14.8.18

The Best Crack Weeding Tool for Patios and Driveways - We Review Three.

By Ed



If you have a patio or brick driveway - you know my pain. Weeds. Specifically weeds between the cracks.  How do you get rid of them?!  We've written before about what to do to prevent the paver weeds from coming back and keep them away for years - but step one is getting rid of them.  So what's the best crack weeding tool? That's what I set out to review.  



So that you don't have to waste your money on a terrible weed crack tool, I compared three popular ones:





So, imagine me in the hot sun, hacking away at our giant driveway on my hands and knees and relax, knowing you will get the benefit of my suffering in the form of this review.






1) ZENPORT



The cheapest one I reviewed.  You'll be tempted by the price, but you get what you pay for.


Pros:
  • Inexpensive
  • Does the job, as long as your patio isn't too big.
The Zenport broke before it's blade even started to wear down. The handle always seems to be the weak point on paver weeders, but this one was crazy bad.


Cons
  • I started with the Zenport and it worked fine for a while, say 30 minutes. Then it broke. (See above image). I estimate it weeded about 10-15 square feet of paver cracks. If your patio is larger than this, I suggest not buying the Zenport model.




2) Gardena Weeder



My intention was to the use the Gardena Crack Weeder until it broke as well. As crazy as that sounds, I've never used a crack weeder that didn't break. The last time we did our driveway, we used 3-4 by the time we finished. The Gardena didn't break. It. Just. Kept. Working.


Pros:
  • Nice slim blade - gets between all but the narrowest paver cracks.
  • Sturdy as anything. I couldn't break it in afternoon of hardcore weeding (Yes, I'm of the age where I use the words 'hardcore' and 'weeding' in the same sentence. And not in the Snoop Dogg way either).
  • The handle is comfortable and part of the 'Combisystem' line that allows you to interchange it with other tools (we didn't test this, but it also seems sturdy).

Cons:
  • Not the cheapest, but as someone who has gone through many, many cheap weeders, this one is worth the price.  You end up spending more buying multiple cheap weeders after they break part way into the job.
  • You have to kneel or crouch to use it - this can be tiring, but you can buy the combisystem extension handle, and solve that problem.



3) Fiskars Weeder


Finally, I got to test a stand-up weeder! Yes, I have entered the life stage where I appreciate standing up tools vs kneeling tools. (I've also entered the life stage where I make repetitive jokes about what life stage I'm in. Robin, where did I leave my reading glasses? I need to proofread all my life stage jokes).




Pros
  • Similar to the Gardena model, very sturdy and well made.
  • While I didn't test it as long as the Gardena, the blade stayed firmly secured the whole time I used it. 
  • Standing up while weeding is a good thing. For a big project or if you have bad knees or back, this feature is great.
  • Wider blade - it seemed to pull up more weeds per swipe in the really wide cracks between pavers

Cons
  • Cost - again, like the Gardena model, the baby ain't cheap. But if you want to weed standing up, this is actually the best bang for your buck.
  • Wide blade - while it does get out more weeds per swipe, it also had trouble getting into some of the narrower cracks. If your patio or driveway has closely set pavers, this may be a deal-breaker.




Our recommendations:
  • Do not but the Zenport. Just. Don't.
  • The Gardena Crack Weeder was amazing. If it ever breaks, it will be the one we buy again in the future. I think we may actually be able to pass it down to future generations of paver crack weeders.
  • The Fiskars was good too, but the herringbone pattern of our driveway made the long handle feature not as useful as it could be. I found that I had to get down close to the pavers a lot and a long handle just isn't as valuable for this. If you have back or knee issues or your pavers have nice long straight rows to weed, the Fiskars one is a great choice.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for the advice. We've got a herringbone weed garden too.

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    1. If only "herringbone weed gardens" were trendy! ;)

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