In this guide we’ll take a look at the best weeding tools on the UK market.
I’ve compared design, effectiveness, build quality and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
In this guide we’ll take a look at the best weeding tools on the UK market.
What is the Best Weeding Tool?
In a rush? Here's my top choice...
Well-designed tool to make weeding easy and fast!
This Fiskars Weed Puller makes weeding easy. The strong 1 m shaft ensure working is comfortable, whilst the hardened stainless steel blades make short work of weeds. It's a long-lasting, well-designed tool that will certainly save some back ache!CHECK PRICE →
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Fiskars Weed Puller Review
Getting weeds out of lawn often ends up being a labour of love, considering how much time we spend doing it. If you’d like to find a way to not spend so long on such an unexciting task, this Fiskars Weed Puller makes it a lot quicker to yank weeds out the garden.
If you’re fed up of seeing dandelions, nettles, and thistles peppering your lawn, this tool can get rid of them without demanding any kneeling down or bending – it’s quite a relief for the back and knees and especially good for anyone who finds those movements more challenging.
Suitable for gardeners of most heights, the 89 cm ‘working shaft’ is a good length, with an additional 10 cm of stainless-steel blades on the end which are inserted into the soil around the weed. There is also an option with a telescopic handle available, in case you’re concerned about this being too short.
It doesn’t just remove the visible part of the weed either, but gets down to the taproot so that they don’t grow back. And, if you’re worried that this sort of weed extraction might fill the lawn with mini-craters, the holes that are created by this weed puller are only a maximum of 4 cm in diameter, and easy to fill in by pushing the dirt with your foot.
As an extremely light tool, weighing just 950 g, it’s very manageable and won’t be a nuisance to get out of the shed. This also means that it will still be light once when it’s got a weed in its grasps, which is good because you don’t have to immediately release weeds once pulling them out, you can transport them to a bucket or wherever you want to put them.
Due to the diameter of the base, it’s only really suitable for larger weeds, as small weeds won’t get caught easily in the puller’s jaws. You’ll also struggle to use it on ground that’s too hard – but when it rains, or the ground is damp from dew, the blades should be easy to push into the earth.
- Feels sturdy yet is very lightweight at just 950g
- Requires virtually no strength meaning even those with injuries or limited mobility will find it easy to use
- The size of the hole left in the lawn is very small, there’s no filling in required
- The sliding handle releases the weed so there’s no need to bend down
- Works best when the ground is soft - harder to use after a dry spell
- Tends to only work on very flat lawns
- Most effective with large weeds - as it doesn’t close tightly enough around small to medium size weeds
Spear & Jackson Elements Dandelion Weeder Review
For a simple tool that will aid your usual weeding process, Spear and Jackson have created this Elements Dandelion Weeder – it’s a basic (and inexpensive!) tool that helps with the removal of small/medium weeds.
The tapered carbon-steel blade slides into the ground beside the weed, requiring leverage to eek both the weed and its roots out the ground. Whilst harder work than more mechanical tools, it certainly makes things easier than doing the weeding solely by hand. It’s also possible to remove most of the taproot of tougher weeds like dandelions due to the decent length of the blade.
The overall size of the tool is 35 cm, part of which is taken up by an ash wood handle – it’s comfortable but can cause blisters after time, so wearing gloves is recommended. Both the handle and the blade seem strong, and joined well – even with clay soil you won’t need to worry about anything bending or snapping.
Of course, this smaller tool does still need to be used close to the ground, requiring either a lot of bending or kneeling, so it might not be the best weeding tool for gardeners with more limited mobility. It is, however, an inexpensive item that offers good quality considering how sturdy and effective if it.
- Easily lifts the root out without disturbing the surrounding soil
- As this weeder is small and lightweight, most users find they have far greater precision
- The wooden handle is strong, grippy and comfortable to hold
- The compact design means it can be used in small spaces
- Comes with a hook for easy hanging storage
- Difficult to remove weeds with very deep and strong roots
- Some users have experienced blisters so this tool is best used with gardening gloves
- As this is a hand tool, some physical effort is still required
- Not the best option for very large lawns as it’s tiring to use for long periods of time
Kent and Stowe Stainless Steel Hand Weeding Knife Review
There are few places that weeds won’t grow, and getting them out from between paving stones can be particularly difficult. The best weeding tool for these kinds of jobs is one that’s specifically designed for the task, like the Kent and Stowe Stainless Steel Hand Weeding Knife.
