Designed to fit into tiny crevices and cracks, a patio weeder is a simple tool that will make neatening up your garden that little bit easier.
We’ve curated some of the best patio weeders to help make the somewhat tedious task of weeding that little bit more efficient.
Most patio weeders come in the form of a sharp, stainless steel knife that can fit snugly between paving stones to remove stubborn weeds. Less common, but no less effective, is a wire brush that has stiff bristles to do a similar job.
If you’re in need of a more heavy-duty tool, there are also thermal weeders. Powered by mains electricity, these weeders deliver a short burst of extreme heat to the weeds in order to kill them.
In this guide, we’ll outline what style of garden each type of weeder best suits, how to use a patio weeder and 10 of the best patio weeders we recommend.
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How to use a patio weeder
Many patio weeding tools consist of a sharp, ‘L’ shaped knife that may be unfamiliar but becomes fairly intuitive once you’re comfortable with the shape.
To use a manual patio weeder you simply insert the end of the blade between the paving stones to hook weeds, cut them off at the root and remove them.
Using a thermal weeder, like the Hozelock Green Power Weeder, requires a little extra care. Following the accompanying instructions carefully, allow the thermal weeder to heat up fully before using. Target one area at a time and deliver the thermal shock in short bursts. Be careful to avoid nearby flower beds or vegetation.
10 of the best patio weeders
Browse our selection of the best patio weeders below.
Wilkinson Sword Weeder
The Wilkinson Sword Weeder has a stainless steel blade and an ash handle with a leather strap for hanging it up after use. The handle has been weatherproofed and the tool head is designed to fit easily into the cracks on patios and paved areas.
Fiskars Weeding Knife
Fitted with two sharp knife blades, the Fiskars Weeding Knife will remove moss and weeds from paved areas. The long handle has a soft grip for comfort and a hanging hole at the end for easy storage.
Draper Patio Weeder
Based in the UK, Draper have been manufacturing gardening tools for more than 90 years. The blade of the Draper Patio Weeder is made from hardened and polished steel and it has a lightweight, plastic handle and leather wrist strap.
National Trust Burgon and Ball Patio Weeding Knife
Part of a collaboration between the National Trust and gardening specialists Burgon and Ball, this weeding knife has a rustproof stainless steel blade. The handle is FSC-certified hardwood and there’s a strong leather cord for hanging it up after use.
Hozelock Thermal Weeder
A thermal weeder is a simple way to remove moss or weeds from paved areas without using chemicals or bending. Powered by mains electricity via the 3m cable, the Hozelock Green Power Thermal Weeder heats up in 45 seconds to deliver an intense thermal shock of 600°C.
Sneeboer Weed Gouger
The Sneeboer Weed Gouger has a stainless steel, inverted ‘V’ shaped blade and a smooth, cherrywood handle. At 39 cm in length, the tool is ideal for hooking out long tap roots in lawns, borders and patios.
Kent and Stowe Multi Weeder
This multi weeders ash wood handle is tapered for comfort and the stainless steel blade is sharp on all four sides. Along with weeding, this tool can be used for furrowing seed drills, cultivating and edging.
Darlac Bamboo Weeder
Hand-welded and treated, the stainless steel head on this weeder is rust resistant with a slender blade that’s ideal for use in confined spaces. The design is classic and the handle is made from sustainable bamboo.
Spear and Jackson Razorsharp Enhanced Telescopic Patio Knife
The telescopic handle of this Patio Knife extends up to 1.5 metres. It has a non-slip grip for ease of use and a double riveted blade made from stainless steel for strength and rust-resistance.
Telescopic Wire Block Paving Brush
With a handle that extends up to 1.3 metres, the Telescopic Wire Block Paving Brush has three rows of stiff bristles to fit into any grooves on paved areas and decking. Reinforced with a metal collar around the brush head, there’s also a metal scraper for more targeted cleaning.
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