Steam Weeder

With spray drift a risk, it can lead to damage in human health, environmental contamination, and property damage. There has been a big movement within councils in Australia to move away from herbicides and glyphosates spraying and towards a non-toxic weed control solution for effectively maintaining healthy public spaces in urban environments.

Dragonfly Environmenta has been trialling this method and we have had fantatsic results.  The steam weeder uses superheated water (above 100oC). It does not boil due to pressurisation of the water. As it depressurises it explodes into saturated steam which causes thermal shock. The pressurised hot steam, ruptures plant cells resulting in the decomposition of plant soft tissue. Prolonged contact of the steam on the plant kills the above ground portion of the plant. This method uses water only, eliminating the need to use any chemicals, Super-heated saturated steam has been found to be the most effective in killing weeds.

Dragonfly Environmental’s Director, Andre Olson shares why it was so important to purchase the steam weeder.

“Dragonfly are industry leaders and are always trying to improve our management practices. We look for ways to be more sustainable, for ways to reduce chemicals, for ways to streamline works and make them safer for our staff to perform. As a company we integrate chemical free weed control into ALL of our projects. Examples of this are solarisation, thermal weeding and better landscape practices. We bought our first steam weeder in order to increase our ability to have more chemical free options for our clients and workers. The steam weeder reduce the amount of herbicide or company was using per year, and makes the environments safer for native fauna and of course for people who use the bushland area for passive and active recreation.

Dragonfly Environmental have been using steam weeders since 2016. We predominantly used them for urban use, removing weeds from pavements and gutters and in landscape areas. Through this we have learnt they are also very useful for bush regeneration purposes.  It aided in weed eradication works, ensured no use of chemicals in sensitive areas including water ways, and stimulated the germination of native seed in the soil profile. It is safer for our staff to use and ensures no harmful chemicals are used at some of our sites.”

If you would to learn more about the steam weeder contact our staff at Dragonfly who will be more than happy to guide you through the process.