Gardeners: do you execute weeding with a spade or other tool, or by hand? Can you nearly always verify the root has been removed? Why did you choose said method?
One simple rule: only hand pick big trophy weeds. Small weeds are handled with tools: a cultivator or a simple hand tool.
I find hand weeding super weedy beds tiring and exhausting for my fingers. Professionals use tools. Period. I don’t care who disagrees with this. I’ve tested it in the field.
Cultivate, lightly rake it over to separate the weeds from soil, then remove the weeds. It’s much faster than hand picking small weeds. Just remember not to remove too much soil.
I am suspicious of hand picking because I doubt people get the roots out and the weeds just come back. Cultivation at least uproots the weeds and it makes your beds look beautiful and fluffy. That’s what I do with private clients, why suffer with slow hand picking. I think it’s like punishment…..
Looks fine to me: a quickly cultivated tree well, weeds removed, and fluffy looking. Hand picking weeds is too slow unless they're huge 'trophies'.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLHT