Weeding the garden doesn't have to be back breaking work. Having the right tool for the job will make the task easier. Most gardening tools come in a variety of sizes and styles. Some are available with different sized handles and grips. Try out the tool before purchase to make sure it is the best for both the job and the gardener.
Weeding Tools to Penetrate Soil
Weeds with deep, extensive root systems seem to be cemented in the soil and need a piercing, digging tool to loosen them for removal.
A fishtail weeder, sometimes called an asparagus knife, has an upside down V shape that can catch the taproot of the weed so it can be eased out of the ground.
The "hori-hori knife," or farmer's weeder has a dish shaped end that can be used to dig out deeply entrenched taproots.
Weed Slicing Tools
Weed slicing tools not only take away the weeds ability to feed its roots, the tool also cultivates the soil so that water and nutrient absorption is improved. That could be one of the reasons why they are the most popular weeding tool.
Weed slicing tools come in a variety of designs, so a good look around the garden center is advised before choosing. Some of the designs include the Yankee, or Cape Cod weeder. A bent finger-like blade with a sharp inner edge, this weeder is designed for right-handed gardeners.
The versatile angle weeder can be used by left-handed people as easily as right handers. Made of stainless steel, it can be used either for scratching for surface weeds, or digging for weeds with deep taproots.
One of the newer type weeding tools is the circle hoe. Available with either a long or short handle, the sharpened area on the circle end of the hoe is small enough to use in gardens without harming valuable plants growing nearby.
A crack weeder has a single blade with a hook, enabling it to be worked under plants located in tight spaces. It works well between bricks and is perfectly shaped to remove the weeds in the cracks of sidewalks, driveways and patios.
The oscillating hoe has a blade that moves back and forth when the tool is pulled or pushed atop the soil. It is also known as an action hoe or stirrup hoe. The double-edged blade cuts on both directions as it moves back and forth. The oscillating hoe is usually sold with a long handle.
Cultivating Weeding Tools
Cultivating weeding tools are the earliest type of weeding tool. Used for weeds that spread along the surface of the soil, they are perfect for spurge and cleavers. They grab the branches of the weed and the roots that have formed along the spreading branches coming up from the soil.
Cultivating weeding tools can also be used to break up the surface of the soil.