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How to kill a weed with heat?
To really understand how weed control can be used most effectively, it is useful to understand the basic parts of a plant and the requirements of a plant to grow. With this knowledge, we can develop strategies to interrupt the natural plant cycle.
Each part of the plant has a different function
The roots anchor the plants in the soil and absorb nutrients and water that are needed by the rest of the plant
Stems support the upper part of the plant and act as a transport system for nutrients, water, sugar, and starches
Leaves are the parts of the plant where photosynthesis usually occurs - where food for the plant is made. The green substance, chlorophyll, captures light energy and uses it to convert water and carbon dioxide into plant food and oxygen
Flowers are the reproductive part of plants. They often have showy petals and fragrances to attract pollinators such as birds, bees, and other insects
Fruits are the fleshy substances that usually surround seeds. They protect the seeds and attract animals to eat them. This helps in seed dispersal
Seeds may be surrounded by fruit and contain plant material that can develop into another plant.
The basic requirements of plants to grow are room to grow, access to light, air, water and nutrients.
• Room to grow
The above ground portions of the plant need space so leaves can expand and gather the sun’s energy to carry out the job of making food. Roots also need room to grow to provide sufficient access to water and nutrients.
Plants need light. They use light energy to change carbon dioxide and water into food. This process of food production is called photosynthesis.
Water is essential to all life on earth. No known organism can exist without water. Plants use water for many life processes, including moving nutrients throughout the plant.
Green plants take in carbon dioxide from air and use it during photosynthesis to make food.
Most of the nutrients that a plant needs are taken up by the plant through its roots.
Back to the question "How to kill a weed with heat?"
By removing one or more of the plant requirements we can seriously affect the plants ability to survive.
When applying heat we are mainly looking to treat the leaves.
This is where photosynthesis takes place - converting sunlight into energy. By applying heat to the leaf we can make the cells within the plant coagulate of burst, making it impossible for the plant to photosynthesise.
Without this ability the plant will die.
Some plants store a lot of energy in their roots and will regrow using this stored energy - repeated application of heat will fatigue the plant until it has used its entire store of energy. At this point the weed will not be able to regrow.
THE 3 BIGGEST THREATS
TO YOUR SURFACE?
What our customers say about our machines:
"This is the best machine combination that we have used ... and it coped well with the inclines. Plus, we swapped the attachment and used the sweeper to collect all the debris that we had extracted from the concrete of the reservoir."
Tyne Valley Garden Centre
"We could be spending up to 20 hours a week removing moss and dirt from the pedestrian areas and it seemed nothing we did made much difference." Following a demonstration by Kersten, John saw an immediate improvement. "I was so impressed, I needed the machine there and then and simply bought Trevor's demonstrator."
Ascott Under Wychwood Parish Council
"I was soon to discover that keeping roads and pavements clear of snow and ice was not simply a case of throwing some salt or grit down."
Powys County Council
"The major benefit of these new vehicles is that we are able to provide a service to people who we haven't been able to help before. We are hoping now that we can keep access to schools, old people's homes and emergency services buildings clear of snow, even in the must rural of places."
"Our staff worked extremely hard over the winter when snow twice seriously affected movement across the town. This equipment will help us to be much more effective should we experience similar conditions in the future. Our machine has been invaluable, particularly for clearing snow on the steep drive. The secret for removing moss and grime from the block paving is to shovel on fine sharp sand and spread either with brush or weed brush on bad areas. Wait for continuous rain and brush again - comes up like new!”
“To comply with European directives we needed to find a way to remove weed and moss growth from Oldham's paved and tarmaced areas. And to do this without too much chemical use.This is a problem that can be very labour and time intensive and we are always looking to give ratepayers best value. So Kersten's extensive range of machines easily fulfilled our needs.”
"It does what it says on the tin. The 16hp twin cylinder engine has loads of power for this job."More details
The final preparations are being put in place for ScotPlant 2020, the most important event of the year for the Scottish construction equipment sector.
Kersten will be in attendance at stall R3 across from our partners at Balgownie.
Scotplant 2020 looks set to be the largest in the events 20+ year history. For the first time the avenue between the indoor and outdoor arenas will also be hired out for exhibitors - meaning there will be more than ever.
Sales & Marketing manager Sean will be in attendance alongside Operations Manager Doug with additional support from the marketing team.
