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on Best Weeding Tools: Guide & Recommendations

  1. louise

    I’ve Had Great Success With intensive Methods…Plant Really Close, Block Out Sunlight For Weed Seeds….Where There Is a Space Weeds Will Come. I Rarely Need To Weed My Perennial Beds….Easy. Understanding What Pants Can outcompete Your Weeds Helps..Much Research In That Area. I do find weeding relaxing however, clears my head and encourages creativity. Also, not disturbing the soil or letting your weeds set seed helps. Most people wait until the wind has Spread the seeds..So they end up with 1000 more the following year. Thanks For This Post.

    • Thanks for the suggestions, Louise. Like you, I tend to plant close to block out weeds – it works well if you choose the right plants (i.e., ones that won’t get powdery mildew or other problems from less air circulation). People don’t believe me when they look at my garden and I tell them it’s low maintenance – requires very little weeding or watering.

  2. JoAnn

    I have boxed raised beds in my garden because I live in the NC mountains where the soil is very rocky & mostly clay. My favorite weeding tool (other than my hands…lol) is the Hula Hoe which goes below the surface of the soil but doesn’t dig up the soil. I’ve also been checking out the COBRA weeder though & thinking I might give that a try this year. :~)

    • I love the hula hoe too! (also called a stirrup or oscillating hoe) I use it throughout the garden on a regular basis – although I don’t think it’s going to be much use in my new garden in Tucson, AZ where there’s nothing but gravel… I think you’ll also like the CobraHead – we reviewed the long-handled version here: /cobrahead-long-handle-weeder-review/

  3. Toni Gattone

    Hello, I am specifically looking for any kind of hand tools that are advantageous for people with impaired dexterity or vision. For example, I ordered a weeder that was advertised as “no bend weeder” and there were so many parts that needed to be assembled and after 45 minutes, I thought it was correct, only to find one part was put in wrong, so the darned thing would not work. I sent it back.

    I’m new to your site. Do you have an archive of articles that may cover hand tools for senior gardeners?

    • Hi Toni and welcome to GPReview!

      It sounds like you had an awful experience with that “no bend weeder”. So many times the marketing and ads make a tool look like a perfect solution, only to find that it’s practically useless… Can you share with us what brand that was?

      I haven’t classified the tools we’ve reviewed as being ergonomic or suitable for those with dexterity or flexibility issues – perhaps I should. The Hand Tools archive can be found here: /category/hand-tools/. Some of the tools, just as the HERShovel, are designed for women or those with limited strength. You may find some helpful tools there.

  4. Gail Klein

    Does anyone out there weed horizontally?
    The ‘recumbent’ position is relaxing and offers an intimate plant’s eye view of its surroundings. . Since there’s no soil showing and plants all over, not in beds, it’s’ not really dirty. Bulbs do get flattened a bit, but I’m considering a large dog cot.

    BTW, you are really doing us a great service with your thorough, thoughtful reviews, Monica. Thanks.

  5. I haven’t tried this, but a rose expert just talked about using a dutch hoe for weeds. He’d had hip surgery and couldn’t bend over. It has a sharp edge which you push forward just under the surface to cut the root off the green weed.That’s all you do; you don’t even need to pick up the weeds. Sounds wonderful to me.

      • Sue

        I love the Dutch hoe, I used one at my previous workplace often. Since leaving there, I have not been able to find one to buy–glad to know where to get one! In the meantime, I use my ‘Winged Weeder’ that I’ve had forever. It’s very sharp and easy to control.

        • Perfect timing on your comment, Sue – we have a review of the Joseph Bentley Dutch hoe coming out on February 23rd. It’s a beautiful tool! We haven’t tried the “Winged Weeder” yet but have been hearing good things – hopefully we can get one to review soon. Here’s to defeating those pesky weeds!

  6. Christina Lamkin

    As I become just *slightly* less willing and able to bend and twist, I like standing-use tools.

    Along the lines of the Dutch hoe–I use a step-on weeder with a ~3-ft. handle that digs its teeth under a weed and yanks it out by the roots when you step down. It could stand some ergonomic tweaking: the handle is straight; could be curved for wrist comfort. But “arm stronger than hand, leg stronger than arm.”

