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My Dad gave me one of these weeding tools a while ago. I had never seen one like it before or used one so didnt really know what it was for. It is a very weird shape, it has a long wooden handle and then a metal bit sticking out which looks a bit like a giant screwdriver but it has a small v cut in the bottom of it. The idea is to dig this in around the roots of a weed like a dandelion and then lever it out of the ground. The soil in our garden gets really hard when it hasnt been dug over for ages and it can feel like you are trying to dig into concrete where its so hard. the weeds that come out are stuck well into the ground and if you just go round and try to pull them out more often than not you just end up getting a handful of leaves and the root is left in the ground and within a few weeks it is a grown plant again. I tried using this tool, at first I couldn't really work out how to do it as I was trying to dig it in around the root but when I pushed downwards on the handle to try to lever the plant out of the ground it didn't seem to be doing it properly so I asked my Dad and he told me to get a small spade or fork and lay the handle of it behind the tool when I dig it into the ground and hold it in place with one hand and then push down the handle of the tool with the other so it rocks over the handle like a see saw and gives the lever more power. This worked a treat and I found that as long as I could get the took into the dirt far enough and get it right up close to the roots it would work and the whole weed would come out with roots intact. The kids love using this tool when they come round and they go and see if they can find any weeds to get out, it is so easy to do. I just Googled and found you can buy this product from a site called Smallholder Warehouse and they are £9.75 to buy but you have to pay postage on top of this depending on weight. It is £14.95 on Amazon and again you would have to pay postage on top. Copied to Ciao under username Harveydog52
Continuing on with the Garden Tools reviews this is a product that I got a couple of years ago and used to use it now and again, but it sort of got replaced when I got my betterware version. Why did I get another tool that was quite similar? Well read on. My Garden is such a mess. Me and the Wife aren't gardeners and I suppose if we had worked on it little and often then it wouldn't have seemed such a large task to try and put right. It wasn't jsut the large overgrown parts that was annoying and time consuming, it was the little fiddly bits as well which is where a tool like this comes in. I think I paid about £10 for this and I got it out of a garden centre near to where I live. The tool is just like the picture on here. I was surprised at how long this is, as I would have thought that a tool like this would have been a shorter thing so that you could get into the areas and tackle the Weeding problem. This is just a long wooden pole and a bit metal on the end which is pronged. There is a slight angle to the prongs, so this will allow you to dig in with this at an angle and prise the Weeds out. This works well enough in the way that you can get right down to the Roots with a tool like this. Since this is slim then this can fit down the cracks in slabs if they don't sit completely flush with each other. The only bad thing I can think of is that after using the Betterware one and that being shorter and jsut as effective then I feel this one is a bit more awkward to use as due to the lenght of this then you don't tend to squat down to use this as it would be too awkward. Does the job, but i've found better.
When we bought our house it came complete with a beautiful garden, but over 6 years of increasing neglect as we have focussed on the interior, and also had kids, the garden has reverted more back to the field it once was. We were feeling rather bad that we were letting the neighbourhood down, so at the start of this summer I decided it was time to do something about it. Half of our garden used to be a field which was purchased many years ago and turned into a garden. The soil is really clay based, and the nice lawn from years ago has now been saturated with moss, clover, daisies and dandelions. We have a scarifier, but that was only tackling the moss and clover, so I needed a weeding tool. I initially looked in our local garden centre unsuccessfully. I then got this tool from ebay for about £10. When it arrived, I was eager to get going and tackle the dandelions. The tool is a lever with a pronged end. It has a smooth wooden handle. The lever is slightly angled to give an extra bit of leverage for the tougher dandelions. I found it easiest to use this tool when the ground was slightly damp after raining as if the soil was too dry it was hard to wiggle the tool in the soil. You need to put the pronged end into the soil around the dandelion root. As you push the lever down it causes the dandelion and root to pull up out of the soil a bit. The extra bend in the tool means it comes part way up and then you can give it another tug. You can then get your hand low around the root it comes up all as one, and the dandelion is gone. I found it left a small circular hole in the grass, but I could then squash the soil down a bit with my foot and it wasn't that noticeable. I found the tool very effective at tackling dandelions. Due to the large number I was pulling up, it was quite hard going on my wrists and the palm of my hand, and left them a bit sore. I think it might have been slightly better designed if the prongs were slightly longer for the older dandelions with longer roots. Does the job, but maybe not the best tool in a large wild garden like ours.