Oh boy...have I got a tool for you!
I've had one for 20 years. I use it more than any other small garden tool.
Indestructible. The first one in the list is no longer available, so you
have to order the long handle version.
What about the weeding hoe from seeds of change?
Bending over is an issue for me and I would rather weed standing up.
I guess I'm used to my tools, because I can't see how a fork would be useful
for weeding, unless you stuck it under the weeds and twisted it to lift out
the weeds. That could be murder on the wrists after a while. Somebody else
mentioned this, though - a nicer version of another tool I've had for years:
Part of that blade glides just below the surface of the soil and slices
weeds off. You can just leave them on the surface to roast in the sun, and
then decompose. You'll still want to clean up weeds that have flower heads,
and perhaps seeds that have developed, but most can just be left to shrivel.
You should still buy that knife, though. You'll wonder how you ever lived
I assume you mean "knife"! You can use it anyplace you want! But, if you're
referring to the 2nd tool, that's made for flower beds where the soil's
loose. Lawns tend to get packed down too much for scuffle hoes and similar
The fork that you stick under the weeds and twist is like the
description of the Ergonica Weed Twister. Although several different
companies make weed twisters of different types, this one has two tines
that are forked and also coiled. The twisting is more efficient
because of the coil, so it doesn't tweak the wrists that much, unless
you poke into a large immovable object of some kind.
The World of Weeds website shows images of over 20 different types of
small and large weed pullers, weed poppers, weed twisters, and other
weed control contraptions.
Dr. Yucca: Before you kill a plant, you have to name it a 'weed' and
debase its heritage and ancestry.
And, scary looking, too. Perfect for visitors who think you have a sign on
your head saying "Please get in my way as much as you can". Even though the
knife's not at all sharp, I find that people tend to take a step or two back
when I'm using it.
I've been gardening for 35+ years. I tend to get visitors. Neighbors who
come to chat. They see me move from one spot to another 30 times, and then
stand precisely in my path. It's odd. Many people look, but do not see.
It would probably be painful to watch, if you're a person who's capable of
noticing what a worker is doing, seeing the pattern, and adapting to it. My
son worked briefly in a restaurant kitchen, and said they had a waitress who
could not comprehend the paths being taken all night long by the cooks &
their helpers. No matter how many times they discussed it with her, she'd
stand right between the prep area and the stove, or between the
refrigerators and the prep area. The "triangle", as designers call it.
Finally, they fired her.
Think of the Japanese garden knife as a trowel that can do other tasks.
Collinear hoe via Elliot Coleman is great for quick weed removal
especially when the weeds are very young. AKA less work. The warren
does it all. I went with both. Walk about your neighborhood and see
what tools folks use.
Johnnyseeds.com offers them. (Collinear)
S Jersey USA Zone 5 Shade
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Sadly, my neighborhood is mostly a barren wasteland. Most people feel
defeated by the deer, so they plant nothing but boring evergreens and
marigolds. Lots of chemical-heads, too, walking around with little tanks on
their backs, spraying whatever they think needs it. The other major tool I
see in use is the leaf blower, and the noisier, the better.
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