The environmental and business case for using herbicide-free methods of weed control has never been stronger.
With many alternative methods available, deciding which is the most appropriate for your business can be a challenge.
The information below helps to outline the alternatives and how Foamstream compares with them.
Foamstream vs. hot water - how both solutions work when applied to the plant.
Foamstream typically maintains kill zone temperatures for 6x longer than other alternatives.
Foamstream's annual treatment cycles compared with other alternative solutions.
There are many methods of alternative weed control, and each have their own limitations.
Manual weeding – This method is time consuming and costly, and is very labour intensive to the operator. A Foamstream operator can cover ground at a much quicker rate than manual weeding, meaning that overall big savings can be made on labour costs.
Strimming – otherwise known as weed whacking, this is ineffective as a long term option. This is due to disturbing the seedbed and spreading seeds and spores, increasing overall weed coverage and causing rapid weed growth over a wider area. This means that there needs to be a higher amount of treatments per year, ending up being more costly.
Hot water –The downfall of this method of weed control is that when the hot water is applied to the plant, the atmosphere impacts the temperature of the hot water, causing rapid heat loss. This is evident by the visible steam which occurs when treating with hot water. The loss of heat means that the plant isn’t kept in the kill zone for an extended period of time. As a result regrowth occurs sooner, contributing to a higher treatment rate over the course of the season.
Burning – This type of weed control is weather dependent and restricting as to when and where it can be used. The main concern surrounding the use of flame weeding is health and safety: due to the naked flame, there is a risk of fire. Plants with oily and waxy surfaces can be prone to catching fire and then spreading causing damage to the surrounding areas. In the worst case scenario, it can cause harm to the user or animals in the area.