Tools

Weeding Tools

If you have a garden, you have weeds. There's no way to avoid them. So it pays to give some thought to the best way to remove those weeds from your lawn and garden and that depends on the type of weed - whether it is annual or perennial, or whether it spreads by rhizomes or just seeds -  and how many of them there are. You can certainly hand pull your weeds, but sometimes it pays to have the help of some weeding tools.

There are 3 basic tools for controlling weeds:

  1. Your Hands
  2. Hoes and Hand Hoes
  3. Herbicides

Hand Pulling:

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By far the easiest and most convenient weeder is your hand. It becomes second nature to yank a weed or two every time you walk outdoors. Often times the quickest way to weed is to get out your knee pad and start pulling. Hand pulling is also the best method for a densely planted garden bed that has been neglected.

Hoes:

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There are times when hand weeding is impractical. Pulling a large clump of tiny weeds or deep tap rooted weeds is a job for either a hoe or a hand hoe. Both tools do the same job; it’s just a question of whether you want to stand or get on your knees for the attack.

There are many types and styles of hoes and gardeners generally find the choice to be a personal one. There are multi-purpose hoes, like the angled Japanese hand hoes, which can be use for weeding, digging and cultivating, but they are impractical for large areas.

For widely dispersed weeds, something like the scuffle hoe pictured here is a good choice, because of its push/pull action. However there is no best tool for the job and I’d suggest you try out a few and see which style makes you feel you could weed forever.

Draw Hoe

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the familiar flat-bladed hoe works best when pulled. With a sharp blade, you can make quick work of the long rows between vegetable crops.

Warren Hoe

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has a pointed, heart-shaped blade that is usually used for creating furrows but also works well for small weeds and weeding between rows.

Scuffle, Stirrup or Dutch Hoe

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Cuts weeds at the surface in a push/pull motion. Easy to use and nice for covering a larger area.

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