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The Best Weeding Tools & a review of 8 amazingly designed tools

Last updated on May 25th, 2021

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Weeding is one of those jobs that nobody really likes, but here we look at eight tools that can make weeding easier, more enjoyable and most importantly, chemical-free.

There is one job that all gardeners have no choice but to get down and dirty with, that they would prefer not to tackle and often delay doing it, you guessed it, weeding!

Most gardeners look forward to spending time in the garden relaxing on the sun lounger or in the hot tub, but weeding is one job you simply can’t ignore. So it is no surprise that companies have been trying to come up with the most innovative tools to help make weeding more of a pleasure than a burden and even more importantly, speed up the task of weeding.

Using weed killers can be a good way to tackle weeds, in fact, we recently looked at some effective weedkillers but it is not always practical and some people prefer to avoid using chemicals if possible which isn’t a bad idea either.

With this in mind, we have reviewed eight of the best weeding tools, some of which are very effective and it’s surprising how much faster you can remove weeds using some of these innovative tools (such as the weed puller). Read on to see some of these tools and learn how they can make your life much easier. First, let’s look at how you can help prevent weeds from growing in the first place as prevention is often better than cure as they always say.

Below is our favourite weeding tool for removing weeds, especially dandelions. The Fiskars Xact Weed Puller is an amazing tool and although we found it perfect for lawns it is also perfect for borders and even gravel areas.

BEST PICK

Fiskars Xact Weed Puller
The best choice overall, robust, very easy to use, no bending down and super easy to release the weeds whilst keeping your hands clean. A good weed puller that will remove weeds including those with long tap roots.

Top 8 best tools for weeding a garden

1. Fiskars Xact Weed Puller

BEST PICK

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Fiskars Xact Weed Puller, Length: 1 m, Stainless Steel Handle/Plastic Handle, Black/Orange, 1020126

The Fiskars weed puller is a modern take on a popular weeding tool, is very well designed with high-quality stainless steel claws that clamp both the weed and root which makes it very effective at removing weeds on the lawn.

It is great for removing dandelions and very easy to use, simply step on the foot ram and put the jaws over the weed and push firmly into the ground, next pull the handle back and lift the weed out of the ground.

Finally, push the bright orange handle down the shaft to release the weed and dispose of it. What great is all this can be done within a few seconds making removing large numbers of weeds from your lawn fast and easy, all without bending over or kneeling.

Our thoughts

The ergonomically designed handle makes it very easy and comfortable to use. It isn’t cheap at nearly twice the price of some similar models. However, it is very effective at removing weeds and does get weeds out nearly every time.

On Amazon.co.uk, it is the most popular weed puller available despite its higher price mark and has over a staggering 1400 positive user reviews.

The Fiskars Xact Weed Puller is without doubt the best weeding tool available for removing weeds from lawns and beds. It is our top-rated weed puller and will not leave you disappointed. Once you use it you will wonder how you ever managed to remove weeds without it. A pricey but excellent weeding tool.

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2. Amos Weed Puller

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AMOS Weed Puller Weeder Twister Push Twist & Pull Claw Garden Lawn Easy Root Remover Killer Grabber Long Handled Lightweight Tool

This Amos weed puller is a well designed, very effective weed pulling tool, and is probably one of the best available and at half the price of other similar models, it also offers good value for money.

Designed for pulling up dandelions, thistles and other weeds in your lawn, it does a great job without all the strain of bending over and kneeling down. That means it is good for gardeners who suffer from back pain as you can use it stood in an upright position.

Using the device is simple, push the three (7cm) prongs over the weed and firmly into the lawn, next twist the handle so that the prongs grab the weed and roots then pull out of the lawn. That’s it, simply press the release button to release the weed and dispose of it.

Our thoughts

It is easy to use and really does work as designed and offers the best value for money. It does appear to also work on flower beds as well as hard compacted soil.

It has lots of positive customer reviews on Amazon, with the majority of them being very positive and commenting on how good and easy to use this weed puller is. It is worth noting that when using the weed puller, it is designed to pull out both the weed and the root, (which it does well) however it does remove a small core of soil with the root which will leave small holes in your lawn.

Not a major issue as it will help to aerate the soil, but you may need to put compost in the hole and preferably mixed with sand to help drainage.  Overall great weeding tool at a great price.

