Gardening Ideas forum: weeding in those tight spots

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Name: Carole
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carolem
Dec 27, 2017 5:23 AM CST
some of you have gardens buried in snow just now ... but I'm still weeding like this sometimes Smiling with a ....

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screwdriver!

It works a treat
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It makes easy work around these echeveria edges (spring annuals lifted).


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plantladylin
Dec 27, 2017 8:33 AM CST
Carole, this is a great gardening tip; I have an old rusty long handled screwdriver that I sometimes use to lift weeds and I agree, it works really well! Thumbs up
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greene
Dec 27, 2017 9:14 AM CST
Screwdrivers come in handy!!

Another type of tool that can help in the tight spots is something that pulls clips/nails/tacks for upholstery (auto or home).
One can often find this type of tool at yard sales and/or thrift shops. Here is a link with photo:
https://www.aliexpress.com/ite...
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Legalily
Dec 27, 2017 10:22 AM CST
The folks had one for their upholstery business and I didn't keep it D'Oh! D'Oh!
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Weedwhacker
Dec 27, 2017 6:59 PM CST
Carole, what a great suggestion -- and Greene, for the "puller thing," too! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Dec 28, 2017 10:06 PM CST
greene said:Screwdrivers come in handy!!

Another type of tool that can help in the tight spots is something that pulls clips/nails/tacks for upholstery (auto or home).
One can often find this type of tool at yard sales and/or thrift shops. Here is a link with photo:
https://www.aliexpress.com/ite...


Great idea Carole! Green, if I saw one of those upholstery tools in a store, I'd think it was a weeder! I guess it actually is!
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quercusnut
Mar 13, 2018 4:56 AM CST
I keep this little sucker in my pockets along with my rotating-handle pruners and little spray bottle of glyphosate concentrate. I think I found it at Lowe's. It's about 5.5 inches long. Works great for digging out all kinds of weeds in tight places.
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pod
Mar 13, 2018 5:55 AM CST
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Great IDEA Carole!

My screwdriver makes a great paint can stirrer too. I don't guess the plants will mind. Whistling

Your above photo is absolutely lovely! Lovey dubby Thanks for sharing that also! Lucky you, to sit on that ledge to weed.
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Faerygardener
Mar 13, 2018 10:03 AM CST
For those in the U.S., I'd seen the tip to pick up a pack of 4 knives at the Dollar Store (not the steak ones, the solid ones) - I keep them tucked by the edging in a few places around the garden and they're great for weeding.
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Bonehead
Mar 13, 2018 10:08 AM CST
I've tried several tools designed for tight spaces, and agree that a plain or screwdriver or knife works best for me. My worse purchase has been the cobra, which many people swear by. I just swear at it...
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Name: Carole
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carolem
Mar 13, 2018 3:03 PM CST
pod said:

Your above photo is absolutely lovely! Lovey dubby Thanks for sharing that also! Lucky you, to sit on that ledge to weed.


It's too high from the lower path side beside the house to get me up to sit on it, but I can just walk around the pathway that side and weed easily without bending over.

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joannakat
Mar 13, 2018 3:33 PM CST
Faerygardener said:For those in the U.S., I'd seen the tip to pick up a pack of 4 knives at the Dollar Store (not the steak ones, the solid ones) - I keep them tucked by the edging in a few places around the garden and they're great for weeding.


Since this is actually an idea on its own, would you please post it as a new and separate idea? It's a great one and will be more accessible that way. Thanks! Thumbs up
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joannakat
Mar 13, 2018 3:34 PM CST
quercusnut said:I keep this little sucker in my pockets along with my rotating-handle pruners and little spray bottle of glyphosate concentrate. I think I found it at Lowe's. It's about 5.5 inches long. Works great for digging out all kinds of weeds in tight places.
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Since this is actually an idea on its own, would you please post it as a new and separate idea? It's a great one and will be more accessible that way. Thanks! Thumbs up


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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Mar 15, 2018 7:07 PM CST
Faerygardener said:For those in the U.S., I'd seen the tip to pick up a pack of 4 knives at the Dollar Store (not the steak ones, the solid ones) - I keep them tucked by the edging in a few places around the garden and they're great for weeding.


So -- you're saying I'm not supposed to just take a knife out of the silverware drawer ??

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Frenchy21
Mar 15, 2018 10:49 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

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