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Did You Know Steam Weeding Can Actually Control Your Weed Seed Bank?

By Jeremy Winer
21-Mar-24

  Deep Down and Dirty: Conquering the Weed Seed Bank with Steam Weeding Have you ever battled a seemingly endless war against weeds in your garden? You meticulously remove them, feeling triumphant with a clear bed, only to be greeted by a fresh army of seedlings after the first rain. This persistent foe is the weed seed bank, a hidden reservoir of weed seeds lurking beneath the soil’s surface, just waiting for the right conditions to germinate.   What is a Weed Seed Bank?   Imagine a silent army beneath your feet. The weed seed bank is a population of viable weed seeds lying dormant in the soil. These seeds can remain viable for years, waiting for the perfect combination of moisture, warmth, and sunlight to trigger germination. This bank is constantly replenished as existing weeds mature and drop their seeds.   Herbicide’s Shortcomings: Missing the Seed Bank   Traditional herbicides are often used to control weeds. However, they have a significant limitation: they primarily target existing, above-ground weeds. Herbicides typically don’t reach or impact the dormant seeds within the seed bank. This means that even after applying herbicide, a new wave of weeds can emerge from the seed bank when conditions become favorable. What is the effect of Satusteam© on the seed bank? Have you ever handweeded a garden bed, thinking that you have left the soil weed free – job done; only to have a veritable vegetative carpet of seedling weeds appear after the first moisture? That’s the seed bank being triggered to life by the warming of the soil, previously shaded from the sun by the weeds you removed, perhaps some exposure to light, and certainly some available moisture.  I have seen a similar effect, time and time again when weeding with Satusteam© – saturated steam and boiling water. The combination of adding heat and water to the soil surface germinates some species in the seed bank. Seeds react differently. Some species of seeds can’t tolerate the heat and are de-natured. They die and decay in the soil, whilst others love it, as it splits the hard seed coat and allows their first embryonic roots and shoots to emerge. Either way, it’s a bonus. The bonus is that we can now deplete the seed bank. We can control next year’s weeds, this year. I won’t go into the environmental contamination and potential health effects caused by chemical methods of pre-emergent seed bank control, because seriously we can manage the seed bank with just water.  Really, really hot water! Satusteam©: A Game Changer for Seed Bank Management Satusteam©, a revolutionary steam weeding technology, offers a safe and effective solution for seed bank management. Unlike herbicides, Satusteam© disrupts the seed bank in two key ways, referencing the information you provided:   Direct Seed Elimination: The high temperatures of Satusteam© can denature heat-sensitive weed seeds, essentially cooking them and preventing future germination. This aligns with the FAQ section mentioning seeds being “de-natured and die.”   Germination & Early Elimination: Satusteam© can act as a germination trigger for certain weed seeds, mirroring the FAQ section. The good news? These vulnerable seedlings are easily eliminated with Satusteam©, preventing them from maturing and replenishing the seed bank. This fulfills the blog’s purpose of controlling next year’s weeds this year.   Want to learn more about the science behind Satusteam© and how it eliminates weeds? Visit our in-depth blog section CLICK HERE.  Here, you’ll find detailed explanations and resources to understand how Satusteam© revolutionizes weed control. Why Steam Weeding is Perfect for Schools, Municipalities, Universities, Landscape Contractors, and Organic Farmers?   Looking for a safe, eco-friendly way to manage weeds in public areas or cultivate organic crops?  Here’s why steam weeding is a compelling solution for these groups,  Reduced Reliance on Herbicides: Satusteam© eliminates the need for potentially harmful chemical herbicides, promoting safety and environmental responsibility. Effective Seed Bank Depletion:Consistent Satusteam© use depletes the seed bank over time, leading to long-term weed control, as mentioned in the FAQ. Targeted Weed Control: Satusteam© allows for focused applications in specific areas with weed problems, maximizing efficiency. Early Weed Removal: By tackling weeds at the seedling stage, Satusteam© prevents them from reaching maturity and producing even more seeds. Here are few of our satisfied customers   Benefits for Public Areas and Organic Farming Safe Weed Control in Public Areas: Parks, playgrounds, and recreational areas benefit from steam weeding’s targeted approach and lack of harmful chemicals.   Reduced Maintenance Costs: Steam weeding helps achieve long-term weed control, potentially reducing overall maintenance costs compared to traditional methods.   Weed Control for Organic Farming Satusteam© adheres to organic farming principles, allowing for effective weed control without synthetic herbicides.   Improved Soil Health: By avoiding chemical herbicides, steam weeding promotes healthy soil conditions.   Ready to see Satusteam© in action? Check out our Youtube channel CLICK HERE. Here, you’ll find informative videos showcasing the technology in use and its effectiveness in various applications. Looking for more information on Satusteam© and its benefits? We invite you to explore our blog section. We cover a wide range of topics related to weed control, seed bank management, and the advantages of Satusteam© technology.   Connect with us on Social Media! Follow us on Instagram to stay updated on the latest advancements in weed control solutions and experience the Satusteam© difference. https://www.instagram.com/weedtechnics/   Conclusion   Satusteam© offers a powerful tool for managing weed seed banks in public areas and organic farming applications. With its effectiveness, safety, and eco-friendly approach, steam weeding is a viable alternative for a variety of institutions and land management professionals.  Don’t wait any longer! Take control of your weed problems and embrace a sustainable future with Satusteam© Get in touch with our team of Steam Weeding Experts  .

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Do Organic Herbicides Work?

By Jeremy Winer
15-Mar-24

Natural Weed Killers – Do Organic Herbicides Work? We all dream of a flourishing garden, but pesky weeds can quickly turn that dream into a nightmare. Many gardeners turn to organic herbicides as a natural alternative to synthetic weed killers. But before you grab that bottle of vinegar, let’s delve into the world of organic herbicides and explore their effectiveness. What is an Organic Herbicide? Organic herbicides are natural products or man-made versions of natural products that kill plants. Unlike synthetic herbicides, they’re derived from organic sources like vinegar, clove oil, or corn gluten meal. However, the term “organic” doesn’t automatically translate to completely safe or environmentally friendly. Pre-emergent vs Post-emergent Herbicides Understanding the timing is crucial for successful weed control. There are two main types of organic herbicides: Pre-emergent Herbicides: These target weed seeds as they germinate, preventing them from establishing themselves in your garden. Examples include corn gluten meal and certain essential oils. Post-emergent Herbicides: These take aim at existing weeds, aiming to kill the plant itself. Vinegar, boiling water, and some concentrated essential oils fall under this category. When is a Weed Dead? Don’t be fooled by a wilting weed!  Just because a weed looks defeated after applying an organic herbicide doesn’t necessarily mean it’s gone for good.  Some weeds, particularly perennials, can recover from seemingly fatal injuries.  Be patient and monitor the treated area for regrowth. Examples of Natural Weed Killers Here are some commonly used organic herbicides: Vinegar: A readily available option, but its effectiveness on established weeds is limited. Boiling Water: Effective for killing small weeds on patios or driveways, but use caution around desirable plants. Corn Gluten Meal: A pre-emergent option that works best on certain weed types when applied before weed seeds germinate. Essential Oils: Oils like clove oil or citrus oil can be effective, but proper dilution and application techniques are crucial to avoid harming desired plants. Important Note: Always research and follow specific application instructions for any organic herbicide you choose. Improper use can damage plants or be ineffective. Some Common Myths About Organic Herbicides Let’s address some misconceptions surrounding organic herbicides: Organic Herbicides are Safer: While generally safer than synthetic options, some organic herbicides can be toxic. Always read labels carefully. Organic Herbicides Harm the Environment Less: Improper use can still harm the environment, so responsible application is key. Organic Herbicides are Extracted From Natural Products: Many are produced in factories like synthetic herbicides. Organic Herbicides Don’t Contaminate Groundwater: Improper use can lead to contamination, so follow application guidelines. Synthetic Herbicides Contaminate Soil: While possible, proper use of synthetic herbicides can minimize this risk. Remember, responsible application is crucial for any type of herbicide. Do Natural Weed Killers Work? Organic herbicides can be a helpful tool, but their effectiveness is often lower than synthetic options, especially for established weeds. Here’s where the limitations come in: Natural Pre-emergent Herbicides: These can be moderately effective in preventing weed seeds from germinating, but their success depends on factors like soil temperature, moisture, and weed type. Natural Post-emergent Herbicides: These can be less effective than synthetic options, often requiring repeated applications and potentially harming desirable plants if not used carefully. Do Natural Weed Killers Work? Here’s a closer look at some popular options: Myths About Straw And Hay In The Garden: While mulching with straw or hay can suppress weeds to some extent, it’s not a complete solution. Weeds can still grow through or on top of the mulch. Vinegar Weed Killer Myth: While vinegar can kill tender seedlings, it’s generally ineffective on established weeds. Corn Gluten Meal – Does it Work For Weeds?: Corn gluten meal can be moderately effective in preventing certain weed seeds from germinating, but it requires consistent application and may not work for all types of weeds. Remember:  Read labels carefully and follow application instructions for all organic herbicides. The Bottom Line: Organic herbicides can be a part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy for your garden. However, they often require more effort and repeated applications.   PS:Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is a certification body that ensures the integrity of organic products in Australia. They certify farms and businesses that meet the Australian Certified Organic Standard, one of the most respected standards in the world . This standard prohibits the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, and GMOs . To be ACO certified, a business must undergo regular audits to ensure they are complying with the standards . You can find more information about the ACO standard on the Australian Organic website . In Australia, the term “organic” is not protected by law, so the only way to be sure a product is truly organic is to look for the ACO Certified Organic BUD logo. This logo signifies that the product has been certified to meet the rigorous Australian Certified Organic Standard .

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A Gardener’s Guide to Eco-Friendly Alternatives

By Jeremy Winer
12-Mar-24

The War on Weeds: A Gardener’s Guide to Eco-Friendly Alternatives We’ve all been there. You spend hours lovingly tending to your garden, only to be greeted by the unwelcome sight of persistent weeds. The battle against these botanical invaders can feel like an endless struggle. Traditionally, herbicides like Roundup have been the go-to solution. However, concerns about their safety for human health and the environment have led many gardeners to seek alternative, eco-friendly methods. This blog is your comprehensive guide to winning the war on weeds without resorting to harsh chemicals. We’ll explore a diverse arsenal of strategies, from time-tested organic solutions to innovative technological advancements. 1. Know Your Enemy: Unveiling the Weeds Invading Your US Lawn Before choosing a battle plan, it’s crucial to identify your enemy. The vast and diverse climate of the United States fosters a wide range of common garden weeds. Here, we’ll unveil the characteristics of some frequently encountered foes to help you wage a targeted war: 1.1 Annual Broadleaf Blitz: Chickweed & Red Clover These fast-growing invaders, like chickweed and red clover, complete their life cycle in a single season, focusing their energy on prolific seed production before succumbing to winter’s chill. Their shallow root systems make them susceptible to hand pulling, but their relentless seed production requires vigilance. Look for: Broad, flat leaves with lobed or serrated edges. Chickweed forms low-growing mats of tiny green leaves and white flowers, while red clover has distinctive trifoliate leaves with reddish-pink flower heads [1]. 1.2 Annual Grassy Guerillas: Crabgrass & Foxtail These grassy menaces, like crabgrass and foxtail, quickly establish themselves in sunny areas, stealing water and nutrients from your desired plants. Their shallow root systems allow for hand pulling, but their rapid growth and prolific seed production necessitate early intervention. Look for: Thin, blade-like leaves that grow in clumps or patches. Crabgrass forms a sprawling mat of reddish-green blades, while foxtail has bristly seed heads that resemble bottle brushes [1]. 1.2 Perennial Broadleaf Battleground: Dandelions (x2) & Purslane These persistent troublemakers, like dandelions (yes, you read that right!), return year after year thanks to their deep taproots that store energy and sprout new growth even after the top is removed. While dandelions can be a cheerful sight for some, their aggressive root systems and ability to spread through wind-dispersed seeds make them unwelcome guests in most cultivated spaces. Purslane, another persistent broadleaf weed, forms low-growing mats and thrives in hot, dry conditions. Look for: Distinctive broad leaves for dandelions and low-growing, spreading rosettes for purslane. Both produce bright yellow flowers, though dandelion flowers are solitary on tall stalks, while purslane has smaller flowers nestled amongst the foliage [1]. Knowing the type of weed you’re dealing with allows you to target its vulnerabilities. For annuals, preventing seed germination is key. Perennials require a multi-pronged approach that may involve exhausting their root reserves or smothering their growth. Source: [1] University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources. (n.d.). Weeds. ANR https://anrcatalog.ucanr.edu/Details.aspx?itemNo=3488 2. The Organic Arsenal: Natural Solutions to Squash Your Weedy Woes Mother Nature provides a treasure trove of natural weed-fighting options. Here are some of the most effective: 2.1 Mulch: The Guardian of the Garden Bed Mulch is an unsung hero in the fight against weeds. A thick layer (2-4 inches) of organic mulch, like shredded bark, leaves, or straw, acts as a physical barrier, blocking sunlight from reaching weed seeds and preventing germination. It also retains moisture in the soil, benefiting your desired plants while creating a dry, inhospitable environment for weed growth. Mulch breaks down over time, adding valuable nutrients to the soil as it decomposes. However, be mindful of using fresh wood chips as mulch, as they can rob nitrogen from the soil as they break down. 2.2 Manual Removal: The Satisfying Sweat For small areas or targeted weed removal, pulling weeds by hand is a simple and effective option. This method offers complete control over which plants are removed and allows you to focus on young weeds before they establish themselves. It’s also a great way to get some exercise and a sense of accomplishment while communing with your garden. The key to successful manual removal is to extract the entire root system, preventing regrowth. A weeding fork or dandelion weeder can be helpful tools for stubborn weeds with deep taproots. 2. The Organic Arsenal: Natural Solutions to Squash Your Weedy Woes We explored the power of mulch as a guardian against weeds. Now, let’s delve into some additional organic solutions in your eco-friendly arsenal: 2.3 Corn Gluten Meal: A Pre-emptive Strike Corn gluten meal is a pre-emergent weed control solution derived from a corn processing byproduct. It works by creating a protein film on the soil surface that disrupts the germination process of weed seeds. Apply corn gluten meal before weeds emerge in early spring or late fall. Reapplication may be necessary after heavy rain. While effective against many common weeds like crabgrass and foxtail, corn gluten meal has a limited window of effectiveness and won’t work on established weeds. It’s also important to note that corn gluten meal can be harmful to some desirable plants, so be sure to research its compatibility with your garden before using [2]. 2.4 Organic Herbicides: A Targeted Approach Organic herbicides derived from natural materials like vinegar (acetic acid) or citric acid offer a more targeted approach to weed control. Vinegar is particularly effective on young, tender weeds, while citric acid can target specific broadleaf weeds. These solutions act by desiccating (drying out) the plant tissues they come in contact with. However, effectiveness can vary depending on the concentration, application method, and weather conditions. They may require repeat applications for complete control and may not be suitable for delicate plants [3, 4]. 2.5 Saturated Steam: A Steamy Demise Saturated steam is an eco-friendly method that utilizes high-pressure steam to kill weeds. This approach offers a less labor-intensive alternative to hand pulling, particularly for larger areas. The steam penetrates the plant cell walls, causing them to rupture and kill the

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Ditch the Chemicals, Embrace Saturated Steam Weeding: A Safe and Effective Solution for Weed Control

By Jeremy Winer
04-Mar-24

Are you concerned about the harmful effects of glyphosate and other herbicides on your health, the environment, and beneficial organisms? If so, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there’s a safer and more sustainable alternative: steam weeding. What is Satusteam™? Satusteam™ is a chemical-free weed control technology developed by Weedtechnics. It utilises a unique combination of saturated steam and boiling water to eliminate weeds effectively. Why Choose Satusteam™? Beyond its safety and environmental benefits, Satusteam™ offers several advantages over traditional herbicides: Targeted: Eliminates weeds precisely, minimising harm to surrounding plants and beneficial insects. Effective: Controls a broad spectrum of weeds, including young and mature plants. Versatile: Applicable in various settings, from small gardens to extensive fields, using handheld or tractor-mounted equipment. Sustainable: Utilises a renewable resource (water) and leaves no harmful residues. Cost-effective: Lowers weed management costs over time through reduced reliance on herbicides and repeat treatments. Benefits for Multiple Users: Organic growers: Maintain organic certification and protect crops from harmful chemicals. Schools and public parks: Ensure a safe environment for children and families without the risks associated with herbicides. Municipalities, universities, and zoos: Promote environmental responsibility while effectively managing weeds in public spaces. Beekeepers: Protect precious bee colonies from harmful chemicals that can harm their health and honey production. Groundskeepers: Maintain pristine landscapes in an eco-friendly and responsible manner. Additional Advantages: Safe to use around people and pets. No spray drift, allowing for application in windy or rainy conditions. Does not contaminate groundwater. Requires no protective gear like respirators or spray suits. Building Soil Health: Satusteam™ actually improves soil health by: Rapidly destroying weeds: These weeds decompose, providing nutrients for soil organisms and promoting the development of a healthy humus layer. Not harming beneficial soil organisms: Unlike some methods, Satusteam™ only targets the top layer of soil, leaving beneficial microbes, fungi, and bacteria unharmed. Beyond Weed Control: Satusteam machines can also be used for low-pressure, high-temperature cleaning and sanitization. This makes them ideal for removing gum, moss, biofilm, dirt, and grease from various hard surfaces. Conclusion: Satusteam™ offers a responsible and effective solution for weed control, promoting a greener future. It’s a win-win for your health, the environment, and your wallet.  

