This is my favorite weeding companion lately. Dear Husband says it's a rat's tail file, but I thought it looked like it would have some use around the garden. For a $1.50 at a second hand shop, it was worth a try (even just to look good laying around the barn) .
The file part is about 12 inches long and can reach to the end of many roots as well as the spot in the middle of the almost-too-wide beds. Slip the file down next to the main root and give the weed a little tug. Oh, joy and satisfaction! It also can pry up grass roots, especially with a rock used to get a little leverage. If it makes me do some weeding, it was a $1.50 well spent. (It's been used to poke through the mole tunnels too.)
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