The Garden HotZot was invented because too many times I watched my wife (Master Gardener, Landscape Designer and Major Plant Nerd) put on her “weeding” face and head out to spend 2-3 hours weekly doing the gardener’s equivalent of cleaning the toilet.
I decided that there had to be another, easier method for killing weeds – so I started experimenting with different options . . . It had to be organic, fast and easy to use and above all it had to be safe. After many bad ideas, I was making myself an espresso one morning when I hit the wrong switch and a jet of hot water shot out on the counter! That’s what I wanted! That afternoon I went out and bought a half dozen used espresso machines (thanks, Starbucks Barista), tore them apart and put together the first prototype. It was literally a boiler bolted to the end of a one-by-four and it looked dangerous – but it worked! Many versions later we have a hand held espresso machine that cooks weeds.
Easier than weeding by hand, safer than herbicides and torches, the HotZot makes it easy to walk through your yard or garden and kill weeds individually without harming the plants you want to keep and without leaving toxic herbicides in your yard or environment. With a target retail price of $150 (about the same as a mid-range string trimmer) the HotZot is a revolutionary new tool in a very old market.
Where can you buy your own HotZot? You can’t, yet – we plan to start shipping Zots in Spring of 2020. But for now our Kickstarter campaign will launch on October 9, 2018 and we’ll be asking for a pledge of $187 for your own personal HotZot.