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Weedtechnics 7-Step Sustainable Vegetation Management Plan

By Jeremy Winer
19-Feb-24

In the dynamic realm of weed management, the quest for sustainable and effective solutions is paramount. Enter the Weedtechnics 7-Step Sustainable Vegetation Management Plan, meticulously crafted for universities, schools, colleges, campuses, municipalities, councils, and facilities management across the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada. Tailored for those transitioning away from glyphosate and herbicides towards eco-friendly alternatives, let’s explore each step of this innovative plan. 1.Defining Outcomes and Standards At the heart of the Weedtechnics plan lies a vision tailored to the needs of clients moving away from glyphosate and herbicides. Whether it’s enhancing campus aesthetics, ensuring student safety, or preserving natural habitats, this step involves defining clear objectives aligned with the unique requirements of each client. 2.Quantifying Assets and Managed Areas Understanding the scale of weed management tasks is essential for efficient operations, especially during the transition phase. Weedtechnics assists universities, councils, and facilities management in quantifying assets and identifying areas in need of management. This detailed assessment enables precise resource allocation and targeted weed control strategies. 3. Cataloguing Weed Species and Resources Weed diversity varies across regions, necessitating a tailored approach to eco-friendly weed control. Weedtechnics helps catalog weed species prevalent in educational campuses and municipal areas, considering factors like terrain and available resources. This comprehensive inventory ensures customized management plans suited to local conditions while minimizing reliance on harmful chemicals.     4.Evaluating Techniques and Equipment Choosing the right weed control methods is critical for achieving desired outcomes, especially for clients transitioning away from glyphosate and herbicides. Weedtechnics recommends environmentally friendly techniques such as steam weeding, ideal for universities and municipalities prioritizing sustainability. Our innovative equipment minimizes harm to non-target species while effectively managing weeds without the use of harmful chemicals. 5.Identifying Training Needs Equipping staff with the necessary skills is key to successful eco-friendly weed management. Weedtechnics conducts skills gap analyses to identify training requirements specific to educational institutions and municipal councils. By investing in employee development, clients can ensure proficient and environmentally conscious weed control practices aligned with their transition goals. 6.Crafting a Management Program With insights into local weed species and trained personnel, it’s time to design a comprehensive eco-friendly management program. Weedtechnics advocates for integrated approaches combining cultural, mechanical, and biological methods. Tailored to the unique needs of universities and municipalities, these programs promote sustainable weed control while preserving ecosystems and reducing reliance on glyphosate and herbicides. 7. Implementation and Feedback Mechanisms The final step involves implementing the eco-friendly management program and establishing feedback mechanisms. Weedtechnics supports universities and councils in monitoring progress, identifying areas for improvement, and adapting strategies as needed. By fostering continuous improvement and reducing reliance on harmful chemicals, clients can achieve long-term success in eco-friendly weed management. In conclusion, the Weedtechnics 7-Step Sustainable Vegetation Management Plan offers tailored solutions for universities, schools, colleges, campuses, municipalities, councils, and facilities management across USA, Canada, Australia, NewZealand. By partnering with Weedtechnics, clients can effectively manage weeds, enhance campus aesthetics, and promote environmental stewardship by transitioning away from glyphosate and herbicides towards eco-friendly alternatives for a greener future.

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Organic Horticultural Weed Control

By Sidonie Spring-Winer
06-Jun-23

Duckworth Family Farms Interview by Jeremy Winer with Oscar and Lorrie Duckworth. As the owner of Weedtechnics, I strive to deliver top quality customer service and trouble shoot issues when they arise. Our organic horticultural weed control systems are an advancement on our preexisting technology. As a company we are proud to have our technology operating in a variety of horticultural locations. One of these locations is an organic  you pick blueberry farm in Sebastopol California, named Duckworth Family Farms. I visited Duckworth Family Farms to provide a service to their machine and upgrade their equipment. The the additions were the Rowtech 80cm head and Tracktech arms. When the work was done husband and wife co-owners, Oscar and Lorrie Duckworth, were happy to sit down with me and discuss their business, values and the impact Satusteam™ has had for them.  The Vision for Duckworth family Farms Lorrie’s vision for Duckworth family Farms is a you-pick organic blueberry farm. Integrating into the ecosystem in a way which restores the biodiversity that the region has lost. The vision for the farm sprung from Lorrie’s childhood experiences. “So I grew up being able to go out to family farms and pick fruit and produce, as a small child back in the 60s, so we’ve come a long way since then. When we moved here, we were going to the grocery store and buying things, and everything tasted the same. And I wanted to go back to what I had as a child, to be able to pick something, have it be fresh and have it taste great.”  During my weekend spent with the Duckworth’s I felt a connection to the country that I only feel when nature is thriving. It was a profound experience entering the farm on the second day, it felt like coming home. The farm has a beautiful location and a welcoming atmosphere. I shared this sense with Lorrie who was delighted “For us, it’s not just the fact that we grow organic blueberries that the public come out and pick themselves, that’s huge, what’s important is they bring out their families and then when they’re here, blueberries are great, but we want to extend the experience”.  The farm itself is filled with biodiversity and holds its own special ecosystem. This is a defining characteristic of an organic farm untouched by the effects of toxic chemicals. “The difference between an organic farm and an inorganic farm is the insects, the wildlife and we have water features thriving with life. In providing that, you cannot be a chemical farmer.”  The Struggles of Finding an Organic Horticultural Weed Control Solution for Organic Blueberry Farms They began to explain the struggles of starting a blueberry farm within the environment they had chosen. It was proving difficult to find an organic horticultural weed control solution for their location. When advisors and suppliers came to assess their organic site, the advice they received was “You can’t do it, you can not grow blueberries organically, you’ll have too many weeds.” They said “We’ll get you set up with the plants, but secretly, we’re going to deliver you these chemicals because you cannot compete against these weeds”. But this news did not dishearten Oscar and Lorrie and they took the advice with a grain of salt.  Lorrie shared the experience of having the advisors wandering the property with her as the sun sunk behind the North Sonoma Mountains “When it came to dusk, because this is an organic farm, about 10,000 frogs start sounding off, and we’re walking through this field that they thought might be a good fit, (for blueberries) and the older man turned to the younger man and said “oh my gosh I have not heard them sing like this since you were probably a baby, I wonder where they all went, and why we don’t have any in our central valley?” And I kept thinking, oh my god it’s the chemicals.”  Finding a Better Organic Chemical Free Weed Management Solution Determined to keep Duckworth a toxin free organic farm, they began using the means they had to solve their weeding problems. We have students and travellers who stay here for education, experience and board in return for their labour.  “So we would hand weed, 20 people everyday, 5 days a week and we barely kept ahead of it, and we’ve done this for years, so we started looking for something that would help us out, anything”. Hand pulling was extremely labour intensive and on a farm this size, it became impractical. Lorrie and Oscar only had one criteria for their new solution. “It had to be organic, if I use a chemical spray, there is no way I can let 3 year olds come out and pick from my bush, and eat it, no way at all. So our goal was to try to find something that we could do that was non-toxic, that we could effectively use year in year out, on this organic farm”.  Lorrie searched for organic horticultural weed control solutions and she came across the Weedtechnics website. Immediately, she contacted our California dealer extremely interested and with a great need. Within days they drove to Fresno, CA, and picked up their new Satusteam™ solution. They have been using the system for 2 years. When asked how the solution was tracking, Oscar, who is an extremely skilled mechanic, engineer, welder and blueberry farmer, stated “two years experience tells us that herbicides would never work anyway with how shallow the root zone is; however, the steam hasn’t given us any trouble whatsoever. There’s been no damage whatsoever to the blueberries. Although it’s been very damaging to the weeds. This system replaces 20 workers with just one man at the steering wheel”.  Operating Through COVID-19 In early 2020, the world began to shut down due to the COVID-19 virus. Putting a stop to the steady stream of tourism, WWOOF (Willing Workers on organic Farms)  and working visa holders. This could have

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Satusteam™ for Weed Control in Vineyards

By Jeremy Winer
10-Feb-23

Satusteam™: Steam Weed Control For Sustainable Vineyards Vineyards aiming for sustainability (1) adopt a holistic approach to production. They consider how best to manage energy and water usage, land design, material selection, conserve and regenerate biodiversity and build living soils. Vineyards are cost-intensive with their long growing season, numerous seasonal management stages, and high labour requirements. Which is why implementing sustainability should result in a reduction of inputs, increased soil fertility and long term productivity. Satusteam™ weed control achieves organic accreditation, soil sustainability, lower inputs and reduces labour costs. Weed management in vineyards Weed management is a challenge for vineyards moving towards sustainability, particularly when they have been used to applying herbicides and having a bare earth policy under their vines. It starts with rethinking what is actually a weed. Weeds in a vineyard can be defined as the non beneficial vegetation which among other things competes for valuable soil nutrients and water in the rootzone of the vine during the growing season. (2) Organic and biodynamic growers use various methods including beneficial cover crops, seasonal grazing, manual chipping, mechanical tillage, mowing, organically certified herbicides and thermal weed control. There is no silver bullet and each land manager will have a different combination of tools. Satusteam™ is a thermal weed control that deserves consideration. Thermal weed control Thermal weed control uses heat at above 60ºC, lethal heat , to cook vegetation. Lethal heat can cook weeds slowly, but when the temperature is delivered at 100ºC the process of thermal shock is much more explosive on the cells of the soft tissue leaves and stems. Various embodiments of flamers, hot water and foam machines and steamers have been developed over the past 35 years. Dry heat flamers pose risks to irrigation pipes, vine trunks and can easily cause runaway fires if conditions are dry. In contrast, wet thermal machines have shown promise but needed to overcome challenges of speed, efficacy, adaptability to terrain and efficiency with resources for power, water and fuel. Satusteam™ weed control Weedtechnics have developed the process of generating a mixture of saturated steam and boiling water for weed control. We named the process and mixture Satusteam™. Satusteam™ is created through a process of pressurising water as it is drawn from a water tank; heating it to 118ºC as it is pumped through a heat exchanger; depressurising the liquid superheated water through a unique nozzle system, into a low pressure mixture of saturated steam and boiling water – Satusteam™. It destroys soft leaves and stems on contact. The challenge was how to apply the Satusteam™ to the vegetation without the Satusteam™ cooling even a few degrees. Therefore, we evolved a range of applicator heads to encapsulate the heat and create an atmosphere which maintains the Satusteam™ at temperature during delivery. For vines we developed the Rowtech™, a 55cm or 80cm diameter stainless steel cone with a unique combination of central stainless steel nozzle assembly in a free spinning bearing. It has an elegantly designed one piece bumper ring and replaceable brush skirt. The solution for vineyards Vineyard infrastructure such as vines, posts and irrigation are obstacles which posed the next hurdle in creating a fit for purpose weed tool. Using applicators on the end of a hand held lance has its place, but not for kms of vine rows. Simple spring loaded arms to hold the Rowtech ™ applicators heads, which gently rolled around the obstacles, showed promise. However, the ground beneath vines is rarely flat and often varies in slope and camber along a row. There can be holes, clods and debris that cause the applicator head to lift, flip or worse still, fold. Necessity required us to develop a system which tracked the ground, adjusted to slopes keeping the Rowtech ™ always parallel to the terrain it was passing over, as well as retract and roll around obstacles and self spring back into alignment. The result is the Tracktech™. This combination of Rowtech ™ and Tracktech™ allows for continuous forward movement delivering Satusteam onto the 55cm or 80cm band of unwanted weeds under vines, along fence lines, through orchards and anywhere else that requires lineal band weed control.   Hidden costs of weeding Organic, biological, biodynamic and regenerative farming practices all have the fundamental core principle of increasing life in the soil. A sustainable vineyard should, to achieve sustainability accreditation, be able to measure; The increase in soil life Organic matter Improved structure and consequential sequestered carbon Actions that; Destroy the soil structure Expose the soil to erosion Leave residues that are toxic to beneficial soil organisms Disrupt the vines’ ability to function optimally Are undesirable and have hidden costs. Satusteam™ explodes the cells of soft leaved and stemmed vegetation. It destroys the protective cuticle that prevents the plant from dehydrating. The vegetation is left in a permanent wilted softened (cooked) state. Within a day of sunshine the vegetation is browned off, straw like and becomes thin mulch.  This mulch protects the soil from sun, breaking the force of rain and providing a slow release of nutrients back into the soil. A healthy living soil will recycle the vegetation, releasing the minerals and storing the carbon. Steam weed control and the root zone A misconception about steam weed control is that it injects deep into the ground, this is untrue for Satusteam™. Satusteam™ penetrates into the top 3-10mm of soil to destroy or damage the growth point of the weed. The growth point is where the roots meet the shoots, so it either destroys the plant or retards its ability to reshoot. Satusteam™ does not penetrate into the root zone of the vine. This is a fundamental difference in action from cutting with mowers and whipper snippers, burning or using a desiccating spray. The growing point of most weeds have evolved to be just below ground level, protecting them from fire and ruminants. Results are evident for weeks after treatment and has been visible at Costa Berries in Australia. Costa have seen 3-4 times the

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Switching to Organic Weed Control

By Jeremy Winer
03-Jan-23

The most common mistake when stopping chemical weed control The benefits of Satusteam™ for organic weed control At Weedtechnics we have helped hundreds of growers, cities and businesses move away from chemicals to organic weed control. In doing so, they have also moved away from the hidden costs and health risks associated with glyphosate based products. Satusteam™ is Weedtechnics proprietary method of steam weed control and is an important tool in the organic weed control toolbox. Some of our machines have helped their owners build very profitable niche businesses and reduce their carbon footprint. Cities have eliminated herbicide toxin exposure in their playgrounds and shopping areas and aligned their vision with practice. Other customers however have made mistakes in changing their processes to adapt to a new weed management paradigm. Here are a couple of common mistakes. They stem from a need to change a viewpoint. The most common mistake A lot of the time when people are looking to buy a steam weeder, they think it’s about replacing chemicals with steam When really what you need to be thinking about is managing weeds. For example in cracks and crevices in footpaths, kerbs and gutters and hard surfaces, the seed bank is the problem, the weed is the symptom. Satusteam™, with its heat and water, will either; destroy a seed, de-nature a seed so it won’t germinate, stratify a seed and encourage germination. It substantially depends on the species of plant. Areas that are treated with Satusteam™ will have some weed seed destruction and germination. When we understand this then the management approach changes. They follow a routine spray application every 4-6 weeks, as many cities do with chemicals. Instead, a follow up treatment when the germinated seedlings are just at the 2-4 leaf stage will have a dramatic effect on the remaining seed bank. Eliminating the next generation of weeds. This could be anywhere from 3-5 weeks, depending on climatic conditions and seed bank. Costs will then drop. With each subsequent treatment there will be fewer weeds, a further depleted seed bank and any persistent weeds will be much less vigorous. Treatments will be quicker and may be able to stretch to 6-8 weeks or longer in some cases. That’s less than many cities that spray chemicals. Weed control in horticulture and landcare In horticultural and landcare situations, for many managers and technicians I have spoken with, weed control is about spraying chemicals . However, that’s the wrong way of thinking about it. Instead, we need to manage the vegetation to build soil fertility and improve production and soil organism biodiversity. The chemicals used in conventional horticulture do not assist this process, they affect the beneficial biodiversity in the soil, affecting soil fertility and crop productivity. The benefit of steam weeding for soil health Satusteam™ cooks all soft leaved and stemmed vegetation of the weeds that are treated. There is only a shallow penetration of the Satusteam™ into the soil, which is enough to destroy some shallow rooted surface weeds and damage the below ground growth point of stronger tap rooted weeds. The desiccated material left in the wake of Satusteam™ dehydrates and is rapidly consumed by the soil organisms. It effectively becomes part of the humus layer and assists in the return of nutrients to the soil for uptake by desirable vegetation. Timing is everything Timing the use of Satusteam™ to maximise the benefits of controlling the competition from weeds in horticultural production is key to reducing costs. For example, in deciduous berries and grapes, treatments in early spring and late summer will minimise competition for moisture during bud burst. Maximising uptake of nutrients as the plant starts its transition to dormancy. Changing our perspective and processes from chemical weed control to managing vegetation in a way that prioritises soil health, increases biodiversity, reduces carbon footprint and keeps surface and groundwater free of toxin contaminants will avoid the mistakes of failing to deliver on a good intention.

