Team Hand Weed, or Team Tool Weed?: Team Hand Weed or Team Tool Weed?

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Team Hand Weed, or Team Tool Weed?

By Trish
August 7, 2011

There's no question - we gardeners must weed if we want gardens. The question is: Are you on Team Hand-weed or Team Tool-Weed?

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flaflwrgrl
Aug 6, 2011 6:14 PM CST
Hand weeder here. Once in a while I'll use the very tip of a spade to facilitate the clean removal of all of the root but usually my weeds don't get that far. You see, I'm also a big fan of 3 to 4" of mulch in the form of eucalyptus chips. Not many weeds sprout but like Trish I enjoy walking around surveying the garden & as I go if I see a weed I pluck it up.
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glevely
Aug 6, 2011 6:24 PM CST
team hand weed I love to go out and sit on the ground and weed !! I found that when I'm out there no one bothers me ( found that out when my kids were still home ) and its relaxing after work
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Name: Margaret
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Mindy03
Aug 6, 2011 7:12 PM CST
Team Hand Weed for me. Like Gloria I like to sit on the ground and pull weeds. It soothes my spirit to pull weeds. But I will use a tool when I run into a weed they won't come up by hand pulling.
Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Aug 6, 2011 7:24 PM CST
I am half and half, when I am feeling good I will hand weed but more and more I am going towards the tools--thought if these 2 guys I have been told about do a good job weeding them I will me 0% of both. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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ctcarol
Aug 6, 2011 7:28 PM CST
I enjoy hand weeding. I find it relaxing. That being said, there are times when tools are necessary...dandylions in the lawn don't pull, they have to be dug out. Also, I often use a scuffle hoe to reach patches of weed seedlings that are out of reach. For crack weeds and the morningglory growing under my mobile home I bring out the RoundUp! Luckily, I have a small garden! Hilarious!
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lovemyhouse
Aug 6, 2011 8:41 PM CST
Hand weed most of the time, with a garden fork handy to loosen deep roots or big clumps.
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zuzu
Aug 6, 2011 9:12 PM CST

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I always hand weed, but it can be dangerous. I can't sit down or kneel down while I weed because I've run into a couple of yellowjacket nests in the ground this year and had to jump up and run for my life. Consequently, I bend over and down to pull one weed at a time and sometimes the wrong combination of twisting and bending throws my back out for a couple of days. Dangerous, as I said, but it has to be done.
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Skiekitty
Aug 6, 2011 9:59 PM CST
Hand weed 100%. Even when I have to go into the roses. I don't like weed forks, they don't work for me at all. But, at the same time, I'm guaranteed to make sure that I have the right plant that I'm pulling up.. I've accidentally "weeded" good plants before. LOL!
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LindaTX8
Aug 6, 2011 10:05 PM CST
Not a lot of weeds this year, but have weeded some, mostly with a tool. Unless I water a lot, these days, it's hard to just pull them up without the tool.
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porkpal
Aug 6, 2011 10:27 PM CST
I mostly hand weed except when I use my homemade herbicide wick. It works well under roses and other shrubs - especially on weeds I should have pulled a week or so ago.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 6, 2011 11:16 PM CST
I just love these Team Articles. Hurray!

For me it is Team Hand Weed.
I get down on my hands and knees to weed, pulling one or a few at a time, being very careful not to pull up anything that might be a young seedling. I end up looking at the tiny little spiders with their greenish white abdomens, or the wonderful little millipede and watching the bumble bees bumbling.
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vic
Aug 7, 2011 3:01 AM CST
I would be Team Both Smiling

Back in the day when we had big gardens, we would run the tiller between the rows and use a hoe around the plants.

Today, I so enjoy being on my knees, pulling weeds and then scruffing up the soil with my hand claw.
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JuneBug
Aug 7, 2011 3:28 AM CST
Team Combo here, too. I hoe some places and hand weed others.
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patgeorge
Aug 7, 2011 7:04 AM CST
Both. I hand weed in flower beds; but where I can I use a dutch hoe. Most common weed around here is chickweed. Having shallow fibrous roots it's easy to pull by hand, and you can always use it in salads.
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plantladylin
Aug 7, 2011 7:32 AM CST
I'm a combination of both "Hand Weeder" and "Tool Weeder". With the sandy soil here in my area of Florida, some weeds are easily extracted by hand ... then there are the stubborn "weeds" like certain vines, ferns and tree seedlings whose roots seem to extend to China ... and a tool has to be used!
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enidcandles
Aug 7, 2011 7:51 AM CST
90% hand weeder here! The other 10% is pig weed and thistles - gotta have tools for those.
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lovemyhouse
Aug 7, 2011 10:37 AM CST
i looked up pig weed. sounds awful. have to use a fork to get at those of the gazillion tree seedlings i missed when babies and easy to pull up. those roots run straight down and deep. Thumbs down
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TweedleLeeDee
Aug 7, 2011 10:40 AM CST
Mostly hand weed for me.......depends on the weed. Weeding my beds by hand......removing crab grass from the yard..... a hoe is easier
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Maridell
Aug 7, 2011 10:43 AM CST
Hand weed here.

I should ask my husband this question as he recently "weeded" the growth from bird seed that was dumped on the ground...not only are the weeds gone, but so is all the mulch!!!!
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Boopaints
Aug 7, 2011 4:44 PM CST
I weed mostly by hand because I never plan on weeding so don't have a tool at the moment. But tools for the giants that hands won't pull up in the side yard.

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