We have a block paved drive which looks lovely when it is weed free but this only usually the case in the winter when the weeds stop to grow or at least slow down. They seem to appear overnight and are quite difficult to eradicate completely. In the past I have tried really strong weed killer but have yet to find one that works effectively so I bought this weeding tool from a Betterware catalogue that was pushed through the door for £4.99. I did have another tool similar to this but it must have gone to my daughters house along with several other gardening tools!
The handle is bright orange so it is easily spotted in your gardening box or drawer as it stands out and it is approximately 9 inches long in total. There are grooves on the handle which is made of a strong plastic and it is easy and comfortable to hold, but I wear gloves the majority of the time as I don't like dirt on my hands. The L shaped blade is made of steel and is very strong and sharp. I have really hacked at weeds and have often hit slabs and bricks with the blade and it has not chipped or bent. It has a hole at the top of the handle for those organised people who hang their tools up when they have finished using them, however I just put mine in a box which is on a shelf in the garage.
When I am using this tool for the weeds between the block paving I will push the end of the L shape blade in between the blocks and drag it towards me. I find that I can get the maximum pressure from doing it this way and it does feel strong enough so that you can really press down quite hard with it. I will also use the edge of the blade if I need to chop a weed off before digging down to the root. The unusual L shape allows you to use it at different angles to get to the root or weed without turning your hands round too much.
I also use this tool for removing weeds and moss from my garden wall and will just the bladed end to scrape the moss and the end of the L shape to scrape in between the bricks. I used to use a knife to do this and find that this tool does it quicker and is much more effective due to it being so sharp.
I think that by hooking the end of the L shape down and pulling it towards you takes much less effort than trying to scrape it away from you. It is a simple but very effective tool and for £4.99 I think is definitely worth it. I have used this weeder many times and it has not shown any signs of wear and tear. After use I will usually just give it a quick wipe with my gardening gloves before putting it away just to get any loose dirt off but the appearance hasn't really changed much from new. I would definitely recommend this tool as it does make weeding easier and saves me time.
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I purchased this Betterware Weeding Tool from a Betterware catalogue a few years ago. It cost me around £4.00 which is a great price for what it is, as I new I would get a lot of use out of it. It is also available to buy from Amazon for around £12, which is definitely makes me think I got a bargain a few years back!
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The weeding tool has an orange plastic handle which is attached to an L shape sharp blade, the handle also has a gap inside it for a carrying strap which you could hook up if needed. It measures approx 18 cm in length and is extremely lightweight. The handle has a griped design for extra comfort and support while using.
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The weed growing in between my payment slots were starting to get to me, even using weed killers didn't fully resolve the problem, and of course coughing up money to buy weed killers can get quite expensive, therefore I started to use this weeding tool to help put an end to the invading weeds ruining my garden scenery.
First thing I noticed was how lightweight the weeding tool was, which I find makes it a lot easier to use when trying to dig out and cut the weeds. I would sometimes do some weed hunting for a good hour or so and find that using this lightweight tool from Betterware made the process a lot easier and a lot less tiresome. The handle has griddle patterns which I found enables a good grip during use, as the last thing you need is your handle sliding off or losing grip when using the tool as it can be dangerous considering the sharp cutting blade.
I found this Betterware Weeding tool easy to fit in between my garden pavement blocks to pull out and cut off those annoying weeds. I personally think the thin L shaped metal blade is a great idea as it able to lodge out stubborn weeds that make it almost impossible to get to by hand. All you do is insert the blade into the area you have weed growth, cut it off from the root and then pull it out using the lightweight & easy to grip handle, very simple and effective in my opinion as it has managed to get rid of most our garden weeds in between patio blocks, bricks, in-between cracks etc.
It is also less dangerous compared using the chemicals found in weed killers which can be harmful to animals, which is something I had to bare in mind as due to the neighbours cats frequently jumping over the fence and roaming our garden. I find the weeding tool works best on smaller weeds, but does also work on larger tougher weeds but does require a little bit more effort to pull them out and cut. The blade is also sharp enough to cut through both small and larger thicker weeds and makes the weeding process so much easier, however as we have had it for over a year the blade has lost some of its sharpness, but it still does its job but with a bit more elbow grease in my part!
The tool is quite durable as over the years I have used it on larger weeds that can be closely positioned to hard stones and in between payments and I found that even with strong tugs at the plastic orange handle it manages to stay in tact, and the attached L shaped blade apart from losing some of its sharpness, is more than able to cope with bumps and twists against stone and hard materials.