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Organic weeding in plant nurseries using Satusteam™

By Jeremy Winer
24-Oct-22

Nurseries turning to Satusteam™ to solve their La Nina weed woes La Nina’s Challenge To Plant Nurseries Weed management is a constant drain on resources, especially organic weeding, in plant nurseries. Another Australian La Nina spring and summer is only going to exacerbate the issue. La Nina is a climate phenomenon that causes higher than average rainfall.   During a dry spring/summer, nursery managers can concentrate irrigation just to their high value areas of nursery plant material. This constrains the area for weed management. However, during a La Nina, the whole plant nursery is wet. This gives weeds the advantage in the already fertile nursery environment to take hold of peripheral areas, fence lines, drainage swales and gravel paths..  Frequent rain and wind, associated with La Nina, drastically reduces the window of opportunity to use chemical herbicides, compounding the weed management problem. Environmental sustainability and climate change are driving consumer preferences The Greenlife Industry of Australia and its affiliated Nurseries are influencers of consumers. They take their role in contributing to aesthetic and scientific solutions to climate change seriously.  As part of numerous sustainability initiatives being implemented, many are switching to non-chemical weed control methods. The benefits of minimising or eliminating herbicide toxins sees the nurseries benefit from increased pollinator activity, protection of amphibians, minimisation of employee exposure, no risk of off-target damage or contamination of irrigation water. These plant nurseries are using their social media and even their logos to promote themselves as environmentally aware, keeping and attracting new customers who are looking for businesses that align with their own values. Organic weeding alternatives in plant nurseries Non-chemical weed control combines disciplined nursery hygiene and alternative organic weeding techniques. These include; hand weeding, mechanical weed removal, dry thermal (flame) or wet hydro-thermal saturated steam and boiling water. When implemented diligently, such approaches have the potential to provide high levels of safe and effective weed control with minimal environmental and health impacts. There is no silver bullet when it comes to weeding. Hand weeding will always be a task that is done in nurseries, but it is labour intensive. Use of whipper snippers/ weed whackers (for our US readers) are excellent for getting on top of overgrown areas along the peripherals, drainage swales and fence lines, but there is the cleanup, projectile hazards and the fact that the weed vegetation has only had a clip and is still actively growing to consider.  Flame is useful on gravel areas, in winter when there is a lot of moisture, but it's not a good mix with many of the nursery assets like, weed mat, plastic pots, irrigation, poly houses or when there is dry grass and mulches. Satusteam™ and what it does in plant nurseries  Satusteam™ is an effective solution for organic weeding in nurseries. It destroys all soft leaved and stemmed vegetation above ground and gets some penetration into the meristematic growth points, eliminating the weed or retarding its regrowth. The way it works is by superheating pressurised water to 120°C and depressurising it in a patented nozzle system. The steam is delivered into the weeds as a mixture of saturated steam and boiling water. At 100°C and at just 40-60psi, it's delivered as gently as rain. Satusteam™ weed control at Arborglen Nursery, NSW, Australia The high temperature causes the weed cells to explode on contact. This process destroys the protective cuticle of the soft leaved and stemmed vegetation, eliminating the weeds ability to hold moisture. The vegetation dehydrates in hours and decomposes into the soil within days. Another benefit of using Satusteam™ is its effectiveness against herbicide-resistant weeds. With repeated application of glyphosate, weeds like flickweed, liverwort, and bidens, to name a few, changed their genetic markup and developed herbicide resistance. Satusteam™ assists nurseries break the cycle and control herbicide resistant weeds. Maintenance managers from the Leschenault Community Nursery stated in an interview.  “Some of the weeds were herbicide resistant so we have been able to control those with Satusteam™.” It is also probable that pre-emergents will become a thing of the past. Satusteam™ either denatures the weed seed on contact and kills it or, if the species responds well to stratification, the combination of heat and water will germinate the seed. When that generation of weed seed germinates, it creates a carpet of seedlings, ready for obliteration by Satusteam™ .    The Green Ninja’s The go to model for organic weeding in plant nurseries is either the Green Ninja Stealth or the Green Ninja Pro. The Stealth plugs into power to run the motor and pump. While the Pro has a Briggs 6.5 HP engine as a generator and drives the pump.  Both have a diesel heat exchanger to instantaneously heat the water and can draw water from a hose or water tank. Changing applicator heads allows versatility to do the detail weeding in and around pots with the Versitech Open Head. Broad gravel paths and peripheral areas are done with the 35cm or 60cm covered heads. Switch to the pressure nozzle to gently and effectively clean off weed mats, concrete paths, algae from walls and paths and clean down plant and equipment. So one machine has a multitude of uses and gives a quick ROI. Satusteam™ being used on a weed mat at Arborglen Nursery, NSW, Australia The benefit for a plant nursery using Satusteam™ is being able to do this in most weather conditions.  “It has opened up the time we can do weed control because we can use it throughout wind and rain. It seems to do a better job than chemicals” - Leschenault Community Nursery  Imagine Just imagine a system where your weed management is improving your presentation standards and your soil health. Without risk of chemical exposure, in a way where the costs reduce over time. So, you’ll know that you will have the ongoing enjoyment of having turned an ecologically and health hazardous task, into a seriously productive, safe and satisfying process. This alternative reality exists. If any of the above resonates with

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How effective is Satusteam™ as a tool for weed control and restoring biodiversity?

By Jeremy Winer
25-Sep-22

**Authors Jono Shelley, Tali Shelley, Jeremy Winer Background As a consequence of concern over the level of usage of herbicides in public reserves Brisbane City Council has an ongoing pilot program to assess how effective Satusteam™ is as a tool for naturally restoring biodiversity. Specific agreed objectives of this pilot program between Brisbane City Council and local contracting company Bushtekniq was to observe the results of natural regeneration using manual weeding and Satusteam™ weed management vs the ongoing weed management using herbicides by council employees in Bungwarra Bushland Reserve.  This poster looks at the comparison of outcomes after 2 years of the ongoing program. Satusteam™ from Weedtechnics is a unique mixture of saturated steam and boiling water (100C) delivered at low pressure (60psi) to destroy soft leaved and stemmed vegetation of unwanted weeds.  Its use in urban environments and horticultural applications is widespread, but users of it as a  tool in bush regeneration have observed some unexpected additional benefits over herbicides. The return of volunteer indigenous species, increased ability of endemic ground covers to suppress further germination of invasive species and reduced off target death rates of planted tubestock, killed by overspray of toxins, are 3 key benefits.  Increased soil biology may be a 4th. Location overview Barungwarra Bushland Reserve in Bald Hills, an outer suburb of Brisbane in Queensland,  is a bushland and open space multi use park adjacent to the south Pine River.  It was originally a sand mine and unofficial rubbish dump.  Regeneration of the area has taken place over the past 30 years by volunteers, “The Bushies” and Brisbane Council employees and contractors. Bushtekniq,  a brother and sister run company  who are committed to enhancing natural bush regeneration using ecologically sensitive techniques. Since commencing the pilot program in 2020 they have used a combination of manual removal of weeds, using techniques inspired by Joan Bradley,  and Satusteam™ generated by a SW900 from Weedtechnics. The areas which Bushtekniq have had responsibility for since 2020 are originally formed native planted gardens of mounded site topsoil, planted and mulched in the 1990’s. Invasive weed species had covered between 20% and 90% of the ground surface and under story. The dominant invasive species being, Bidens Pilosa, Dyschoriste depressa, Solanum seaforthianum, Commelina benghalensis.   Methodology The pilot program is limited to implementing natural regeneration of species using minimal disturbance manual techniques and Satusteam™ and compared to an ongoing herbicide weed control program. Therefore no mulching or additional plantings were undertaken. The intention is to keep the natural mulch and humus layer intact with minimal disturbance and manage the invasive species to the advantage of the naturally regenerating and spreading endemic ground cover vegetation. The two pilot program treatment areas were divided into areas to be treated with herbicide and areas to be managed with hand weeding and Satusteam™. These 4 treatment areas were then broken down further into 7 identifying plots, 4 herbicide and 3 non chemical. Steps taken in non-chemical plots. Identify and marker stake endemic species Minimal disturbance manual weeding to preserve the natural mulch layer and remove the competition from 10-30 cm around the identified endemic species.  Consideration is given to soil conditions and slope to determine the distance weeded around the endemic plant. Satusteam™ weeding of invasive species eg Biden pilosa, done in conjunction with step 2. Satusteamed  vegetation left in place to decompose and return nutrients and organic material back into the humus layer. Areas then left for the naturally regenerating ground covers and creepers to infill between visits. Process was repeated each visit. Visit calendar Observations 4 herbicide (HB) and 3 hand weeding & Satusteam™ (SW) treatment plots In the SW plots there has been a 3.5 to 18x increase in native vegetation cover. In the SW areas volunteer species have appeared including Glochidion, Breynia, native sedges and ground orchid species, as well as fauna including tent spiders, net casting spiders, spiny tailed ants. The weed cover in all SW areas has reduced by a larger % than HB areas. Areas of Bidens pilosa that were hand weeded in between native vegetation had a high return of Bidens, probably as a result of disturbing the seed bank. Areas of established Bidens pilosa that were treated with Satusteam™ had a heavy germination of the Bidens seed bank. This was used as an opportunity to re-treat the areas at 2-4 leaf stage of the seedlings and dramatically reduced the subsequent presence of Bidens .  Satusteam™ application when controlling blankets of invasive species was measured to be 3 – 5 times faster than hand weeding, with minimal regrowth. Conclusions Destruction of the soft leaved and stemmed vegetation using Satusteam™ leaves only decaying matter on the surface of the soil. This is quickly consumed by soil organisms. The increased coverage of native vegetation in the SW plots compared with the herbicide HB plots indicate that natural regeneration is probable when toxins are not used and natural methods are. The increased speed of application of Satusteam™ over hand weeding and reduced recurrence of the soft leaved and stemmed weeds after repeated treatments  results in reduced costs of maintenance over time and decreased competition for native regeneration. When native groundcovers are facilitated to establish, in this case, using hand weeding and Satusteam™ to control competing invasive species, ongoing maintenance costs decrease, soil coverage and stability is improved (this area is in a flood zone) and increased soil microbial activity will likely increase. Satusteam™ has proved to be an important and valuable tool in this ongoing program reducing costs, labour and efficiencies, without any of the unwanted health implications and environmental costs and effects of the herbicides program. Before regenerating Bidens Pilosa after initial SW After mixed native groundcovers in SW bed Diversity of natural regeneration SW bed Flush of bidens after initial SW Regenerating Commelina Diffusa after SW Regenerating Commelina Diffusa after SW Regenerating ground covers and shrubs plus dyschoriste on SW bed Regenerating native Barbed wire grass in SW bed - Cymbopogon Refractus Before Before SW after SW on left &

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An Opportunity for Organic Alternatives like Steam based weeding machines

By Jeremy Winer
29-Aug-22

“New Study Raises Concerns Over Glyphosate and Cancer: An Opportunity for Organic Alternatives” “Satusteam™ and Weedtechnics: Pioneering a Credible Solution”   Introduction   Recent research conducted by top US government scientists has revealed alarming links between glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller chemical, and the development of cancer biomarkers and oxidative stress in the human body. This study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, has sparked renewed concerns about the safety of glyphosate, the primary ingredient in herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup.   Glyphosate and Its Prevalence   Glyphosate is one of the most extensively used herbicides in history, both in the United States and globally. It has been in use for over four decades, with assurances from manufacturers that it poses no threat to human health. However, a recent study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has challenged these claims.   The Study’s Findings   The NIH and CDC study found that individuals exposed to glyphosate, including both farmers and non-farmers, had elevated levels of the chemical in their urine. More significantly, these high levels of glyphosate were associated with oxidative stress, a condition known to cause DNA damage and considered a key characteristic of carcinogens. The study’s authors concluded that their findings contribute to the mounting evidence linking glyphosate exposure to oxidative stress and potentially to hematologic cancers such as lymphoma, myeloma, and leukemia.   The Regulatory Implications   This study has raised questions about the safety of glyphosate just as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and European regulators are completing updated assessments of its safety. Health advocates are advocating for stricter regulations and labeling requirements for glyphosate-based products.   The EPA has historically considered glyphosate as “not likely” to be carcinogenic, but a federal appellate court invalidated this assessment, citing issues with scientific guidelines and reasoning. As a result, the EPA is reevaluating its stance on glyphosate’s safety.   Organic Alternatives steam machines from  Weedtechnics   This new research highlights the need for safer alternatives to chemical-based herbicides, and Satusteam™ and Weedtechnics offer a compelling solution. Satusteam™ provides organic, chemical-free weed control solutions, and in collaboration with Weedtechnics, they are pioneering a credible and environmentally friendly alternative to glyphosate-based products.   By utilizing cutting-edge technology and sustainable practices, Satusteam™ and Weedtechnics help individuals and organizations transition away from harmful chemical herbicides. Their approach not only addresses concerns about glyphosate but also promotes a healthier and safer environment.   Conclusion   The recent study on glyphosate and its potential link to cancer and oxidative stress underscores the importance of finding alternatives to chemical-based herbicides. With Satusteam™ and Weedtechnics, individuals and organizations can make a responsible choice by opting for organic, chemical-free weed control solutions. As regulators reconsider the safety of glyphosate, Satusteam™ and Weedtechnics offer a credible and effective path forward towards a safer and more sustainable future. We sell our products globally, reach out to us or our partners.

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The Landscape Contractor Magazine asked us about Satusteam™: Here’s What We Say

By Jeremy Winer
15-Aug-22

Spring is approaching and with it comes the weeds. We all know they’re a pain, there’s no denying it. They ruin your presentation standards, they make it harder to keep your lawns healthy, and they either result in hard work, hand pulling, or exposure to hazardous chemicals. And what do you do when it just keeps raining?   Use cases of Satusteam™ In recent years, there has been an increasing concern over the use of chemicals for weed control. Studies have shown that the repeated application of these chemicals can have harmful effects on both people and the environment. As a result, there is a growing movement towards ‘organic’ alternatives that are less toxic and more sustainable. Jeremy Winer MD of Weedtechnics explains their solution: “Satusteam™ is highly effective on all soft leaved and stemmed vegetation. Our unique methodology destroys this vegetation quickly and efficiently, and over time reduces weed management costs by controlling the seed bank.” “It’s also a very effective tool for outdoor sanitisation and cleaning of landscape assets, removing moss and giving stone and wood surfaces a fresh look. “That’s why Weedtechnics customers see a quick return on investment and that the benefits of reducing health and environmental hazards delivers them triple bottom line returns.”     Common misconceptions Jeremy discusses some common misconceptions and mistakes: “So the biggest misconception we see when it comes to Satusteam™ is that it is slow and needs many applications in a season.  “When you get to the truth of the matter you realise that with each application the process is quicker, there’s fewer weeds, fewer species, the persistent weeds are weaker and the seed bank is being depleted, so costs drop and presentation improves.  “The most common mistake we see people make when it comes to thermal weed control is thinking it’s a process that only needs to be done when the weeds are established. “The reason people make this mistake is because for chemicals to be applied efficiently the weeds need a lot of leaf surface, but what we are doing instead, with Satusteam™, is breaking the weed to seed cycle by treating it earlier in the plant’s life.” “This is quicker, more efficient and results in improved presentation.”   Another misconception is that steam destroys the soil biology “Well to be frank, it’s all a matter of how much steam and for how long and what temperature. Satusteam™ is delivered at a rate of coverage of weeds in gardens and natural areas that would spread 10 litres over 2 – 6 sq.m a minute.” “The method is to get penetration into the growth point in the crown of the weeds, not to cook the roots and damage the rhizosphere where all the beneficial organisms are. The process only leaves water and decaying vegetation in the humus layer, which is then consumed by the soil organisms. Studies have shown a spike in microorganism activity after treatment,” said Jeremy. “The current paradigm we’re taught as gardeners is that weed control is about spraying chemicals.  “However, that’s the wrong way of thinking about it. What we need to be doing instead is managing vegetation to build soil fertility, improve plant health and soil organism biodiversity. This is effectively how we as landscape stewarts can sequester carbon in the soil.”     The team at Weedtechnics understand the unique challenges that municipalities and contractors face when it comes to weed management. Complaints about spraying chemicals in public spaces are costly and time consuming to respond to, and increasing WHS issues around the use of herbicides and manual labour have tangible costs that can be mitigated. Clients, ratepayers and residents also expect high standards of presentation and want you to be addressing your impacts on climate change. The Satusteam™ range and the methodologies of how they are used are designed to help you move beyond those problems and achieve your desired outcomes. From consultation and training to product supply and application, Weedtechnics assist municipalities and contractors succeed in their non-chemical weed management programs.   Machines Designed By Landscape Contractors, For Landscape Contractors The Green Ninja Stealth and our Council trailer are just two models from our range.  The Green Ninja Stealth is the perfect machine for the landscape contractor that wants a multi-purpose tool to add to their equipment and create new income streams. The Green Ninja Stealth is our smallest and quietest Satusteam™ machine, making it the perfect unit for residential areas.     Keeping your communities safe and maintaining presentation standards is a tough job, but the Weedtechnics Council Trailer has all you need to get the job done. This heavy-duty rig is designed to give your team productivity with maximum efficiency and efficacy. It is the complete, ready-to-go turnkey package.     The Weedtechnics Council Trailer comes with everything you need to get started, including the Versitech 60 Cover Head (VCH 60), Versitech Open Head, pressure cleaning nozzles, up to 90m hose, and a cleaning lance. Plus, the remote auto-rewind hose reel is a game changer in efficiency. More steaming, less winding, so easy.   Testimonial If you missed the Landscape Contractor Magazine test drive, look it up. This is what Jamie Gray had to say: “This is going to be an absolute standout for councils and contractors that need chemical-free weeding and cleaning. I’m loving it.”   Imagine Just imagine a system where your weed management is improving your presentation standards and your soil health, without risk of chemical exposure, in a way where the costs reduce over time. Then you’ll know that you will have the ongoing enjoyment of having turned an ecologically and health hazardous task into a seriously productive, safe and satisfying process. If any of this resonates with you, contact Weedtechnics to start the conversation.

