Weeding Tools: The List & Techniques for Weeding by Hand
Garden Weeders and More
What would gardening be if there were no weeds? We all know what would be pure heaven. But that’s not reality and regardless of where you garden on the planet you will always have invasive species weed to deal with. If you haven’t read our two previous posts on weeding they are a great primer before you pick a tool that works for you. The first post, Weeding: Knowing your enemy, we’ll give you some basic definitions in and disadvantages of weeds. The second post, Weeding 101, goes over the four methods of weed control and how you can utilize multiple methods for higher success in controlling these invasive plants. All of the tools you will see here are mechanical controls for your garden weeds.
Weeding Hand Tools
There are a variety of weeding hand tools that can be used to both prevent weed growth before it starts, and take care of those nasty buggers that still germinate.
Hand Cultivator or Rake for Weeding – One of the best methods for getting at weeds early in the growing season is what I call the disturb, grow and kill cycle. Essentially it involves raking the first inch or two of soil to wake up those sleeping weed seeds, watering, and then killing off any of those seeds that germinates. And then repeat this weed killing technique. This cyclic weeding method will greatly reduce your weeds throughout the season and works especially well in raised beds and confined, smaller areas. Plus its theraputic ;).
L-blade Weeder – this curved blade weeder is great for disturbing and severing the roots of both small and large weeds, and can be used along with the cultivator method above too kill off the weeds that germinate. It also is useful for tighter areas like corners and around the edges of boxes and raised beds.
Weeding Multi-tool – This is my new favorite tool this season! With a dual blade edge for weeding, it can be used to cut out roots, and has a weeder tip to give you leverage on stubborn, deep rooted weeds like dandelions.
The Hori Hori – This Japanese weeding knife is just a great overall garden tool and great for removing those stubborn, large weeds.
Yoou can find our stock of weeding tools here: Best Hand Tools for Weeding
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