Its narrow blade fits between the cracks of paving, with a sharp knife edge for cutting weeds as well as a hooked end for getting underneath and digging them out. Whereas a normal knife doesn’t offer as much leverage, this 33 cm weeding knife makes it easier to flick weeds out from the gaps.
The weatherproof ash handle, made from FSC-approved sustainably-sourced wood, is ergonomically shaped for a more comfortable grip. It should be comfortable to use for a sustained period, ultimately resulting in clear, weed-free avenues between patio stones.
If your paving is particularly close together, you might find that the blade is too thick to get through the gaps, but for most standard patios there shouldn’t be problem. You’ll also be able to tackle any moss that has grown as well, dislodging it with the stainless-steel blade.
- The handle is comfortable and very grippy
- Can be used to dig up weeds in small areas such as between most paving stones and slabs
- Has a hook for easy hanging storage
- As this is a small hand tool, some physical effort is still required
- Some users find the blade isn’t quite sharp enough for tougher roots
- If the gaps between your paving slabs are very narrow, the blade might be too thick
Wolf Garten KSM Multi-Change Weeding Knife Review
Sorting out the root of the issue with weeds isn’t always easy – generally, their roots are tough, well established, and not open to negotiation.
If force and cunning seem like the only way to get them gone for good, this Wolf Garten KSM Multi-Change Weeding Knife brings both a useful design and strong steel design to the battle.
Its blade is slightly curved which means it creates a ‘tunnel’ around the root; you just need to rotate the blade around the whole weed to isolate the root from the ground, and then it will be free to pull up.
Pushing down on the foot bar makes it easier to push into the ground without relying on arm strength alone, and it has a strong construction which doesn’t bend in tough ground or if it comes into contact with stones in the ground.
This is a particularly good tool to buy if you already have other tools in the Wolf Garten Multi-Change range – this weeding tool comes as just the head, and it needs to be connected into the Multi-Change shaft which is bought separately.
Once you have the shaft, which you can purchase in several lengths depending on what best suits you, you can interchange with many different tool heads from the range. Generally, after the initial purchase, this makes the tools pretty good value for money.
- The integrated footrest means you can use this weeding tool without crouching down
- Removes most weeds with relatively little effort
- Gets through even tough weeds with a a little effort thanks to the sharp edge
- The compact design ensures it’s easy to store in small areas
- The edge is so sharp that you need to be careful not to accidentally fully chop the weeds off instead of get down and fully remove the root
- Not quite so effective in hard and compacted soil, but some users opt to soak the soil with water before removing the weed
Wolf-Garten FBM Multi-Change Weeding Brush Review
Clearing weeds and moss from between paving without kneeling down isn’t always possible, but the Wolf Garten FBM Multi-Change Weeding Brush makes it a lot easier. It’s one of the best weeding tools for clearing weeds from patios, especially if you want to avoid crouching or resting on your knees.
The brush attachment fits into any of the Wolf Garten Multi-Change shafts (which will need to be purchased separately), which means you only need to buy one handle in order to use a large variety of tools.
This particular brush has tough bristles which charge through small weeds that grow between paving cracks. Whilst it’s less effective on large deep-rooted weeds, it does a good job at tearing up moss and smaller plants that dare to poke their heads between the cracks.
It’s a pretty quick approach to weeding as well, as there’s not much need for a ‘scrubbing’ motion; a lot of weeds are removed effectively with just one pass.
If you buy a pole handle which is a good height, you can drastically reduce back ache and other general pains that might otherwise be associated with weeding – being able to eradicate a lot of weeds and moss from what is essentially a standing position.
As you can imagine, it’s not a tool that’s going to remove weeds at the root, but it works well for getting rid of smaller plants and drastically improving the appearance of paving in a short space of time.