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10 Harmful Effects of Organic Herbicides

By Jeremy Winer
27-Jun-22

Organic herbicides are chemicals that have been used to kill weeds. They have become a common way to control weeds in commercial and residential settings. For this reason, they’re commonly referred to as weed killers.  However, it is important to note that not all herbicides on the market are created equal — some are more harmful than others. This blog will discuss the harmful effects of herbicides on the surrounding environment and what measures you can take to protect yourself and your family from their harmful effects.     Reduced Ability Of A Plant To Capture Sunlight. Herbicides reduce the ability of a plant to capture sunlight. This means that the plant will not grow as well and will be less productive. Herbicides can also interfere with photosynthesis, which is the process by which plants convert light into energy. The herbicide binds to certain proteins in the chloroplasts, preventing them from absorbing light and converting it into energy. Herbicides can also block a plant’s ability to transport nutrients throughout its root system. Herbicides cause plants to have stunted growth and leaves that are smaller than normal. They may also die back or become dormant during hot summer months when they should be growing vigorously.   Groundwater Contamination. Herbicides are increasingly being used to control invasive plant species. While these herbicides may be less harmful than other methods of control, there is still a risk that they will spread into groundwater and contaminate drinking water supplies. Herbicides can enter the soil from rain and other runoff, as well as from application equipment. When they do so, they can leach into groundwater and contaminate the water supply. The long-term effects of herbicide contamination on groundwater are not well understood. However, studies have shown that there may be increased levels of arsenic in groundwater near areas where herbicide use has been high or where there are pastures that have been sprayed with herbicides for decades. These contaminants can cause health problems such as skin irritation and rashes.     Herbicides Destroy Biodiversity. Herbicides destroy biodiversity by killing plants and insects. They also kill beneficial insects that control pests, and affect the health of children who play in herbicide-treated fields. Herbicides are dangerous to human health. They have been linked to cancer, birth defects, and other health problems. They can be absorbed through the skin and can cause damage to internal organs such as the liver, kidney, and heart. Organic herbicides don’t work as well as synthetic ones, so farmers need more of them to get the same results. This can lead to overuse of these chemicals on small farms with limited resources available to monitor their use closely.   Herbicides Kill Insects That Are Beneficial To Plants. Herbicides are designed to kill plants, but they can also have a significant impact on insects. While some insects, such as aphids, can damage plants, many others play an important role in pollination or act as predators of harmful pests. When herbicides are used indiscriminately, they can kill these beneficial insects, throwing off the natural balance of the ecosystem.  In some cases, this can lead to an increase in pest populations that can damage crops. In other cases, it can reduce the amount of pollination that takes place, impacting plant reproduction. Therefore, it is important to use herbicides with care and only target specific plants that are causing problems. By doing so, we can minimise the impact on beneficial insects and help to protect the environment.     Soil Organisms Are Killed By Pesticides. Just as we need food to survive, so do the tiny organisms that live in the soil. These include bacteria, fungi, earthworms, and many others. They play an important role in breaking down organic matter, aerating the soil, and providing nutrients for plants. Unfortunately, pesticides can kill these important creatures.  When pesticides are sprayed on crops, they don’t just stay on the plants- they can also end up in the soil. There, they can poison and kill the very organisms that make healthy soil possible. As a result, farmers who use pesticides may find that their crops suffer from poorer yields and more disease.  Soil health is essential for sustainable agriculture, so it’s important to be mindful of the potential risks of using pesticides. Whenever possible, choose methods of pest control that are safer for soil organisms.   Herbicide Toxicity Can Lead To Reproductive Abnormalities. Herbicide exposure is a major concern for agricultural workers and those who live near areas where herbicides are applied. Some common herbicides are known to be toxic to humans and animals, and studies have shown that they can also cause reproductive abnormalities.  For example, one study found that men who were exposed to the herbicide Roundup had a significantly higher risk of fathering children with birth defects. Another study found that women who were exposed to the herbicide 2,4-D had an increased risk of miscarrying.  These studies suggest that herbicide toxicity can have serious consequences for human health. Anyone who is exposed to herbicides should take precautions to protect themselves from potential harm.     Disruption Of The Endocrine System. While herbicides can be effective at controlling plant growth, they can also cause disruptions to the endocrine system. The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce hormones that regulate the body’s growth and function.  When herbicides come into contact with the endocrine system, they can interfere with hormone production, leading to a variety of problems such as fertility issues, birth defects, and cancer. In addition, herbicides can also enter the food chain and contaminate drinking water supplies. As a result, it is important to use herbicides carefully and only when absolutely necessary.   Appetite Loss, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Headaches, Lethargy, etc.  It’s important to be aware of the potential side effects that they can have on your health. Appetite loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, headaches, lethargy and dizziness are all possible harmful effects of herbicides. If you experience any of these symptoms after using a herbicide, it’s

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8 Free Online Weed Identification Tools

By Jeremy Winer
10-Jun-22

Weed identification may appear challenging. However, it can become very easy and convenient once you take your first step in understanding it. There are a lot of people out there who want to identify weeds but don't know how. To make your life easier, we have provided you with some must-have mobile apps and fantastic weed identification tools like a pro.   Weed Identification Chart The Weed Identification Tool by Weeds Australia is a free online tool for identifying common weeds. This tool was created by Weeds Australia, a website powered by the Centre for Invasive Species Solution (CISS). The goal of this tool is to help horticulture and agriculture professionals manage and control weeds within Australia. This tool helps you identify weeds by checking the features that match your sample at hand. Does it contain a fleshy stem? Does it have simple or broad leaves? Every time you check a feature, the weeds that don’t match your filters will get eliminated.   For example, if you select grass or grass-like as the feature, all weeds with stems will get eliminated. That’s why it’s important to define as many characteristics as possible for your weeds.    With the Weed Identification Tool by Weeds Australia, all you need to do is to check the characteristics of the plant sample you have and the tool will return some results for you.   Biosecurity Queensland Listings Biosecurity Queensland is a government organisation that aims to protect Queensland from animals and plants that can cause harm to the environment, economy or human health. It maintains an online directory of invasive species and their impacts. This site is useful if you want to know whether an organism is considered a pest in Australia. Within the website is the Biosecurity Queensland Listed Weeds Register, an online database that contains information on plants that are considered to be a threat to the biodiversity, amenity, and productivity of Queensland's natural environment. The database also includes information on weeds found in Queensland, their distribution and impacts. It also includes images and information about control measures for each weed.   The Biosecurity Queensland Listing has a massive list of invasive species of plants that you can check.   Brisbane City Council Weed Identification Tool The Brisbane City Council Weed Identification Tool is a great online resource for identifying weed species. It provides detailed images and descriptions of over 50 weed species found in Brisbane, including some that are not listed as noxious weeds by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland (DAFQ). The Weed Identification Tool also contains information on how to control each weed, including links to chemicals registered for use in Brisbane.   The Brisbane City Council Weed Identification tool has a detailed list of more than 50 species of weeds found in Brisbane,   PlantSnap PlantSnap is a great way to identify plants and flowers. It has over 200,000 species of plants in its database, so if you're not sure what you've got, this could be the tool you need. The app works best when you take a photo of the weed in question. It can also help you identify plants via text or email. It's free to download, but there are in-app purchases for more advanced features such as viewing photos on a map or adding multiple images at once. If you want to know exactly what plant you're looking at, this is your go-to resource.   With PlantSnap, all you need to do is to capture an image of a suspected weed. Then let the AI match your picture with a name and species of the weed in question.   iNaturalist iNaturalist is a free app available for Android and iOS. This app allows users to record observations of plants and animals in their local environment, and share them with the worldwide community of naturalists. The app has over 2 million users and has been downloaded over 10 million times. The app uses your smartphone camera to automatically record photos as you walk through your local area, making it easy to add records without having to type anything in or upload photos from your computer. You can also manually enter observations if necessary. Each observation includes information about when it was observed, where it was observed and what species was observed along with photos. These photos can be uploaded from your device or from online sources such as Flickr or Google Photos.   What's great about iNaturalist aside from its capability to identify any weeds, is that you can share and discuss it with other naturalists.   SmartPlant SmartPlant is an app that provides access to a database of over 6,000 plant species. The app allows users to identify plants based on their appearance and other characteristics. It also includes information about each plant's habitat, growth habit and more. The app is available for Android devices as well as iPhones and iPads. The developers are working on adding new features such as the ability to take photos of weeds growing in your garden or yard and uploading them directly to the database for identification.   SmartPlant's main goal is to provide you with care and gardening tips for your plants, but it has also included weed identification for you to know how to destroy them.   Plantifier Plantifier is an iPhone app that can help you identify plants. It uses a database of over 2,000 plants, including weeds and invasive species, with photos and descriptions. You can also submit your own photos to help the database grow. This app is simple to use: Type in your location and hit "Identify Plants." Then select the type of plant you want to identify from a list of over 20,000 plants. The app will give you detailed descriptions of each plant's characteristics and its uses as well as tips for controlling it. If you're not sure which plants are weeds or how to control them, Plantifier will help solve that problem for you too.   Plantifier has more than

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Misconceptions About Steam Weed Control

By Jeremy Winer
03-Jan-22

Common Misconceptions About Steam Weed Control At Weedtechnics we speak with hundreds of people a year about their weed control and why they want organic alternatives to glyphosate. There are a number of alternatives, Satusteam™, unique to Weedtechnics, is an important tool in the organic weed control toolbox.  Steam weed control is not new, various methods of steam and hot water weed control have been around for decades. Some have been pretty inefficient, unsafe or just basically useless. So it's no wonder there are some common misconceptions about steam weed control and Satusteam™.  The biggest misconception So the biggest misconception we see when it comes to Satusteam™, is that it is slow and needs many applications in a season. However, when you get to the truth of the matter, you realise that with each application, the process is quicker. There’s reduced weeds, reduced species, the persistent weeds are weak and the seed bank is depleted. It's impossible to achieve this with herbicides without the risk of contaminating water courses and exposing people to toxins. For this reason, with Satusteam™, costs drop over time and presentation improves. In the Sydney climatic zone in urban streets, after an initial 1st year, treatment frequencies per annum are just 6-8. Even in a wet year, it is equivalent to herbicide applications.   Is steam weed control dangerous? The next most common misconception is that steam is dangerous to use.   This comes from a perception that steam weed control uses a pressure boiler with water at extreme pressure and temperature and that any rupture will be catastrophic.     The difference of Satusteam™ Limited PPE necessary when using Satusteam™ The Weedtechnics process does not use a pressure boiler.  We simply heat the water as it flows through a heat exchanger. So while Satusteam™ is delivered at 100ºC, it is emitted at just 60psi, 4 Bar, which is equivalent to heavy rain.  The insulated hoses, Cool Touch lances, straight forward controls and built in safety switches, make Weedtechnics machines easier and safer to use. So, they are easier than lawn mowers, brush-cutters and chainsaws. So, as far as being scolded by the Satusteam™, you wouldn't pour boiling water from your kitchen kettle onto your skin and nor would you direct the Satusteam™ towards yourself.   The risks associated with applying Satusteam™ are much easier to manage and pose NO RISK of cancer. Compared with the insidious nature of toxin absorption through skin or inhaling the vapour of glyphosate based products.

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Agriculture commercial steam weeder-Effective and Chemical-Free Weed Control Solutions with Weedtechnics SatusteamTM Technology

By Jeremy Winer
28-Aug-21

1. Weed Steamer Bunnings: Exploring Your Options: Weed Steamer Options Weed Control Made Easy When searching for efficient and eco-friendly weed control solutions, it’s crucial to explore all your options. Weedtechnics, a pioneering brand in this field, offers an extensive range of weed control solutions that go beyond what you’ll typically find at Bunnings. These solutions align perfectly with the brand’s commitment to chemical-free herbicide alternatives and toxin-free steam weed control. 2. Agricultural Steam Weeder: Revolutionizing Weed Control with Weedtechnics: Revolutionizing Agriculture Sustainable Practices Discover how agricultural steam weeders equipped with Weedtechnics’ SatusteamTM technology are revolutionizing weed control practices in Australia’s vast agricultural landscapes. This innovation is in line with the increasing demand for toxin-free and chemical-free weed control solutions in the agricultural sector. 3. Boiling Water Sprayer: Nature’s Approach with Weedtechnics: Harnessing Nature’s Power Sustainable Weed Management Dive into the world of boiling water sprayers, a natural and toxin-free method of eradicating weeds while nurturing soil health. Weedtechnics leads the way in this sustainable approach to steam weed control, emphasizing the importance of environmentally conscious practices. 4. Marijuana Steamer: Responsible Cannabis Cultivation with Weedtechnics: Responsible Cannabis Cultivation Toxin-Free Practices For responsible cannabis cultivation, effective weed control is crucial. Explore how Weedtechnics’ steam technology contributes to toxin-free and chemical-free marijuana weed control, aligning with environmentally conscious practices in the cannabis industry. 5. Hot Water Weeder: The Eco-Preferred Choice with Weedtechnics: Prioritizing Eco-Friendly Solutions Toxin-Free Weed Control Learn about the benefits of hot water weeders, the preferred choice for those who prioritize toxin-free and chemical-free weed control solutions, ensuring a healthier environment. 6. Boiling Water Weed Sprayer: Soil-Friendly Innovation: Innovative Weed Control Preserving Soil Health Discover how boiling water weed sprayers are changing the game in non-chemical weed management, ensuring soil health preservation while promoting toxin-free weed control. 7. Steam Weeder for Sale Australia: Eco-Friendly Weed Control: Accessible Eco-Friendly Solutions Toxin-Free Landscaping Australia’s environmentally conscious population seeks sustainable and toxin-free weed control. Find out where you can purchase advanced steam weeders from Weedtechnics, empowering you to embrace eco-friendly and chemical-free weed management. 8. Weed Steamer Rental: Convenience Meets Affordability: Affordable Weed Control Cost-Effective Solutions For occasional users seeking cost-effective solutions and toxin-free weed control, explore the convenience of renting weed steamers, an offering provided by Weedtechnics. 9. Steamer for Weeds: Precision Weed Control: Efficient Weed Eradication Eco-Conscious Practices Delve into the capabilities of steamers designed to efficiently target and eliminate unwanted vegetation while preserving the ecosystem and promoting toxin-free weed control. 10. Steam Weed Killers: Eco-Conscious Weed Control: Advanced Weed Eradication Toxin-Free Solutions Understand the technology behind steam weed killers and their effectiveness in providing eco-conscious and toxin-free weed control solutions. 11. Steam Sprayer for Weeds: Reducing Chemical Reliance: Reducing Chemical Dependency Environmentally Friendly Weed Control Discover how steam sprayers are employed to combat weeds, reducing the reliance on chemical herbicides, a significant step in environmental protection and toxin-free weed control. 12. Steamer for Killing Weeds: Sustainable Weed Management: Targeted Weed Eradication Minimizing Environmental Impact Learn about various steamers specifically designed for killing weeds and their effectiveness in sustainable and toxin-free weed management practices. 13. Weed Steaming: Environmentally Friendly Weed Control: Eco-Friendly Weed Eradication Natural Weed Control Explore the practice of weed steaming and its growing popularity as an environmentally friendly and toxin-free weed control method. 14. Steam Weeders Australia: Transforming Landscapes: Landscaping Innovations National Impact Find out how steam weeders, powered by Weedtechnics, are making a significant impact on weed control across Australia, from farms to urban landscapes, promoting toxin-free weed control practices. 15. Domestic Steam Weeding Machines Australia: Empowering Homeowners: Home Weed Control Solutions Toxin-Free Landscapes Explore domestic steam weeding machines and how they empower homeowners to maintain weed-free landscapes with environmentally friendly methods and toxin-free weed control. 16. Steam Weeders: Minimizing Chemical Use: Reducing Chemical Dependency Sustainable Weed Management Understand the diverse applications of steam weeders and their pivotal role in reducing the reliance on harmful chemicals, promoting toxin-free weed control. 17. Weed Steamer Australia: Eco-Friendly Landscaping: Sustainable Landscaping Solutions Natural Weed Eradication Learn about the availability of weed steamers in Australia from Weedtechnics and how they contribute to sustainable landscaping practices and toxin-free weed.   Agricultural steam weeder and boiling water sprayer tools have gained significant popularity for tackling weed issues in Australia. Whether you’re looking for a weed steamer rental or considering purchasing a steam weeder for sale in Australia, there are numerous options available to combat unwanted vegetation. One of the efficient methods for weed control is utilizing a steam weeder. These machines, also known as steam weed killers or steam sprayers for weeds, utilize high-temperature steam to eradicate weeds without the need for chemicals. They have become a preferred choice for environmentally-conscious individuals and businesses. For commercial applications, there are commercial steam weed killers and weed steaming equipment designed to handle larger areas effectively. These steam weed eliminators offer a sustainable alternative to traditional herbicides. In the domestic sector, there are domestic steam weeding machines available in Australia. These smaller-scale steam weeders are suitable for home gardeners looking for an eco-friendly way to maintain their lawns and gardens. Companies like Weedtechnics offer a range of products for steam weeding, and you can explore their pricing options for steam weeding machines and related equipment. In summary, whether you’re in need of a weed steamer, a steam weeder, or a boiling water weed sprayer, the Australian market offers a variety of solutions to tackle weed problems effectively while minimizing environmental impact. Consider your specific needs and the scale of your weed control efforts when choosing the best steam weed killer or steaming equipment for your situation.

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Satusteam™ And Tracktech: Is it The Best Weed Control Method?

By Jeremy Winer
17-Jan-22

Satusteam™ has been at the forefront of promoting sustainable and effective weed control methods for horticulture. Through the years, changes have been implemented to improve its mission of providing “bespoked” solutions for people who need to eradicate weeds in their orchards, vineyards or similar. And we’re not even done yet! Featuring Tracktech, the newest Satusteam™ weed control solution for anyone who has been looking for ways to control weeds in these environments. The Tracktech solution has been designed to follow the contours of your property, ensuring the very best contact of Satusteam™, and so being effective in killing your weeds.    How Satusteam™ and Tracktech Works The Tracktech implement refers to a set of equipment attached to a tractor for killing weeds. The implement comprises of a hydraulic arm and a circular applicator head called the Rowtech. The patented Satusteam™ technology works by first loading the water into the tractor. The loaded water then goes into a cylindrical enclosure to be heated and turned into saturated steam. The steam will then travel through the stainless steel arms and into the applicator head or Rowtech.  The Rowtech head is available in 55 cm or 80 cm diameter, depending upon your kill zone requirement. The overall design of the Tracktech solution makes it a great addition to your weed control equipment.    What Makes Tracktech Different There are many reasons why the Tracktech and Satusteam™ combination are a great method for weed control. First, the hydraulic arm is adjustable, allowing you to adjust the length of the arm to suit your row widths. Whether an orchard or a vineyard, Tracktech and Satusteam™ will adjust the way you need.  Second, the Tracktech frame is mounted on wheels. This guides the Tracktech and its attached Rowtech applicator head to maintain contact with the ground.  Third, the Rowtech was designed with its low-profile and sprung-loaded applicator head to reach under your trees, vines, and around fence posts and irrigation risers, efficiently killing weeds.  Weedtechnics Satusteam, delivered via the ground hugging Tracktech to the Rowtech delivery head, is safe to use around people, plants and animals. It doesn’t contaminate waterways or disrupt soil quality, no matter what type of horticultural produce you have, you’re 100% safe with Tracktech and Satusteam™. Case Study: The Bundaberg Project, Far North Queensland We tested the Tracktech implement in a macadamia farm owned by Russell Pete in Bundaberg, Queensland. The farm has macadamia rows that are 9 ft. to 12 ft. (3 to 4 m) apart, and Russell reached out for help because of the weeds infesting his farm. We used the Tracktech in combination with another applicator called the Orchard Head, and delivered Satusteam™ at a speed of up to 1 km/hour. The Tracktech reached under and around each of the trees, eradicating the weed problem. On such a large property, whilst it took 3 to 4 weeks to complete the operation, Russell was very satisfied with the results. Russell Pete and his macadamia farm is just one example of what is possible with the Tracktech and Satusteam™ solution.    Conclusion The Tracktech and Satusteam™ combination have many capabilities that make them a stand out. With the versatility of the Tracktech arm, it allows our customers to reach almost every corner of their property and a sustainable way of getting on top of your weed problem permanently.