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This is a great weeding tool that has become an essential component to my gardening. It is lightweight, durable, and easy to use; it has a good length, is affordable and manages to get rid of those nasty weeds. Therefore this gets full marks from me and is an item I would highly recommend.
My parents have recently moved house to which me and my husband helped them sort the garage and shed out. They had been their some 30 years so had managed to collect numerous of things which needed packaging or skipping.
Amounts the hundreds of garden tools there was a bizarre gadget. I inquired to my Dad what it was to my surprise it was a weeder ideal for removing weeds from between slabs. I was instructed to skip it. With a path both out the front of my house and the back I thought it could be of some use.
This weeding tool is designed in a L-Shape for easy use. The handle has a plastic orange cover with grooves for easy grip and the blade steel and robust. The blade has a sharp end to enable cutting weeds also. The whole tool is no longer than 25cm long and very light to hold.
I like the idea that the handle is bright orange to aid finding it if laid on green grass, I find many garden tools are green which can be frustrating.
This tool is extremely easy to - use you slide it between the slabs in the crack and place the hooked end just behind the weed and sweep forward. It very successfully removes the weed along with the roots.
Even though my parents have had this tool a few years Betterware still sell them for £4.99.
I would recommend this to anyone who has a garden especially with slaps I see no negatives about this garden tool, a very handy tool for the shed.
I picked up this tool along with weed killer and my driveway has been weed free since. I have always used an old butter knife to remove weeds from my drive but this caught my eye. This was a chore and made it extremely difficult. I also tried to kill weeds using weed killer but this left dead weeds still on show and they would always be back!
It cost me £3 I believe. Not a bad price for a tool that saves me time and makes a job much simpler.
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I follow a routine which is as follows:
- Use this tool to remove the weeds.
- Once all of the weeds are gone I spray powerful weed killer over my driveway.
- A week or so later I put more weed killer down.
The above tends to kills weeds and stops them coming back for a few months. It takes around 45 minutes in total to do my entire property including two batches of weed killer.
I find that by applying weed killer afterwards you aren't left with dead weeds, but any roots that you have missed are killed "out of sight" which stops them from coming back.
This handy tool makes easy work out of the toughest weeds and I would say 90% of time it removes the roots too. I do find that the handle isn't the most comfortable after a while unless I am using gloves.
It is extremely easy to remove weeds though, compared to my old butter knife, this is a dream. It takes less time and is much more effective. If there is a tough root to remove, you can "chop" it with the sharper end of the blade which is a great feature.
Many gardeners would list garden machinery such as strimmers as their favorite garden tools, but for me the allotment plot favourite has to be the short-handled Betterware weeding tool.
This weeding tool doesn't look like much, as it has a very basic design - a plastic handle with a metal 'L'-shaped chunk at the end of it - but it is the most versatile gardening product I own. This tool is designed to dig out weeds from cracks in pavements or between paving slabs, and to slice weeds down to size as it has quite a sharp metal edge. But it can also be used to get rid of ordinary weeds, especially those in hard to get corners or weeds that have ensconced themselves between beloved and long-nurtured plants, and this is my primary use for it.
The Betterware weeding tool is lightweight and the metal segment is made of steel, which stays very sharp without any effort, though you do of course have to avoid leaving it out in wet weather. In total the tool is about 22cm in length, so it is long enough not to have your nose to the weeds as you extricate them from their squatted homes. The handle is easy to grip as it is grooved, although it could probably be improved with more indents to provide more grip, as it is a sharp product. I have not had any problems with it slipping however. The reason the handle is neon orange is so that you don't lose it amongst your garden growth which actually makes sense as quite a few of my tools are green or black and they do tend to get lost easily or left out in the garden by mistake.
The way I use this tool is to gently nudge the roots of weeds upwards and out of the ground. This prevents the soil from being too disturbed which means that dormant weed seeds are not kicked into germination by my weeding, and I have high quality soil as a result of not tilling the soil over too much or using chemical sprays to get rid of weeds and bugs (I was told this at my last allotment inspection).
The steel blade is very hardy, it will not bend if you use it to apply pressure to a weed root and I have also successfully used it as a mini scythe and chopped grass and certain plants down to size. I have used it between the paving slabs in my small garden and that has been surprisingly easy to do, just a gentle flick of the wrist with this tool will remove most green hobos. For people with back issues there is also a longer handled tool of the same design available for twice the price.
