What Is A Patio Knife: Using A Patio Knife For Weeding

Person Using A Patio Knife For Weeding Between Garden Bricks
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Just when you think you’ve got all the garden tools that are out there, you hear someone talk about a patio knife. What is a patio knife? It’s a tool specially suited for weeding out the narrow areas between the pavers in the patio. If you didn’t know there was a tool specifically made for this task, you are in for a treat. Read on for more patio knife information.

What is a Patio Knife?

You’ve doubtless noticed the grass and weeds that grow between the stones or pavers making up your back patio. But you may not have been aware that there is a tool especially for weeding this area. It’s called a patio knife. This tough knife, often one with a blade shaped like an “L,” can be used to clean out the space between patio pavers. Patio pavers are wedged quite close together, but somehow grass and weed seeds always find their way into the spaces between them. When the seeds turn into plants, they are difficult to dislodge because of the narrow spacing. A patio knife, also called a patio weeder, does the trick. Patio weeders make it easier to get the grass out from between pavers. You can also use them to remove little stones and pebbles caught in the space. They are handy tools for digging and cutting out roots, weeds, and other unwanted items wedged there. According to patio knife information, you can find short-handled and long-handled patio weeders. Both can be useful.

  • Short-handled patio knives can look like stout, short-bladed knives or they can have blades that are bent at a 90-degree angle. These bent blades have a knife side and a hook side, the latter is used for cleaning beveled edges.
  • You can also purchase a patio knife with a long handle. These look a little like golf clubs, but the “head” contains a knife blade on the straight side and a sharp hook on the other. You can use these without so much bending, so they are better for those with mobility issues.

Using a Patio Knife

If you are wondering how to use a patio knife, just use your instincts. You insert the blade into the soil between pavers and cut the weed and grass roots. Then the blade also serves to scrape out the detritus. You can also try using a patio knife to scrape the moss off the pavers. This is also possible with a long-handled patio weeder.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.