Wage War on Weeds with 7 Unbeatable Tools

No matter how much time, effort, and care you put into your lawn and garden, one thing is for certain: There will be weeds. Crabgrass, dandelions, and invasive species compete with your plants for nutrients and aren't always the prettiest addition to your garden. Luckily, there's a whole host of trusty tools to help you vanquish them from your yard. Read on for our top picks.

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  1. The Ring Weeder


    Invented by a veteran landscaper, the Ring Weeder launched on the heels of a successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. After earning nearly twice as much as their campaign goal, it's clear that people found ingenuity and promise in the simple, time-saving tool. Simply slide the Ring Weeder onto your index finger, then use your thumb to pinch the weed as the tool unearths its entire root system. Available at The Ring Weeder; $4.99.


  2. Truper Rotary Lawn Edger with Dual Wheels


    In these busy times, a manual lawn edger might not be everyone's speed but this tool might just be good enough to convert users of gas guzzling weed trimmers. Not only can it effectively eliminate weeds and grass in and around walkways and driveways, but this trusty tool is backed by a 10-year replacement warranty so it will serve you season after season. Available at Amazon; $37.77.

    Related: 8 Top Tools For Taming Your Landscape


  3. Ergonomic Aluminum Hand Weeder


    Unlike standard hand weeders that put undue stress on your joints, this ergonomic tool is easy on both your hands and wrists. The curved handle is designed to mimic the shape of the palm of your hand, thereby reducing work-related pain. The long, serrated blade makes pulling weeds with long tap roots incredibly easy. Available at Amazon; $9.68. 


  4. Zenport K111 Crack Weeder


    The weeds hiding out in the cracks of sidewalks or in-between patio pavers are notoriously challenging to get rid of. Never surrender to these unwanted guests again with the Zenport Crack Weeder. The L-shape blade makes it easy to hack at those hard-to-reach spaces from any angle, and the nonslip handle ensures you get a clean swipe every time. As a bonus, the blade is made of heavy-duty carbon steel, meaning you can worry less about damaging your tool and focus more on the problem at hand. Available on Amazon; $10.

    Related: 9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds


  5. Fiskars Softouch Weeder


    Get the satisfaction of pulling weeds out with your bare hands without breaking your back. This uniquely shaped aluminum alloy pick curves to reach the roots of nearly any weed in the lawn or flower bed—while you maintain an easy grip on the comfortably contoured handle. Backed by a Fiskars' lifetime guarantee, you can rest easy knowing that the hard-working (and rust-proof!) tool won't break under pressure. Available on Amazon; $14.


  6. Permanent Mulch Border


    The best method for eliminating weeds? Prevention, of course. This artificial mulch border solves two problems at once. First off, it blocks sunlight from reaching weed seeds buried along the edge of the garden bed, preventing their growth. Just as important, the durable recycled rubber mat remains always tidy, in contras to the natural mulch which can wash or blow away. Available from Plow Hearth; $21.95.

    Related: 7 Weirdly Effective Ways to Weed


  7. Black + Decker Max Lithium String Trimmer


    The cordless power of this Black + Decker string trimmer lets you tackle weeds wherever they might be. Featuring a 180 degree rotating head, this versatile tool can swivel to handle both cutting or trimming jobs. Available on Amazon; $138.00

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