I highly recommend that every gardener have this tool on hand. The Fiskars Softouch Weeder. It’s also known as a dandelion weeder.
This tool is specifically designed for the long, deep tap roots that a dandelion, thistles and some other weeds produce. However, it is also effective in removing other weeds too such as the plantain.
Don’t let it fool you, the bent design is perfect. There are other designs of this tool available but trust me, this one works the best. The angle of it and the leverage is perfect and the weed pops out easily. When the weeder is applied in the correct spot, which is right around the neck of the root, usually right at the surface of the soil before the green leaves start, it will pop it out and leave little more than a small hole where the weed itself came out.
This dandelion weeder is made of sturdy cast aluminium with a large easy to hold, soft rubber handle. It’s worth every penny. I highly recommend adding this to your tool collection!