A few of my fellow plot holders have remarked on the slow process of wedding using this tool but I have noticed that their methods of using sprays/strimmers/even burning weeds into oblivion require regular upkeep and are not inexpensive. This tool is however as it is available for only a few pounds form the Betterware website, and personally I find it quite meditative to crouch and dig out weeds. Besides, I only need to do this as and when now because most of the roots have been successfully removed from my plot without activating dormant weed seeds, so there are fewer intruders than my neighbouring plotholders seem to encounter and be at war with.
After about a year of regular use the blade on my weeding tool is still in good shape, although it is obviously not as sharp as it was when I first bought it. As it is made of good quality steel it can easily be sharpened, and I think mine was blunted when I used it between paving slabs rather than from digging up weeds. I still find the tool immensely useful however because of its unique shape, which is just perfect for scooping weeds out of their homes. I therefore give this product 5 stars, and if you're green fingered but don't already have one I can't recommend it to you enough.
Sitting on our little patio one weekend I observed my surroundings and felt quite dissatisfied. We have a relatively small garden which should not be too difficult to maintain but we had neglected it somewhat and instead of being a tranquil environment to relax in, it had become a bit of a ghastly garden. I needed to take steps to improve it. At the top of my To-Do list was removing the pesky weeds. A great portion of our garden is paved and weeds had menacingly slivered their way up through the cracks. There was an awful lot of moss that had grown in between the paving bricks too. Originally I had found the natural look visually appealing but it had got a bit out of control and simply appeared unkempt. The dreaded dandelions definitely needed to go.
I first attempted to remove the weeds between the paving bricks with an old knife but this proved to be quite unsuccessful. It looked a mess and somehow I stupidly managed to scrape my knuckles on the paving bricks. The task was abandoned and the battered cutting implement discarded. I sulked and nursed my injured hand while thinking that if I had the correct tool it would not have been such a disaster.
As I was flicking through the Betterware catalogue I came across this weeding tool. I had never ordered anything from the catalogue before as it seems to be crammed with all manner of gadgets and gismos that I would never really use. Though I thought this particular item could be the solution to not only our patio problems, but our driveway too.
When I finally got my hands on the weeding tool I couldn't wait to put it to use. It is lightweight and has a hardened steel L-shaped blade and a brightly coloured non slip handle. The handle is a simple design but still feels quite comfortable to hold. Armed with the new hand tool I began to tackle the moss and the weeds. The tool is very easy to use and the narrow blade fits into tight spaces such as the gaps between the paving bricks very well. I was able to extract the moss without any trouble and relatively quickly by simply inserting the blade into the gaps and pulling it towards me. The weeds were not too difficult to remove either. The L-shaped blade could be pushed down underneath the weeds and pulled up the entire root to prevent them from growing back. Occasionally I found that the entire root did not come up. I had severed the weed instead. But this could just possibly be down to my technique. I did attack it with gusto. Some might say like a bull in a china shop!
I also found that while I was kneeling down engrossed in the task at hand I did not really feel too much discomfort. However, when I stopped for a moment and straightened up I suddenly had a very stiff back! For people who suffer with back problems a long handled weeding tool would definitely be more suitable. I certainly wished I had gone for the long handled version! I also noticed that my knees were a little sore after kneeling on the hard paving. I could probably have benefited from the use of a garden kneeling pad. When larger areas need working on it is probably best to work on small sections at a time as prolonged periods of time bent over on your knees can cause some discomfort. This method of removing weeds is more time consuming than using chemicals to kill them, but I personally prefer to avoid chemicals.
I am pleased to say that both our driveway and our garden are much more presentable now. Over time the moss returns, and some weeds appear but with the use of this handy little tool we have been able to keep on top of it and successfully maintain a tidy garden and driveway. With the price tag of £4.99 I think it is good value for money. I have not sustained any injuries from using it either as it is much safer to use than a knife!
I saw this in our Betterware catalogue and thought it looks very handy, I am a sucker for a tool that will make my life easier; I thought I would give it a go.