Using it in dry weather is best – during wet spells the bristles can get clogged with damp dirt and bits of vegetation which means they have to be cleaned more frequently.
- Does an effective job removing moss and light weeds from between paving and other cracks in hard surfaces
- Can be used with any height handle to prevent backache and shoulder strain
- It’s relatively easy to clear a large area in a small amount of time
- If used carefully, it won’t scratch or damage your patio or paving
- Requires some physical effort so those with limited mobility may struggle to use it for extended periods
- Doesn’t come with a handle included so will need to make a separate purchase
- Not as effective for heavy-duty and stubborn weeds
- Doesn’t remove the roots meaning the weeds may regrow in time
Wolf Garten RFM 15 Multi-Change Push-Pull Weeder Review
For an easy way to keep on top of weeds that keep popping up in flowerbeds and vegetable patches, this Wolf Garten RFM 15 Multi-Change Push-Pull Weeder works as a sharp double-edged ‘tilling’ tool to cut weeds off in their tracks.
Shaped like a garden hoe, the sharp blade is angled to cut through weeds as the tiller is brought backwards and forwards through the earth.
With a 15 cm width, the blade head is both large enough to be efficient in open vegetable patches, and sufficiently narrow to tackle weeds that pop up between flowers without accidentally damaging any valuable plants.
The steel blade is coated with an anti-rust chrome finish and has a wavy sharp edge that catches plant stems and chops them off.
Like all products in the Wolf Garten Multi-Change range, the handle needs to be purchased separately – the benefit of this, as mentioned in other reviews here, is that you can choose the length of handle required for your specific job. You also only have to purchase one handle to use any of the Multi-Change tool heads.
It’s not particularly easy to use this tool in very hard ground, which is one downside, and you may need to loosen soil first especially if it is quite baked and solid. This also isn’t the best weeding tool for taking out the roots of large established weeds like dandelions, as it’s better at disturbing topsoil than targeting individual roots.
- Can be used with any height handle to prevent backache and shoulder strain
- Very lightweight and easy to use
- Accurate - it’s easy to get to smaller weeds without disturbing neighbouring plants
- Can be used at a slight angle for narrow spaces
- Users still need to bend down to pick up the weeds this tool unearths
- May not stop persistent weeds from growing back
- A handle will need to be purchased separately
Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Dutch Hoe Review
If you’re more comfortable with traditional tools, this Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Dutch Hoe is a garden staple; it removes weeds from topsoil before they can dig their roots in, whilst also being a good tool for loosening the earth for other purposes too.
The rust-resistant stainless-steel head can be used with both a pushing and pulling motion through the ground, and, at 13 cm wide, it’s a good width for getting between plants in narrower spaces like flowerbeds.
It’s 170 cm long, which might sound giant for some, but it has a soft grip down approximately 1/3 of the shaft, meaning it can be held comfortably at a shorter length as well. Having a long handle also means you can avoid standing on your borders whilst hoeing them thanks to the long reach.
Despite its length, it remains lightweight at just 360 g, so it’s not unwieldy or difficult to bring out of storage. The only thing that might be trickier is finding a place to store it in the first place – a corner in the garage or shed should suffice, as long as there are no shelves in the way.
Due to the aluminium and stainless-steel construction, it’s unlikely to rust so could be kept outside as well – but it’s always a better idea to keep tools out of the elements to prolong their life and avoid corrosion.
- Very lightweight - suitable for older users or those with limited mobility
- The handle is soft and grippy
- Very easy to keep clean thanks to the stainless steel construction
- Comfortable for taller users and easy to reach across flowerbeds thanks to the long handle
- May be too long for some gardeners at 170 cm long
- Some users may find it’s too long to fit in their car making travelling to allotments difficult
- Won't remove the whole root of bigger weeds like dandelions
- Harder to store due to the large size
Things to Know Before Buying a Weeding Tool
If there’s one thing us gardeners have in common when it comes to our beloved outdoor spaces, it’s a mutual hatred of weeds.
You may have the most pristine lawn on the street, the most colourful rose bushes, and the very best wildlife, but few gardeners can escape these unwanted guests.
