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Tools for Weeding

Weeding might not be anyone's favorite gardening chore, but it's one that needs to be done. There are many tools that can make this onerous task easier.

Often, your hands are the most efficient way to pull weeds, but even then you should wear leather or other thick gloves to protect them. Garden kneelers or a garden pad will help preserve your knees.

Weeding knives and forks are helpful for extracting certain tough, thick weeds like wild garlic bulbs. A small hoe is handy for flower beds and detailed weeding, and a traditional hoe is ideal for large areas. Many specialty hoes come with long handles that reduce bending and back stress.

Herbicides are another tool. The best approach to controlling weeds utilizes all your options.

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