North Cowichan Using Eco-friendly System to Tackle Weeds

You may notice foamy curbs, sidewalks, and traffic circles around North Cowichan over the coming weeks. This foamy residue is from Foamstream, an environmentally friendly system that uses foam and heat to kill weeds with no harmful active ingredients. The product is designed to provide longer-lasting weed control quickly and easily, without any negative impacts to the environment, people, or pets.

Foamstream is a unique system that uses 99.7% super-heated water and 0.3% foam. The foam acts as a thermal blanket to hold heat on the weeds long enough to effectively eradicate them. The foam is 100% biodegradable and made from natural and renewable plant oils (coconut, palm kernel and rapeseed) and sugars derived from potato, maize, and wheat.

In addition to destroying existing weeds, the system also damages the roots and kills the seeds to prevent them from germinating, making it more difficult for weeds to re-establish themselves in treated areas. 

Foamstream has been used elsewhere on the Island with positive results. This is the first year that North Cowichan is using the Foamstream system and we are looking forward to evaluating its results.

For more information, contact our Operations Department at 250-746-3106 or email