Weeding tools can make the job of pulling weeds much easier – often putting less strain on your arms, knees and back compared to pulling weeds by hand. They can be kept on your person as you patrol your garden, ready to defend your lawn at a moment’s notice.
Some of the best weeding tools will also let you pull weeds out by the root, often working even on well-established weeds like dandelions.
The following information has been put together to help you work out which will be the best weeding tool for you to use in your garden:
No Chemicals Required
Using chemicals will often effectively kill weeds, but even the word ‘chemicals’ starts ringing alarm bells for some people – and perhaps rightly so.
Not only can it end up quite expensive to buy herbicides, they can also have negative effects on the environment. One of the biggest problems is that the chemicals have the potential to remain ‘active’ in the soil for a long time; as a result, they can have adverse effects on bio-organisms, animals, and plant life that weren’t the desired recipients of the product.
Organic herbicides, with ingredients derived from plants, do exist; however, you have to be extremely careful to check the ingredients of anything you might spray on your garden. Glyphosate, a chemical found in some herbicides, has been shown to have negative effects on health.
When using chemical weed killers, there’s also no guarantee the weeds won’t return later on, and if you’re not careful, you may end up killing some of your prized plants too by spraying them accidentally.
Using a weeding tool gets rid of the need to use chemicals – sure, weeding tools take longer to use, but if you’re not a fan of herbicides they’re a great option.
Remove the Entire Weed
Many weeding tools allow you to remove the entire weed including the roots.
Leaving the roots behind in the soil will mean they only grow back again in a few weeks. To effectively eliminate the weed, you need to remove them from the root up.
We’ll go into more depth about the different types of weeding tools below, but both hand-weeding knives and claw weeders can effectively remove the taproots of bigger weeds like dandelions. Of course, there are also weeding tools that aren’t capable of removing the whole root, so you need to choose carefully depending on what you require.
When using other weed-control methods, like chemical herbicides for example, they may not sufficiently get rid of the main taproot, meaning the weed will grow back.
Weed More Comfortably
Not all weeding tools have the same design, but there are lots of different ways they can make weeding more comfortable.
Choosing a weeding tool with a long handle can help avoid knee and back pain whilst weeding. If you don’t like spending hours crouched over in the garden, a long-handled weeding tool will help you stay upright whilst doing these kinds of jobs. This is possibly one of the greatest benefits of using a weeding tool, and even if you have other types, owning one with a long handle can make the majority of weeding jobs a lot more comfortable.
Other tools have ergonomic, wooden handles which can be a lot kinder on the hands than metal trowels or forks. Plus, thanks to their designs, these tools tend to make weeding lighter work because they’re being used for their intended purpose, instead of using a tool which has many different uses.
Any type of padded handle, including a rubber coating on a metal shaft, will make the tool easier on the hands and reduce the chance of friction injuries.
There are several different types of weeding tool, many of which are better for different types of jobs. Therefore, depending on the terrain you have in your garden, you may even find that you want to have more than one weeding tool in the armoury.
Standard Weeding Knife
These are generally the most basic and traditional weeding tool. They often have a straight handle and a sharp forked tip and are generally around 30 – 40 cm long. You therefore have to use them in a kneeling or crouched position, but they make the process of removing weeds much quicker and easier than doing it by hand.
The tool is inserted into the ground beside the weed, and then a levering motion is used to get the weed out of the ground. You can generally get the roots of weeds out using this method.
These weeding knives tend to be fairly cheap, but long lasting and well made.
Paving Weeding Knife
These weeding knives are similar to standard weeding knives, but they often have a hooked end, making it easier to hoick weeds out from between patio slabs. The blade needs to be very thin, in order to get between the cracks, and this blade is generally thinner than that of standard weeding knives.
You’re unlikely to be able to pull out the whole root of the weed, especially if there are relatively large weeds growing on the patio, but you will be able to remove most of the visible weeds there to improve the appearance of the area.
Claw weeders are mechanical weeding tools. They have a long handle and a circle of metal teeth on the end. The metal teeth tend to be around 10 cm long and go into the ground around the weed. There is then a mechanism which allows you to close the teeth to ‘grab’ the weed, and pull it out.
