I'm reviewing my patio weeding tool.
It is made by YEOMAN and costs around £4-£5, depending on where you buy it.
We bought ours in a local garden centre.
Our patio slabs were laid prior to us buying this house and lots of the mortar had disappeared from between them causing weeds to take over and I was fed up with it. So I decided to tackle the issue. The first thing was getting the weeds and soil out from between the slabs and this was why I bought the patio weeder tool .
***USING and MY OPINION***
My previous patio clearing raids involved kitchen knives past their best, but when I saw this on a rack in our garden centre I just knew from the shape of it that it was going to work well with/for me.
The tool is around 10" long in total , 5" of which is the handle.
The handle has serrated sides so that you can get a good grip, which is much better than a smooth handle.
It has a hole in the top of the handle for hanging it up when storing it (more on that later) .
The working end is an "L" shaped carbon steel blade.
Using this is not rocket science or in any way complicated. You simply push the blade down between the tiles/slabs/bricks and pull it so that it reaches down to the base of the weed or grass.... and pull it/cut it out . You can angle the blade as you push it in so that it deals with whatever you want it to deal with . Some weeds are deep rooted and it is easy to develop a technique that suits your needs for tackling them using this tool.
Other things, like moss, just need a gentle scraping between the slabs to remove them.
I'm not claiming this as incredibly easy to use on large areas, because it still involves simple hard graft. You need to get down on your knees and get stuck in there and there is no getting around that.
However , there is intense satisfaction when you find a tool designed to work WITH you when you need to go to all that effort ,and this is just such a tool. Basic but very well thought out.
It took me about an hour and a half to clear a patio roughly 10ft x 15ft. Bearing in mind it was pretty nasty in some places with some deeply embedded weeds I was quite pleased with that time frame. Yes, I did this myself because I'm sorry to admit my husband cuts corners and I have learned that in detailed work I need to do it myself to ensure it meets my exacting needs. I wanted to re-grout the area so it needed done thoroughly.
Thankfully this time I had the right tool for the job and it saved time and energy and my temper.
I've not used this on the grassed area of our garden, so I can't say how it deals with that, but for de-weeding patios and driveways it is extremely ergonomic and time saving.
It was also well used last year (and this year) on the roadside outside our house when the usual little Council man with his backpack spray failed to turn up to spray the weeds that grow there. It was annoying me watching the greenery taking over the kerbstones so, much to his disgust I dispatched my husband out there with the weeding tool and he got stuck in and cleared the worst of it in about 20 minutes. He was quite impressed that the YEOMAN tool was so easy to use.
One thing I'd advise is to bring a dustpan and brush, and carrier bag/bucket with you if the job is a large one, like a full patio clearance. That way you can clear up as you go along and avoid the hoked-out weeds and seeds blowing back into the gaps you have just cleared. And DO wear gardening gloves. Over enthusiasm causes scraped knuckles using this tool.
Also , make sure to hang it well out of reach of children, obviously. Conal found ours on the floor of our storage area and came in with it to ask me what it was for. Not good. I must've knocked it off it's nail out there. So for safety I threaded and knotted strong twine through the hole in the handle ,and also added a cup hook to the wall rather than use a straight nail for hanging. That way the attached twine is secure on the cup hook and can't be dislodged accidentally again.
I have now re-grouted the whole patio and while it may not be an expert job I find it satisfactory and there are no gaps. OK, maybe a couple near the wall, but I ran out of mortar and the gaps are easily kept clear with the YEOMAN tool until I get more mortar mix .
However the Council worker with the backpack spray seems to have been pensioned off (cutbacks/recession etc), so I think the weeder will get a good workout on our roadside weeds for the foreseeable future.
Thankfully it is still sharp and fully functioning three years on and won't need replacing anytime soon.
I had thought it might be nice if it had a longer handle so that it could be used standing up, but actually, having used it myself, that isn't a good idea, because you'd still need to be down there (literally at grass roots level) at least some of the time, to ensure a thorough job. So the short handle is best as far as I'm concerned.