With a larger stand than we have had at previous events, we will showcase a range of new products from Kersten and our partners at Ripagreen as well as some of our existing weed control and surface maintenance equipment. This is a great opportunity to pick the brains of Sean and Doug and get a sneak peak at innovative new products which will be released later in the year.
Best of all, we will also be giving away a selection of free products throughout the day so make sure you swing by and say hello.
Additional information can be found at the Scotplant website - make sure you're following us on social media if you're unable to attend. We will be posting all our updates there - Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and YouTube!
See you there!
Why choose a Kersten WeedBrush?
When moss and weeds become established on hard surfaces they are difficult to remove with a sweeper.
For this application we have made the Weedbrush.
Kersten WeedBrushes have been designed to quickly remove weeds and moss, along with the soil they grow in from hard surfaces like tarmac and block paving. We achieve this with several features not typically found on other Weedbrushes.
VersaBrush – The WeedBrush is fitted with VersaBrushes. These brush sections are composed of two wire types. Thick flat wires are used to cut the weeds and soil from the surface and removes the material; like using many tiny shovels. Thinner wire then sweeps the surface clean. The more soil that we can remove the longer the surface will remain free of weeds.
Angling – The WeedBrush can be angled in all directions for getting into cracks and crevices’. Using the brush on an angle allows it to penetrate the joints in surfaces such as block paving and cope with cambers.
Pressure – Brush height and pressure is controlled by an adjustable castor wheel placed close to the brush and a weight on top. This allows the pressure to be adjusted to suit the application, achieving a perfect combination of cleaning performance and brush life.
Stone guard – To reduce stone throwing, our WeedBrushes rotate at very low speeds of between 180 – 400 rpm. Because of the high torque, we are still able to achieve a great finish, but the lower speed gives much less energy to stones and other debris so they are not turned into dangerous projectiles. A protective guard also helps to keep material close to the brush, so the arisings are easy to clean up after WeedBrushing. The slow rotation speed has the added benefit of creating less vibration.
Just add water – By adding water the WeedBrush is able to scrub dirt and algae from surfaces such as sandstone and other paving.
Click here to see our range of WeedBrushes!
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Phone: 0118 9869 253
If you are used to a spraying schedule, then putting together another sort of Weed elimination strategy can be a bit daunting. But if you go back to basics, it's quite simple.
- A plant needs; Light, Air, Water, Nutrients and Warmth in order to survive. We can kill a plant by depriving it of any of these things.
- Covering the plant so that no light can reach it.
- Destroying the chlorophyll in the plant which does the job of processing the sunlight and turning it into energy (Photosynthesis).
We are on LinkedIn to help solve our customers' problems.
We know that every connection we make on LinkedIn is the start of a journey.
When someone connects with us on LinkedIn it is usually because they are aware of a problem in their business that we might be able to help them solve. It may be an artificial tennis court that has problems with drainage, or block paving that is slippery and covered in moss.
Whatever it is, there are several key stages in a customer's journey to solving their problem, and LinkedIn is a fantastic tool to help them get to the next stage. We love to solve problems, that's why we love LinkedIn!
The stages are;
Problem aware - The customer may be aware of the problem, but it can be very helpful to explore it with them to uncover the cause. LinkedIn allows us to talk about specific problems like detritus build up, surface compaction and surface displacement, which lead to weeds, drainage problems and cause damage to hard surfaces over time. An article or a video is a great way to get this information across.
Solution aware - Once we truly understand the problem, we can help the customer to explore the different ways to solve the problem. Each situation is a little unique and so problems that look similar on the surface sometimes have different solutions. LinkedIn is a great place to discuss particular scenarios and get into a back and forth discussion.
Product aware - Once a customer has identified a solution that will meet their specific needs then we can help guide them to a product that will deliver that solution. We can do this by sharing information on what makes our products different and why this matters. Videos are great for this.
Fully aware - Once a customer has narrowed down a product, there is still work for us to do. We can help them find a dealer close to them who will provide great backup and help them purchase the machine. We can also post content about looking after the machines and getting the best from them.
By using LinkedIn as a way to build this relationship with our customers, it let's us focus on using the website as a resource for sharing links and documents relating to more than just the product.
For help with your own grounds maintenance problems, please get in touch.
0118 9869 253
Or check us out on LinkedIn.