RICHMOND, British Columbia, Canada – City officials here are in the process of seeking a contractor to spray the weeds in their sidewalks and medians with scalding hot water. Council banned the use traditional lawn care herbicides, including Roundup, five years ago, reported the Richmond Review newspaper April 2.

City spokesperson Ted Townsend said Richmond has long had a weed control program for sidewalks. The Roundup herbicide was previously the weed killer of choice, but city council’s bylaw forced officials to experiment with new control measures.

The article says that the city experimented with the scalding water treatment (no, we’re not making this up) last year and it "proved effective."

The newspaper also reported the city budgeted $113,000 for sidewalk weed control last year. Richmond is a city of about 190,000 people near Vancouver in British Columbia.

To read the article in the Richmond Review, click here.