There are two basic styles of weeding tool – short-handled and long-handled. Short-handled tools are best for working on your knees in tight, closely planted areas – but they can be hard on your back. Long-handled tools allow you to stand while weeding and allow you to cover a larger area – they are also much more forgiving on your back.
Here are some of the best long-handled tools:-
Fiskars Light Weed Puller
Hardened steel blades
Lightweight pedal design
The Fiskars Light weed puller is a lightweight tool ( only 900 grams ) composed of aluminium and designed to pull weeds from soft or normal soil conditions. It is operated in an upright position so that back and muscle strain is reduced to a minimum. Fiskars has worked hard to produce an ergonomic design and this model is even more friendly than the last.
This weed puller is recommended to be used to remove dandelions, thistles and other weeds without needing to kneel or bend. You simply push the four hardened steel claws through the weed by using its lightweight pedal. The weed is then pulled out by using the foot pedal as leverage. The release handle is slid down to release the weed. This is a strong and robust weed puller and is a great tool if you suffer from back or knee problems.
Manufacturer: Grampas Weeder
Material: Ash wood
Rustproof 2.5-inch iron prongs
This weed puller was invented by a man with a bad back way back in 1913 in Seattle. Its simple design allows you to pull weeds and their roots out without any onerous bending, kneeling, or even pulling. Made of ash wood with rustproof steel prongs, it is a wonderfully robust utensil.
This tools operation is so simplistic; it is centred over a weed pressed into the ground and then leant over – bingo, the weed is gone. Many users agree that this tool is a godsend for people with dodgy knees or bad backs. It is also mentioned by quite a few people how robust a design it is when compared to the more technologically complex Fiskars weed puller. Grampa certainly knew what he was doing when he invented this contraption!
WOLF-Garten RFM 15 Multi-Change Dutch Hoe
Width of Head: 15cm
It needs to be noted that this product is meant to be used with the Wolf-Garten Lightweight Aluminium handle which also must be purchased to use this Dutch Hoe. The Lightweight handle
can be used with many Wolf-Garten tool heads – which can be swapped at the push of a button. This Wolf-Garten Dutch Hoe is made from the best quality steel, coated with anti-rust chrome.
Dutch Hoes are also known as push-pull weeders and are great for weeding between plants and vegetables. This tool has a wavy edged blade which cuts through weeds on the push and pull stroke. This product is rated very highly by many purchasers with few exceptions.
Manufacturer: Hozelock Ltd
Works on hard surfaces only
Capacity: 300ml of weed killer
The Hozelock Wonderweeder is advertised as Simply Fill and spray. This product is perfect for spot weeding and has some advantages over a traditional sprayer as it is lightweight, so there is no need to bend down, and you do not have to carry a hefty tub of weed killer around with you as you simply fill the 300ml capacity plastic tube with the herbicide of your choice. The tube is graduated for easy measurement and the weed killer is dispensed by pushing down the handle.
A negative of this weeder is that it only works on hard surfaces as the herbicide is dispensed by force applied to the nozzle. It affords accurate spraying via the nozzle located within the protective cone. Accidental spraying of surrounding plants is thus avoided, a common problem with traditional sprayers. The 1-metre length enables the treatment of weeds in hard to reach areas and an easy-to-twist safety lock mechanism offers peace of mind. This is a cheap product, but many buyers comment that it is hard to kill really large weeds with this device.
Hozelock Green Power Thermal Weeder
Manufacturer: Hozelock Ltd
Cable Length: 3m
The Hozelock Green Thermal Weeder makes it possible to do the weeding in an upright position and in a very green way as this product uses no herbicide chemicals. It is electrically powered, coming with a 3-metre cable, and destroys weeds with a 600-degree thermal shock. As no chemicals are involved, there is no need to keep pets and children away following treatment.
Its protective cone facilitates laser-targeted accuracy so that the weed can be killed and nothing else. The mechanism heats up quickly and cools down quickly ensuring that it is safe and economical to use. This item generally gets good reviews, but some purchasers have noted that it is only effective on small weeds and that the cable is a tad on the short side.
