

feverfew feverfew 30 December 2016 19:46:30

Thanks pcon and fleurette. I have gravel all around the house, tunnel and shed.  We also have a dog and definitely don't want to use chemicals. I'd use a flame gun for small annual weeds that come up in the gravel and the edges of driveway.. 

Fleurette Fleurette 30 December 2016 22:08:00

I feel that in your situation it could wor k quite well if you are very diligent and use it on the babies, baby weeds, I mean. 

When we were kids, we used to be given the job of scuffling the gravel on a Saturday afternoon. 

PCON PCON 30 December 2016 23:31:47

Maybe I'll take it out and try it again, instead of weed killer, on the cobble lock front driveway. Might need to use it more frequently. My recollection is that the weeds sprang up again quite quickly, and it is no use against moss or algae. It is not quite the same as either of those above, but closer the the second one.

fran m fran m 31 December 2016 08:45:55

Hi, I don't have one but from what I've heard they have a short term result. All they do is burn the surface growth away, roots are fine and healthy and we all know what happens healthy roots............

Happy New Year.

feverfew feverfew 31 December 2016 11:29:21

Hey guys, thanks again and you to francess. Happy year.  Cleavers,, chicken weed and hairy bittercress Ard main culprits. I used to use a kettle of boiling water but it's tedious in and out. Due to health issues and no chemicals things got out of control last simmer into autumn.  we had to dig out some with a trowel. Which brings up dome soil. Vicious circle.. Iv read up a bit on using a flame gun. And it's a no no using on soil as obviously it makes the soil sterile in time... 

horticulture fetac level

23 June 2014 23:28:05

Horticulture Fetac level 4 coming to Fanad

The Donegal ETB (Education & Training Board) intend to run a  Horticulture FETAC  Level  4 (Major Award) in the Rossnakill tourism and activity centre, Fanad, on Tuesday mornings’ 10am to 2pm starting  September 2014. Provided a sufficient number of people are interested (15). Applicants welcome from Fanad and surrounding areas. This course is designed to provide a solid foundation in Horticulture theory  & practice.

The course is  free of charge  to any adult with less than upper second level education and those in receipt of  a qualifying social welfare payment or medical card. The course is open  to other applicants, where Fees will apply, as yet to be decided.

 Closing date for expression of interest will be July 13th.

 Contact  Evelyn Gallagher at 0749159568  (no voicemails please) with name & contact details.

A representative from etb will then meet with interested applicants.


fran m fran m 24 June 2014 06:28:46

Best of luck with that Evelyn ;))


13 March 2014 22:03:28

Fun Family Fundraising Day The Rectory Hall, Tamney  Saturday 15th March 2014, 12-4.30PM All proceeds in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

                    Join us for: Flower Arranging

Irish Dancing


Cake decorating

Kids activities: Lucky Dip Free Face Painting Nail Art Colouring competition

For Sale: New & Used Clothes Brick – a – Brack Silk Flower arrangements Tea/Coffee/Home baking/tuck shop


fran m fran m 13 March 2014 22:29:38

Hope all goes well for you.

feverfew feverfew 13 March 2014 22:42:01

thanks fran. bit nervous, but hope my efforts help with their efforts. have lots of visual aids and have a slide show ready, providing the projector  works  and the hall is suitable. fingers crossed, has been an education this week with technology.



MartinB MartinB 15 March 2014 22:25:35

Fran and I could come up and do some Irish dancing

feverfew feverfew 16 March 2014 12:24:17

too late now martin, but we were two leprechauns short of a " LUCK " ( group of leprechauns are a luck of leprechauns )


MartinB MartinB 16 March 2014 20:21:12

What's a shed then?

fran m fran m 16 March 2014 22:04:09

Or, we could have given 'Tree Hugging' classes ;)

photo album. open weekend 2013.

02 February 2014 12:27:41

hi guys. just put up some photos to add å wee bit of cheer.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 February 2014 12:41:48

Lovely, Evelyn. That should keep us going for a while longer. Love the rock formation there. Thanks for the photos.

Rachel Rachel 02 February 2014 17:07:51

That one right there on your journal does it already :)

Joann Joann 02 February 2014 18:00:09

lovely planting combinations, dreaming of Summer now after looking at your pics

feverfew feverfew 02 February 2014 20:48:37

the sun shone for awhile this afternoon. but the wind would cut ye in two. spent the day in hubbys' company just chilling. well its not every sunday a workaholic takes a day off.



glad you had a great day in kildare.

12 January 2014 23:42:53

my half hour outdoors rewarded me with some great photos.

fran m fran m 13 January 2014 07:06:04

Like that one ;-))

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 January 2014 07:17:36

Maybe we can organize a more central location for next year. Although Johnstown seems to fit and suit us beautifully.

Hoeys Hoeys 13 January 2014 09:51:03

ah fab photo.

feverfew feverfew 13 January 2014 18:13:09

been to johnstown a few times, great place. il have to get organised next year as soon as the date is set for 2015, and book time off. had alook at photos, looks like a right jolly crew.



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