Weeds are surely the bane of any gardener. They certainly stop me from enjoying my garden. But if you thought that the only way to tackle weeds was to spray them with harmful and toxic chemicals you’d be wrong.
There are many tools that make weeding a lot easier. From the kind that uses a pulley system to grab the weeds, to others that burn them with a blow-torch.
So if you have been putting off venturing out into your garden because of the amount of weeds, have a look at our pick of the best removal tools. You might be surprised at how inexpensive they are to buy and how easy to use they are to use.
MANUAL WEED PULLERS
The problem with many weeds, including dandelions, is that they have extraordinary long roots. This means that they are devils to pull out and typically you have to use a chemical weed-killer to get rid of them. Not a great solution if you have pets.
This weed puller has heavy-duty prongs that plunge deep into the ground and reach for the longest roots. It manages to grab the root from any direction and then all you have to do is pull it out.
The long handle means that you don’t have to bend to use it, and there’s also an easy-to eject button so that you don’t have to stoop to release the root.
Super easy to use, you just place the three prongs on the plant, push them into the earth and then twist the puller to grab the weed. Then pull and the weed comes out.
Probably the most well-known and trusted of all weed-pulling tools, Fiskars’ weed puller is made from high quality metal and is a sturdy device. The stainless steel claws on the tool reach deep into the ground to grab the longest roots from multiple directions.
The long handle means no bending or digging. Made from aluminium and steel and features a new redesigned ergonomic handle and a new lightweight pedal, making this weed puller even lighter and easy to eject weeds.
THERMAL WEED PULLERS
If you are looking for a more high-tech version of getting rid of weeds, then this device might work for you. It uses a thermal blast of 600-degree hot air to burn the weed. The heat destroys the cell structures of the roots which eventually die off.
This device is perfectly safe to use, you just point it at a weed and press the button, holding for five seconds. Plugs into a normal electrical socket.
The device can also be used as a hot air gun and a barbeque lighter.
Powered by electricity, this device comes with a long 3m cable. It delivers a thermal charge of 600 degrees which causes the cells in the plant to burst, eventually killing them.
The part which delivers the thermal shock is covered with a protective coned shield meaning it is completely safe, and you won’t harm the surrounding plants. No chemicals or gas canisters required, just plug into a normal electrical socket and away you go.
Heats up in seconds and targets the weeds in seconds too. Cools down immediately meaning you can store it away soon after use. Has an upright design so you don’t have to bend over and works with a press of a button.