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Is Satusteam™ A Paradigm Shift?

By Jeremy Winer
05-Jan-22

There’s a reason why Rachel Carson dedicated four chapters about pesticide poisoning in her influential book Silent Spring published in 1962. They affect human health in the worst ways imaginable.  Pesticides, including herbicides for weed control, continue to be used in increasing varieties and quantities. Also, the threat to human health and our whole ecosystem is a critical stage in the challenge humanity faces with the change to our climate and the relentless extinction of species. New sustainable alternatives to the use of pesticides are available. Satusteam™ is one of them. This article will look at how traditional chemical herbicides cause serious health issues and what makes Satusteam™ a shift in the way we think of herbicides and weed control.    Traditional Methods of Weed Control and Management Efforts in weed control started with the use of chemicals like glyphosate and dicamba. Glyphosate belongs to a group of compounds known as organophosphates. This chemical can kill annual broadleaf weeds that compete with crops by inhibiting several plant enzymes. On the other hand, dicamba is an aromatic compound traditionally used as a herbicide. Its primary applications include weed control for crops and pastures. Dicamba is very effective against perennial broadleaf weeds like brushes and bracken.  Read this from Department of primary industries and regional development on controlling small weeds. Detrimental Effects of Using Chemical Herbicides  Glyphosate and dicamba still remain as the most used herbicide nowadays. However, many don’t realize the adverse effects these chemicals have on humans, plants, and animals. Glyphosate and dicamba persist in the environment long after serving their purpose. Despite being marketed as only damaging to weeds, researchers have found that these chemicals remain in the soil and can make their way into the water table, as well as run off hard surfaces to contaminate waterways. They may also accumulate over time and cause severe health issues to any living being that consumes them. Once digested, these chemicals disrupt the natural gut flora. When this happens, the body may find it difficult to filter out toxins, and thus, the immune system will suffer.  When the immune system is compromised, a lot of health problems will occur. For instance, it may cause what we know of as Western dietary-related diseases such as obesity, cancer, and autism. All those diseases are related to diet, and we can trace that food consumption back to weed control used in food production.  A US court has overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of three dicamba-based herbicides due to procedural failures. The judge’s ruling, issued on February 6, 2024, found that the EPA violated pesticide registration procedures in approving these products. This decision revokes the EPA’s 2020 reapproval of dicamba, which aimed to include additional restrictions to prevent drift and damage to nearby crops. Critics argue that these measures have proven ineffective. The affected herbicides are Bayer’s XtendiMax (formerly from Monsanto), BASF’s Engenia, and Syngenta’s Tavium. Dicamba has been linked to damage in non-target plant species through drift or volatilization. The court’s decision is seen as a victory for family farmers and endangered plants and animals by environmental groups. Bayer, BASF, and Syngenta are assessing their legal options and await direction from the EPA. The ruling raises concerns about the impact on soybean and cotton farmers who rely on dicamba for weed control. Moving Away From Chemical Herbicides The shift from using chemical herbicides to sustainable weed controls traces back to Europe. With the high population density and water contamination, Europe initiated a move towards non-chemical weed control in the urban areas.  This European initiative spread worldwide and raised awareness that we can’t keep putting chemicals on the ground. People also started to realise the value of ‘organic’ foods and how moving away from chemical herbicides can alleviate the overwhelming problems of these dangerous chemicals.  Satusteam™: A Paradigm Shift Satusteam™ was born out of the initiative to find sustainable alternatives to chemicals such as glyphosates and dicamba used in the urban environment for weed control on footpaths, kerbs, gutters, playgrounds etc . It evolved from the idea of using steam to destroy weeds and protect people from unnecessary exposure to chemicals.   The Usage of Saturated Steam The use of steam in weed control began during the 1920s. Back then, people used steam to control weeds in the New South Wales railways. The locomotive at the front released steam and pushed it out into a steam bar at the front of the train, insulating the heat in with a strong hessian mat across the railway to control the weeds along the tracks.. These people even patented this method, and a lot of people noticed its effectiveness. That is, of course, before the advent of using chemicals for weed control.  How Satusteam Works The idea behind Satusteam™ started when the Managing Director and CEO Jeremy Winer was running his landscaping company called Marsupial Landscapes. HIs landscaping company was at the forefront of promoting organic landscape practices in the early 1990’s, such as the use of recycled urban tree waste as mulch, which was processed by the innovative landscape supply company Australian Native Landscapes.  In 1995, Jeremy Winer turned his attention to trying to create a way to kill weeds using steam. With an engineer in a garage in Marrickville the first Steamwand was made. This allowed Marsupial Landscapes to win a non chemical weed control contract with Leichhardt Council in Sydney in 1998.  Through various developments and evolutions in the technology, Jeremy and his team, Karen Muir, Dave Parkin and Phil Muston, developed the apparatus and techniques to use their non-chemical weed control, now known as Satusteam™. Satusteam™ works by superheating the water and depressurizing it in a patented nozzle chamber. The steam gets delivered into the weeds as a mixture of saturated steam and boiling water.  The high temperature causes the weed cells to explode. This process wilts the weeds, and therefore, kills them. Satusteam™ can kill soft wooded, perennial weeds effectively. It’s effective on woody weeds as a secondary treatment

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Satusteam or Steam? – as an alternative weed management strategy

By Jeremy Winer
16-Nov-21

I read with interest the details of the recently published Comparative Analyses of Glyphosate Alternative Weed Management Strategies on Plant Coverage, Soil and Soil Biota (1) from Deakin University.  As a long-time vocal advocate and practitioner for a shift away from glyphosate and other herbicide-dominated horticultural practices, in favour of biological, botanical, regenerative, employment-generating approaches, it is satisfying to see how well “steam” stacked up. The project assessed the efficacy of non-glyphosate-based alternative weed management strategies: glufosinate, imazapyr, MCPA + dicamba, prodiamine, pine oil, clove oil, nonanoic acid, acetic acid + hydrochloric acid and steam.  “Steam” reduced weed coverage by >80-95% after 4 weeks, and after 12 weeks showed to reduce weed coverage by >20%-80%. The report abstract states that of all the alternatives, Glufosinate, imazapyr and “steam” may be considered alternatives to glyphosate for reducing weed coverage, but may not be as effective or have undesirable off-target effects. The alternatives being “not as effective” as glyphosate is no surprise really, after all glyphosate has become the most used chemical toxin in Australia and globally, because of its efficacy. Its overuse is pervasive and the cumulative effects environmentally and on human health are well documented and the subject of lawsuits across the globe. Also of no surprise was the risk of deleterious off-target effects from imazapyr. It is a schedule 2 poison, is very mobile in the soil, has a half-life of 5-6 months as well as a pre-emergent effect. It should be used with extreme caution in proximity to desirable vegetation or when endeavouring to regenerate from native seed banks. The report concludes “Overall, glyphosate provided the most consistent and controlled reduction to weed coverage at both sites over 12 weeks, without any marked impacts to soil biota. Ultimately, glufosinate, imazapyr and steam may be considered glyphosate alternatives for use in urban environments. However, careful consideration of appropriate situations to replace glyphosate with these alternatives is essential for optimal weed reduction and minimization of deleterious off-target effects.”  Some may see this as an open door for glyphosate use. I beg to differ. There are a number of reasons why. For those of you, like me, engaged in illuminating practices against the dark arts, of unfettered toxic weed control.  I have some points to combat those that would cherry-pick the conclusions of the research in order to resist changing their management of weeds from the use of glyphosate, or to overturn innovative and progressive policies banning its use. The findings of this study are inconsistent to the numerous other studies cited by the paper regarding off-target damage and impacts to soil biota and arthropod communities by glyphosate.  Refer to cited references 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30. The study was carried out in weed-infested disturbed soils which have no resemblance to weed management sites in urban environments such as footpaths, kerbs, gutters, playgrounds.  This is significant because herbicide toxins sprayed onto these surfaces are more likely to have human and pet contact and move easily into stormwater, with subsequent downstream impacts. There is an insufficient description of the steam generation methodology or application. The research is limited in its coverage of hydro-thermal weed control technologies available in Australia, which have differing temperatures, flow rates, pressures and resulting soil penetration. I have corresponded with Dr Charles Merfield, an eminent researcher in sustainable agronomy, to discuss the findings and there are a number of limitations of the paper. These include the short term of the observations, the inter-relationship of effects, relative abundance vs total abundance, and that the short term approach misses the point of long term soil decline through the elimination of diverse plant material. These are all topics of future discussion and writings. But for now, let’s talk about “steam”, what we can surmise was used in this trial, and why this “steam” should not be considered for use in effective weed management,  but Satusteam is. Now full disclosure here from me.  I am the managing director of Weedtechnics, and have spent a good part of the last 25 years using and developing applications for steam, hot water, and now a mixture of saturated steam and boiling water for managing weeds. I am the co-inventor of this mixture of saturated steam and boiling water which I coined “Satusteam”. I can say with absolute authority that “steam” ain’t Satusteam when it comes to vegetation management, and the comparative analysis paper stops short of comparing all the hydro-thermal alternatives available. The machine used is not disclosed. It was not a Weedtechnics machine.  I can say this with certainty as the operating temperature was too high being 140 °C to 180 °C.  Our satusteam machines operate at 115C -120C.   The operating speed in the trial was 10–20 seconds per 0.015 m2, which is at best 11 minutes per square meter.  Please correct me if I am wrong.  It is little wonder with such slow application of “steam” that the soil profile became heated through and affected the soil biome. To achieve similar vegetation control at 4 weeks in the field with our Weedtechnics SW900  machine the application rate is on average 30 seconds per square meter.  At worst, our application rates are 22 x faster than the machine used in the trial to achieve similar results. Unfortunately, the study did not include Satusteam (c).  Weedtechnics was not contacted to take part. It is a concern for me that the use of the descriptive word “steam” used in the study may be adopted by influencers and decision-makers resistant to moving away from herbicides and will be applied and used to dismiss the more efficient technologies like ours that do not use “steam”, but a much more effective solution of depressurised superheated water. What I have come to know in developing our basic formula for efficient weed control using Satusteam are these fundamentals. Efficacy is a consequence of delivering a temperature at the weed of 98-102C at a volume sufficient to penetrate just 1-2cm into the meristematic zone of the plant. Its termed thermal shock and the transfer of the embodied

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UC Boulder employs steam to control weeds on campus

By Jeremy Winer
09-Jul-21

Around 1 year ago we began the Weedtechnics Experiment with the University of Colorado, Boulder (CU). Their main aim was to improve the presentation standards of the CU grounds through Steam Weed Control. The experiment was a success, and they’ve been Steam Weeding ever since. While the CU Facilities Manager David Lawson said that improved presentation standard was the main goal for HDS, the benefits of the machine are many. The chemical-free factor, of course, is a major one that promotes improved soil health, employee safety and other decreased environmental impacts. But because the machine explodes the cells of weeds, there is also no need to return to remove the weeds. They decompose on their own and are gone within a few days. The steam process can also be used in all weather conditions, whereas with chemicals, wind or rain means lost workdays. Another benefit of steam is that the heat helps to germinate weed seeds. While that initially leads to more weeds sprouting, it also helps exhaust the weeds’ seed banks and eventually leads to much lower-maintenance beds. When we delivered 2 more units in early spring this year Mr Lawson was impressed at how much less weed growth was returning in comparison with last years untreated areas. Dare we say the proof was in the steamed pudding! During the winter months HDS will turn its attention to using their SW700 and SW800 machine as low pressure high temperature steam cleaners for like gum removal on sidewalks, cleaning landscape fixtures and removing water stains on the side of buildings left behind by the sprinkler systems. CU Boulder employs steam to control weeds on campus Read the full article in the publisher’s site CU Boulder is avoiding chemical weedkillers with a new machine that kills weeds with a shot of steam. Housing & Dining Services Turf Manager Darren Willett had already been researching steam as an option for weed control on the CU Boulder campus when the 2013 floods hit, ravaging much of the Front Range yet providing a real-life example of just how effective the practice might be. Four years later, that “aha moment” is helping drive transformational change of the weed-management practices in the CU Boulder’s landscape beds and natural areas. Housing and Dining Services (HDS) is beginning its second spring of utilizing machinery from Australian company Weedtechnics that uses saturated steam to kill weeds in landscape beds. The initial pilot with one machine last summer has led HDS to purchase a second this year. Last summer’s results also proved successful enough that Facilities Management (FM), which oversees grounds operations for all general-fund buildings on campus, has just purchased its own machine. FM officials believe the machine could lead to at least a 60- to 70-percent reduction in herbicide use in landscaped areas.

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The Eight Hidden Costs of Chemical Weed Control

By Jeremy Winer
19-May-21

Chemical weed killing may seem cost-effective in the short term, but we’ve identified the following 8 hidden costs that you don’t experience with organic weed control. 1. Herbicide Resistance Repeated applications of herbicides over many years has resulted in the evolution of many resistant species. This results in increased application rates and mixing of chemicals, which further damages surrounding ecosystems and increases costs. With our saturated steam weeders the weeds become more susceptible to killing and reduces treatment frequency. 2. Employee Exposure All chemical weed killers are toxins. Repeated employee exposure to known toxins drives up health and safety requirements, certification and record-keeping costs. Thermal technology removes toxicology risks associated with chemical weed control products, particularly for horticultural and conservation workers. 3. Off-target Damage Chemical weed killers sprayed in even light breezes can result in overspraying and off-target damage to desirable vegetation and horticultural crops. Chemical weed killers often release vapours that can cause sickness in chemically sensitive people. These off-target effects can lead to potential litigation. 4. Tarnished Public Image There is now widespread public knowledge about the hazard to human health of chemical weed killing. Chemical spraying by organisations will lead to a tarnishing of their public image and undermines their environment, safety, and sustainability commitments. 5. Public Safety Application of chemical weed killers, according to the label, requires the restriction of access to treated areas for a number of hours. This signage poses significant operational costs. Failure to restrict access can expose the public to ‘probable carcinogens’ and can lead to potential litigation. 6. Storm and Potable Water Contamination Chemical weed killers translocate easily from paved surfaces, through soil profiles, and can contaminate groundwaters, streams, creeks and estuaries. Removing chemicals from drinking water sources creates enormous expenses. 7. Habitat, Ecosystem & Livestock Threat Most commonly used weed killers have the potential to contaminate habitats of sensitive populations of endangered species such as frogs, bee’s and butterfly’s which are essential to healthy ecosystems. Chemical weed control that has the potential to contaminate fodder and water sources becomes a threat to livestock. 8. Soil Biology The most commonly used weed killers are Glyphosate-based. Glyphosate is a patented antibiotic and chelator which has been shown to kill soil microbes and bind nutrients. This creates additional costs in soil remediation and fertilising.   These hidden concerns are important to ponder. Feel free to connect with us to see how you can benefit from transitioning to a Satusteam™ weed control system. Click on the link to take a look at our range of machines: Weedtechnics Satusteam™ machines.

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bushtekniq on Relearn, Regenerate and Reconnect

By Jeremy Winer
20-Sep-18

Tali and Jono Shelley are siblings and together have a holistic land restoration company Bushtekniq, www.bushtekniq.org. They purchased their SW900 from Weedtechnics in March 2018. Being a chem-free bush regeneration business from their commencement has allowed them to explore a world full of ‘tools n tekniqs’ for holistic land management. Tali and Jono of bushtekniq Trigger: A deeper understanding of the negative effects of glyphosate in an ecosystem A desire to explore alternative techniques and holistic management methods. Being an active part of the positive change, moving away from herbicides. Machine Solution: Using the SW900 aligns with their ethos of holistic land management. Tali said in relation to their speciality of land restoration, “Saturated steam weeding is a specialised tool, ideal for zones which are difficult to hand weed or are being dominated with a carpet of weeds like Singapore Daisy. Satusteam™ application in these zones is ideal before replanting with native species.” Tali explained that the training and support provided by Weedtechnics founder, Jeremy Winer, with his knowledge and innovation, assisted them to feel more confident in the effectiveness of Satusteam™ in a bushland setting on some of the more vigorous weeds. The 60m reach of the delivery hoses makes most of their sites reasonably easy to manage. Ongoing Project: Their projects include bushland sites for council, community and land-holders. Together they facilitate workshops and presentations on holistic land management around the theme: relearn, regenerate and reconnect. Results: Some of the benefits they have experienced include: Using Satusteam™ to manage a site allows people to interact more safely with their environment or ‘connect to the country’ without exposing themselves (or their animals) to harmful herbicides. Managing weeds with Satusteam™ has minimal disturbance on soil structure and can contribute to the level of organic matter in the soil and the overall health of each site. Using Satusteam™ alongside other holistic land management techniques enables efficient and effective long-term outcomes. Satusteam™ weeding takes the hard work out of intensive hand weeding on land management projects.