It cost £4.99 and was a very bright and sunny orange colour. It had a right angle metal bit at the end that is meant to be used to clear the weeds from in-between concrete patio slabs in gardens etc. The orange handle was relatively comfortable to hold although it is made from a hard plastic. We have just had out garden patio re-done and in the middle of our garden we have a patio area with large slabs in it, this was the area we have weeds in. I started to use the tool and quickly found that unless the slabs have a wide gap between them, you can't get the tool in between them. Also after trying to lever the weeds out, the handle started to wiggle a little bit. I used this a few times to try to remove all of the weeds but the handle gave up the ghost before all the weeds were removed. I couldn't do all the weeds in one go because the handle hurt my hand, then the handle came away from the metal scraper so I threw it away. I now use salt which kills them all and keeps them away. Cheaper that £5.
~A better garden weeding tool from Betterware!~
This useful and easy to use weeding tool from Betterware is a simple product that can be a helpful addition to the range of items required in order to keep pathways and driveways looking neat and weed free. Having never really been a fan of the range of Betterware products that are on sale I must say that the only reason I bought one of these was that I had tried a variety of other products to help keep the weeds at bay and had found them to be hard going and often not really up to the job. I saw this and hoped it may prove to be of use and I am happy to say that it have been a good purchase so far.
~Product design/ Ease of use~
This product is small and easy to handle with it having a neat well formed shape that suits the job it was made for. The orange toned handle is easy to hold and although it can become tiring on the hands when using this to clear a wider area of pathway or driveway, I have found it to be no more tiring than any of the other similar weed clearing tools I have used over the years. The handle is meant to be non slip when in use and I would tend to agree with that in the main as it seems to do what is should when using the tool to scrape away weeds between block paving etc.
The weeding tool can be hung on the wall of a shed or garage after use if wanted, as there is a notch provided on the handle for this purpose. I find that storing the weeding tool this way can save time when looking for the tool amongst the array of other larger garden tools that inhabit the shed, when wanting to use it. The business end of the weeding tool has a simple yet effective hardened steel blade, which is angled so that it can be dug into the gaps between paved areas. This works quite well and is better than many other similar products I have used for weed clearing on block paving and tiled or paved areas of the garden.
~Price and rating~
The price of the product is reasonable when comparing it with other similar weeding tools with it being sold at £3.99 via Betterware direct and at slightly less if buying from Amazon. It can be bought at the moment for a reduced price of £2.99 from Betterware, which is a fair price for what you get as it can be a useful addition to the range of tools needed in order to combat weeds in paving etc. As I am not overly keen on using weed killing sprays etc on a regular basis I find that this weeding tool is an easy to use alternative that works well with a little elbow grease. In terms of rating the product I feel it is worthy of a 4 star product rating as it is simple and efficient as well as being well priced.
We all know that the peril of any garden are copious amounts of weeds ruining what otherwise would be a lovely patio or plant area. Unfortunately, in my house i always seem to be the one asked to sort this problem (i think it is because it requires very little thought and a very low level of intelligence)! Fortunately, i have never had to take on the damned weed with just myself and a pair of gloves, as my parents have this product in their garden toolshed. It ticks all the boxes for a good value product - it is cheap, it is simple, and it works - all you need.
The tool itself isn't all that long, it is about 20cm i believe, which is just over 7 inches for those of an imperial disposition. It then has a right angled blade with an orange plastic handle, which makes it easier to grip, on the end. The handle is a decent size, in that it allows you to grip the product well and you never feel like you are going to lose your fingers while doing it.
To be honest, it is very little to look at, but the key thing is the width of the blade - it's tiny. This ensures that you can really get into those horrible little spaces, which means you can get right to the base of the weed, meaning that it will not grow back as quickly - which is always a bonus! It makes it easier and you have to do it less!
In terms of how it works, very well generally. From time to time you do find a weed which is tricky and it does get stuck - but this is quite a rarity. I also believe that there are longer versions of the product which would probably attack these bigger weeds better, so it is tailored to your needs really, and you can have whatever you want.
My parents bought ours a number of years ago but having a quick scan round on the net it seems that they are available for just a few pounds - great value.
An essential product if you are the weeder of the family.
I have often found the Betterware catalogue I get through my door is full of overpriced junk but just now and again I come across something that may be of use to me. Last year I came across a weeding tool designed to help you with those tough weeds that grow between the cracks in your patio. Weeding is a chore I always seem to leave for ages and then when I start I can't understand why I didn't do it sooner. This little tool just seems to make it that little bit easier prompting me to do it more often.
