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Why Steam Weeding Should Be the Standard for a Healthier Tomorrow

Jeremy Winer

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. Glyphosate chemical spraying. Based on this article here are few reasons there is increasing awareness of the harmful effects of glyphosate based herbicides
  1. Glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) are the most widely used weedkillers in the world, and their use is only increasing.
  2. These herbicides are turning up in drinking water, rain, and even the air, especially in farming areas.
  3. It takes longer for glyphosate to break down in water and soil than previously thought.
  4. Traces of glyphosate and its by-products are showing up in soybeans worldwide.
  5. More and more people are being exposed to glyphosate.
  6. Official organizations now say that glyphosate is likely to cause cancer in humans.
  7. 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, USA steam weeding client map 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: Reno (pilot program)
  • New Hampshire: Dover, Portsmouth
  • New Mexico: Las Cruces, Bernalillo County, Santa Fe, Taos County (considering)
  • New York: New York City (reducing use), New Paltz, Rockland, Westchester
  • North Carolina: Carrboro
  • Ohio: Cuyahoga County, South Euclid
  • Oregon: Portland, Eugene, Talent
  • Texas: Denton, Austin
  • Vermont: Considering restrictions or bans
  • Virginia: Charlottesville (restricted)
  • Washington: King County, Kitsap County, Ocean Shores, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Thurston County
This list may not be exhaustive, but it highlights the growing movement towards restricting glyphosate use at the local level. Myers, J.P., Antoniou, M.N., Blumberg, B. et al. Concerns over use of glyphosate-based herbicides and risks associated with exposures: a consensus statement. Environ Health 15, 19 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-016-0117-0 https://www.invasive.org/species/weeds.cfm
About the Author : Jeremy Winer

Jeremy Winer has 30 years of practical experience in implementing integrated holistic approach to organic weed management across urban landscapes, recreational parklands and wetlands. He currently runs Weedtechnics specialising in providing chemical reduction and non-toxic weed control programs to municipalities across Australia. He has developed, patented, manufactured, and commercialised the Steamwand method of creating saturated steam for vegetation control.