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Dave's Super Easy Two Person Weeding Technique

By dave
May 24, 2014

In a podcast episode a couple weeks ago, Dave mentioned his technique of weeding using a sharp shovel. We recently had to weed out a pretty bad bed of tall grass, and we took a video so we can demonstrate the technique for you.

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Name: Joe
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May 23, 2014 6:11 PM CST
That is awesome Dave! I need me a shovel with an edge like that!
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Dutchlady1
May 23, 2014 6:52 PM CST
OK I showed my hubby - now it's up to him nodding
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TBGDN
May 23, 2014 7:10 PM CST
Great gardening tip. I've got the shovel: All it needs is sharpened. Thanks for posting.
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Sharon
May 23, 2014 7:26 PM CST
I have the shovel and the rake and the weeds. Can I borrow Jon for a few days? Big Grin
Great and easy solution. Thanks.
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abhege
May 23, 2014 7:44 PM CST
Hey, that's what my flower garden looks like. Guess DH will have to sharpen his shovel and I'll get the rake!

Great technique, Dave. Thumbs up
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dave
May 23, 2014 7:50 PM CST

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This is my shovel:

http://www.wwmfg.com/default.asp?contentID=1165

I paid over $80 for it, plus shipping, but I sure love the shovel. Buying it was an excellent decision and I know this shovel will probably outlast me by a long shot.
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beckygardener
May 23, 2014 8:50 PM CST
That has got to be about the fastest weeding I've seen done by hand! Great idea, Dave! Thumbs up Hurray!
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Horseshoe
May 24, 2014 4:28 AM CST
Very cool! Great job weeding, and fast!

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greene
May 24, 2014 4:34 AM CST
Great way to weed! Thumbs up Acorn I agree
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Hey, @dave, why not show the folks how you sharpen that shovel.
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May 24, 2014 6:44 AM CST

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I can show that.
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May 24, 2014 6:49 AM CST
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beckygardener
May 24, 2014 6:52 AM CST
Something I am wondering about ....

In my yard here in Florida, we have all kinds of weeds, too. I have found that if I do NOT pull the entire root system out, many times the weeds come back from the roots left behind. Does your method work for such weeds? Some of my weeds have a runner root system, some just have roots like most plants, and some have tubers.
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dave
May 24, 2014 6:58 AM CST

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This technique will probably not permanently eradicate those kinds of plants. Especially those with deeper and larger root systems that can regrow from suckers or runners. If I had that in a garden, I'd clear the top vegetation and then cover it with thick cardboard followed by mulch.
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beckygardener
May 24, 2014 7:11 AM CST
Thanks, Dave. Your suggestion is exactly what I do, though I do raised beds for most of mine because of the other issues with Florida soil.
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frostweed
May 24, 2014 7:14 AM CST
Very good and quick job, I wish I was that energetic.
I like the idea of leaving the roots in the soil, they enrich it as they decompose, and a good mulch should take care of the new growth.
I usually cut them at ground level with trimmers. Smiling
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hazelnut
May 24, 2014 7:50 AM CST
Hooray! Shovel skimming! This is the job that i always wound up with as an archaeologist--clearing archaeological sites. I am only 5 ft 6 and for me I much prefer a long ash-handled shovel--its lighter weight and a lot less work for an afternoon of skimming. But as you can see, this is much easier than hoeing a crop of tall weeds.

and with a razor = sharp shovel it really is fun! (And I never had a super helper like you have in the video).

Tip: Never sharpen the back of the shovel! You need a chisel edge to plane away those weeds.
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dave
May 24, 2014 7:52 AM CST

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I knew you'd be happy about this video, hazelnut. And you're right about the chisel edge. Only sharpen the top of the blade. Leave the bottom flat.

I actually sharpen it with an electric sander! It works great and saves work.

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hazelnut
May 24, 2014 7:56 AM CST
I think I mentioned before, we use a round nose and cut off the tip. As you can see from this "field song" we can get quite attached to our shovels --and to shovel skimming!

http://archaeology.about.com/od/fieldsongs/a/skimshovel.htm

One advantage of the long handled shovel is that it gives you momentum when you lunge forward, so you are using your legs and back as a source of power, rather than just the biceps. And this, together with a razor sharp shovel edge, allows you to work in a sustained fashion clearing surface vegetation for hours at a time.

Even you could do it, Sharon!

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dave
May 24, 2014 8:00 AM CST

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I'd like to see a photo of your shovel.
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wildflowers
May 24, 2014 8:32 AM CST
Super fantastic! I thought I wanted a nice sharp spade (that I haven't been able to find anywhere)! This is way better! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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