Weeds are as sure a thing as light from the sun. They’ll eventually pop up in all gardens and sap the moisture and nutrients from whatever flowers, vegetables, herbs, or other plants that you actually want to grow and thrive.
There are different ways to remove weeds from a garden – you could use your hand, or any number of tools. Some weeding tools are hyped-up gimmicks, others – like the Garden Bandit – are worth a closer look.
The Garden Bandit’s design allows you to remove weeds right next to your desirable plants without disturbing their roots. The metal loop easily cuts through most soils, and as a bonus using it also aerates the soil. All you need to do to remove a weed is place the loop around it, and pull the Garden Bandit forward to cut underneath it.
This simple tool is just a 12″ plastic handle with a high tensile stainless steel band attached to both sides. The stainless steel band forms a loop that’s 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. It should be a safe assumption that the weeder is rust-resistant.
You can purchase the Garden Bandit at West Coast Seeds for $13, plus around $7 shipping.
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Lee Valley also carries this product, but in their catalog they call it a “Hand Loop Weeder,” even though the two products look virtually identical. They’ll charge you $13 with $8 shipping.
As a reminder, Lee Valley has a semi-annual free shipping promo which usually requires a $40 minimum order amount.
Here’s Lee Valley’s promo video, which shows how the weeder works, short and sweet:
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According to photos on both websites, the Garden Bandit comes in five different colors, but neither store has any way to specify which color you’ll get.
The Garden Bandit/Hand Loop Weeder is made in Canada.
My preferred method of getting rid of weeds is to hit them with the string trimmer, but then again I was never much of a gardener. Every now and again I will take a few minutes to actually pull a few weeds by hand, but I don’t usually get much done.
When first I spotted the Garden Bandit, I thought this was a tool I’d actually try if I saw it sitting out by the flower beds. It’s just a simple handle with a strip of metal looped from one side to the other — simple enough I could probably make one out in my shop in about 15 minutes.