Weeds can be a nuisance, especially if you pull them by hand as Paul James does. But there are easier ways.
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Weeds can be a nuisance, especially if you pull them by hand as Paul James does. But there are easier ways. Among the most tried and true tools to weed are hoes of various shapes and sizes.
Hoes with a stainless steel head are great because they’re rugged and don’t rust. Some hoes work on a push-pull action: push the head over the weed, then pull back to cut. Many hoes are part of a multi-tool system that come with a host of other attachments that easily attach to long or short handles.
Some weeding tools are designed to remove weeds with long tap roots. Just stab the stainless steel claws into the center of the weed, press down to set the claws into the soil, and rock back to remove the weed.
For years, Europeans have relied on a weed-killing technique using a flame. You connect the supplied hose to a standard propane tank, then pass the flame (at a temperature of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit) briefly over a weed. Almost immediately the weed will begin to turn dark green and show signs of wilting. Within a day or two, the weed will be gone forever. Of course, you wouldn’t want to use this in the midst of a drought or anywhere near flammable materials, but under safe conditions it can be a real timesaver.
Paul James offers advice on how you can make the most of your gardening dollar.