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The Best Chemical Free Method Of Ridding Your Yard Of Weeds

Updated on May 19, 2017
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Dandelion Digger: The One Garden Tool I Can't Live Without

The only sure method to rid your yard of weeds without dousing your grass and flowerbeds with chemicals is to pull them by hand. To help with this task, for the past fifty years, one of my best garden tools has been, and still is, the "Dandelion Digger." This is one of the first gardening tools my Mother taught me to use, and it is truly the most effective tool in the garden box for ridding the lawn and garden of broad leaf and long rooted weeds.

Weeding Made Easy

The dandelion digger is a tool that enables the gardener to easily remove long and broad rooted weeds without straining muscles due to extreme pulling. The dandelion digger breaks through great soil with ease, and horrible soil better than a garden spade. With a garden shovel or hoe, one literally has to dig up the weed, usually disturbing a lot of the ground around it. With a dandelion digger, all it takes is a simple gouge, twist, and pull at the weed's root source, and the weed is easily removed without disturbing the ground around it.

Below Is An Example Of A Dandelion Digger

Ames Co. 1986800 Hand Weeder
Ames Co. 1986800 Hand Weeder

This is an Amazon example of one of the tools I use. The dandelion digger is affordable, functional, simple, safe, and very useful for tapping the roots of dandelions, thistle, broad leaf plantain and other weeds. When a dandelion digger is well made, it will work for many years.


The Tools I Use To Rid My Yard Of Weeds

Dandelion Diggers come in different types and sizes. There are many different types available for your landscaping and gardening needs. The long handled versions work well when walking the whole yard. Below is a video of a long handled dandelion digger in use.

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More Reasons To Appreciate The Dandelion Digger

Although manually pulling weeds this way is a lot of work, the effort serves more than one purpose. First, from the garden standpoint, pulling weeds by hand using a dandelion digger is an effective way to aerate the soil so the roots of grass, shrubs, or flowers receive plenty room for healthy growth. When good plants have room to grow, there is less room for weed root systems to develop.

Pulling weeds by hand helps prevent harmful chemicals from burning the ground, or tainting earth. This is especially important in areas that may one day be used for planting food crops, family recreation, child's or pet's play areas, or farm animal (chickens, ducks, geese, etc.,) habitat.

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Garden Storage Scooter Cart

Pure Garden 75-MJ2011 20" Plastic Garden Storage Cart & Scooter
Pure Garden 75-MJ2011 20" Plastic Garden Storage Cart & Scooter

The garden scooter cart is a great tool for saving one's knees when a lot of dense weeding is involved. For some of us who do not mind sitting down on the job, a garden scooter with lift up seat is practical for storing your dandelion digger and other garden tools. My little garden seat cart is a mobile tool box with a seat.


Save Time And Money

Chemically weeding a typical family yard or garden usually takes a few days for the product to work. Usually, when you see a lawn service card stuck in someone's yard, it serves as a warning for children and pets to keep off the grass for at least 24-48 hours, depending on the service and/or weed-killer chemicals used. Gardeners who use dandelion diggers get immediate results. When you pull a weed today, you walk on the grass today. There is no wait.

Last but not least, the dandelion digger is a light-weight fitness tool that helps maintain and improve hand-eye coordination, and helps keep muscles toned by light-weight resistance of weed pulling. Manual labor is not only good for the yard, it is good for the soul, too. Fresh air, sunshine, and gardening are therapeutic exercises with many rewarding results. .The dandelion digger makes the gardening chore less labor intense.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I use the hand weeder occasionally, and also cut the tops off when they have gone to seed. Maybe I should do that while they're still flowers.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      I have used this tool for ages, but had no idea it was called a Dandelion digger! It really is an awesome tool.

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      Tonie Cook 3 years ago from USA

      @GrammieOlivia: Thank you so much!

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      MariaMontgomery 3 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I used to have one of these little tools, but I'm not sure what happened to it. Guess I need to get a new one, huh? Congrats on LOTD!

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I smiled as I read this. My MIL is crazy about this tool. She finds the act of using it to be very therapeutic!

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      topclimb lm 3 years ago

      Great lens, Nice weeding tool suggestion. Plus, added benefit of a little exercise, which us Americans are sourly lacking in our daily lives.

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      I have one of these tools and love it. it took me a few years to rid my yard of weeds initially. Now it's just a little maintenance each year. I drove by a house the other day where a "service" was applying weed killer and fertilizer. The smell was so intense and infiltrating that I got a headache. I can't believe people get used to that.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Excellent review! I especially liked your sense of humor, and it's so true, a dandelion digger is as good for our physical well-being as it is for our garden. When I still had a garden, I rarely went into the yard without my gloves and my digger. Congratulations on a well-deserved LOTD.

