- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
Different needs, circumstances and styles.
Climate, soil and crops ... Probably, left out a half dozen differences.
I have found some very useful small tools, @Artichoke Lover and @flowerbug . My favored weeding style is sitting on a stool. I wear out plastic gloves like crazy pulling tiny weeds with my digitS'. But, small tools help as the weeds grow deeper into the soil. Some are just little, steel "pokey" things, others are conventional 3-prong cultivators, one looks remarkably like a grubbing hoe - about 1/5th of its length and about 1/20th of its weight.
if there are few enough weeds that i can move along the row quickly i can do that bending over, but once there are enough close enough to the plant stems then i use a ground pillow. sitting down instead of bending saves a lot of lower back and knee stress and i can scoot along the row without having to get up again for each move of the pillow. even if the rows are narrow i can at least fold the pillow in half and use the pillow to kneel on which is better than kneeling on the ground.
only a few (dandelions and the thistles) weeds usually need the full pokey removal of the roots that the big steak knife can provide, the mason trowel is quicker for scraping away small weeds instead of pulling them one at a time.
i still wear a few pairs of gloves out each season because we have many square feet of gravel mulch that can get weeds in them and often the only way to get all the roots is to move the gravel aside so i can find all the bits under there and get those out of there too.