The Best Tools for Weeding

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Weed control is essential for any garden. Invasive weeds can take over a garden quickly and effortlessly if they are not eliminated quickly and completely. While hand weeding is efficient and requires no additional tools, it can be hard on the back, particularly when dealing with large amounts of land. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools to help get rid of garden weeds, and many are quite inexpensive.

Oscillating Hoe

The oscillating hoe is also known as the scuffle or stirrup hoe. It is ideal for large, open area of land that has not been mulched. It has a strap of sharpened metal on both sides and makes it possible to cover large amounts of land at a time.

Collineal Hoe

The collineal hoe is ideal for smooth soil without large clumps. It has a sharp, rectangular blade, and by simply swinging it from side-to-side you can eliminate a large amount of weeds at one time.

Swan Neck Hoe

The swan neck hoe, or half moon hoe, is great for weeds that grow in tight, difficult spots. It has an arched neck and narrow blade with a straight edge.

Weeding Fork

A weeding fork does an excellent job of loosening roots to make removal easier. You can also use a kitchen fork. Simply insert the fork into the soil under the plant and wiggle from side-to-side to loosen roots.

Hand Weeder

A hand weeder is ideal for small garden plots that require more detailed weeding. They are small garden tools that usually have wooden handles with triangular blades.


Herbicides can be helpful if you are dealing with large areas of land with excessive weed growth. Read all warning labels thoroughly before applying any herbicides, as many contain possible harmful or undesirable chemicals.

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