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      calconcrete 3 years ago

      I have a trusty dandelion weeder I bought several years ago for just a few dollars. Lately my garden plot has been attacked by crab grass clumps. The weeder takes them out cleanly and easily. It is certainly a cheaper and better solution than pouring expensive weed killers like RoundUp which could kill my other plants.


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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      When we moved into our home 5 years ago the lawn was full of dandelions and other assorted weeds. I have used some fertilizer on the grass and some weed killer too, but mostly I have practically eradicated the dandelions by doing what you do, digging them out using a weeder. My weeder has slightly longer prongs on it, but it's been used and abused weekly. Over time if you can get the roots out and most important stop the dandelions from flowering and seeding, you can get rid of them.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning LOTD!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Great lens and it's now being shared on the Weekend Gardeners FB page and Pinterest too!

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I love these weed diggers and own two of them. It's a great stress reliever to pull those suckers out ...roots and all! No chemicals for me. This is the way to go. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      I have one of these hand diggers and it really works wonders for getting to the "root" of the problem!

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      Smili 3 years ago from Franklin

      These are truly an awesome tool, highly recommend.

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      Tonie Cook 3 years ago from USA

      @Gypzeerose: Goats! How wonderful! During the time I spent growng up on the farm, we had a tiny pond to provide for our chickens and geese. The Afghan Geese we had were marvelous! They kept the yard clean of dandelions, garden snakes, and other pests. During the time my family had them, five acres of back yard farm looked like it had been sodded. When the geese left the farm, the dandelions came back with a vengence.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      The digger looks good - but I also was hoping for a review of how to use goats to clear weeds. Some people do that on the hills nearby.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Love this lens! Very true and very funny also. I have never used a dandelion weeder - never heard of them previously but I have certainly done my share of digging them out and as you say - it disturbs a lot of ground around them. Must try one of these tools. Thanks

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      Jackie 3 years ago from UK

      Great lens of the day. I so want one of these now!

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      Joanie Ruppel 3 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Pulling weeds by hand or with a tool is good for my soul too! I consider it very therapeutic and use a dandelion digger a lot. I actually endorse all the items you have listed on this lens. Thanks for making me smile.

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      Just bought the one in the video! Thanks!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This looks like a great way to dig in and dig 'em out!

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      Delia 3 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! one of my favorite tools for many, many years...

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      getupandgrow 3 years ago

      This is a great idea, especially as dandelions have a ton of culinary and home-medicinal uses, if you're that way inclined.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I think we have one of these! I usually just pull them up by hand. Must run to the garage and check... Thanks so much for the review and congrats on your Lens of the Day honors!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      A certainly handy tool for the weeds, I've broken serval of them myself, a perfect idea for eco friendly!! Thanks for the nice review and Congratulations on Lens of the day!!!!!

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      Lydia Workman 3 years ago from Canada

      Thank you! I will have to look into this further.

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I love this tool, I use it more than anything.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Thank you for mentioning lawn chemicals. Children, pets, and others can become very sick when they contact chemicals. In some cases the toxicity is accumulative. That is, it takes years before symptoms appear - and then the real cause has been lost because of the long time involved.

      In addition, your children and pets can be exposed to chemicals on your neighbor's lawn or on a local park's lawn.

      So avoiding lawn chemicals benefits you, your family, and the neighborhood. This also saves the cost and time of applying the chemicals.

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      reasonablerobby 3 years ago

      OK a bit of hard work but much better for the environment.

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      Denise McGill 3 years ago from Fresno CA

      I've used many of these therapeutic instruments in my day. I love this reminder. Thanks.

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      Country Sunshine 3 years ago from Texas

      I just came in from pulling weeds in the garden, and found your article! I use a dandelion digger often. It's a great tool! And I agree.. getting rid of weeds and working outside is great for the soul!

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      I've used the dandelion digger for years, it is a very handy tool

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Very nice site about an old standby.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      The dandelion digger is one of my favorite garden tools. I wish the rabbits would eat the dandelions in my yard, but they seem to pass them by.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Looks like a good product to use for removing weeds, something that needs doing on the patch of grass outside my place. Thanks for sharing.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great idea and a great review! Looks like it would make it so much easier!

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      The diggers are definitely a better way to go than chemicals which harm our pets and water! You can also try mowing the flowers before they flower. We do this on the farm fields and it stops them seeding so they die out naturally. Of course this does not get them all, but neither does manual digging unles you have an awful lot of spare time!

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      Mary Crowther 3 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Looks easy to use and without the chemicals. Great review!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      The Hubby broke our so he borrowed the neighbors. He broke that one too. Now I have to replace two of them. This one looks way better then the ones we used. Thanks!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      that's a handy item!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love all your points about using this weeder, they're right on the money! If I was still gardening, I'd buy all three of the items shown here. Good job!