This Weed Torch Will Make You Actually Look Forward To Yardwork

This gives a whole new meaning to smoking weed.

Red Dragon Weed Torch
Flame Engineering

There's no way to make weeding feel like anything other than punishment. You can reward yourself with a glass of rosé on the patio afterward or work in some squats and pretend it's a workout, but when you're tugging at that stubborn greater plantain that's sprouted up (again) between cracks in the path to your front door, it. Just. Sucks.

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Especially two weeks later, when those weeds you've just fought from the earth have creeped back, leaves curling upward like a giant middle finger to you and all of your hard work. But there's a way to get revenge. You just need a weed torch.

Weed Torch
YouTube/Garden Ninja Ltd.

Weed Dragon Torch Kit, $58, amazon.com

Yes, that's right — a weed torch. Flame Engineering makes an entire series of these handheld propane torches, which you can use to gently scorch your lawn-killing enemies. Naturally, you might have questions: How do you use that thing without accidentally setting your yard on fire?! Does it really work?!

First things first: You don't have to have a scorched-earth policy to kill weeds. "You know you're successful when the weed changes from a glossy to a matte finish," Tom Lanine, weed ecologist at the University of California at Davis, told . (We're talking holding the flame over a weed for about a tenth of a second here, though you should follow the brand's instructions about what to do.) "The weed may not droop immediately but will wilt and die within a few hours. Then you just leave the weed to compost naturally."

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Secondly, yes, it does work. Reviewers on YouTube swear by how quickly it kills weeds — and does so without using any chemicals. Tougher weeds sometimes need a second or third pass, particularly if they've grown to gargantuan size. You can see it in action here:

Weed Dragon Torch Kit, $58, amazon.com

It's enough to make me give it a try — even if only for the twisted satisfaction of giving those brutal weeds in my yard their just deserts.

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