I’m always a bit saddened when this time of year comes around. I know there’s a lot of fall clean up to do around the property to prepare for winter, including lawn maintenance and weed pulling. These are not my favourite chores but then again who really likes doing these things anyways, they simply must be done before the seasons change.
Everyone has their preferred way to rid themselves of weeds and others just let them grow rampant on their property. This year with the high temperatures throughout most of the summer, my grass suffered damage from the sustained drought but those stubborn weeds found a home and multiplied like mad! Unfortunately when the weeds grow so big, they make it even worse for the stressed out grass by shading out the sun and stealing all the nutrients from the ground. That’s why I’m working on my lawn maintenance at the onset of fall so I can re-seed the bare patches and over seed the rest of the lawn.
I usually hand pull weeds with a small Fiskars Soft Handled Weeder, but the weeds ran rampant and there’s no way I could get down on my hands and knees to remove so many. I didn’t want to ruin my day or start my week by hurting my back, so I took out my Fiskars 3-prong Weed Puller from my tool storage. I have to admit that it’s been sitting in there for years, practically as new as the day it was purchased! I decided that I was not operating the weed puller properly and put it away out of sight and mind to avoid looking hopelessly ridiculous every time I used it. I probably should have done what my hubby decided to do this fall, and that’s watch a You Tube video demonstration on how to use it properly! Hold the page, that was the easiest way to learn. Why do I do this to myself and avoid You Tube? Ugh!
I let my hubby try the Fiskars weed puller first, he was amazed at how simple it was to operate and remove those pesky weeds. He weeded an entire section of our lawn in only minutes; where hand weeding would have easily doubled or possibly tripled the time invested in removing the same amount of weeds. It was my turn to give this Fiskars Weed Puller a whirl and boy did I have fun! It was a mini workout for me as I zipped though those weeds in no time flat, completing the entire backyard. The Fiskars 3-Prong Weed Puller is my new go-to lawn tool, there’s no sticking this back into storage now!
How to use the Fiskars Weed Puller
- First find a weed you want to pull.
- Centre the 3-prongs over the middle of the weed.
- Use your foot to press on the foot bar until the prongs are in the ground.
- Pull back on the handle of your weed puller slowly toward the foot bar so it presses on the ground and pulls the weed out.
- To remove the weed from the puller, just push the handle slide downwards until it is released.
- Slide the handle back up and start again!
Fiskars 3-Prong Weed Puller Pros
- Easy to operate.
- Lightweight and easy to handle.
- Will remove the entire root if you pull the weed up from the centre.
- Helps with aerating your lawn where weeds are pulled.
- Plus I felt the muscles in my core being worked during the pulling process (woo-hoo, win-win!)
Fiskars 3-Prong Weed Puller Cons
- The handle is a bit short for taller people, however, there is a telescopic handle weed puller model to address that issue.
- I found that some weeds I pulled also took a lot of the sod around it, which could be related to the ground conditions since it’s been an unusually dry year. I just used my hands to return the sod to the lawn.
- I also noticed if I pulled back on the handle too quickly then the root would break rather than pulling the entire thing. This can be easily managed by slowing down.
I certainly do not want any more weeds in my yard but will be happy pulling weeds with ease using my Fiskars 3-Prong Weed Puller. Now if it was just as quick and easy to rake the dead spots and spread lawn soil, then I’d be in lawn maintenance heaven!
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