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Thu 18-Jul-13
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eileen54
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I am looking for something that will pull weeds out of a gravel bed. The bed has a weed mat and then has 20mm gravel on top. I want something that will let me pull the weeds up without bending down, my knees are complaining too much these days. But I don't want one of these grabbers that dig the prongs into the ground as the weeds are just in the top layer of gravel. Has anyone got any ideas.

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Fri 19-Jul-13
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Roundup or a Dutch hoe.....

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Fri 19-Jul-13
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Roundup works well but you still need to pick up the dead weed. I have a constant problem with this being so rural. I tend to remove a few at a time whenever I am out. I cannot claim to be winning but it is a big problem here. I live on an old farm and am surrounded by farms, there are no manicured gardens here just lots of pots of geraniums.
If the weeds are not too deep how about one of those grab sticks that litter pickers use?

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Fri 19-Jul-13
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thought about one of those grabbers but OH does not think it will work. Round up is not an option as it is too large an area and as you say you still have to pick up the dead weeds. I have a hoe but the gravel is too big and the hoe does not go through it. I will just have to leave OH here and move back to Somerset full time, so I can keep on top of it. As though I would get away with that.laughlaughlaugh

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Fri 19-Jul-13
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Something which will pull weeds out of a gravel bed? - A gardener.

 

I am biased,  I am a professional gardener,  well at least some of the time.

Sat 20-Jul-13
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nice thought, but a gardener could not get into my garden as there is no access when I am not there,

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Sat 20-Jul-13
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If you want to pick things up a great tool reviewing website called Fred in the Shed recommends  a cut and hold pruner,  I have no experience of the thing  but Fred only recommends quality tools and says they are good for people in wheelchairs like him. For loosening gravel to get weeds out  either a small fork (if you can bend) or a pronged mattock are useful tools. I use a small Chillington mattock which has a blade one side and a couple of prongs the other,  it works very well especially as it is very light to carry.

Sun 21-Jul-13
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waveUseful information on that site, Vic, but you have got the name slightly wrong.

 This is the correct link if anyone needs more info.

 

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Sun 21-Jul-13
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Well done Hattie!  star

I'll try that again!

Wed 17-Dec-14
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There are few techniques that can be used for pulling the weeds out of gravel bed like water those weeds then  pulling weeds is easier and more efficient when the soil is moist.The other way is that you can use landscape fabric as a weed controller. Landscape fabric is usually made of a  porous polypropylene fabric, which enables air, water, and nutrients to reach the soil but keeps weed seeds in a dark, cool environment where they can't germinate.I have used these techniques and they are quite successful ,recently we have remodelled our house and changed the structure of the garden from revned renovations . For maintaining the plants I have used these techniques .

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Hmm, hope this isn't just an advertising/spam post!

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It's rather strange to put in an advertisement before we get to know about you, clivepitt12, so perhaps Sooliz is right. Please don't use this forum for your spam if that's what it is.

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I have broken the link, so they won't get any traffic from here.  It is very rude, if it is spamming.

I'll try that again!

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