Our boulevard is thick with dandelions this spring and I have been looking for a good non-chemical tool to clear them out. I already have a hand-held weeding tool, but for an area this large, I really wanted something I could use standing up.
On a walk through the neighborhood the other day, I saw a neighbor using a tool called a Weed Hound that I’ve seen around in the local hardware stores. When I asked about it, the neighbor raved, saying it was great for dandelions and some other weeds, too. So on my next time by the hardware store, I bought a Weed Hound of my own.
My neighbor was right: this thing has terrorized the dandelions and other broadleaf junk in our yard. Dare I say it makes weeding fun? That might be a stretch, but I was having a pretty good time lobbing weed after weed acoss the yard into a collection bin. By pushing the release button at just the right time when swinging the tool up after an extraction, I could toss the weeds like it was a game of horseshoes. My three-and-a-half-year-old son thought this looked so fun that he began demanding we take turns pushing the button on the Weed Hound.
Here’s how it works:
- Center the tool over a weed and step on the foot lever.
- Pull the tool up to extract the weed.
- Push the release button to drop the weed.
If I didn’t get the tool centered right over the tap root or if the weed was really large, I sometimes had to make a second attempt at it; most weeds came out clean on the first pull.
The Weed Hound is made by a Minneapolis-area company, and although it has been around for a while, I don’t know how widely available it is in retail outside the Twin Cities. The Weed Hound was recently acquired by Ames True Temper and is available from several national hardware store chains. If you’d like a Weed Hound, Amazon has it here if your local hardware store doesn’t stock it.