Three Garden Weeding Tools I Use

I don’t know about you but my garden weeding tools are as simple and few as I can make them. I don’t use many fancy tools, preferring some solid, old-fashioned tools that do the job and do it well.

I also tend to buy decent tools, preferring to spend twenty-five dollars on a tool that will last for years rather than picking up something for a few dollars that’s going to bend or break and will be hard on the hands and arms (or worse, backs)
Good tools can be used for years and make hard work easier (anybody who tells you hoing is easy work is pushing a line)

Best Hand-Weeding Tool

My first choice (and only choice) for hand weeding is the simple ho-mi or weed-eze.

This plow-shaped ended tool comes in short-handled and long-handled forms. I have a big belt loop and this tool sits in it constantly when I’m out working in the garden. It’s really easy to be scraping around with it and collecting the weeds and grasses with the other hand. Here’s pricing and shipping info

Note that this never needs sharpening and if you keep it relatively clean, will not rust too much (but I never worry if it does a bit)

This is one of my two all-time favorite tools and I’ve written about it before and had them (they last forever) for years. The only reason I have a new one is because my old one got lost in a move a few years back.

Standing Up Weeding Tool

For standing-up garden weeding tools, I really like two tools.

The first is a form of Dutch Hoe called a winged-weeder. This one cuts weeds off on both the push and pull stroke making it extremely efficient. You can get pricing here on Winged Weeder garden weeding tools

It also scrapes ice of winter sidewalks, and is dynamite and cleaning up gravel pathways.

I’ve had this tool for years and if I ever lost it, it would be replaced in a heart beat.

The second standing-up tool I tend to use is a general cultivator. I like this one because we’ve got some really rocky and clay soils that make it tough to use a general hoe. I’m breaking my back and shoulders with regular hoes while this is opening up soil easily and quickly. I removed a bunch of tines from it to make it easier to pull in rocky soils.

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Those are the three main garden weeding tools I use on areas of the garden that are not under a layer of mulch. I note the hoe-mi is used to help pull tenacious weeds in mulch layers and works really well there too. The other two are mostly tools of open ground.

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I Prefer My Old-Fashioned Dandelion Weeder

Here’s my favorite dandelion weeder. It’s a simple thing called a “spud” and I love this particular one.
My grandfather owned it and then my father owned it and now I own it.
Now, this tells you how long it lasts.

  • It has no moving parts.
  • It has no serious costs other than the original purchase price that’s lower than most fancier gadgets.
  • It doesn’t break down.
  • It simply works.

You put the forked prong against the root of the dandelion (as far down as you can) and simply lean or push against it.
The metal cuts the dandelion in half and you flip the green part out of the ground. Leave it on the lawn to dry out or rake ’em up and dispose of them.
As with any mechanical weeding system, you won’t get all the root the first time around. But I take great pleasure in noting that most herbicides don’t get all the dandelions either.
You do have to repeat the process once more as soon as the dandelions have resprouted their leaves.
This second go-round will usually wipe out most of the weeds but the odd one will have enough energy in the roots to produce a third set of leaves. Get that set, and you’ll have no dandelions in your lawn.
The trick is to make sure you get the new leaves *just* as they finish unfolding so the maximum amount of root energy has been used to produce the leaves but the leaves haven’t started replenishing that root energy. We want to deplete root energy so do watch your lawns.
The dandelions will not start up at the same time so you’ll be able to do them as they recover from the first pushing.

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And this is my dandelion weeder of choice for the environmental effect it has.

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