Friday Free For All: The Best Gardening Tool

I thought that we would look at the best gardening tool today. Yes, it’s subject to what you need to do the most of, but I know what my favorite gardening tool is. This tool annhilates deeply tap rooted perennial weeds like dandelions and also helps to loosen the stolons of bermudagrass. It can save your fingers from the prickly thorns of pigweed and can allow you to get to the root of newly sprouted Chinese elm trees. With it, you can separate large clumps of crabgrass and goosegrass so that you can remove the entire clump. So what is this magical tool?

The lowly asparagus weeder.

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The asparagus weeder pictured here looks awfully fancy. Mine isn’t. It has a plastic handle and it’s been dulled by the soil. But it works. And it works everytime. I think I paid between $5 and $6 for mine.

There are some awfully fancy gardening tools out there. And I like some of them. But nothing beats an inexpensive tool that does everything you ask of it. So what do you think is the best gardening tool? Is it a shovel? Hand pruners? A particular saw? Share your experience with other Mid-Atlantic Gardening readers by leaving me a comment below or sending me an e-mail. If you enjoy being part of the Mid-Atlantic Gardening community, join our e-mail list (upper right hand corner of this page), become a fan on Facebook and follow me at Twitter. Happy gardening!




June 15, 2012Permalink 1 Comment