Would I recommend it ? Yes, definitely. I'd have no hesitation allotting 5 stars to this product.
I think one of the worst decisions we made when we moved house was to have a new block paved drive. It does look lovely and bright when it is first laid but it doesn't take long for the pesky weeds to infiltrate through the bricks and as they are packed closely together it is very difficult to remove them. In the past I have used an old kitchen knife as you need something thin with a decent blade which can get right in between the bricks. This would take me probably a couple of hours to do it properly and it did look good for a while but I don't think I was getting to the actual roots so the weeds soon grew back. As I do most of the gardening I was getting fed up of using a knife as it seemed to take ages so when I went to my local garden centre I saw this on a display by the till and as it was only £3.49 I bought it.
It came attached to a stiff card and was encased in moulded plastic, the usual design of plastic which is impossible to get to without using scissors or a knife. There isn't much information about the tool but to be honest it is really self explanatory and you don't need instructions.
This weeder is L shaped and looks quite simple in design. The handle is a dark green plastic and is textured and comfortable to grip but I always use gloves as I don't like the feel of dirt on my hands and also I would be forever knocking and cutting them with the amount of gardening I do. I press the hook part of the L shape down and scrape it along the side and in between the bricks and it sort of hooks the weeds out. It feels quite sturdy when you are using it so you aren't afraid to put quite a bit of pressure in order to get as deep as possible. The edge of the blade is quite sharp so you can also use it as a cutting tool if you need to cut through any roots and this sharp edge goes along the bottom of the weeder and also over half way up the side so you can use it at various angles.
It seems to dislodge the root quite easily and I can continue to pull it out either using the hooked end of the weeder or by hand. I have also used the bladed end to scrap bricks and also an old wall which is at the top of our garden and which had a lot of moss growing on it. I found this weeder did a good job and managed to remove a lot of the moss and made it look loads better.
I think this is a very good product and has definitely made my weeding easier and also saves time. I would recommend it for clearing weeds from block paving and between bricks in garden walls, and also to help to clear moss and lichen. The L shape makes it easy to use as the action of pressing down and towards you seems to make the job easier. It is well made and sturdy and hard wearing and it is showing no signs of wearing or the blade becoming blunt but if it did eventually wear out I would most definitely buy another one. They are widely available at garden centres and on line for around £3 to £4.
I hate the sight of weeds growing up between the patio slabs we have in part of the back garden and we also have a sort of moss or clover type plant that grows along the gaps between the slabs, it grows very fast and gives the slab a green border in no time at all so it is a constant battle of spraying and weeding for us to keep the patio looking good. The other great benefit of this product is that it is very cheap, you can get it for under £3 on Amazon.
This little device from Yeoman is an absolute godsend. It is a simple little device that basically hooks the weeds out from between the patio slabs as it is basically a L shaped device that is very thin and perfectly designed to get between the gaps in the slabs and remove the weeds. It is great with the moss like growth that we get as it hooks out a whole strip of it and the roots are removed as well, not just the top of the weed. It is about 20cm in length so you do have to get down on your knees to use this.
The handle has a comfortable grip (although I always wear gloves with it to ensure my knuckles do not rub on the stone) and it is an easy device to use as it disturbs the soil in which the weed has taken root and then you can either pull up the weed or in the case of the moss it just levers it out with a nice smooth movement almost like you are hooking out the weeds. The edge of the blade provides a nice cutting action when required and for such a low cost product I have been impressed with how effective it has been.
Some people like plants to grow between their paving slabs and deliberately plant low-lying species such as creeping thyme, moss or Irish moss to garner a cottagey wild look. Others like those cracks between paving blocks to be weed free: one way to achieve this is with the use of the Yeoman patio weeder. This is a small (20cm) basic hand tool which has an L-shaped blade at the end. The handle of my model looks slightly different to the above, being more ridged and rounded, but the blade is the same. Use of the tool is easy, but does require kneeling and a repetitive hand and arm action. If you are looking for the easy solution simply douse your patio with chemicals. If you are looking for a chemical-free solution to a weed-free patio then this may be it.