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3. Wolf Garten KS2K Weeding Knife

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Wolf Garten Weeding/Planting Knife with Fixed Handle - 2771000

The Wolf Garten KS2K weeding knife is one of the best weeding tools available and uses a very simple design. Made from cold-rolled steel, it incorporates a large comfort grip handle which makes a big difference when using it for longer periods of time, handy if you have a big area to weed and of course lots of weeds.

It is very effective when weeding close up to other plants avoiding any harm to them, ideal for most weeding areas including the lawn, flower borders and gravel paths/drives.

Our thoughts

This is one tool every gardener should have if they want to make weeding that little bit easier and faster. For peace of mind it also comes with a 10-year guarantee and at under £10, can you afford not to have one? We don’t really have any negative thoughts in relation to the product design or quality but as it is a hand tool, it takes a lot of bending down which may be a problem for some gardeners who feel the strain when working on their knees.

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4. Wolf Garten Push Pull Weeder

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WOLF-Garten RFM 15 Multi-Change Push-Pull Weeder

If there was ever a tool that deserves 5 stars then this is it. Manufactured by Wolf Garten, this tool is a new take on the old favourite, the dutch hoe. It is part of their multi changing tool range, so you do need to purchase the handle separately, but they have around 50 other tools that can simply ‘push-click’ to the handle.

This new take on the hoe has double-sided, wavy blades that slice through weeds and seedling with ease. The blade is 15cm wide making it ideal for weeding between plants, it constructed from quality, cold-rolled steel before being finished in zinc lacquer that ensures it is self-sharpening and will last for years, to support this it even has an impressive 10-year guarantee.

Our thoughts

Again lots of excellent customer reviews on Amazon, so it is a proven tool. It is important to note that it does not remove roots and is designed for weeding tiny seedlings that shoot in their thousands into your beds, borders and veg plots.

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5. Spear & Jackson Daisy Grubber

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Spear & Jackson 4057NB Elements Daisy Grubber, Blue, 28.5 x 3.5 x 4 cm

The Spear & Jackson daisy grubber is the kind of tool that has been designed to last a lifetime. Made from hardened carbon steel before being coated in epoxy which protects it from rust, it simply is a quality weeding tool.

As the name suggests, it is designed for removing daisies from your lawn. Simply hold at a 70-degree angle, around 2 inches away from the weed and push it into the lawn cutting the root, before pulling the weed out. It is as easy and simple as that.

Our thoughts

Again this tool requires a lot of kneeling down, it does take a lot of work especially if you have lots of daisies to remove from your lawn. Probably more suited if you have a few weeds you need to remove. Again, excellent reviews on Amazon make an interesting read.

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6. Grampa’s Weeder

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Grampa's Weeder - The Original Stand Up Weed Puller Tool With Long Handle - Made With Real Bamboo & 4-Claw Steel Head Design - Easily Remove Weeds Without Bending, Pulling, or Kneeling

Grampa’s weeder could possibly be one of the oldest weed pullers available with a proven track record of over 100 years. It has quite an interesting history dating back to before the war and is still manufactured today.

The first thing you will notice about this tool is how well made it is and the workmanship that has gone into manufacturing the tool. It uses a simple, yet effective clamping system that is made from a quality, rust proof iron. This cast iron clamp is complimented with a strong, quality ash handle and it comes with a lifetime guarantee! Now what other tools do you know that have a lifetime guarantee?

Our thoughts 

One of the best weed pullers and certainly one of the highest quality tools currently available. It simple to use, place it over the weed and push down firmly so that the prongs are fully inserted into the ground. Then simply lean and pull to remove the weed. It works best in moist, damp soil, so remember to head into the garden after the rain for easy weeding.

It has certainly lasted the test of time and had lots of positive user reviews on Amazon, which further confirm how good this tool is and it works great on lawns as well as soil.

Finally, at around £25 it offers great value for money, especially when you compare it to similar models at twice the price.

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7. Hozelock Green Power Thermal Weeder

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Hozelock THTBHOZ2550 Green Power Thermal Weeder

Looking for something simple and effective? If the answer is yes, then the Hozelock thermal weeder could be just the job for destroying pesky weeds. Firstly it is designed for using on patio, paths and driveways without the use of dangerous chemicals.

It is very easy to use, simply lower the cone end onto the target weed, press the button to activate it. What this does, is burst the plant cells by giving it a thermal shock of 600°C.

