Fiskars is well known for producing very high quality tools. They make hand tools and so many more useful garden tools and equipment that you’ll become familiar with the name and fond of the tools very quickly.
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.
The bent design is perfect. There are other designs of this tool available but trust me, the one that works the best is this one right here. I’m not sure why, but the angle of it and the leverage is perfect and every weed pops out almost without effort.
Side note: The plantain is an unsightly weed when it’s growing in your lawn but after you pop it out of the grass it just happens to be a highly effective medicinal plant that has many benefits to us. This is an entirely different subject that I’ll write about later so please do your own research on this, but it’s already been used for centuries to heal many health issues such as skin ailments and respiratory issues.
Back to the tool review. This dandelion weeder is made of sturdy cast aluminium with a large and easy to hold, large soft rubber handle. It’s worth every penny and you’ll make short work of all the dandelions, thistles, plantains and more.
The best thing about this tool is that is creates very little damage to the lawn. If you like beautiful perfect lawns that is, if you’ve been with me for any length of time then you’ll know that I have a thing against grass and I would prefer to have most of it to be changed in to growing spaces for food plants and flowers.
When the weeding tool is applied to the weed 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. It won’t make a big ‘dig’ spot in the grass that you’ll have to seed over.
The plantain weed has wider, more meaty, thick leaves and creates a much larger mud spot in the lawn that has no grass on it than a dandelion does.
If you can be patient, then the lawn will cover over and heal itself within one season, but otherwise if you can’t wait then put down a small bit of grass seed to get it covered more quickly.
I highly recommend adding this tool to your hand tools collection and make short work of those dandelions!