Whilst these weeders don’t always work well on smaller weeds, because there’s not enough to grab onto, they’re effective at pulling larger weeds, like dandelions, out of the soil along with their roots.
They’re best used on flat patches of lawn, and are useful because you don’t need to bend down to pull out the weeds.
Brush Weeding Tool
These tools are exactly what they sound like. They are long-handles tools with a small, stiff brush on the end. They can be used to get at weeds between paving and in other narrow areas.
Whilst they won’t get at the roots of larger weeds, they’re good for dislodging smaller plants before they are able to take root.
A Weeding Hoe
Standard hoes are often used for weeding, but there are also specifically-designed weeding hoes that follow the same design with a few subtle differences.
A weeding hoe will often have an edge with more of a blade, and the blade may undulate in order to catch more weeds. Like a standard hoe, these tools can be pushed and pulled through the ground, but they’re generally more effective at cutting off stems.
Whilst it’s easy to cover a large area with these tools, and they’re particularly good to use in flowerbeds and vegetable patches, they can’t really be used in hard ground and need to be used in toiled soil.
Short-handled weeding tools give you control and precision when weeding. They and can be used in closely-planted areas where you might be trying to remove a weed from right next to another plant. These tools can be kept in your pocket, or easily to hand, as you do other gardening tasks, ready to be whipped out as soon as you see a stray weed rearing its ugly head.
The downside of a short-handle is that you will need to be close to the ground so they may not be the best weeding tools for people who have difficulty kneeling or bending.
Long-handled weeding tools allow you to stand up whilst weeding which can do wonders for your back. They might be slightly harder to store due to their size, but they offer more leverage which can make it easier to remove very stubborn weeds.
If you purchase a long-handled weeding tool, ensure the handle is the correct height for you – crouching over a handle that is just too short negates all of the potential benefits!
You may find it useful to have a both a short-handled and long-handled weeding tool in your shed as they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. However, if you only want one – go for the tool that best suits the majority of the terrain that you have in your garden.
This has been loosely covered in other sections of this guide, but it’s worth going into a bit more detail.
Finding the best weeding tool for your garden will depend on the terrain that you have. As mentioned above, if you only want one tool – consider which terrain you have most of in your garden.
If you have lawns or flowerbeds that are overrun by established weeds with large roots, you will likely find that a weeding knife or claw weeder will give you the best form of attack.
Weeding knives that are specifically designed for paving, as well as weeding brushes, will help remove weeds from patios. Therefore, they might well be the best option if your garden is predominantly paved. They won’t necessarily get the roots, so the weeds may grow back, but if you keep on top of maintenance then you can maintain a clear area.
If you have a lot of flowerbeds and toiled patches that get covered by smaller weeds, a weeding hoe will be a good ally. Using a combination of a weeding hoe and a claw weeder will help you combat both the small and big weeds in these areas.
Weeding Tool FAQs
Use your weeding tool whenever you find a weed on your lawn or in your flower beds. The earlier you eliminate them the better, so try to thoroughly inspect your garden at least once a week for weeds.
As early as possible – in the early summer you’ll likely start noticing weeds, and they spread extremely fast. Some gardeners use a herbicide in the early spring and then use a weeding tool if any that have slipped through the net. Basically, the best tactic is to get rid of weeds as soon as you see them so that they don’t have a chance to further establish their roots.
Weeds grow because nature designed them to be survivors.
There’s really no such thing as a weed in the natural world. That’s a human term, based on human reasons for growing things. What we dub ‘weeds’ are actually just plants that have strong survival mechanisms that we don’t want in our garden!
Most plants that fall into the weed category produce lots of seeds and can populate very quickly. Their seeds can lie dormant for years, waiting for the right growing conditions. Therefore, when you disturb the soil – perhaps to plant something else – you can actually prompt weeds to start growing again.
Maintain your weeding tool the same way you would the rest of your gardening tools: remove dirt after every use, then store your tool in a dry and protected area. If you rinse off your tool, make sure it is dry before storage. Avoid leaving your weeding tool outside; even if it is made from weatherproof materials, too much exposure to the elements may well lead to corrosion.