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.
What Is The Best Weeding Tool?
More Detailed Weeding Tool Reviews
Fiskars Weed Puller Review
Fiskars is a name well-known in the gardening world, and the Fiskars Weed Puller in black is an excellent addition to your weeding armoury. It features an ergonomic handle attached to a multi-blade tool designed for removing tough weeds easily.
The shaft is designed to withstand long years of service, and the blades are made from hardened stainless steel. Just angle the blades, step down on the footrest, and pull up those pesky weeds with ease.
This weed removal tool is easily one of the best weeding tools for the money!
Spear & Jackson Elements Dandelion Weeder Review
The Spear & Jackson Elements Dandelion Weeder is a simple, basic weeding tool designed to efficiently and easily remove tough dandelions from your garden. The head is made from steel and then epoxy covered for rust resistance, as well as to withstand wear and tear.
The handle is made from ash, and is weatherproofed for durability. The contoured handle also offers a secure grip, and the leather wrist cord keeps it secure while in use.
It’s a well designed weed removal tool that is easy to use and comfortable to hold. It performs great and is one of the best weeding tools to buy on a budget.
Kent and Stowe Stainless Steel Hand Weeding Knife Review
The Kent and Stowe Stainless Steel Hand Weeding Knife is the perfect weeding tool for anyone who needs to remove weeds growing in narrow spaces, such as between paving stones, on patios and in other areas.
The handle of this patio weeding tool is made of weatherproofed ash, and is FSC approved. The knife comes with a 15-year guarantee, and the blade is made from durable stainless steel. For the money, this is one of the best quality weeding tools available.
Wolf Garten KSM Multi-Change Weeding Knife Review
Looking for a simple to use tool that allows you to easily remove weeds? The Wolf Garten KSM Multi-Change Weeding Knife is made from high-quality steel and allows you to insert the blade at the weed’s roots, step down on the integrated footrest, and remove the weed with ease.
This patio weeding tool even comes with a full 10-year guarantee, and the one-button change system makes alternating with other tools simple.
Wolf-Garten FBM Multi-Change Weeding Brush Review
Another in the company’s Multi-Change line, the Wolf Garten FBM Multi-Change Weeding Brush is designed to help make weeding between paving stones or along garden paths simple and easy.
From weeds to moss, this weeding tool removes unwanted growth quickly, and the long handle ensures that you can remain standing straight while doing it. Note that this brush does require the multi-use handle (which is sold separately). It comes with a 10-year guarantee, too.
Wolf Garten RFM 15 Multi-Change Push-Pull Weeder Review
Looking for something that works a little different from the standard weed removal tool? The Wolf Garten RFM 15 Multi-Change Push-Pull Weeder might be just the thing. It fits the standard Multi-Change system handle, and delivers the ability to remove weeds easily by pushing or pulling the toothed head. The wide width makes it a great choice for use between garden rows, but it also fits easily between individual plants.
The head is made from high-quality steel and then coated to prevent rust and damage. It also cuts right through even tough weeds whether you prefer a push or pull stroke. Note that it also comes with a 10-year guarantee, but the handle is sold separately, unlike the other weeding tools.
Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Dutch Hoe Review
The humble hoe is one of the mainstays of the modern garden tool shed, and the Spear & Jackson Select Stainless Dutch Hoe deserves a place there. It features a long shaft made of lightweight aluminium for easier use and less strain. It also offers a soft-feel grip on the shaft long enough to accommodate almost any hand placement.
The head is made from stainless steel to ensure a long life and plenty of resistance to wear and tear. It comes with a 10-year guarantee, much like the other quality weeding tools mentioned within this guide.
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 there’s few gardeners who can escape those seemingly unbeatable unwanted visitors.
A weeding tool is a great option for gardeners who feel as though they’re involved in a never-ending brawl with a plant. Weeding tools are lightweight and easy to use, kept on your person as you patrol your garden, ready to defend your lawn at a moment’s notice.
Trying to pull weeds by hand is often futile, but weeding tools enable you to loosen the roots and pull the weed from the roots up – so you can say goodbye for good.
If you’re struggling to find the best weeding tool for you, the following tips should help you to make an informed decision.
Why do Weeds Grow?
It’s actually very simple – 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 – which 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. Most are well adapted to exploiting soil disturbed by human activities.
Benefits of a Weeding Tool
Using a weeding tool is a great way to get rid of unwanted plants, and there’s a number of advantages of using a weeding tool over other methods.
No chemicals required
Using chemicals is a great way to kill weeds, but this method is very expensive. 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.
Weed tools allow you to get rid of the weeds before they set up camp in your garden!
Removing the Entire Weed
Weeding tools allow you to remove the entire weed from the root. 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.
Range of Designs Available
There’s a range of designs on the market, so you can choose the most comfortable and effective tool for you.
Types of Weeding Tool
Traditional Weeding Tools
Traditional tools have a straight handle and a forked tip. They are affordable and easy to use, and they tend to last a very long time.
Curved neck weeding tools offer more leverage than traditional weeding tools. These are better for stubborn weeds and mean even those who lack strength can remove tougher roots.
There’s no tool which is perfect for every weeding task, so you may need to mix and match. Cheap, novelty tools are rarely as effective as traditional tools, and I recommend paying a little more for quality.
Long vs Short Handled Weeding Tools
Weeding tools either come with long or short handles. Short handled weeding tools give you greater control and can be used in closely planted areas. They can be kept in your pocket, ready to whip out at a moment’s notice!
Long handled weeding tools allow you to stand up while weeding and cover a larger area. Long handled weeding tools are harder to store, but they offer more leverage which makes it slightly easier to remove very stubborn weeds.
If you purchase a long handled weeding tool, ensure the handle is the correct height for you, as crouching over a just-too-short handle can hurt your back and neck.
Choosing the Best Material
Weeding tools usually have a solid metal blade, designed for years of service.
The handle material is very important. Wooden handles are traditional and comfortable. They offer the best grip and are naturally warm. The downside is that they can rot and shrink if not stored properly.
Fibreglass handles are another popular choice. This is expensive but exceptionally durable, generally used for long handled tools.
Some tools have aluminium or stainless steel handles. These are durable and generally very lightweight, although they don’t offer huge amounts of grip.
How often should I use a weeding tool?
I recommend using 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.
When is the best time to start weeding?
As early as possible! In the early summer you’ll likely start noticing weeds, and they spread extremely fast. I personally like to use a herbicide in the early spring, using my weeding tool if I notice any that have slipped through the net!
How do I maintain my weeding tool?
Maintain your weeding tool the same way you would the rest of your gardening tools. I recommend removing dirt after use, then storing your tool in a dry and protected area. Make a habit of cleaning your tools after every use.