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Weeding With the Bread Knife

By Xeramtheum
May 14, 2013

I’m the first to admit I’m a lazy gardener to some degree. One of the worst chores for me, especially as I have positional vertigo, was weeding large beds. Again, enter the most versatile of garden tools, the Bread Knife!

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May 13, 2013 8:17 PM CST

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As a landscaper that has all kinds of professional tools I sometimes forget how a little ingenuity (and a bread knife) can get the job done every bit as well as the pro tools. Nicely done! Thumbs up
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May 13, 2013 8:29 PM CST
Interesting.... am going to star this one. Thumbs up
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Marilyn
May 13, 2013 10:38 PM CST
Xeramtheum

Did you use the knife horizontally or vertically with the weeds? *Blush*
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Xeramtheum
May 14, 2013 5:08 AM CST
Thanks! You want to use it horizontally under the weeds. Bread knives are awesome garden tools! I even use an electric knife from time to time as well .. works pretty good.
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May 14, 2013 6:26 AM CST
Now that I like! Sure beats pulling them and having your hands hurt for hours later from the joints objecting! Thank you so much for posting this hint!
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May 14, 2013 8:58 AM CST
I agree Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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May 14, 2013 10:11 AM CST
Hurray! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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Seedsower
May 14, 2013 10:25 AM CST
Is that creeping charlie? I think I'll give this a try although most of my weeds are quack. Will this method work on it too?

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Xeramtheum
May 14, 2013 10:41 AM CST
I use it on everything - I've noticed that weeds don't come back from the roots when using the bread knife. And as I mentioned the the previous article I did using the bread knife, it's perfect for removing sod that you want to put somewhere else - just cut about in inch deep if you're going to that.
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Samigal
May 14, 2013 3:02 PM CST
I have several old bread knives and now I will put them to good use. I too am a lazy gardener, and it does get pretty tired having to pull out weeds constantly. I love to play in the dirt though but don't accomplish very much. Perfect tool for moving some of my baby tear to better spots. So much of it died back with all the heat so need to clean that area up.
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Xeramtheum
May 15, 2013 7:47 AM CST
Bread knives are expensive - over ten dollars at Wal-Mart .. the Dollar Tree used to carry them but don't anymore .. next time you are at a thrift store like goodwill, ask them if they have any kitchen knives .. they usually don't put them on display for obvious reasons .. and you can get them pretty cheap.
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valleylynn
May 15, 2013 9:54 AM CST
Great idea. I can't wait to use this idea when I get back home.
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Seedsower
May 15, 2013 10:24 AM CST
I tried this last night and got a few beds weeded in less than an hour. Most were dandelions once I got up close and personal! I just used a small serrated knive, worked like a charm. Even with the quack, I was able to grab a hold of the quack, throw the knife underneath and gently pull the long trail of roots under the soil until I could cut them off.

Even took care of a few weeds this morning before heading off to work at 6:30 am. That's how fuss free it is! Glad I saw your post.

Thanks again!
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Xeramtheum
May 15, 2013 10:39 AM CST
Thanks! I love weeding that way too. On beds I want to turn over I first weed it with the bread knife then take the hoe and turn the soil over and don't have to pick out bits of weeds from everything!
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citysylvia
May 18, 2013 6:48 PM CST
I don't know what positional vertigo is, but I got Vertigo so bad I cant hold my head down... too long or I will keel right over. I don't have any grass, but I got a lot of weeds. I wish I had a tool that would cut from the roots
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