Fiskars Light Weight Weeding Tool
My house has a beautiful back yard. I wanted to make it an exclusive vegetable garden. The idea was to line the borders with flowers except the front and cultivate rows and rows of vegetables. I come from a place where we are fond of underground vegetables like potatoes, carrots and beetroots. I mainly wanted to do that along with some more vegetables like tomatoes, green chilies and spinach for daily use. When I made the garden I felt so proud of it until I spotted the major problem with my garden. The weeds were growing at an alarming rate along with the crops. As per my mother's expert advice, I regularly checked my crops and pulled out the weeds when they were very small.
Then there were days when I had to travel out of town and my neighbor watered my garden. Every time I came back after my short trip, the entire next morning would be spent pulling out the weeds in the hot sun. It was back breaking work since these weeds look small but they have such deep roots. I did not tell my mother but I switched to chemical weed killers since they seemed like a much better solution. I tried that for sometime but I was concerned when the quality of my vegetables was not what it used to be. I was not sure whether it was because of the weedicide but I decided to drop the continued use of it.
I went to the local market and purchased some weed removers which were cheap. They were alright for a while but it was still a lot of work. It almost took the same time as doing it in hand. Besides they were easily broken. Then a cousin introduced me to this Fiskars Weed and Root Remover. It is made of stainless steel with light weight body. So there was no fear of breaking it. The next advantage was it was a great relief for my back as the handle was longer than what I normally used. The claws at the bottom looked small to do an efficient job of pulling roots but I was mistaken. The product is available in black and orange color. There are different models of the same product available in the market.
You just have to place the equipment in the middle of the weed, plant it firmly (there is an option for using your legs to plant it better) and pull it out at a slanted angle. I still haven't come across any weed that has escaped the equipment. In some cases when the root is too deep, sometimes the entire root is not taken out. In that case you have to repeat the process with the weed. It takes much lesser time to de-weed now.
It is a great tool for lawns. For gardens, you have to be a little more patient with the equipment. I'm planning to introduce my mother to it. She loves gardening and would appreciate something like this.
Don't let the tall weeds cast a shadow on the beautiful flowers in your garden - Steve Marabolli