Before I owned this tool I used to use an old butter knife for the task. It was ok. My mum took pity on me and bought me the Yeoman patio weeder one Christmas as an inexpensive (c.£3) stocking filler. It came with a cardboard backing, but I do not recall reading any instructions for use. It matters not, however, for its use is intuitive to even the most inexperienced patio-weeder. Take a look at that L-shaped blade again. When I begin weeding I use the tool like a knife, pressing heel of the 'L' down into the weeds and soil between the paving slabs and cutting along. Sometimes this is all that is required and weeds, particularly little clumps of grass come away.
Should a weed be particularly tough then I turn the blade right over, using the pointy toe of the 'L' to hack at stubborn roots, and rip and tear away until I win. The staunch weed Yarrow may have a long and interesting heritage being used by Achilles of Homer's ancient text to treat wounded soldiers, but it has no place on my patio. The Yeoman weeder makes short shrift of its thick, stringy roots.
There is another plant that makes a regular appearance on the patio and this is one with small, heart-shaped leaves that stays close to the ground and spreads out in a circular shape. It is very difficult to pull up with fingers, but the Yeoman weeder comes to the rescue again. This time I use the flat or the foot of the L-shaped blade and scrape. The sharp tapered blade lifts and cuts this pesky plant so the its whole top is removed. I then turn the tool around to remove the remaining part between the cracks.
Mostly the weeds grow above the line of the paving slabs, but there are a few where there is quite a drop between the slabs- well one or two inches anyway- and weeds here have to be scooped out... yes- the Yeoman weeder helps here too. I just turn it round and use it like a hook. So- many manners of eed removal are possible with this tool.
Is it comfortable to use? Through thick gardening gloves, yes. I would recommend gloves for using this tool because you will be working with your hands close to the ground in such a way that without them you are likely to get scratched and scuffed knuckles, and where the odd weed just needs a final tweak you will probably use your fingers which can result in dirty, chipped and broken nails. Bending over and crouching for a considerable period of time (obviously depending on the severity of your weeds) can be quite painful so I would advise investing in a good kneeling pad too. This latter point begs the question: Can you sellotape the Yeoman patio weeder to a long pole and do the job standing up? I have not tried this, but speculate that the elongated model would be harder to position accurately and would be unlikely to dispense altogether with the need to kneel.
Other models of the patio weeder are available, but this is the one I have and it looks set to last a number of years. The only downside I can think of is that it can be easily lost due to its colour and size if it is left on top of the weeds you have removed. They should make it highly visible.
I'm sure everyone with a patio knows how annoying it is when weeds grow between the slabs no matter how much membrane you put down and how much you spray weed killer, even when you have spayed the weeds with weed killer you then have to remove them often resulting in just parts of the weed snapping off leaving the roots still there. By chance one day I came across the Yeoman Patio Weeder, quite a simple basic looking tool but looked like the perfect thing I needed
The Weeder comes attached to a flat green and yellow card, it has the name "Yeoman" written in large bold yellow letters at the top and just below this "patio weeder". A little further down the card are 2 or 3 bullet points about the tool itself and what it does, this is all written in white writing. The weeder itself takes up most of the card so there is very little space for further information about the product, although I did find that all the information I needed was on the card. The weeder was attached to the card using tightly fitting plastic making the weeder appear almost moulded onto it, a little tricky to remove but a pair of scissors did the trick. To be honest I cannot remember if there was any information on the back of the card, it was a little while ago that I purchased my patio weeder and the card was thrown out more or less straight away.
