Spring is here, the warmer weather inspires me to start my herb garden and clean our flower beds and prepare our home for landscaping revamp! We do it every year, but this year, one tool, which became our favorite, made our life so much easier!!
The Weed Zinger has spiral shaped stainless steel tines that are designed to penetrate the soil and close in around the taproot. We are trying to twist the taproot out of the ground to break it free. (And you know how long dandelion roots can be!)
So I want to share some of my best tips to use the Weed Zinger and give your lawn/garden new life this Spring!
Make sure the ground is soft or that you are able to penetrate it easily
I want to let you know that for this to happen, there are certain conditions that must exist. First, we never try to remove weeds when the ground is hard and dry. I do a simple test before I do any weeding. If I cannot get it with 2 – 3 clicks on the shaft, the sound you hear when you step down on the pedal, then it is too dry.
You want to be able to push the pedal completely down until it touches the ground.
How much to twist the handle
Most small, young weeds only require a quick twist about 90-120 degrees. Dandelions with an established root might require a full 360 degree turn. This also depends on the soil because that is what we are trying to free it from. Clay compacts easily around the tines. Small twigs and pebbles also can lodge between the tines. These should be avoided and can also be cleared by pushing down the manual release mechanism. If the weed does not eject simply tap on the handle to nudge it to the next set of notches and then squeeze the trigger.
These conditions are the same for any upright weeding tool regardless of how durable the tines are. Each tool will behave differently in hard ground but in every case they will not successfully pull the taproot out intact without shearing the taproot or they will create a rather large hole doing it.
Place the Weed Zinger directly over the center of the weed and push down
It will ensure you will get the weed and its root.
Please follow here for a good example of when the conditions are right.
Here is a before and after of our front walkway, no more weeds or dandelions:
These are just some tips to help you be successful with the tool and to help you realize how great the Weed Zinger is and why you should consider giving it as a mother’s day or father’s day gift to help your loved ones take care of their lawn & garden!
I can’t wait to hear what you think! As usual, give us a Trendy Shout!