Market Lavington Museum

A weed lifting tool

We have already seen a tool which was used by gardeners to lift weeds without having to go down on hands and knees. (See A weeding tool.) At Market Lavington Museum, we have another such item.

This one does have a handle attached, but is a somewhat different design as it does not have the metal rocker. It works on the same principle. When weeds, such as dandelions, with long tapering roots need to be removed from a lawn, the prongs are place either side of the plant, as low to the lawn surface as possible and, as the handle is lowered, the root should be lifted out of the ground.

Similar tools are still available, but the handles are less hefty nowadays.