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Light and easy to use, but could be more effective
on 24 March 2011
The speedy weedy is light, simple and easy to use, chemical free and does not require the purchase of refills. You don't have to bend or use too much effort to extract weeds from your garden. You select the weed you want to extract, position the tool directly over the weed and push the three metal prongs down into the ground. Give the speedy weedy a twist using the handles and a core of soil containing the weed comes away from the ground. Push the button to release the core into a waiting bucket/bin.
It works best on weeds without a deep tap root - it tends to leave the end of larger dandelion roots in the ground. However, I figure if I keep extracting them before they get a chance to set seed I can at least stop them from multiplying, and smaller dandelions can be successfully extracted first time. Longer prongs would improve tap root extraction but might make the process harder on the user. I found I could not extract a second deeper core from a hole as there is a stop on the side of the tool which I guess is there to let you know when you have pushed the prongs in to the ground as far as they will go. I also found that it is not so easy to use on stoney ground - stones make it difficult to push the prongs into the ground to their full extent. It is far easier when the ground is wet than after it has been baked dry by the sun. It is also tricky to use on weeds that have a spreading habit rather than a discrete rosette form.
Once you have extracted your weeds, you are left with fairly large holes (about an inch or more in diameter) which is no problem in flowerbeds where the holes are easily covered up. I have used it on my lawn, and though the holes are unsightly I am hoping they will aid drainage and help solve my moss problem too... If the holes bother you enough you can always extract a core of earth from elsewhere and use it to fill the holes you have created. Other cons are that can't be used to remove weeds from patios or between paving stones.
On the plus side it can also be used for planting smallish bulbs (remove a core of earth where you want the bulb to go, place the bulb between the prongs, position over hole then press the button to release the bulb. Cover the hole with the core of earth you extract when you make the next hole).