This short handled weeding tool claims to able you to remove stubborn weeds and grass. Its full length is 22cms and is L shaped. It has an orange covered handle that is there for added comfort. The handle measures 12cms in length then leaving the steel blade beyond this which is the L shape. On the outside of the steel part is the shape blade which allows you to dig in and attack the weeds with some force.
Using the tool is very simple. I use mine for removing those weeds that get in between your paving on your patio. The thin yet strong blade fits in the gaps with ease and then just sliding it back should remove the weed. Of course not all weeds are that easy to remove and I often find myself having to dig down to one side of the weed with quite some force and lifting up. I like the L shape as it gives you more room to hook it under the weed and get deeper.
I really like the length of this tool as often I find many garden tools quite big and clumsy. Holding this tool in your hand feels comfortable especially with the plastic orange handle. You are able to get a good hold on the tool allowing you to apply more pressure to the action needed to remove the weed. Weighing only 90grams makes it nice and light weight to hold. I am not a fan of heavy tools although I can see the benefits of them.
Having had mine over a year and used it lots of times for my front and back garden I have seemed to notice a bit of wear on the blade. This hasn't currently affected the use of the tool it just has a bit of a worn look to it. I guess over more time it will deteriorate and will become less affective but after a year of use it is still fine.
There are long handled versions of this type of tool available but as I am able to bend down quite easily I prefer having the short handled tool. I find getting down on my knees and using my whole pressure and the fact I have better control of the tool works for me.
Surprisingly Betterware only charge you £3.99 for this tool which in my eyes isn't too bad value and even better I have noticed it is reduced to £2.99 (Aug 2011). It is available from their catalogue or can be ordered over the phone but unfortunately because of the nature of the tool is can't be ordered from their website. Saying that Amazon have it available to order from them the same price but with £4 postage on top. I ordered mine from my local Betterware distributor and got free delivery.
Overall I would recommend this small weeding product. It has made weeding for me a little bit easier. No it isn't a miracle tool but assists and I would say is worth the money you pay for it. I know it isn't going to last as long as some tools you can get but you pay for what you get with this tool and it does what it says helps remove stubborn weeds!
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We are fortunate enough to live in a three bedroom house with our children and benefit from having a front and back garden. The front garden is mainly concrete slabs and the back garden has a small patio and a large patch of lawn. This means that we get a build up of weeds in between the slabs and I need something to help with this. I first heard about this tool from my neighbour a few weeks back when I was moaning about just how quick the weeds seem to reappear in my front garden. I then looked through a betterware catalogue that was left a couple of nights later and I found it reduced from £3.99 down to £2.99 which seemed like a bargain to me.
This is a 22cm long device that is basically a right angled blade with an orange plastic handle on the end. It's very simple in design but is also well designed to reach in between my concrete slabs and remove the weeds. The handle is a decent size to hold on to and ensure that I feel comfortable whilst holding it for long periods of time. It's nothing special to look at but this does absolutely wonders for my garden, at least so far. The blade is thick enough to be strong but thin enough to fit in even the smallest of spaces. This means that I can go in small spaces in my garden, slice down and the weeds will hopefully be ripped out. Generally I find that I need to score this back and forth a few times, firstly to remove the bulk of the length of the weed and then to try and rip out some of the root. It gets stuck from time to time, but nothing major, and for the price I think it's a fantastic gadget.
When using this tool I have been very happy with how well it works. It gets in to very small spaces and it's the perfect size for the jobs that I need it for. It has not rid my garden of weeds totally but they certainly appear to be taking a longer amount of time to grow back, and that's not because we've not had the right weather for weeds here, believe me! If you like the sound of this but want a longer one then you can pick up a longer tool for just £6.99 which is still a very reasonable price.
I've been really pleased with how well this works. The blade is thin but feels like it's solid and the handle is comfortable enough for me to hold for up to 30 minutes at a time while I slowly get back on top of my garden/jungle. I was very pleased with the £2.99 price, down from £3.99 and it only took just over a week to order it and get it delivered to my front door which is always fantastic for a company that doesn't charge for postage.
Hurry, hurry there is £1 off at the moment if you buy this tool from Betterware online - normally £3.99 - (as of 9th August) but what is it and does it work?
Basically it is a lightweight, L-shaped weeder which claims to 'help make your garden look spic and span'. It is a short-handled garden weeding hand tool which has a bright orange grroved handle and a precision ground steel blade which is well designed yet simple.
