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Weeding tools

Getting rid of annual and perennial weeds keeps your garden beds tidy and your plants healthy. Weeds inhibit plant growth and compete for moisture in the soil.  Once established, weeds become hard to remove without damaging your plants.

You can restrict the growth of weeds in your garden by using dense planting schemes, covering the soil with a weed suppressing membrane and or a thick layer of mulch, but you can guarantee there will always be some part of your garden that needs weeding.

As weeding is often hard work, garden tool manufacturers try to help by offering a wide range of gadgets, however, if you can, try before you buy to save time and money.

Dutch hoe


Using a hoe removes shallow-rooted annual weeds, but cuts off deep-rooted perennials which will continue to grow and these are best removed using a specialised weeding tool. Hoeing improves drainage, aeration, and the spread of nutrients in the soil, it also helps condition your soil. A full-length hoe can take a lot of strength to use, but will save you bending, so look for lightweight models.

Trowel with arm support

Hand tools

Hand tools such as trowels and forks are used regularly in the garden so it's important to choose the best ones for you. Hand tools with longer handles are useful for light weeding and cultivating the soil and are particularly recommended if you garden sitting down or can't bend easily.

WOLF weed extraxtor

Specialised weeding tools

There are many models on the market claiming to be specialised weeding tools, but there are only a few that Thrive can recommend.

Here are a few points to consider: most specialised weeding tools work on one weed at a time, so weeding a large area can be time consuming; try to use the tool before you buy or buy on recommendation from other gardeners or read the tool reviews in professional and unbiased publications.

Peta fist grip and arm support

Easi-Grip Add On Handle and arm support

If you use one hand, or have a weak grip, you might find it easier to use long handled tools like hoes if they are fitted with an extra fist grip and arm support. The fist grip has a wide comfortable grip and sits at right angles to the handle. The arm support slots into the end of the grip. If you use two hands, you can fit a second fist grip further down the handle and hold it with your other hand.

You can look at equipment and tools for weeding in two ways. 

The full list of products is shown below, or you can use the Equipment and tool finder to look at products which might be useful if you: are gardening after a stroke or with heart disease; garden sitting down or from a wheelchair; have sight loss; have with a weak grip; use one hand; can't bend easily.

Equipment and tool finder
To search for equipment and tools, select the gardening job you want to do. Then select the disability which best describes your needs. If you would like to see a full list of products for each gardening job, simply choose 'All equipment and tools'.
Tool finder help

Trowel and fork

Hand tools

Hand tools such as trowels and forks are used regularly in the garden so it's important to choose the best ones for you. This section features all kinds of hand tools including those with large easy-grips and multi-change tools.

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Dutch hoe

Dutch hoe

With a wide stainless steel head, this traditional tool is suitable for covering larger areas of reasonably well cultivated soil.

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Push pull weeder

Push pull weeder

Useful for weeding, you simply push and pull the serated cutter through the soil.

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Weeder hoe

Weeder hoe

The V shaped notches at the back of the push pull type tool will catch the stems of thicker weeds and pull them out with the roots attached.

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This is an unusual but effective push pull type hoe which is useful for hard to reach areas.

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Weed extractor

Harpoon style weed extractor

This harpoon-style tool is pushed down over deep rooted weeds and twisted to extract the weed with the root in a plug of soil.

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Gripping weed puller

Gripping weed puller

This tool will remove all kinds of weeds in cultivated soil. The blade is pushed into the ground and the claws grip the weed.

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Weedkiller applicator

Weedkiller applicator

Simply fill the plastic tube with liquid weedkiller and dab the weed with the sponge pad.

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Patio weeder

Patio weeders

Also known as a weed knife, this tool was designed to hook out weeds from between paving slabs.

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Flame gun weeder

Flame gun weeder

A small butane powered flame is used to kill the weed which can then be pulled out more easily pulled out or even burned away.

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