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Hi-tech Aloe Vera Weed Management with Satusteam™

By Pen Jacobs
29-May-16

Hi-tech Aloe Vera develops a holistic, sustainable weed management plan. We cover the problems they were facing, the steam weeding setup we used, the plan we developed together, and the impact that had on their business.   Background Hi-tech Aloe Vera is based in Bundaberg, QLD and, as you can probably guess, they specialise in growing Aloe Vera. They had a problem with Kikuyu grass continuously growing over their weed mat at the base of their Aloe Vera plants. As they’re an organic farm they used whipper-snipping and hand weeding to deal with the weeds, however, this was a costly process. Not only did they cause physical damage to the Aloe Vera but it was very time-consuming adding to the production costs, they’d have to go weeding with three employees every two weeks! The Satusteam™ Weed Control Solution Adrian, the owner of Hi-tech Aloe Vera, went all in and purchased the SW900. He used it to run two hand-held applicators or two 40cm Rowtech heads. He also bought the mini-skid and attached the SW900 to the front of his tractor using a fork setup. He then set up the water tank in a trailer behind the tractor and, using a sureflow electric pump, transferred the water from the tank to the SW900 up front. Adrian created hydraulic arms to mount the Rowtech heads (2016 model) onto his tractor. The Treatment For the first treatment, Adrian went through with the handheld applicator heads and steamed the Kikuyu grass that was growing over the weed mat right up to the base of the Aloe Vera. That first treatment killed off a lot of the grass and then through subsequent treatments the Kikuyu receded all the way back to the grass strips where it first came from. The rest of the treatments were done using the Rowtech heads which reduced the labour from 3 people to 1. They also got into the routine of running through the plantation every 3-4 weeks (depending on the time of year). By doing this, they were able to reach speeds of 3-4 km/hour, a significant increase from the initial application speed of 0.5km/hour. Post Note: Hi-tech Aloe Vera changed its operations to import organically grown Aloe Vera from Mexico and the property was then sold. Hi Tech Aloe Vera became solely a manufacturer of Aloe Vera products.

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Steaming to Success – EMRC Report

By Jeremy Winer
16-May-16

CLICK HERE TO READ EMRC’s FULL REPORT   In Mid-April 2016, Jeremy Winer, in conjunction with EMRC, was steaming to success with 5 training sessions over 5 days to teach participants how to use the robust, commercial-grade, weed control machine of the Weedtechnics Range (then Steamwand Range). The training sessions were attended by close to 40 people who work with weeds in a variety of environments. As you’ll soon see, the training was a success. And as one of our participants put it: “Good luck trying to use the Steamwand (now Weedtechnics) without training. Thorough and Necessary.” Let’s dive into it, shall we? The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC) is a progressive and innovative regional local government authority working on behalf of six member councils located in Perth’s eastern suburbs. By partnering with member councils the EMRC facilitates strategies and actions for the benefit and sustainability of Perth’s Eastern Region. The EMRC recently received two lots of Government grants from the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW). One grant was for the purchase of a Steamwand SW700 (model now discontinued), the second was to put 40 member council operatives through the steam weeding training provided by Jeremy Winer.  EMRC also received another grant from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Office to undertake an alternative weed management trial. The project, named Steaming to Success, will monitor, test, and compare the Weedtechnics method of saturated steam and boiling water to other non-chemical weed management strategies. (For more information on holistic weed control practices download your free scientific research paper). The SW Machine Training: The training sessions were done over 5 days with groups of 6-8 participants each day. The trainings were also done across a number of locations around Perth to showcase the countless environments in which the Weedtechnics Range (then Steamwand Range) can be safely used. Some environments we visited include environmentally sensitive wetland and creekline areas, small bushland reserves, landscaped parks, gardens and verges.   Jeremy gave an in-depth introduction to the alternative methods of weed control and highlighted 1.      The numerous hidden costs associated with chemical management. 2.      The key steps involved in creating a chemical-free weed management program. 3.      Various strategies one can use to reduce weeding time and increase efficiency.

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Should you consider flame weeding?

By Jeremy Winer
18-Jun-24

Flame weed control has been around for a long time and is used extensively in organic food production, primarily on cultivated soils to manage the germinated weed seed before planting or emergence of seeded crops.  Here are a few points to consider while managing weeds in planted mulched gardens. What should I consider about Flame weed management? Flame weeders are best used when the ground is wet or at least moist from dew.  It is quicker to heat the water on the plant surface than the dry leaves as the water transfers the heat more efficiently.  Wet mulches are less likely to combust. In addition, wearing a back pack sprayer with water can assist in wetting plants prior to flame and also extinguishing grasses and mulch that combust as a result of the off target flame. Here is a quick comparison of the two methods – Dry Thermal Flame Weed Control and Wet Thermal SatusteamTM Weed Control Dry Thermal Flame Weed Control Mechanism: Heat Source: Utilizes propane or natural gas to generate a flame. Action: The flame is directed at the weeds, causing thermal shock. Impact: The heat denatures proteins and disrupts cell structures, effectively burning the above ground portion of the weed plant. Advantages of Flame Weed Control: Immediate results: Weeds are visibly affected shortly after treatment. No chemicals: Environmentally friendly as it does not involve herbicides. Weather Flexibility: As long as it’s not excessively windy or during fire bans. Organic Compatibility: Suitable for organic farming and eco-friendly landscaping. Disadvantages of Flame Weed Control: Fire Risk: Requires careful management to prevent accidental fires. Mulch Damage: High heat can melt synthetic mulches and scorch organic mulches, negating their beneficial properties. Off-Target Damage: Precise application can be challenging, leading to unintended scorching or damage to desirable vegetation. Limited Effectiveness on perennial weeds: May not kill deep-rooted perennials effectively, often requiring multiple treatments. Regrowth generally visible within 7-14 days Safety concerns: Proper training and safety measures are essential to avoid burns and accidents. Wet Thermal Satusteam Weed Control Mechanism: Heat Source: Uses depressurized superheated water, delivered as a mixture of SatusteamTM at low pressure and 212F  Action: The wet heat and energy penetrates the plant tissues, causing instant cell rupture and death of all soft leaved and stemmed vegetation. Thermal Shock. Impact: The volume of SatusteamTM at 1 1/4 gal minute allows for penetration into the growing point of the plant that is just below ground surface. Efficiency: Provides 21-35 days of weed control.   Advantages of SatusteamTM Weed Control: Effective on various weed types: Can penetrate and kill both annuals and perennials. Safer to use: Reduced fire risk compared to flame weeding. Less wind-sensitive: Can be used in windy conditions without risk of spreading fire. Can be used in proximity to structures and delicate plants without risk of fire damage. Treated vegetation is desiccated and available for nutrient return to soil. This supports the soil health and increases microbial activity. Read more detailed information on the benefits of SatusteamTM technology here. Disadvantages of SatusteamTM Weed Control: Water usage: Requires water, which may be a limitation in arid regions. Equipment complexity: SatusteamTM machines and applicators can be slightly more complex and expensive to maintain. Efficiency: May take longer to treat large areas compared to flame weeding. Summary Dry Thermal Flame Weed Control  can be used in a variety of conditions but comes with fire risks and will require multiple treatments for deep-rooted weeds. Wet Thermal Satusteam Weed Control is safer regarding fire hazards and effective on a broader range of weeds, and will require fewer applications per annum, but requires more resources and may be less practical in difficult to access areas. Check out how SatusteamTM can be used to kill roots here.

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Weeds Gone Wild: The Alarming Rise of Herbicide Resistant weeds

By Jeremy Winer
18-Jun-24

272 Weed Species Now Resistant to Herbicides – Time to Change Tactics The agricultural sector grapples with a stubborn adversary: weeds that shrug off herbicides. With over 530 documented cases spanning 272 species, these resilient plants have become resistant to a staggering number of herbicides. This phenomenon, impacting 100 crops across 72 countries, necessitates a drastic shift in weed control strategies. How to deal with herbicide resitant weeds? Weedtechnics, a trailblazer in sustainable agriculture, offers a groundbreaking solution – Satusteam™. This 100% organic approach eliminates weeds using only water, making it completely toxin-free. Unlike chemical herbicides that disrupt ecosystems and contaminate soil, Satusteam™ delivers a targeted attack, effectively managing weeds in the most prevalent crops. Wondering is Satusteam™ is same as your regular steam weeding? – Click here to find out. Will Satusteam™ work on all herbicide resistant weeds? Forget about weeds becoming resistant to herbicides! Satusteam™ utilizes a revolutionary approach that works on all soft-leaved and stemmed vegetation, regardless of their herbicide history. It leverages the power of thermal shock, a principle where rapid temperature changes disrupt a plant’s cellular structure. How does this herbicide resistant weed killer work? Satusteam™ delivers pressurized hot water, similar to the pressure of rain, but at a precisely calibrated temperature. This intense heat disrupts the weed’s cell walls upon contact, leading to immediate destruction or significant growth retardation. To delve deeper into the technical specifics of Satusteam™ and how thermal shock is employed, visit our comprehensive blog post: Discover the Science Behind Satusteam™” Weedtechnics’ Satusteam™: Efficient, Cost-Effective, and Eco-Conscious Weedtechnics’ Satusteam™ technology isn’t just environmentally friendly, it’s fiscally responsible. Competitive pricing and rapid application rates make it an attractive option for farmers worldwide. While the energy consumption various across the SatusteamTm machine used, it is far more cost effective compared to the repeated regular relentless application of harmful chemical herbicides. Here’s the key difference: Herbicides often require frequent reapplication throughout the season, Weedtechnics’ Satusteam™ can often eradicate weeds in just one to three treatments, even eliminating the roots eventually. This translates to substantial cost savings for farmers in the long run, while also minimizing the environmental impact  and avoiding the potential health risks associated with frequent herbicide use. There’s no need to worry about spray drift of chemicals harming nearby plants or crops. Satusteam™ delivers a precise application, ensuring only targeted weeds are eliminated. And even if there is spray drift, its only water! But the benefits go beyond immediate weed control. Satusteam™ is actually beneficial for the soil! The cooked weeds left behind become a valuable food source for microbes, promoting healthy microbial activity in the soil. This, in turn, contributes to a healthier and more resilient growing environment for your crops. Sources Herbicide Resistant Weeds – CropLife Australia https://www.croplife.org.au/resources/programs/resistance-management/herbicide-resistant-weeds-list/ Herbicide-resistant weeds – University of Minnesota Extension https://extension.umn.edu/herbicide-resistance-management/herbicide-resistant-weeds  

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How to kill Kikuyu grass?

By Jeremy Winer
18-Jun-24

Kikuyu Grass: Eradicate It Naturally with Steam Weeding Kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum) is a fast-growing, aggressive turfgrass known for its stubborn persistence. Traditional control methods often rely on herbicides, which can harm human health and the environment. Thankfully, there’s a safer and more effective alternative: Satusteam™ steam weeding technology. What is Kikuyu Grass? This warm-season perennial, native to East Africa, spreads readily through underground rhizomes and above-ground stolons. This rapid growth makes it difficult to control in lawns, gardens, and landscaped areas. How Does Satusteam™ Kill Kikuyu Grass? Using Satusteam™ is a simple and effective process. The machine delivers a targeted blast of high-temperature steam directly to the weeds. This steam penetrates the soil, killing the grass down to the roots.There has been some misconception that ‘steam’ is damaging to soil organisms. That is not the case for Satusteam™. Imagine a weed control that gives you the satisfaction of destroying weeds and improving your soil life in one process! Here’s what happens. Every Satusteam™ treatment turns your pesky weeds into a layer of freshly cooked vegetative matter. This layer of cooked vegetation is initially a thin layer of mulch and with a little time adds to your soil’s humus layer. Studies have shown there is an increase in microbial activity after treatment, breaking down the dessicated weed material into soil organic matter. Satusteam™ weed control targets surface vegetation and penetrates up to just 5mm into the soil. This precise approach ensures that beneficial soil microbes, fungi, and bacteria, essential for soil health, remain unharmed. Moreover, the effectiveness of Satusteam™ in eliminating persistent weeds like Kikuyu grass lies in its ability to penetrate the soil and reach the roots. Satusteam™ delivers a precise blast of steam directly to the target weeds, ensuring effective control without damaging surrounding vegetation. During the treatment process, the high-temperature steam not only kills the above-ground portion of the Kikuyu grass but also penetrates the soil, effectively killing the roots. This ensures long-lasting results with fewer treatments required, ultimately leading to the permanent eradication of Kikuyu grass from your lawn or garden. Furthermore, independent studies, such as the one conducted by students of Permaculture, have demonstrated that Satusteam™ increases microbial activity in the soil after treatment. This increase in microbial activity promotes soil health by enhancing nutrient cycling and soil organic matter decomposition, further contributing to the overall vitality of your landscape. Here’s how to use Satusteam™ for Kikuyu control: Prepare the machine: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Target the infested areas: Ensure thorough coverage. Apply steam directly to the base: Focus on the root zone for complete eradication. Repeat treatments: Typically 2-4 are needed for permanent control. Why Choose Satusteam™ to kill Kikuyu grass? Satusteam™ offers several advantages over traditional methods: Toxin-free solution: Satusteam™ uses only high-temperature steam to kill weeds, eliminating the need for harmful chemical herbicides and reducing environmental impact. This approach ensures that there are no toxic residues left behind, making it safe for humans, pets, and the surrounding ecosystem. Click here to read more about the safety of this method of weed control. Precision targeting: Satusteam™ delivers a precise blast of steam directly to the target weeds, ensuring effective control without damaging surrounding vegetation. By targeting weeds with precision, Satusteam™ minimizes collateral damage to desirable plants, reducing the risk of unintended harm to your landscape. Permanent eradication: Satusteam™ penetrates the soil to kill Kikuyu grass down to the roots, providing long-lasting results with fewer treatments required. Unlike some herbicides that only suppress weed growth temporarily, Satusteam™ offers permanent eradication, preventing regrowth and minimizing the need for repeated treatments. Soil health promotion: Unlike chemical herbicides, which can harm soil biology and degrade soil health over time, Satusteam™ promotes soil health by preserving beneficial microorganisms and maintaining soil structure. This helps to create a healthier growing environment for your plants, leading to improved overall landscape vitality. Immediate re-entry: After Satusteam™ treatment, the treated area can be used immediately, with no waiting period required. This means you can resume normal activities in your lawn, garden, or landscaped area right away, without any disruption to your daily routine. Versatility: Satusteam™ is suitable for use in various settings, including residential yards, parks, school grounds, public spaces, and commercial landscapes. Its versatility makes it an ideal choice for weed control in diverse environments, providing effective results wherever weeds are a concern. Cost-effectiveness: While initial investment in Satusteam™ equipment and services may be higher than purchasing chemical herbicides, the long-term cost savings can be significant. With permanent weed eradication and reduced treatment frequency, Satusteam™ offers a cost-effective solution for sustainable weed management in the long run. Check out how satusteamTM can control and eradicate the weed seed bank here. Benefits of a Toxin-Free Solution: Satusteam™ offers a safe, eco-friendly alternative to chemical herbicides. By harnessing the power of high-temperature steam, it effectively eradicates Kikuyu grass without leaving behind harmful residues or endangering human health and the environment. Where to Find a Satusteam™ Contractor to kill Kikuyu grass: Visit the official Weedtenics  website’ Contractors page  or contact Weedtechnics directly to find a certified contractor near you. Their network of professionals is equipped to deliver superior results using Satusteam™ technology. Satusteam™ provides a safe and effective way to control Kikuyu grass.  Say goodbye to chemical herbicides and hello to a toxin-free solution. Contact a Satusteam™ contractor today and reclaim your lawn or garden from Kikuyu’s grip. Where is Satusteam™ steam weeding suitable? Satusteam™ is a preferred choice for Kikuyu control in various settings, including: Schools & Universities Municipalities & Councils  Sensitive Areas (playgrounds, childcare centers, Botanical gardens, museums) Landscape Contractors Organic Farms, hobby farms, Nurseries Animal farms, Dog parks, Equine properties Satusteam™ is utilized across various regions to effectively manage Kikuyu grass infestations while prioritizing safety, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Read more about the hidden costs associated to toxic weed control using herbicides here.