The Yeoman Patio Weeder is quite a simple looking tool it consists of a dark green plastic handle with a carbon steel hook shaped blade attached to it. The shape of the blade looks like a back to front L shape, the sharp part of the blade goes across the bottom and also part of the way up the side of the hook shape, the hook is also slightly pointed. The handle is made from a plastic material, it is both textured and contoured this helps with comfort and grip when using the tool meaning your hand does not slip down to the blade and it is also comfortable to hole when using it, personally I did find this to be the case the slight texture on the surface of the handle did help when it came to holding the tool and the handle also seems to curve in the right places making it extremely comfortable to hold which in turn made using the tool very easy. That is basically it for the appearance of the weeder, it really is a simple looking garden tool, which is both comfortable and easy to use.
The idea of the Yeoman Patio Weeder is that it helps to remove those hard to reach weeds which grow in-between patio slabs. The hook part of the weeder is thin enough to fit between paving slabs and the blades themselves allow you to cut away the annoying weeds from the roots, I find the slightly pointed end allows you to hook out all parts of the weeds to ensure that nothing is left behind which in turn means the weed cannot regrow. The blades are very sharp, I found cutting through the tougher weeds very easy using this, a lot less effort is needed compared to trying to pull the weeds from between the patio slabs by hand. The 2 blades (along the bottom and up the side) made sure that all parts of the weed were removed to help prevent/ limit re growth. As well as using the weeder to remove the weeds from between patio slabs you can also use the blades to remove moss and lichen from the tops of the slabs themselves, again this works extremely well and the blades to no mark the slabs in anyway.
As I have said I came across this item by chance on Amazon, however the Yeoman Patio Weeder cna be purchased online from many garden centre websites. We brought our weeder for £4.99 and this does seem to be a pretty standard price for this item, it was even better as we got free delivery. Personally I feel that this is an excellent price for this item as our weeder has had a lot of use and has proved to be extremely hardwearing and durable. The carbon blades are very strong, I did wonder whether after time these would bend however this is not the case and ours are still in perfect condition. The whole thing is very well made and certainly worth the money we paid for it.
Obviously with this item having sharp blades on it it is a good idea to keep this away from children, also you should keep your hands well away from the blade areas when using the weeder by holding the handle only, this will prevent injury .
This is definitely a product I would recommend, it really does work when it comes to removing the hard to reach weeds between patio slabs or in paths. The weeder is cheap to buy, hardwearing and durable. It is very easy to use and requires hardly any effort at all, the shaped and texture handles makes the tool very easy and comfortable to grip, it does not hurt your hands and also fits comfortably into the shape of your hand when using. Personally I like the idea of the blades being both along the bottom and up the side of the hook as it means you can get to the weeds at all angles ensuring all parts of the weed is removed to prevent re growth. Everyone who has a patio suffers with the odd weed now and then but I have found that the Yeomans Patio Weeder has really worked and help us to keep the weeds down and our patio looking much tidier. I would certainly recommend this product, even if you are not overly into gardening it is a handy tool to have to keep all areas which involves patio slabs weed free and tidy.
Review of Yeoman Patio Weeder.
We bought this tool about a year ago for around £4.00. It was bought to replace a similar tool that had been mislaid. It is, as the name implies, designed for weeding and it works by enabling the user to remove weeds by their roots. The patio weeder is an ideal tool for getting weeds out from between patio slabs, in between crazy paving stones or all types of block paving
The tool is very easy to use. The handle, which looks a little unwieldy at first, is ridged for good grip. There is a useful hole in the top of the handle for hanging up the weeder when not in use.
The Yeoman Patio Weeder is around 20cm long, this is slightly shorter than the previous weeding tool we owned. The weight is a little over 400g, this is not exact as the weeder was weighed on my kitchen scales!
The tool is easy to manoeuvre into the hard to reach cracks between paving, making short work of weeding. The sturdy steel blade is best described as an 'L' shaped hook and it really does help you to dig down to the roots of weeds.
