Effective Weeding Tools - The Best Tools For Weeding

Gardener With A Tool Weeding In The Garden
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Weeds grow like crazy, (that’s why they’re weeds). They can get out of control and crowd out desirable plants quickly if you let them get the upper hand. High quality, ergonomic weeding hand tools help you keep weeds in check while reducing stress on your back, knees, and wrists.

Read on and learn about a few of the most effective weeding tools.

Tools For Weeding: Tips On Choosing Easy Weeding Tools 

When it comes to choosing weeding tools for gardens, no single tool is right for everybody. Here are a few things to consider before you rush out to buy tools for weeding:

Type of weeds: Do you fight weeds with long taproots? If you don’t get the root, little pieces left behind will generate a new plant. You’ll need a different type of tool for shallow-rooted weeds, or those with runners or stolons.

Location: Are you struggling with weeds popping up between pavers or along sidewalks or driveways? Removing these weeds requires different tools than you’ll need for weeds that grow around vegetables or flowers. It’s important to have weeding tools for the problem weeds in your garden. 

Physical limitations: You probably won’t want short-handled tools if you can’t kneel, and standard hoes may be difficult if you have back problems. Also, be sure to consider the strength of your hands and arms. 

Quality and Price: Quality weeding tools for the garden needn’t be fancy, and they shouldn’t break the bank. At the same time, quality tools may cost a little more, but they’re worth every penny. Good tools last longer if you take care of them because they’re sturdy and can be resharpened. 

Weeding Tools for Gardens: Easy Weeding Tools

Japanese hand hoes are available in various types and sizes. These effective weeding tools have a super sharp blade that power through small weeds when you scrape it across the surface of the soil. The pointy end is great for digging out stubborn weeds, cutting through compacted soil, or making trenches. If your knees aren’t strong, look for a longer-handled version. (You’ll still need to do some bending).

Japanese Hori Hori knives have grown in popularity the last few years, with good reason. The smooth edge of the tools are made for cutting or slicing, while the serrated edge can saw through roots and sod, prune small branches or twigs, or open a bag of potting mix. Hori Hori knives can also be used like a trowel for digging in small areas, or for transplanting seedlings. 

Fishtail/dandelion weeders have been around forever, and they’re a must-have tool for pulling out dandelions. Look for an ergonomic version, especially if you have issues with grip or hand strength. It works well for sidewalk crevices or between pavers.

Stirrup hoes have a stirrup-shaped blade that’s sharp on both sides. When pushed back and forth, this simple variation on the hoe is highly effective for chopping off weeds at the base.

Mary H. Dyer

A Credentialed Garden Writer, Mary H. Dyer was with Gardening Know How in the very beginning, publishing articles as early as 2007.