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Weed Problems in Your Lavender Field? You’re Not Alone (and Here’s How to Win the Battle Organically)

By Jeremy Winer
16-Jun-24

For lavender farmers, picture-perfect fields can turn into a battleground against a stubborn enemy: weeds. These unwelcome plants steal the sunshine, water, and nutrients your precious lavender needs to thrive. But you’re not alone in this fight. Many lavender farmers, from Hunter Valley, Australia to California, USA, face the constant challenge of keeping their lavender farms fields weed-free. Weeds in your lavender farm Weeds are like bullies in your lavender patch. They compete with your lavender for everything it needs to grow strong and healthy – water, sunlight, and nutrients. This means less lavender and less of the fragrant essential oil you work hard to produce. Imagine rows of vibrant lavender struggling against a sea of weeds. The essential oil yield, the very essence of your business, could suffer. Pulling weeds by hand takes forever, especially for big farms. It’s backbreaking work that eats into your valuable time. Can organic lavender farmers use chemical herbicides? Some farmers might think weed killers (herbicides) are the answer. But for organic lavender farmers, that’s a big NO. Chemical sprays used on regular farms (like glyphosate) can contaminate your lavender and stop it from being certified organic. This means you can’t sell your lavender as organic anymore, which can hurt your business. Even “organic” weed killers can harm the helpful insects and good things living in your soil. These little creatures help your lavender grow strong, and you don’t want to get rid of them! Imagine a Weed-Free Future for Your Lavender Think about your lavender growing tall and healthy, without any weeds stealing its resources. This dream can be a reality with the right way to control weeds without using chemicals. By getting rid of weeds, you get a bunch of benefits: More Lavender, More Oil: Without weeds competing, your lavender will grow bigger and stronger, producing more of the essential oil you love. Top-Quality Oil: Healthy lavender makes high-quality oil with a stronger scent and more benefits for people who use it. Time Saved, Work Done: No more endless weeding! You’ll have more time to focus on other important farm tasks like harvesting and making the oil. This frees you up to do the things you enjoy and grow your business. Happy Planet, Happy You: Taking care of weeds organically is good for the environment and keeps your lavender field healthy. It’s a win-win situation! The various Ways Weeds Steal from Your Lavender Weeds are more than just annoying green plants. They’re sneaky thieves that rob your lavender of the resources it needs to thrive. Here’s a closer look at how they cause trouble: Water Hogs: Weeds have a thirst for water, just like your lavender. During dry spells, they’ll compete with your plants for every drop, leaving your lavender parched and struggling. Sunlight Blockers: Weeds can grow tall and cast shadows over your lavender. This reduces the amount of sunlight your plants receive, which is essential for photosynthesis and healthy growth. Nutrient Nuisances: Weeds absorb nutrients from the soil that your lavender needs to grow strong. This can lead to stunted growth, weak stems, and a decrease in essential oil production. The Different Types of Weeds That Plague Lavender Fields Not all weeds are created equal. Here are some of the most common culprits that love to invade lavender fields: Broadleaf Weeds: These flat-leaved weeds like dandelions and chickweed grow quickly and steal a lot of resources from your lavender. Grasses: These pesky plants can form thick clumps that crowd your lavender and compete for water and nutrients. They can also be a fire hazard during dry seasons. Parasitic Weeds: These villainous weeds attach themselves to your lavender plants and steal their nutrients directly. Dodder is a common parasitic weed that can wreak havoc on your lavender crop. The Hidden Costs of Weeds: Beyond the Time You Spend Pulling Them Weeds might seem like a minor nuisance, but they can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Here are some hidden costs to consider: Reduced Lavender Yield: Less lavender growth means less essential oil to sell. This directly affects your income. Lower Oil Quality: Stressed lavender plants produce lower-quality oil with a weaker scent and fewer therapeutic benefits. This can make it harder to sell your oil for a good price. Increased Labor Costs: Hand-weeding is time-consuming and expensive, especially for large farms. Here are all the 8 hidden costs of chemical weed control. Organic Solutions for a Thriving Lavender Field and How Satusteam™ Can Help We’ve established the havoc weeds wreak on your lavender field and the importance of organic weed control. But fear not, lavender warrior! There are effective ways to keep those pesky plants at bay without resorting to harmful chemicals. Organic Weed Control Methods: Your Arsenal for a Healthy Field Here are some key strategies to consider for organic weed control in your lavender field: Crop Rotation: Planting different crops in your field each year helps disrupt weed lifecycles and prevent them from establishing dominance. Consider planting cover crops like clover or ryegrass between lavender seasons. These nitrogen-fixing plants suppress weeds while enriching the soil for your lavender. Mulching: A layer of organic mulch, like wood chips or straw, around your lavender plants helps smother weed seedlings and retain soil moisture. This reduces competition for resources and makes weeding by hand easier. Promoting Beneficial Insects: Encourage ladybugs, lacewings, and other beneficial insects to take up residence in your field. These natural predators can help control weed seed production by munching on weed pests. Planting flowering herbs like dill or fennel can attract these helpful creatures. Hand-weeding: While it’s not the most glamorous task, hand-weeding can be effective for small infestations or removing stubborn weeds that escape other methods. The key is to pull weeds early before they mature and set seed. Satusteam™: A Powerful and Organic Weapon in Your Weed-Fighting Arsenal While the methods above are effective, they can be time-consuming or labor-intensive, especially for large farms. This is where Satusteam™ comes in – a

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What are the advantages of Steam weeding ?

By Jeremy Winer
15-May-24

Here listed are all the advantages of steam weeding using Weedtechnics’ Satusteam™ patented technology. If you would like to know about our patented technology click here. Safe for Sensitive Areas: Satusteam™ offers a safe and effective solution for weed control in sensitive environments such as parks, schools, and care facilities. Traditional herbicides often contain harmful chemicals that can pose risks to human health, especially in areas frequented by children, pets, and the elderly. Satusteam™ eliminates this concern by utilizing high-temperature steam to target and eliminate weeds without the need for toxic chemicals. This ensures that these spaces remain safe and inviting for everyone to enjoy, promoting community well-being and peace of mind.   Most effective steam weeding technology: Satusteam™ technology ensures remarkable efficiency in weed control by applying thermal shock to weeds. Despite common misconceptions, steam weed control with Satusteam™ is both swift and cost-effective. The process revolves around the critical temperature of 100°C, which proves pivotal for optimal weed elimination. Satusteam™ utilizes pressurized water heated to 120°C, delivered gently to weeds at 40-60 psi, akin to rain pressure. This application causes plant cells to burst upon contact, effectively eradicating soft-leaved and stemmed vegetation. Additionally, it disrupts the plant’s protective waxy cuticle, leading to rapid dehydration and soil decomposition.   By obliterating above-ground leaves and stems, Satusteam™ deprives plants of their photosynthetic capacity. Even resilient weeds must rely on stored energy in roots for repair and regrowth, a process gradually worn down with repeated Satusteam™ applications. Moreover, it effectively combats herbicide-resistant weeds, minimizing the need for pre-emergent herbicides and reducing weed management costs over time.   No water contamination: Unlike herbicides, which can leave chemical residues that may contaminate water sources and harm aquatic life, Satusteam™ leaves behind no harmful residues, preventing water pollution and safeguarding fragile ecosystems. This eco-friendly approach to weed control is essential for protecting water quality in areas near rivers, lakes, and streams, ensuring the preservation of aquatic habitats and biodiversity. Preserves Soil Health: Satusteam™ prioritizes soil health by maintaining soil nutrition and microbial activity, essential components of healthy soil ecosystems. Traditional herbicides can degrade soil health over time, leading to nutrient depletion and reduced fertility. By utilizing high-temperature steam to target weeds, Satusteam™ minimizes soil disturbance and preserves the integrity of the soil, promoting long-term soil health and productivity.   All-Weather Application: One of the key advantages of Satusteam™ is its ability to be applied in any weather condition, ensuring consistent weed management year-round. Traditional herbicides may be rendered ineffective in adverse weather conditions such as rain or high winds, leading to inconsistent results and the need for additional treatments; and most importantly herbicides seep into the water table contaminating  the ground water. Satusteam™ overcomes this limitation by delivering reliable weed control regardless of external factors, enhancing efficiency and productivity for landscape contractors and property managers.   Precision Steam Weeding Targeting: Satusteam™ employs precision targeting to eliminate weeds while minimizing damage to non-target vegetation. Unlike traditional herbicides, which may cause spray drift and unintended harm to surrounding plants, Satusteam™ delivers focused and controlled heat directly to the weeds, ensuring effective weed control with minimal collateral damage. This precision targeting not only enhances the efficacy of weed control efforts but also preserves biodiversity and ecosystem health.   Immediate Usability of Treated Area: With Satusteam™, treated areas are ready for immediate use after treatment, offering convenience and flexibility for property owners and managers. Unlike traditional herbicides, which may require waiting periods before the treated area can be accessed, Satusteam™ allows for immediate usability, minimizing disruptions and downtime for maintenance activities. This ensures that parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces can be enjoyed without delay, enhancing user satisfaction and convenience.   Employee Safety: Satusteam™ prioritizes the safety of workers by eliminating the need for handling and spraying toxic chemicals. Traditional herbicides pose significant risks to employee health and safety, including exposure to harmful fumes and skin contact with toxic substances. Satusteam™ eliminates these risks by utilizing high-temperature steam, which is safe for employees to handle and apply without the need for personal protective equipment. This promotes a safer working environment and reduces the potential for work-related injuries and illnesses.   Weed Seed Bank Control: Satusteam™ effectively controls weed seed banks, preventing future weed growth without the need for additional pre-emergent treatments. Traditional herbicides may only target existing weeds, leaving behind dormant weed seeds that can germinate and proliferate over time, requiring additional treatments to manage.    Satusteam™ addresses this challenge by delivering targeted heat to the soil surface, effectively destroying weed seeds and preventing future weed growth. This proactive approach to weed control reduces the reliance on costly chemical inputs and ensures long-term weed suppression, leading to healthier and more resilient landscapes.  Read more about the seed bank control here.   Cost-Effective Application and Operation: In the long run, Satusteam™ offers a cost-effective weed management solution for landscape contractors and property managers. While the initial investment may be higher than traditional herbicides, the reduced need for multiple treatments, lower labor costs, and long-term soil health benefits make Satusteam™ a financially savvy choice for municipalities, councils, and environmentally-conscious organizations. By minimizing the need for costly chemical inputs and promoting soil health and biodiversity, Satusteam™ delivers long-term cost savings and sustainable weed control solutions for a variety of applications.   Eco-Friendly Weed Control: Satusteam™ promotes environmental sustainability by eliminating harmful chemicals from the weed control process. Traditional herbicides often contain toxic substances that can pose risks to human health and the environment, including water pollution, soil degradation, and harm to non-target organisms. Satusteam™ eliminates these risks by utilizing high-temperature steam, which is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. This eco-friendly approach to weed control reduces the carbon footprint of landscaping operations and promotes the health and vitality of ecosystems for future generations.   Enhanced Biodiversity: By minimizing damage to non-target plants and supporting healthy ecosystems, Satusteam™ helps preserve biodiversity in urban and natural landscapes. Traditional herbicides can have unintended consequences for biodiversity, including harm to beneficial insects, birds, and animals.   

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Why Steam Weeding Should Be the Standard for a Healthier Tomorrow

By Jeremy Winer
13-May-24

The Responsibility of Cities: Why Steam Weeding Should Be the Standard for a Healthier Tomorrow We all appreciate a clean and well-maintained city. But have you ever stopped to think about the environmental impact of achieving that manicured look? Traditional weed control methods, often reliant on harsh herbicides like glyphosate, can come at a cost to our health and the delicate balance of our ecosystems. Here in USA, we have a responsibility to find a better way. It’s time to make steam weeding, a safe and effective alternative, the standard for weed control. The Invasive Threat which is Wreaking Havoc in US Environments Weeds might seem like a minor nuisance, but in the United States, they pose a significant threat to our environment and public spaces. Here’s why weed control is crucial: Ecosystem Disruption: Weeds aggressively compete with native plants for water, sunlight, and nutrients. This disrupts the delicate balance of ecosystems, leading to declines in native flora and fauna. Native plants are essential for healthy ecosystems, providing food and shelter for wildlife, and preventing soil erosion. Loss of Biodiversity: When native plants lose out to weeds, biodiversity suffers. A diverse plant community fosters a healthy ecosystem, attracting pollinators and supporting a variety of animal life. Weeds can create monocultures, reducing biodiversity and weakening the overall health of the environment. Economic Impact: Weeds can wreak havoc on agriculture and forestry. They invade crops, reduce yields, and increase management costs for farmers. In forests, weeds can hinder tree growth and contribute to wildfires by creating a dense fuel source. Public Health Concerns: Certain weeds can trigger allergies and asthma, especially when they release pollen or airborne particulates. Additionally, some invasive weeds can be poisonous to humans and animals if ingested. Aesthetics in Public Spaces: Uncontrolled weeds can detract from the beauty and enjoyment of public parks, playgrounds, and recreational areas. Dense weed growth can also create safety hazards, obstructing walkways and limiting visibility. The Importance of Weed Control in Public Spaces: Public spaces are vital for recreation, relaxation, and connecting with nature. Effective weed control in these areas is essential for several reasons: Protecting Public Health: As mentioned earlier, some weeds pose health risks through allergies or poisonous properties. Controlling weeds helps to create a safer and healthier environment for everyone to enjoy. Promoting Biodiversity: Public spaces can be havens for native plants and wildlife. By managing weeds, we can create thriving ecosystems that support a diverse range of species. Enhancing Aesthetics: Well-maintained public spaces with controlled weed growth are more inviting and enjoyable for everyone. Safety Concerns: Dense weed growth can obstruct walkways, create tripping hazards, and limit visibility. Proper weed control helps to ensure the safety of park users. The Glyphosate Conundrum Glyphosate, a common ingredient in many herbicides, poses a hidden threat. Studies have linked exposure to glyphosate with various health problems, including respiratory issues, skin irritation, and even certain cancers. It can also pollute waterways and harm beneficial insects and pollinators vital for a healthy environment. Based on this article here are few reasons there is increasing awareness of the harmful effects of glyphosate based herbicides Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) are the most widely used weedkillers in the world, and their use is only increasing. These herbicides are turning up in drinking water, rain, and even the air, especially in farming areas. It takes longer for glyphosate to break down in water and soil than previously thought. Traces of glyphosate and its by-products are showing up in soybeans worldwide. More and more people are being exposed to glyphosate. Official organizations now say that glyphosate is likely to cause cancer in humans. Safety limits set for glyphosate intake in the US and Europe might be outdated because they’re based on old research. The Steam Weeding Solution Weedtechnics offers a revolutionary solution: steam weeding. This innovative technology utilizes patented Satusteam™, a combination of saturated steam and boiling water, to eliminate weeds safely and effectively. Here’s why steam weeding is the perfect alternative to the harmful effects of glyphosate: Safe for People & Pets: No chemicals involved, perfect for playgrounds, parks, and public spaces. Protects Soil Health: Unlike glyphosate, steam doesn’t harm the soil or its microbes. It uses only water. Effective Weed Control: Steam penetrates roots for long-lasting removal and prevents regrowth.  Selective Application: Target specific weeds without harming desirable plants or flowers. No Water Contamination: Unlike herbicides, steam weeding uses only water and leaves no residues, making it safe for waterways. Environmentally Friendly: Satusteam™ biodegrades naturally, leaving no harm in soil or water. Building a Sustainable Future with Satusteam™ By adopting steam weeding as the standard for weed control, USA can: Protect the health of its citizens and promote a healthy environment. Preserve our natural ecosystems and waterways. Embrace a sustainable future for generations to come. Weedtechnics is committed to partnering with cities to implement safe and effective weed control solutions. We offer a complete solution, including the Satusteam™ machine and various applicator heads to suit different needs.  Join us in making a difference! Contact Weedtechnics today to learn more about steam weeding and how it can benefit your city. Let’s work together to create a cleaner, healthier USA for everyone! Here is a map of our machines that are used in USA,  Which states in USA have prevented the use of GLYPHOSATE? Glyphosate is not banned on a national level in the United States. However, many cities and counties have passed legislation restricting or banning its use. Here’s a breakdown by state: Alaska: Anchorage, Skagway Arizona: Tucson California: Multiple cities and counties including Benicia, Burbank, Los Angeles County, San Francisco, Sonoma, Thousand Oaks Colorado: Boulder, Durango Connecticut: Multiple cities and counties including Branford, Cheshire, Greenwich Florida: Miami, Miami Beach, North Miami, several other cities Illinois: Chicago, Evanston, Naperville Iowa: Dubuque, Story County Kansas: Wichita, Lawrence Maine: Many cities with ordinances addressing pesticide use Maryland: Montgomery County, Takoma Park, Greenbelt, Howard County, Hyattsville Massachusetts: Boston (unofficial ban), Andover, Chatham, several other cities Minnesota: Minneapolis, Rochester, several townships Nevada:

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Harnessing the Power of Steam Weeding: A Sustainable Approach to Vegetation Management

By Jeremy Winer
23-Apr-24

Tired of battling weeds with harsh chemicals that harm the environment and risk the health of your precious plants? At Weedtechnics, we’re revolutionizing vegetation control with Satusteam™, our innovative steam weeding technology. The Problem with Herbicides: A Looming Threat to Your Landscape’s Health For years, chemical herbicides have been the dominant force in weed control. However, growing concerns surround their environmental impact. Herbicides can: Pollute waterways: Through runoff, they can contaminate streams, rivers, and lakes, harming aquatic ecosystems. Harm beneficial soil microbes: These microbes play a crucial role in soil health, promoting plant growth and nutrient cycling. Herbicides can disrupt this delicate balance. Damage desirable plants through drift: When herbicides are sprayed, they can travel beyond the intended target area, accidentally harming nearby flowers, shrubs, or trees. Here are the 10 harmful effects of organic herbicides.  Introducing Satusteam™: A Safe and Effective Alternative for a Weed-Free Future Satusteam™ offers a groundbreaking solution: harnessing the power of high-temperature steam for long-lasting weed control without harmful chemicals. This innovative technology is not only safe for the environment, but also versatile enough to tackle a variety of weed challenges in your landscape. University of Kentucky Validates Satusteam™: Scientifically Proven Results Researchers at the University of Kentucky have been at the forefront of exploring weed control alternatives. Their studies using Satusteam™ technology highlight its effectiveness and potential to transform weed control practices while minimizing environmental impact. Here’s what the research revealed: Effective Weed Control: Satusteam™ proved to be highly effective in controlling tough weeds like winter creeper, rivaling traditional herbicides in performance. (Citation 1) Versatility Across Landscapes: This technology works equally well in natural areas for invasive plant removal and in cultivated landscapes like mulch beds for targeted weed control. Environmentally Friendly Solution: Unlike herbicides, Satusteam™ poses no risk of water contamination or soil damage, making it a safe and sustainable choice for your landscape. How Satusteam™ Works: Unveiling the Science Behind the Steam Our Satusteam™ technology utilizes a diesel burner and pump to generate powerful, saturated steam. This steam reaches temperatures of 205-218 degrees Fahrenheit at the point of application. The concept is simple yet effective: essentially steaming or scalding weeds on-site, eliminating them without harming the surrounding environment. Beyond Effectiveness: The Additional Benefits of Choosing Satusteam™ While effectiveness is crucial, Satusteam™ offers several additional advantages over traditional herbicides: Reduced Environmental Impact: This eco-friendly solution protects valuable waterways and promotes healthy soil health. (Citations 3 & 4 to be added later) Safe for All-Weather Use: Rain or shine, Satusteam™ works effectively regardless of weather conditions. Precision Targeting: This targeted application minimizes damage to desirable plants, promoting biodiversity and a thriving ecosystem in your landscape. Sustainable Weed Control for the Future:  A Commitment to a Greener Tomorrow Satusteam™ steam weeding might not be the ideal solution for every situation, especially large-scale invasive plant control. However, it demonstrates promising potential for targeted weed control in various settings, particularly those where environmental impact is a major concern. Here at Weedtechnics, we’re committed to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for vegetation control, ensuring a greener future for our landscapes. Weedtechnics: Leading the Charge in Sustainable Solutions for Your Landscape At Weedtechnics, we’re passionate about providing safe and effective solutions for your vegetation control needs. With Satusteam™, we offer a powerful alternative to traditional herbicides that prioritizes both environmental well-being and the health of your landscape. Ready to Ditch the Chemicals and Embrace a Sustainable alternative to chemical herbicide? If you’re a professional landscaper, grounds manager, or environmentally conscious organization, Satusteam™ steam weeding might be the perfect solution for your targeted weed control needs. Contact Weedtechnics today to learn more about how Satusteam™ can help you achieve sustainable vegetation management and create a thriving landscape.   Read the 7 steps to managing your vegetation here.

