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Tested – Grampa’s Weeder – Stand up Tap Root Removal Tool

If you want to get the best tools for a job it’s good to talk to someone who uses the tool in their daily job. At Balanis.co.uk we have used various tools for removing tap root variants of weeds like dandelions, thistles etc.  We recently did a job where we had to remove over 400 hundred thistles and dandelions from a 750m square lawn. We had to remove them by hand – no chemicals allowed – as the customer has an outdoor swimming pond. Here’s our short review of the best value for money stand up weed pulling tool on the market – Grampa’s Weeder. For the best alternative to this tool please scroll down to the money no object option, the best of the best, the Fiskars Xact weed puller

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Watch the Video – Grampa’s Weeder in action

Here’s Tristan hard at work with Grampa’s weeder. Sorry about the sound quality – but it was a windy day. This tool takes the back breaking hassle out of removing tap root weeds – dandelions, thistles, dock etc. It’s a simple as 1,2,3,4

Four steps to successful tap root weed removal

  1. Identify the central area of the weed (push back leaves if necessary)
  2. Insert Grampa’s weeder in to the ground so the 4 teeth surround the centre of the weed
  3. Stamp on the base plate to push the tool firmly around the weed
  4. Snap the shaft back 30 degrees and the weed is removed with the tap root intact

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Dandelions, Thistles etc – easily removed

The tool we chose was Grampa’s Weeder – a stand up tap root removal tool. The tool removed all 400+ weeds with 90% of them coming up with the tap root intact. On the occasions it snapped the root probably half of those were times we did not centralise Grampa’s Weeder properly.

Grampa's Weeder - tap root weed removal tool in action. Removes dandelions, thistles, dock and more

Which weeds is this tool suitable for?

This weeding tool is suitable for all weeds with a single central TAP ROOT. We have found it to be most successful on the following common UK garden weeds. More about common UK tap root weeds here

  • Dandelion Taraxacumofficinale
  • Cats Ear Hypochaerisradicata (like a stunted Dandelion)
  • Broad-Leaved Dock [Rumexobtusifolius]
  • Thistles

It is also effecting on the following common weeds – these have more fibrous roots but still successfully removed with Grampa’s Weeder

  • Greater Plantain Plantago major
  • Ribwort Plantain [Plantagolanceolata]
  • Doves-Foot Cranesbill [Geranium molle]
  • Common Ragwort [Seneciojacobaea]

For help in identifying weeds, please refer to this guide from Perfect Gound Solutions

Other similar tools – Fiskars Xact and Worth Stand Up weeder

Gramdpa’s Weeder is not the only stand up weeding tool on the market – other notable alternatives include the Fiskars Xact and the Worth stand up weeder. Both very good alternatives. I hope to have a side by side comparison of the three tools soon

Fiskars Xact – stand up weed pulling tool

To be 100% honest, this is the tool I was going to buy, but it was a bit over budget for a tool we thought we might not use (how wrong we were). It has over 9,000 reviews on Amazon with an average of 4.5/5 ⭐ – on that evidence alone it must be good. If the budget is there and you prefer something a little more modern in design, please consider the Fiskars Xact as a worthy alternative, if not possibly better, weed pulling tool.

The Fiskars Xact stand up weed pulling tool in action. The tool is shown removing a dandelion from a lawn

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More about Tap Root Weeds

In the UK, several tap-rooted weeds are common nuisances in lawns and gardens. Tap-rooted weeds are characterized by their deep, penetrating root systems, which can make them challenging to remove completely. Some of the most common tap-rooted weeds in the UK include:

  1. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Dandelions are perhaps one of the most recognizable weeds with their bright yellow flowers and distinctive fluffy seed heads. They have long, deep taproots that make them difficult to eradicate completely. Dandelions can quickly spread in lawns and are often found in areas with compacted soil.
  2. Dock (Rumex spp.): Dock weeds, such as broad-leaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius) and curled dock (Rumex crispus), are perennial weeds with long taproots. They have broad, lance-shaped leaves and produce tall flower spikes with clusters of small seeds. Dock weeds are commonly found in grassy areas, waste ground, and disturbed soil.
  3. Plantain (Plantago spp.): There are several species of plantain weeds, including broad-leaved plantain (Plantago major) and narrow-leaved plantain (Plantago lanceolata). They have rosettes of broad or narrow leaves and produce tall, slender flower spikes. Plantains are often found in lawns, pastures, and other grassy areas.
  4. Burdock (Arctium spp.): Burdock weeds, such as greater burdock (Arctium lappa) and lesser burdock (Arctium minus), have large, heart-shaped leaves and prickly seed heads. They produce deep taproots that can extend several feet into the soil. Burdock weeds are common in hedgerows, woodlands, and disturbed areas.
  5. Thistles (Cirsium spp. and Carduus spp.): Thistles are prickly weeds with spiny leaves and distinctive purple or pink flowers. They have deep taproots that anchor them firmly in the soil. Common species of thistles in the UK include spear thistle (Cirsium vulgare) and creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense).

These tap-rooted weeds can compete with desirable plants for water, nutrients, and space, and their deep roots make them resilient to traditional weed control methods. Effective management strategies may include regular hand-pulling or digging, spot treatment with herbicides, improving soil health to discourage weed growth, and maintaining a thick, healthy lawn or garden to outcompete weeds.