We have an area of paving (I won't call it a patio, it is too scruffy for that!) on which we stand various pots and seed trays. The paving is starting to look the worse for wear and to be honest really does need replacing. Last Spring, it really was beginning to look very sorry for itself, with dandelions and grass creeping up through the cracks between the slabs and having lost our previous weeder I had spent ages trying to tidy up the weeds by poking them out with a trowel. As anyone with a garden will know, unless you remove the root of a dandelion plant, it will return with a vengeance, and return ours did!
I do not like to use weed-killers in the garden as apart from the environmental issues, we have family pets, a wealth of garden bird life and visiting grandchildren, so when I spotted this weeder in B&Q, I snapped it up.
The paving was the first area we used our Yeoman Patio Weeder on and it was far quicker and simpler than using the trowel! More to the point, the roots of the weeds were removed too, making for more efficient weeding. As mentioned, I bought this tool last year and although the paving still has weeds breaking through, this Spring, there are far fewer than there were this time last year, so in my mind, that is a good result!
We also have a rockery which gets rather overgrown if left to it's own devices, the Yeoman Patio weeder has proved invaluable for getting at weeds that grow around the rocks.
As you would expect, the Yeoman Patio Weeder is a sharp tool, so do take care when using it and of course, keep it out of the reach of children!
==Availability and Cost==
The Yeoman range of garden tools are widely available from DIY stores such as B&Q and garden outlets like Nottcutts garden centres. The range is also stocked by many online retailers including Amazon, thegardenfactory.co.uk and ironmongeryonline.co.uk.
Prices do vary, but the Yeoman Patio Weeder pricing tends to start from around £3-£4.
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
This is a simple garden tool, it is very easy to use and can be used for weeding a variety of surfaces.
Overall, I am very pleased with this product and would recommend it to others.
As mentioned earlier in this review, I bought the Yeoman Patio Weeder to replace a similar tool.
My original patio weeder was also a Yeoman model, but it had a wooden handle which I personally found more comfortable in use than my new one. That said, a quick web search shows that the Yeoman wooden handled model costs considerably more than this one, at around £8.
The other Yeoman Weeder we owned was a little longer and I found the extra length did make for less wrist strain when weeding.
These are very minor grumbles really, as the Yeoman Patio Weeder is an extremely good buy.
I consider it to be an easy to use, useful addition to your gardening tools and a relatively inexpensive buy.
To conclude, I recommend this tool to others and am awarding it a 4* rating, simply because the handle could be a little more comfortable in use.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 April 2011
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
Quick update:- These tools can still be found on amazon.co.uk and in some Robert Dyas stores.
I think the Yeoman Patio Weeder on the Dooyoo image is slightly different to the one I own - The model on Amazon is the same product as mine. My Patio Weeder has a well designed gripped handle for both grip and comfort and comes with a specially shaped blade. There is also a hanging hook within the handle which is ideal for hanging the Patio Weeder in your garden shed.
I bought the Patio Weeder as I have slab paving around 3 sides of my house, including a large paved patio area and a path around the house. Also, I have crazy paving on one side of the house aswell, which can be a real pain when it comes to weed management. The tool allows you to get into the hardest to reach areas and is especially useful for getting between paving slabs and lifting out weeds and other debris. Ever few years I clean the debris from the cracks when I start to notice weeds, and fill them in with fresh sand. At 20 cm in length you can really get some good leverage on the tool, and it eradicates even the most stubborn weeds in an instant.
I have found the Patio Weeder to be a valuable purchase and is key to my weeding regime which also includes the application of weedkiller to completely destroy the roots. If you wish, you can kill the weeds with weedkiller and then clean out the dead weeds with this tool. I would strongly recommend this tool to any gardener - especially those suffering from patio weeds - at just £4.99 from Amazon it is a bargain! The sharp tool is very efficient and I have never doubted the quality of the materials. The handle is comfortable enough to hold for a long while whilst working on your garden, and I simply hang it in the tool cupboard in my kitchen when not in use. A simple and effective gardening tool.
Specially shaped blade allows you to clean between paving slabs