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Classification of Weeds by Life Cycle

By Jeremy Winer
16-Mar-22

Weeds are defined as any plant growing where it’s unwanted. A lot of efforts have been made in trying to distinguish between desirable and undesirable plants. This includes classification systems based on growth form, life cycle, place of origin, or colour.  All classification systems, however, have their challenges. There are exceptions within classified groups like difficulty in distinguishing between similar species. There are also poor predictive ability, large geographic variation, and lack of morphological detail. The classification system expressed in this article is a simple one. The weeds are classified according to their life cycle and how long they persist. This classification uses three main categories:  annual, biennial, and perennial. The Life Cycle of Weeds The classification system used here can be applied at any scale, whether large areas such as states or small areas such as lawns and backyards. Classifying weeds may be complicated by several factors such as many species having overlapping characteristics between classes. Another issue in weed classification is the occurrence of some plants that may have more than one type of growth cycle, and can therefore fit into multiple categories.  Nevertheless, the three weed classification in this article works well to distinguish weeds with a high degree of accuracy, even with exceptions. Classifying weeds based on life cycle is intended to facilitate identification, study, and management. Identification is the first step in an effective weed control method.      Classification of Weeds by Life Cycle Weeds can  be grouped by their life cycle into three broad categories: annuals, biennials, and perennials.  Annual  Annuals generally complete their life cycle in one season. They germinate, bloom, produce seed, and die within one year. The weed may be easily pulled out of the ground while still young before any damage is done to the crop being grown.  Some annuals complete their life cycle in one growing season but produce vegetative propagules (tubers, bulbs, corms). These structures allow vegetative and sexual reproduction for the next generation. Examples of such plants are dandelion and yellow rockets.  Once developed, these vegetative parts can survive through winter to sprout a new plant the following year. This process is known as vernalization.  Vernalization is a process in which the seeds are exposed to low temperatures to stimulate their reproduction. This artificial cooling is required for the plant apical meristem to fully develop from being vegetative to being reproductive.      Some classification systems regard these plants as biennials despite the fact that they complete their life cycle in one calendar year. That’s because they require exposure to cold temperatures before they can flower and form more vegetative parts. Annual weeds that produce seed and then die include chickweed, common groundsel, and common purslane. Other types of annual weeds are crabgrass, barnyard grass, pigweed, lamb’s quarters, purslane, and cheat grass. Biennial Biennials do not emerge above-ground until the second growing season when they begin to sprout flowers. These plants complete flowering in late summer or fall of the first growing season then the seeds mature for plant reproduction in the succeeding year.  Biennials complete their life cycle over two growing seasons. They germinate in the fall through winter as a small rosette of leaves. They bloom, set seeds, and die the following year. The only biennial weeds that are not perennials are those producing seed for one year’s growth, followed by winter storage to produce seeds the next season.     Summer annuals also have this life cycle but have a competitive advantage because they can produce seeds in their first year of growth. In contrast, biennial weed species will have to wait until the second year.  Biennial weeds are more difficult to control than annuals because the process involves two steps. The first step is preventing seed production while the second step includes eliminating other factors that help the reproduction of biennial weeds. Some examples of biennial species are common burdock, common ragweed, hawkweeds, and field bindweed. Perennial A perennial plant can survive for more than two years by sending up new shoots from its underground root system. These plants are highly resistant to herbicides when compared with annuals or biennials because most herbicides will kill only the shoots of the plants. These herbicides also do not penetrate deep enough into the ground to affect the roots of perennials.  Perennial weeds reproduce both sexually by flowering and setting seed, and vegetative through their creeping underground stems or shoots. This underground ‘stem’ system is often undisturbed, making perennials sturdy and resistant to common herbicides.  Perennials grow back each year from their root or underground stem system and produce flowers and seeds. Sometimes, they emerge in the same season, but more commonly during their second growing season.     Perennials  have to be treated more often than biennial weeds. Their ability to survive through periods of drought and produce new growth from below-ground parts make them resistant to most herbicides.  Perennial weed control requires better planning over an extended period of time. Several factors affect their reaction to herbicides including: Different germination rates among species Competitive ability at various population levels Seed production and survival Ability to reproduce both sexually and vegetatively. Some examples of perennials include dandelion, quackgrass, yellow nutsedge, creeping bentgrass, bermuda grass, nimblewill, and quack grass.   Conclusion One classification system of weeds describes them as either annuals, biennials, or perennials. Annual weeds live for one year and die after while biennial weeds live for two growing seasons before flowering and setting seed. Perennial weeds can exist for more than two years without forming reproductive structures via sexual or asexual reproduction. The classification system outlined above is useful to growers trying to understand the best methods for weed control in their crops.

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Types of Weeds by Gross Morphology

By Jeremy Winer
16-Mar-22

Although many people think of weeds as a single category of plants, there are in fact three types of weeds by gross morphology: grasses, sedges, and broad-leaf weeds. Each type of weed has different life cycles, and requires different methods for control. Whether you’re a farmer, landscape owner, or weed control manager, it’s important to be able to classify and identify these weeds. Let’s take a closer and deeper look at these classes of weeds by gross morphology!  The Basic Anatomy of Weeds There really is no unifying characteristic that puts all weeds into a single category. They vary in shape, size, morphology, and life cycle. Any plant can be considered a weed when they grow where they’re not supposed to grow. When they do so, they can compete with other crops for nutrients, causing loss of horticultural productivity.  However, like any other plants, they can be grouped into three depending on their gross morphology. By understanding the gross morphology of weeds, you can develop an effective weed management plan that targets the specific weeds present in your garden or landscape. Thus, it’s important to identify weeds based on several characteristics that define them.      You can identify plants and determine if they’re grass, sedge, or broad-leaf depending on their visible characteristics. These include leaf-shape, leaf structure, the arrangement of the leaves, roots and underground structures, plant height, and many more. Knowing the differences between these groups of plants can help you to identify and control weeds more effectively. For example, grasses are easily killed with herbicides, while sedges are resistant to many herbicides. Broad-leaf plants are generally easier to control than either grasses or sedges. Types of Weeds by Gross Morphology As mentioned above, there are three types of weeds depending on their gross morphology: Grasses, Sedges, and Broad-Leaf. Grasses Grasses, or true grasses, are the most common type of weeds and can be found in both lawns and gardens. Weeds considered as true grasses are composed of one seed-leaf (monocotyledon) that emerges from the soil. They have leaves that are long and narrow, with parallel venation patterns.      True grasses grow from the ground in an alternating pattern around a hollow stem called culm. Each of the growing leaves are composed of two parts, the upper portion called the blade and the lower portion wrapped around the culm, called sheath.  Grasses have narrow leaves and grow in clumps. They are easily killed with herbicides, but they often return from the roots. Some common grasses include bermudagrass, crabgrass, nut grass, and winter grass.  Sedges Sedges exhibit a lot of the characteristics of the true grasses but they also have some differences. First, sedges have stems that are solid, triangular, and they contain no nodes. Their leaves are arranged in a three-ranked arrangement unlike the alternating pattern of grasses.      Sedges are a type of grass that has triangular leaves and grows in bunches or tussocks. They are  resistant to many herbicides and can be difficult to control. Some common sedges include bulrush, cattail, club rush, and water sedges. Unsure if these are Australian prevalent varieties or the ones to mention – check with JW Broad-Leaf Broad-leaf plants are the most common type of weed found in gardens. They have broad leaves and can be either annual or perennial. Annual broad-leaves germinate, grow and flower within a single season, while perennial plants live for more than one year.  Some common broad-leaf plants include dandelion, clover, plantain, black medic, and morning glory.     Conclusion Grasses are the most common type of weed and they’re also the easiest to control. On the other hand, broad-leaf weeds are more resistant to herbicides and may need more attention when it comes to weed control. Identifying and classifying weeds are very important especially in controlling their growth and preventing them from competing with crops. With proper classification of weeds, you can then devise an effective weed control strategy.  

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Weeds: What Are They and How Do They Grow?

By Jeremy Winer
14-Mar-22

In its simplest definition, weeds are plants growing in the wrong place. Most of these plants commonly occur in vineyards, walkways, pavements, lawns, and gardens. There are almost 8000 species of weeds in the world and it’s important to know when to identify a weed if you see one.  In this article, we’ll highlight all the key things you need to know when it comes to weeds – what they are, how they grow, and how you classify them. Let’s get into it.  What are Weeds? Weeds are plants that grow out of place. Any plant can be considered a weed depending on where they grow. Some common examples include unwanted plants growing in the garden, lawn, farms, vineyards, orchards, and parks. The term weed also applies to any aggressive plant that competes with others for the nutrients present in the soil.     No matter what the definition is, weeds are plants that cause more harm than good. Thus, it’s very important to determine if a certain  plant is a weed or not. From there, we can devise ways to exterminate and eliminate them for good.  How Do Weeds Grow? Weeds have different ways to grow in a place where they aren’t needed. As long as several conditions are met, they can persist and continue to grow. With enough sunlight, water, and nutrients, they can compete with other plants present in the area. Most often than not, weeds compete stronger than the desirable plants.  There are generally four ways in which weeds can spread: Wind: Most weeds are spread by being carried by the wind. One example is the dandelion seed head which has a “parachute-like” structure that allows it to glide with the wind. Animal Dispersal: Some weeds may spread because of animal excretion. Birds may eat seeds which then pass through their digestive system and are excreted in a lawn or garden. With enough nutrients and water, these seeds may grow into unwanted plants. Rain: Weeds can also grow on sidewalks and edges because their seeds got carried away and deposited in the crack and crevices by the rain. Like the wind, rain can also disperse seeds in areas where they’re unwanted for growth. Carriers: Seeds may also stick with animal fur or human clothing, and drop in a lawn or garden. As long as the conditions for growth are met, these seeds will proliferate.     How Do You Classify Weeds? Becoming an expert in determining a weed’s identity requires years of education and tons of experience. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t identify them based on some of the prominent  common characteristics that they possess.  Weeds can be classified according to their common features such as gross morphology and life cycle. By gross morphology, weeds can be categorised as grasses, sedges, and broadleaf weeds. On the other hand, they can also be classified as annuals, biennials, or perennials based on their life cycles.  By Gross Morphology Gross morphology refers to the set of structures to help identify a particular organism. By gross morphology, weeds can be classified into three broad categories: Grasses: The most common weeds often occur as grasses. They have grass seedlings with one seed leaf (monocotyledon). Their leaves are also characterised  by long and narrow leaves with parallel veins. Some examples include crabgrass and goose grasses. Sedges: Sedges are often characterised  by their solid and triangular stems. They have a three-ranked leaf arrangement emerging from a single node. Sedges include nut grasses and nutsedges. Broadleaf Weeds: In contrast to grasses and sedges, broadleaf weeds have broad, flat, and expanded leaves. The surface of the leaves contains a distinct network of veins that is parallel for monocots and netted for dicots. Examples of broadleaf weeds are dandelion and clover.     By Life Cycle Weeds can also be categorised by their life cycle. Some of them are seasonal while other species persist year-round. Here are the three categories of weeds by life cycle. Annuals: Annual weeds complete their life cycle within the year. Most of them would reproduce seeds while others may produce adventitious roots or prostrate stems. A prominent example of an annual weed is chickweed, which germinates during spring and autumn.  Biennials: Biennial weeds can live more than a year but less than two years. They usually emerge, germinate, and grow during the first year, and mature and reproduce during the second year. The most common biennial weeds include Dandelions and Thistles.  Perennials: Weeds that live longer than 2 years are classified as perennials. They reproduce in a lot of ways, either by seeds or by creeping stems. Some examples of perennial weeds include Cat’s ear, Clover, and Creeping Oxalis.      Conclusion No plant is a weed as long as they grow in the right environment where they’re wanted. Since weeds are considered plants growing out of place, their natural occurrence in that particular place  inflicts  negative consequences. Thus, it’s important to determine whether the plant growing in the area is a weed or not. Aside from qualitative characteristics, there are also tools and apps available that can help you specifically identify a plant or weed. Nevertheless, we hope that through this article, you get to learn about the unifying characteristics of weeds to be able to identify them gain deeper insights about them.   

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Goodman Group & Weedtechnics: Changing the Future of Environmental Sustainability

By Jeremy Winer
01-Mar-22

“Look at the Satusteam unit, it’s quite exciting and impressive in the way in which the unit works.” “… to Jeremy’s testament, the openness in which he does his business, and the transparency, is probably something that I appreciate from a client’s perspective.” As one of the pioneers of using sustainable weed control methods, Weedtechnics will collaborate with the Australian commercial property company, Goodman Group, to lead a big environmental sustainability initiative. Based around an interview with the Head of Presentation at Goodman, Mr. Shaun Nelson, this feature will discuss the plans and the initiatives of both companies towards achieving a greener and sustainable future.   What does the Goodman Group do? “Something that’s really important to Goodman as a stance, is to set the industry benchmark in regard to presentation, to cleaning, the landscaping, the painting and the signage.” Shaun started working with Goodman in 2012 as the Head of Presentation, it’s his duty to manage about $18 million in operational expenditure that incorporates all things in cleaning and landscaping. Goodman Group is an Australian-based company that owns, develops, and manages real estate properties. The company manages multiple logistics facilities, warehouses, business offices, and parks. Part of their job is to maintain these properties to a high standard, which includes weed management.     When asked what made his journey in Goodman special, Shaun told us that it was the opportunity to use the expertise he gained from contracting and bring that experience to a customer-based perspective. Shaun also mentioned that he started at Goodman with a number of contractors and one of the first projects was to re-establish their grounding from their previous experiences.         Goodman formed partnerships with a number of highly valuable landscaping and cleaning companies. They focused on understanding what Goodman does and how they do it. From there, things started to flourish. “[We] understand what Goodman does, and how Goodman do it, and we’ve been able to achieve a really consistent and high standard of presentation.” Currently, Goodman is focusing on sustainability initiatives which include LED lighting, a Galcon GSI Smart irrigation program, handheld battery equipment, as well as reducing their glyphosate footprint in killing weeds. That’s where they collaborated with Weedtechnics.    Why Choose Weedtechnics? Shaun was introduced to Weedtechnics through one of their contractors, Growing Options, who also engaged with Jeremy Winer, Weedtechnics Managing Director. According to Shaun, they created a Sustainability Committee, with a representative from Growing Options.  Shaun and the committee discussed all things about technology, operations, and logistics. It was mentioned that they will look into what Weedtechnics can offer to improve their weed management programs. “Jeremy came and presented to us about where the Weedtechnics Satusteam™ products are, the type of units available… We recently organised a trial with a number of Contractors to try and get to know the types of machines.”     Shaun also told Weedtechnics that the way Goodman are heading, they’re aiming to be more sustainable at a holistic level and provide a hybrid or a mandated approach to how they control weed infestations. When asked why they chose Weedtechnics, Shaun said that they never pick one particular company, assign them 200 sites, and wish them their merry way. He explained that they get the best contractors when they see how they are working with other clients. In addition, the Goodman team also found the Weedtechnic Satusteam™ equipment exciting and impressive in the way that it works. According to Shaun, “…the concept of how it works is very practical, with obvious clear benefits (on several levels)…” Shaun also added that from a long-term sustainability perspective, the Satusteam™ equipment controls weeds better than many chemical applications out there. Goodman and Weedtechnics will collaborate to tailor Goodman’s machines to be practical, feasible, and viable for all contractors on an industrial basis.   The Future Between Goodman Group and Weedtechnics The future looks bright between Goodman Group and Weedtechnics. As mentioned, Goodman manages real-estate properties, which includes weed management. As one of the pioneers of using sustainable weed control methods, Weedtechnics aligns with the goals of Goodman in achieving a chemical-free, environmentally-sustainable future. Mr. Nelson reiterated that they are focusing heavily on sustainability initiatives and endeavours. He also said that one of their main goals in this collaboration is the point in which their contractors are comfortable with using Satusteam™ equipment. He sees a future where the contractor’s go-to equipment for weed management is our equipment.   When asked what the biggest challenge will be in achieving this goal, Shaun replied: “I think changing the mindset is our biggest challenge, because typically, landscapers will just grab the Round-up. That’s just been up until now the go-to, and it’s changing that mindset. So, that’s our biggest challenge I think, moving forward.” Goodman looks at a future where there’s a viable space for customers to lease. A space where they can create a dynamic ecosystem where people can come to work, do their business and appreciate the healthy environment around them. They are already achieving these goals through their sustainability initiatives.           And Weedtechnics is a big part of it.   Conclusion We live in a world where resources are scarce, and time is a premium. We must play our roles of maintaining the space and environment we live in and be part of the drive that moves it forward to a sustainable future. With big companies like Goodman and Weedtechnics leading the way, we can all release a big sigh of relief, knowing that people across the globe are taking these initiatives.

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