It does not come with instructions but I have found there are several ways of using this tool - eg
* when I'm in a bad mood I will 'slice' any high weeds and use it in a scythe-type fashion
* when I am feeling patient and thoughtful I will get on my hands and knees and gently angle it to carefully extract the weeds and pesky grass between the paving stones and BBQ area
* sometimes I will use it on its side to cut stray ivy or tougher weeds first, the get to the roots by using it as shown in the picture
* I have also been known to use this to tease snails and slugs out of our garden onto the pavement
* it is handy to have around the garden for moving dog poo too :)
The tool itself looks as if it will not last long but I've been using ours for 3 years now and it does a fairly good job although I do wish I had bought the long-handled version because you do have to bend over to use it as it is only 22cm in length. The handle is comfortable to grip and it does not slip out of my hand nor does it leave grooves on my palms after a weeding session. I like the colour too - no missing this orange tool amongst the weeds!
Unfortunately though it is no miracle-worker and I have found that no sooner is an area looking weed-free I turn my back and there they are beginning to grow again - roll on winter is all I can say!
* a nifty design
* lightweight to use
* comfy handle
* works well if you have the patience and determination
* environmentally friendly
* good price
* would recommend to those who do not have back problems
* good stress-buster
The Betterware weeding tool is a gardening device which I've successfully used to remove weeds from cracks and crevices, cut the heads off weeds on grass and even cut small to medium stems. I bought the product from Betterware a few years ago for the fantastic price of just £3.
The product is extremely light to hold, features a steel cutting blade shaped like an "L" and has an orange plastic handle which a hole at the end if you need to attach a strap. The device came to just over 20cm in length and the orange handle as a good size to hold. The handle was knurled and grooved to increase grip power and is made of plastic. The handle is orange which is a great colour for the garden, I used to have a cheap green weeder which I was constantly losing against the green grass, because of the orange colour it is much easier to find.
The product is highly durable, I've been using it for a good couple of years with some moderate usage. I weed the garden maybe once a fortnight if the weather is nice and regularly hit stones, grind against the patio slabs etc. when weeding. The steel blade is hardened and is yet to break or snap, it is great quality. I was initially worried that the blade and plastic handle may detach, but this has not been the case. The product is solidly made, the handle a good quality and the steel blade is very tough.
Comfort/Ease of Use
The Betterware weeding tool is really comfortable to grip. The knurled and grooved handle is a great touch by Betterware in that your grip is strong and doesn't slip out of your hands. The product I own is just the short handed model, which comes to about 20cm or just over in length. This does mean you have to bend down a lot to rid the garden of weeds in those hard to reach places. Bending and kneeling down can be hard on the knees if you on concrete but there is a long handed version of the same Betterware tool if people want to avoid kneeling down. Personally, I have no quarrels kneeling down slightly but older people may not wish to do this. Overall, easy to use and with a good grippable handle but you do have to bend down to use the product.
The product is highly versatile. I used this weeder over the years in every sort of place you can imagine, in between patio slabs, in between cracks, crevices, near a brick wall, the list goes on. The L shaped blade is really easy to use and highly effective in removing weeds quickly. I've used the weeder to remove heads from Daisies/Dandelions by just scything it across and even use the bladed side of the weeder to cut small stems from my rose bush. Overall the product is exceptional and has a wide range of uses in removing weeds.
The price of the product is a bargain at just £3 from Betterware direct. I think Betterware have a shop on Amazon UK marketplace which sell the product for around the same price too. The quality of the blade and handle is more than worth the price tag of £3 and I consider it a highly important and used gardening tool. Mine has lasted years and is still working strong, so it's an investment that will last years.
There aren't any real drawbacks to the betterware weeding tool, but I would like to see maybe a longer bladed version. It would not have to be as big as the long handled form which is much longer than the short handled version which I own, but a longer blade could get weeds out more easily and you wouldn't have to bend down as far. Another thing worth mentioning is that even though the steel blade is hardened and sharp when it was first bought, the blade does wear down over time. I use a sharpening stone to keep on top of this, and it is fairly easy to get the bladed sides sharp again. I would say it takes me about 5 to 10 minutes to get both of the bladed sides sharp and this is not a big problem.