DeWit Corkscrew Weeder with Long Handle
Manufacturer: Tierra Garden
Dimensions: 40″ L x 4.5″ W x 1.5″ H
The DeWit corkscrew weeder works by using a push and twist technique. You simply hold the handle over the weed and push, making sure that the screw does not bend, screw into the soil and then extract the divot containing the weed. This action should ensure that the whole root of the weed is eradicated.
This tool is strong and lightweight and is of great Dutch quality. Like all DeWit products, it has a lifetime guarantee. Customers generally give this tool the thumbs-up, especially those with back problems.
Here are some other great weeding tools that you may wish to include in your armoury:-
The Spear & Jackson long-handled weeding fork is simply a long-handled version of a short fork. While saving your back from aches and strains it is ideal for removing weeds and turning over the soil in very confined spaces.
It has a hammer finished epoxy coated head which improves its resistance to rust, scratches, humidity and soil alkalines.
Its shaft is made of weatherproofed Ash wood (lacquered) for greater durability and has a soft feel grip for better comfort.
Long Handle Weed Brush
This weed brush tool is great for using on patio areas and other brick areas where weeds can grow between the cracks. It can also remove moss and other debris with a scrubbing motion.
This functional tool is comprised of a hardwood head with a triple row of converging tough wire brushes which gives it effective cleaning power.
The handle is 1.2m long and when the wire brush becomes worn down and distorted the brush head can be replaced with easy removal and refixing.
The Kingfisher pro gold cultivator is a tool that can be used for a diverse range of tasks. As well as loosening the soil, it can be used to remove weeds. You simply push in and twist in or around the weed. This loosens the roots of the weed and allows you to easily remove it.
It is made with sturdy steel construction and features four sharp claws that make for easy weeding. The handles are made of cushion grip soft rubber material, so will not strain your hands and is very comfortable to use.
Spear & Jackson Kew Garden’s Stainless Steel Trowel with 40-Inch Handle
This tool might look familiar to you. It is a bog-standard stainless steel trowel with an extra long handle – 40 inches to be exact. It was developed in conjunction with Kew garden’s horticultural team and is an officially licensed tool used and recommended by them.
The tool end is made of mirror polished stainless steel which slides effortlessly through the soil. Its mirror finish makes it resistant to rust, reduces soil adhesion and makes it easier to clean. The long handle is made of weatherproofed hardwood.
Spear & Jackson Kew Gardens Collection Enhanced Telescopic Patio Knife, Silver
The telescopic patio knife is another tool in the Kew gardens collection by Spear & Jackson. This tool has an extendable handle which is able to slice through the roots of weeds easily. It is especially good at reaching the weeds that grow in between the slabs of your patio.
It is made of rust-resistant stainless steel, is extendable up to a length of 60 inches and has a non-slip grip for easier use. The blade has been double riveted for extra strength. This is a great tool to have as part of your collection.
Reflections on Long-Handled weeding Tools
We have reviewed ten weeding tools on this page, so you should be able to find yourself the best combination of tools that suits your garden and perhaps your bank balance. There are new-fangled contraptions being developed all the time to ease your weeding woes, but for the most part the tools on this page cover nearly all the possible methods there are to extract that troublesome weed.
If you have a patio area with slabs, weeds can be extremely annoying and difficult to extract when they grow between them. Using a thermal weeder or a chemical weeder may be good ways to eradicate these devilish growths. If the patio slabs have large gaps between them, then you may find a patio knife to be a good tool.
I think that a weed brush is an indispensable tool as it is great for brushing away those burgeoning areas of moss that seem to crop up out of the blue.
What other weeding tools you wish to have residing in your garden shed ready for action is very much dependent on what sort of weed problem you find yourself up against. It is also dependent upon what type of tool you would find easiest to use. Just imagine using each one – now think how often you would use it. Is it really worth the outlay for the use you would get? I hope the information on this page has been helpful.