Thermal weeding gets up a head of steam

Citycare Property is steaming ahead with plans to reduce its use of herbicides by adopting thermal weeding.

As one of New Zealand’s leading providers of maintenance and facilities management services across New Zealand, Citycare Property’s contracts currently include a five-year contract to maintain and manage all community-owned buildings and parks in South Auckland, as well as a range of landscape, facilities management, graffiti and water contracts in Christchurch and all around the country.

Many of Citycare Property’s contracts include maintaining reserves, cemeteries, parks and playgrounds. As every home gardener knows, weeds are a constant battle, and it’s no different for Citycare. Our open space maintenance staff work to keep the weeds down while also keeping a keen eye on the environment.

Thermal weed control involves spraying weeds with a fine jet of water at 120 degrees Celsius. After just a few seconds the weeds change colour, start to die and a couple of days later the full effect of the treatment can be seen.

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Go Green on Weed Control

What new service could you offer that would generate referrals and more business?

Consumers are preferring ‘green’, ‘eco’ and ‘organic’ and it’s no longer acceptable for much of the community to see chemicals being sprayed for weed control.

THE FACTS

The public is concerned about safety.
Application of chemical weed killers, according to label, requires restriction of access to treated areas for a number of hours. Failure to restrict access can expose the public to ‘probable carcinogens’.

Glyphosate negatively impacts 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, bind nutrients and favour pathogens.

Weedkillers threaten habitat, ecosystem & pet health.
Most commonly used weed killers have the potential to contaminate habitats of sensitive populations of endangered species such as frogs, bees and butterflies which are essential to healthy ecosystems.

Stormwater becomes contaminated with herbicides applied to landscapes.
Chemical weed killers translocate easily from paved surfaces, through soil profiles and contaminate ground waters, streams, creeks and estuaries.

These problems have created the next great opportunity for differentiating your business and standing out from the crowd.

Residential Consumers are favouring ‘eco’, organic and bee, child and pet-friendly products.

School and Dog Steam Weeders

Commercial clients want Eco
Companies, councils and schools report to their stakeholders on their eco-initiatives. You can assist them to achieve their eco-outcomes. Offer organic Satusteam weed control from Weedtechnics.

Be a leader
Add Satusteam™ to your tool kit offer as a new service. Weedtechnics has a range of machines to suit your needs. The new SW500E is versatile and easy to use. It plugs into water and power wherever you go; or can be used with a generator. The SW900 is a more serious workhorse. It can run all day with one or two technicians on 60m hoses.

Use SatusteamTM weeding machines to kill weeds in cracks and crevices in driveways, carparks, along fence lines and in gardens. The machine can also clean and sanitise slippery paths, rubber surfaces, artificial grass, play equipment, as well as remove chewing gum and some graffiti.

Sydney Inner West Council has had a SatusteamTM weeding program outside every school and pre-school in Marrickville for many years.

With Weedtechnics SatusteamTM, you can be a step ahead of the rest

36 councils across Australia use Satusteam to weed and clean playgrounds and civic areas. Much of this work is contracted.

Thanks to our team in Australia for this content.

SW900 and Rowtech Video

This is some extraordinary drone footage of a SW900 and Rowtech set up, being operated from the set of a tractor.  The hydraulics were created by the owner of the machine, Weedtechnics can also supply our equivalent Hydro-Boom set up.
This is an organic farm producing Haskap berries, which are native throughout the cool temperate Northern Hemisphere in countries such as Canada.