Saturday, May 22, 2010

Enjoy Some Vicarious Weeding

Last year the CobraHead company was giving away CobraHead weeders through a contest at May Dreams Garden blog. I was one of the lucky winners! If you have never used a CobraHead, it may not look like much, but believe me, it is the best garden tool that I have ever used. It is especially good at getting break-away weeds, even in tight spaces. It digs out dandelions easily. It even gets out weeds that have thick, tough crowns. It gets through hard, rocky soil. It can dig up the plants for transplanting, and dig the hole to put them in.
And, the most fun part -- you can pretend that you are a pirate gardener!

Aye, mateys!

I loved this tool so much that I bought one for both of my parents this year for Mother's Day and Father's Day.

Today, I took on weeding the front tree beds. In the first picture, you can barely even see the plants I want to keep. The rest is almost all creeping charlie.

Usually I end up pretty frustrated with this weed, but after less than ten minutes I had the entire bed completely weeded.

Wow. There's actually space for more plants!


Blogger Wendy said...

hmmm, I hear so much about this tool, but I just can't see how it'd be better than my Planter's Buddy (a knife looking thing). Seems like you'd have to work your hand in a weird position to get the weed out.

I may have to check it out, b/c I've heard nothing but praise about this thing. Your newly weeded area looks perfect!

5/23/2010 8:43 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Wendy, the Planter's Buddy does look pretty handy. There are quite a few times that I whacked at things with my trowel trying to chop them in two.
But the CobraHead can do things that this one wouldn't be as effective at. It loosens tough, hard soil easily. It peels up creeping weeds like nothing else I have tried. Plus, it gets into really tight places; like for teasing weeds out of a plant clump.
My husband started using it, now we fight over it. Time to get another one.

5/23/2010 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Kathy M said...

I love a great tool!

5/24/2010 2:14 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Kathy M, I'm so excited about how much easier some of my dread chores are now :D
I have been thinking about getting the long handled one for doing my paths and getting into some of the deeper beds.

5/24/2010 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Irrigation Systems said...

That does look like an interesting tool. However, do you not find that it rips the roots rather then bringing up the whole weed? That has always been my problem.

5/25/2010 2:53 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

IS, with dandelions it does sometimes cut the root instead of pulling it up, but it gets deep enough that the dandelion is weaker and easier to kill next time. In fact, the path that I cleared to try out the CobraHead initially there were many dandelions, some of them were cut instead of being completely uprooted. This year, there are practically no dandelions - and I didn't even weed that path a second time. With creepers, it is very good at teasing out the entire root. With other weeds, it is very good at getting under the plant's base and pulling it up entirely.

I think this is one tool that you need to try to believe; I know I did!

5/25/2010 7:25 AM  
Anonymous Monica at Garden Junkies said...

I have one and just haven't figured out how to make best use of it - but I haven't yet tried it on creeping weeds. After trying it a few times I just went back to my trusty hori hori, which I absolutely love. But after reading your review, I guess I'll have to give it another try - you made clearing out the bed around the tree sound easy!

5/25/2010 9:01 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Monica at Garden Junkies, the hori-hori and Planter's Buddy look very similar. I could definitely see having one of these tools to supplement the CobraHead's fast weeding capabilities with a little deep, precision digging - and cutting! CobraHeads aren't too great at cutting things.
If you try out your CobraHead again and decide that you just don't like it, you could always send it to me :P

5/25/2010 10:40 AM  
Blogger Annelie said...

Looks like a tool that some habitants of my garden would prefer that I didn't buy it. I am very tempted.
Beautiful flowers below. I like the selection.


5/25/2010 3:40 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Annelie, I was really surprised at everything that I had blooming since it had been so hot. The last of my tulips are fading right now. But the peony will be blooming soon. I just started building my peony collection, I only have eight varieties, but they are lovely and really pack a punch.

5/26/2010 7:15 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Amazing weeding job! That sounds like a fabulous tool Sylvana.

5/26/2010 10:18 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

Melanie, anything that can make weeding creeping charlie easier is a keeper in my book! That stuff is awful! It is taking down a peony in my garden - it just climbs over the top of my plants and smothers them out.

5/26/2010 10:55 AM  

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