Dover's newest weapon against curbside weeds is a custom-built machine that uses steam to kill weeds. Steam is a nontoxic alternative to traditional herbicides. Dover's steam machine is a converted Bobcat that holds the steam equipment, including a 2,000-pound bolier, and specialized fixtures and attachments that were fabricated by mechanics in the city's Fleet Services division. The eco-friendly approach to weed control aligns with the City Council's goal of substantially eliminating non-organic products for weed control and turf management. Dover currently treats about 30 miles of curbs and sidewalks.
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