The precise treatment ensures your plants are not killed and means there is no need to use chemicals.

Our thoughts

It does what it has been designed for and kills weeds within seconds. As no chemicals are used, children and pets can go straight onto treated areas safely.

A couple of issues to be aware of, firstly it does not seem to work on very large weeds so they will need removing by hand. If you use it every other week to kill new weeds it works great and keeps weeds under control. One other small issue is the power cable is only 3 meters long so may not be long enough for most gardeners and you may need an extension lead to treat larger areas.

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8. Hozelock Wonder Weeder

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2X Wonderweeder

If you are looking for a way to “spot spray” just weeds, without the risk of spraying plants then the Hozelock Wonder Sprayer could be the answer. It is a simple yet effective type of garden sprayer that you simply fill with a good quality strong weedkiller.

It has a capacity of 300ml which is stored in a clear tube so you know when it’s getting low and can be refilled. Simply point it at the weed, then press the button on the top of the handle to spray the weeds. It is great for reaching into places that might not be accessible with a normal sprayer.

Our thoughts

If you are looking for a sprayer to precisely spray weeds on paths, patios, driveways or reach them hard to reach places such as between plants and shrubs, then this a very effective and safe way to achieve this. It also reduces waste, as you only spray weeds, unlike normal garden sprayers that sprayer larger less precise areas.

If you do have larger areas to spray, such as large paths then you may want to check out our guide which compares the best garden sprayers available.

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Why remove weeds?

There are numerous ways to help reduce weeds in the first place, firstly we look at why you need to remove weeds, some are obvious, some not so much.

  1. Weeds can make your garden unsightly and untidy.
  2. More importantly, weeds compete for food and water. They take up nutrients your plants need which in turn affects the health of your plants as they are outcompeted by weeds.
  3. Once weeds take hold, they can quickly get very invasive and take over.
  4. Weeds that are left to mature can be difficult to remove once they have established.
  5. Some weeds are poisonous and can irritate your skin, children’s skin and pets.

How to help to prevent weeds from growing (Prevention)

If you are putting down bark or stone in the garden, ensure that before you do it is best to put down a weed suppressing membrane. This is a weaved material that helps to stop weeds coming through but also lets water drain through at the same time. Never put down polythene sheet, this will cause flooding as it does not let water drain through and can kill plants.

Put bark, stone or mulch on beds to help suppress weeds, this is a very effective way to help prevent weeds and helps retain moisture which is good for most plants.

Never let weeds go to seed, pinch flower heads off. If weeds go to seed, this is when you start seeing thousands of tiny weeds in your beds and borders and your job just becomes a thousand times harder.

Spray beds with weedkiller, being careful not to spray your plants, this is simple when you have lots of bare soil.


Best tools for weeding

Our review is made up of only the best-rated tools and gadgets that get the job done. Depending on where the weeds are in your garden, will determine which tool might be right for you. Whether it be your lawn, patio or beds and borders, we have the ideal tool for you.

How did we come up with our top eight weeding tools?

We have spent countless hours researching and testing these tools to narrow it down to just eight. We do not personally test them all as we don’t have excess to all eight (some we do), so we do in-depth research, reading the hundreds and in some cases, thousands of user reviews on Amazon and from around the web. We can then determine which ones have faults and which are a cut above the rest. This also gives us a good understanding of any small issues they may have and their advantages.

Best garden tools for weeding

As you have probably guessed, there is no weeding tool for every situation. All of the 8 weeding tools on our list made it onto the list because they simply get the job done.

We did lots of independent research and originally we had over 30 weeding tools to compare, then we narrowed it down to 10 tools, then we looked again and after some further research, we had to remove another 2 tools as they didn’t quite make the cut. We were then left with 8 of the best weeding tools, each with its own unique design.

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Welcome to my site, my name is John and I have been lucky enough to work in horticultural nurseries for over 15 years in the UK. As the founder and editor as well as researcher, I have a City & Guilds Horticultural Qualifications which I proudly display on our About us page. I now work full time on this website where I review the very best gardening products and tools and write reliable gardening guides. Behind this site is an actual real person who has worked and has experience with the types of products we review as well as years of knowledge on the topics we cover from actual experience. You can reach out to me at john@pyracantha.co.uk

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