To conclude, the Betterware weeding tool is a brilliant gardening tool on the market in the UK. For a bargain price of just £3 you can buy it fairly easily in the UK such as on eBay, from Betterware directly and even on Amazon. The handle is grippable and orange which mean it's easily found against green grass and the steel blade is hardened and easy to sharpen. I would like to see the blade being a bit longer in length and it is worth noting that over time the blade does wear away and need resharpened but these are only minor problems. Overall, a brilliant and worthwhile investment! I'd encourage any keen gardener to purchase one. Many thanks for reading my review.
© Revo9 (2011)
*Note, I am both a member of Ciao and Dooyoo.co.uk under the same username of Revo9*
I recently had a bbq for which I had to get my garden area looking spick and span. The first thing I had to do was get myself some weed killer as the little blighters I remembered from winter had quickly grown to resemle a small forest. The weed killer did an excellent job at killing the majority of the weeds meaning that I could just pull them out with a tug. However there was still some stubborn little ones clinging on for dear life around my patio area. As my entire gardening collection consisted of only my newly purchased weed killer and a small spade I had found in the shed when I moved in I went cap in hand to my mum to see what items she could donate to my gardening collection.
The Betterware weeding tool was something my mum actually had two of so she was happy enough to give one to me. She had ended up with two as one of the neighbours sells Betterware and she is always ordering stuff from the catalogue and didn't realise that she already had one.
To be perfectly honest the fact that Betterware even still excisted came as a bit of a shock to me as I had thought it had been consigned to the home shopping heaven but apparently it is still around and still selling some handy (and some not so handy) prodcuts for the home and garden like this little weeding tool.
The weeder is an L shaped metal blade that it attached to an orange non-slip handle measuring around 22cm in length. The blade only measures a few mm thick so it is easy to fit it into all the nooks and cranies of my patio. To use the weeder you basically have to insert the blade L shaped down and pull along scraping any weeds and hopefully roots up in its path.
Well using the weeder is very simple and with one look it is pretty self explanitory what you have to do with it. The part of the blade that goes into the weeds is slightly angled to allow it to grip the undersides of the weeds and help with the pulling of them up. Just scraping the weeder along the patio will not remove all the weeds and a bit of elbow grease is still required. I found that some weeds would just come straight up but with others I had to go over the area a few times to be able to get the whole weed up.
It made a really good job of getting the moss and bits of weeds that I hadn't managed to pull up after using the weed killer but to be honest I could have just acheived the same results with a knive. The real benefit of buying the weeder as opposed to just using a knive is in just how comfortable the handle is to hold for long periods of time. Rather than it slipping and slipping out of your hands which with sharp bits of metal is a danger you don't need, the weeder stays firm and secure in my palm even when my palms have got sweaty from working in the garden. I also never got a blister when I used this for over an hour the first time I used it which for my delicate non-manual labour hands is a miracle in itself.
I would definately recommend this weeder from Betterware. I asked my mum how much it cost and she couldn't remember but a look online shows that it normally sells for £3.99 which I think is both a good and a fair price. If it had been priced over £5 then I migh have suggested sticking with a knive if you only have a small patio area but for the price it is worth it.
The weeder does make things a little easier and the handle is very comfortable and secure to hold. It isn't a miracle product that will magically get rid of the weeds and you still need to put the work in when using it but if you use it as soon as you see a weed start to rear its ugly head then it will cut down the amount of time significantly.
I am impressed with the weeders crafmanship and general quality and it doesn't feel or look cheap or something that will be easily broken. In fact after getting this I have a newfound love of the Betterware catalogue and can usually be found placing orders alongside my mum now.
From time to time we get a betterware book through the door. There is often some useful and handy things in the books and although some of the things I don't think are worth the money, there can be a few bargains to be picked up from here. I thought I would buy this as I certainly had weeds and thought it was worth a try due to the price of this.
I got this last year for £3.50. I think this was on a little bit of a special offer, but don't think it had all that much money taken off it, and can't comment if this is still for sale or the current price of it.
This is a little tool which looks the same as the picture. So this is a plastic handle part and then a kind of L shaped bit of Metal. It's not that a thick bit of kit, but I guess since this is designed for use between cracks, so should be thin anyway.
The way to use this is dig the end of this between the crack and then scrape along. This will get down to the root (perhaps) of the weed, and then you can dispose of the Weeds. It is useful and it gets into the cracks between my slabs just fine and although I treat the area with weedkiller and unfortunately they can and do creep back then just 10 minutes work between the slabs will keep the area nice and tidy.
This is a great tool which is a good price and I recommend if Betterware still sell this then I recommend you to buy this as it is a good product.