Weeding out weeders
June 6, 2012 9:42 AM Subscribe
Gardening newb question: nejiri gama vs. ho-mi vs. three-prong hand cultivator vs. Cape Cod weeder - which weeder for flowerbeds and a small raised garden?
posted by Slap*Happy to Home & Garden (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a new house with lots of beautiful landscaping - flower beds, shrubbery and a raised garden. The flower beds are very small, tucked against the house and around shrub and ornamental tree arrangements and into the various nooks and crannies of the hilly, boulder-strewn yard and lining the driveway. So lots of small, densely planted plots.
I already have a hori-hori for attacking dandelions and saplings taking root in the lawn, and will be getting a scuffle hoe for the larger areas near the front door, but what's the best bet for getting in and around my plants and rocks?
The tools that seem to attract the most rabid loyalty are the nejiri gama (Japanese hand hoe), the ho-mi (Korean hand hoe) and the cape-cod weeder, but the hand-cultivator is more ubiquitous. Does anyone have experience that could help in comparing these against each other, or other solutions I should be looking at?