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Cheap and Easy Weeding Tool

By chelle
April 22, 2012

Are you tired of hand weeding tools that aren't up to the task? A pair of gloves and piece of inexpensive reinforcing rod cut into 15" sections works wonderfully! It can't break, it doesn't bend, and it won't harm the roots of your desired plants.

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Name: Carol Noel
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AlohaHoya
Apr 21, 2012 9:00 PM CST
....the elbow grease and good shoulders!!! I agree!!
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chelle
Apr 22, 2012 6:31 AM CST
Big Grin You do need to work along at your best depth and to your tolerance, but at least the tool won't break.
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jan 21, 2013 12:46 PM CST
I have a treasured weeding tool: a WW I spike bayonet. The gradual taper makes it easy to push deeply in to heavy or rocky soil.

Something about the dogleg mounting bracket and the circular cross section of the spike makes it easy to "swizzle" in a circle around the weedy root. Like coring an apple, but on a taper.

Sometimes I get a surprisingly long bare root, and sometimes I pull out a "cone" of clay around the root.

I also have some 69 cent used knives from Goodwill. They are narrower and longer than my trowels, as strong, much cheaper, stainless steel, and have better handles. I usually dull the edge and sometimes shape the tip into a Vee.

Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Jan 21, 2013 1:41 PM CST
Sounds good, Rick. Thumbs up

Our soil eats knives. I once bought a hatchet to loosen the top layer, but lost it. Whistling
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Jan 21, 2013 7:07 PM CST
Yikes! I've gotten spades and even a pick "stuck" in clay, but was always able to wiggle it free eventually.

Someone clued me in to the idea of wetting the clay before I tried to chip it out ... good tip!

BTW, I liked all your tips. I went to your Member Page and read them one after another. I wish you lived next door so I could watch and learn.

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Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
I'm always on my way out the door..
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chelle
Jan 21, 2013 7:55 PM CST
Thanks, Rick.

The humorous moments would be plentiful. For example, my family gets plenty of chuckles out of my planting roses in December snow flurries. Hilarious!


I've had to let the hose dribble on areas I needed to use the post hole auger. Thumbs up

Moistening our clay works great; wet is .... glue.
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Let it dry...it's concrete.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Aug 15, 2013 11:54 AM CST
RickCorey said:I have a treasured weeding tool: a WW I spike bayonet. The gradual taper makes it easy to push deeply into heavy or rocky soil.

Something about the dogleg mounting bracket and the circular cross section of the spike makes it easy to "swizzle" in a circle around the weedy root. Like coring an apple, but on a taper.

Sometimes I get a surprisingly long bare root, and sometimes I pull out a "cone" of clay around the root

I keep thinking that I should find the right mounting bracket to attach it to the long handle of my broken steel rack. Then I could deep-weed without bending over.

Here are photos:

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