Catchy name, huh? We are talking about a broadleaf/dandelion-pulling Tool called the WEED HOUND. Why? Because a lot of people either hurt their backs pulling dandys – or they let them grow and the seeds blow all over including onto your lawn, where they proliferate. Dandelions are in the family of Broadleaf Weeds. Opinions vary on how to get rid of them, and some of those opinions include dosing your lawn with herbicides and of course there is never any problem with that, right? Wrong.
The problem with eliminating them is that you have to kill (or remove) this long carrot-like “tap root” underneath these babies, or they come right back – sometimes within days. When you try to “yank it”, you build up this big load of tension, and then “Bam!” – the tap root breaks, you fall backwards, and the dandelion can grow right back, without a care in the world.
My mother had all sorts of tools for dealing with dandelions, and some of them worked. One of them included what looked like a giant syringe that injected (poison) into the root, and another was like a big screwdriver that she knelt down and hacked at the root with. Do you rememember seeing these? Ah yes. Very glamourous. My worked hard on those dandelions..
So, enter the Weed Hound. The Weed Hound looks a little like a cane. You put the tip on the plant, step down, and then grab the handle and lift the plant right out. It really works. In fact, one of the reasons I like it is you can do the whole process of grabbing the root, pulling it out, and putting it into a compost bucket without even bending your back at all. Very elegant.
I even saw a video on Youtube for it. I don’t think it’s a great video… I should make my own. Mine come right up 100%, in one piece looking like a giant starfish. By the way, I don’t twist mine the way he does, and he clearly misses the plant almost completely on the first try, but you be the judge. I don’t own any stock in Weed Hound, but I did get one at Home Depot . It was like $20 and it was very worth it. I hear you can get it at Wal-Mart or Amazon for $17.99. Go find one.
But it is a good, chiropractically appropriate gardening tool, and it’s fun. Imagine that. Fun pulling weeds? In fact, sometimes when I am thinking, I go outside and whack some Dandelions. It is very Zen. Let me know if you try it. Bring it in, we will go out to the garden in front of the clinic, and I will show you how to use it.