Burning

Once the spots were marked (over 3000 of them, it was time to burn the holes. We used the Lee Valley Giant Weed Torch. Our first attempts at burning the landscape fabric were less than successful... 

 

Shrivelled fabric 

Shrivelled fabric 

However, after playing with the flame level, and several additional attempts, we were ready to graduate to the real thing. 

Playing with fire.

Playing with fire.

The system required four people: 

  • The tractor driver
  • The pacer who was responsible for telling the driver when to speed up or slow down based on the speed of 
  • The burner, who would be working between two rows of dots, burning both sides while walking backwards
  • The fire extinguisher, who was responsible for carrying the watering can and putting out any spots of spray paint that caught on fire as they melted.  

The whole thing looked a lot like this: 

The burning process.

The burning process.

The whole process took about 6 hours to burn just over 3000 holes. Strong forearms and the ability to walk backwards are recommended for anyone looking to take up this hobby.