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Patio Weeders – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine

10 of the best patio weeders

Keep your garden neat and weed-free with one of these patio weeders.

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.

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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.

For more gardening tools, read our reviews on the best secateurs and garden hoes. Or, try our pick of the best garden waste bags and bin store ideas to help keep the garden organised.


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.

1

Wilkinson Sword Weeder

Wilkinson Sword Weeder – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £10.05

Buy Wilkinson Sword Weeder at Amazon


2

Fiskars Weeding Knife

Fiskars Patio Knife – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £11.95

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3

Draper Patio Weeder

Draper Patio Weeder – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £10.15

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4

National Trust Burgon and Ball Patio Weeding Knife

National Trust Burgon and Ball Patio Weeder – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £10

Buy National Trust Burgon and Ball Patio Weeding Knife at National Trust


5

Hozelock Thermal Weeder

Hazelock Thermal Weeder– BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £70.99

Buy Hozelock Thermal Weeder at Crocus


6

Sneeboer Weed Gouger

Sneeboer Weed Gouger – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £32.95

Buy Sneeboer Weed Gouger at Harrod Horticultural


7

Kent and Stowe Multi Weeder

Kent and Stowe Multi Weeder – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £29.99

Buy Kent and Stowe Multi Weeder at Amazon


8

Darlac Bamboo Weeder

Darlac Bamboo Weeder – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £12.99

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9

Spear and Jackson Razorsharp Enhanced Telescopic Patio Knife

Spear and Jackson Razorsharp Enhanced Telescopic Patio Knife – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £23.99

Buy Spear and Jackson Patio Knife at Amazon


10

Telescopic Wire Block Paving Brush

Telescopic Wire Block Paving Brush – BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine
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.

Price: £12.99

Buy Telescopic Wire Block Paving Brush at Suttons

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