Stand-Up Weeders vs Traditional Hand Weeders

Pulling weeds from your garden using nothing but your hands is unlikely to produce the lasting results that you’re looking for. Unless you take the weed out at its roots, then it’s going to come back time and time again. Fortunately, there are many weeding tools out there that can do the job quickly and efficiently. Your only decision is what kind of weeder that you want to use, as they each have different pros and cons. Below, we’ll look at the pros and cons associated with stand-up weeders vs. the more traditional hand weeders.

Types Of Weeders

As mentioned above, hand pulling weeds from the ground won't produce remarkable results. Though you can enjoy some success from pulling the smallest of weeds from concrete with this method, owing to their short roots, for anything else you should have a weeder tool. These come in different shapes and sizes.

The two main types of weeder are the long-handled stand-up weeder (reviewed here), and the traditional hand weeder, with a short handle. Each category has a range of sub-types; for example, the long-handled types often have a range of other attachments, including drill heads, claw heads and so on.

Stand-Up Weeder – Pros And Cons

  • More comfortable to use
  • Can use more leverage than traditional weeders
  • More expensive
  • Can be harder to control

One of the clearest benefits of owning a stand-up weeder is the removal of any need to bend down while pulling weeds from the ground. Most stand-up weeders work on the basis of having a long pole handle that can be operated from standing height, for example, basic hoe tools or tailored shovels. For people who have back or knee problems, this benefit can be invaluable, as it removes the strain placed on the joints.

Stand-up weeders are also useful for more strenuous tasks, as you can put the weight of your body behind the tool when more force is required, for example in soil beds that have become compacted. However, these tools offer less precision and control over the task of weeding. As a result, they’re typically more likely to remove more of the topsoil than a handheld tool would, disrupting the growth of nearby plants or flowers. As an example, you can read this article on how to use one.

Traditional Hand Weeder – Pros And Cons

  • Low Cost
  • More close control
  • Less comfortable to use
  • Can aggravate back and joint pain

Some of the most basic weeding tools are also the most inexpensive; typically, these are tools such as small, handheld trowels and forks with a basic wooden handle. If you’re not concerned about getting on your hands and knees and getting a little dirty, or if you just don’t garden frequently enough to care too much about weeds, then this might be your best and cheapest option.

Unfortunately, the functionality of these basic tools is reflected in the price tag. Though some variations are available, for example those with contoured handles for better grip, the basic functionality doesn’t differ between models. There are no innovations in the design to make the task at hand any easier, such as hooks or blades attached to the end.

Other Types Of Weeder

Though hand weeders and stand-up weeders are the 2 main types of tool available, there are other more specialized tools that you can buy to take care of specific problems. We’ve listed some of these out below.

Gap Cleaners

Gap cleaners are used to remove weeds and roots that are growing between pavement slabs or other crevices in the concrete. A gap cleaner can also be used to yank weeds free from other confined spaces.

Spiked Weeders

There are some weeders that feature spiked heads, which are used for penetrating deep into the ground using a push of the foot. These tools are able to grasp and remove the whole weed without removing too much of the surrounding dirt and turf.


Your choice of weeding tool will depend on how much you want to spend, and how involved in the task you want to be. Opting for a traditional hand weeder will likely leave a smaller dent in your wallet. However, if you're looking to create a healthy garden without placing strain on your back, or you have an army of weeds to tackle and simply hate squatting, then you could benefit from a stand-up weeder. Finally, you might want to invest a little more for a specialized tool if you’re regularly investing time in your garden.

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