    The digging width is about 4″, which mostly prevents the user from digging into/under too much weed material and getting stuck (which is unpleasant–a bit like when a wheelbarrow stops suddenly). But it is very satisfying to annihilate hefty weeds.

    And I have a retro, antique-by-now edger: a wood foot platform (helpfully painted with a footprint graphic), with a skate type blade underneath, hinged to a waist-height pole. Position just in front of you, push pole forward, step down, and voila! another ~8″ chopped. Maybe my feet are wide, but it’s possible to kind of trap too much of your instep under the pole frame and pinch it. Quite painful bu preventable by careful positiong of your foot precisely on the footprint outline…

    • Your step-on weeder sounds like a helpful weeding tool. I’ve seen several advertised but have never tried one – they always seemed a little “gimmicky” and I wondered if they’d really work. Glad to know that at least one gets the job done!

      As for the edger – you wouldn’t happen to have a photo of that, would you?

  7. Gerald

    Hi all,

    I am a senior citizen and needed a stand up weed puller. I highly recommend the Fiskars Uproot Weed and Root Remover. All you have to do is place the tool over the center of the weed, step on the bottom of the tool to drive the blades into the ground around the weed and then pull back on the top of the handle and the weed, roots and all, easily comes out. I especially like the weed ejector part. You just pump the handle and the weed flies off the end of the tool onto the ground or into a container for disposal. To my amazement this tool also will pull crabgrass, etc. removing all the roots. Also, it pulls clump grasses easily. I have tried alot of weeding tools and this is the best by far, so far. The only caveat is the ground must be soft enough to penetrate but who in their right mind tries to weed when the ground is dry and hard. Anyway, thats my two cents worth.

    • Thanks for the recommendation, Gerald! I haven’t tried the Fisakrs weeder yet but have heard some good things. Looks like that’s another one we’ll have to add to our “To Review” list.

    • Sara Teubert

      This sounds like just the kind of tool I was looking for. I live in the high desert (socal) and the house I just moved into has a large yard that is in danger of being completely overrun with baby tumbleweeds. From a distance, it almost looks like I have an actual lawn going on, lol. Fortunately, the ground is relatively soft and sandy, so I want to yank up all those little suckers before their roots get deep and they get huge and spiky and really turn into a pain in the ass to remove.

  8. Brandon

    Hi everyone,

    I highly recommend Grampas Weeder as one of the top long handled weed removers. The simplicity of the tool makes it easy for anyone of all ages to use and it requires only three basic steps to pull the weed out. The tool was the original in long handled weed removers and the lever design makes weed pulling easy and efficient. I appreciate the lack of work I actually have to put in when using this tool, it’s fantastic. It’s very similar to the Fiskars uproot weed remover, but the old fashioned brand feeling of the company and family orientated messages make me love this product more than any other one on the market. Plus, you can’t beat the lifetime guarantee on the tool. Just my opinion on the tool and I know many others feel the same way!

    • Hi Dana. As with all tools, the answer is “it depends”. In this case, upper body mobility and grip strength would be important considerations, as would the type of gardening being done. Many people in wheelchairs prefer elevated beds for gardening (although of course that’s not always a feasible option) – in that case, any hand-held weeder that’s comfortable to use would work. If you’re gardening at ground level, then a multipurpose, long-handled tool like the CorbaHead would be a good choice – it’ll handle a lot of different gardening tasks so you don’t need to use multiple tools.

  9. Amy Rose Ledesma

    My favorite Garden tool is my Garden weasel Pro-Claw. Its so handy. Its really pulls weeds and arriates the soil. It requires some effort but its easy to get a rythm and wipe out weeds fast. The Garden weasel is a great garden tool.

  10. Zac Spade

    Great post, I haven’t heard about the Asparagus Knife Weeder. Must give it a try next time I clean up the weeds in the garden. Right now I am using Fiskars Weeder (7060) and it seems to work well.
    Keep it up

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