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rogi

By rogi

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Hallo all you happy gardeners. Have you ever bought a garden tool and when you tried it out it didn´t come up to your expectations?. Well I have. I was looking through ebay and came accross this weed puller from Wolff….

I thought..just the job for getting dandelions out of the lawn without having to bend down…old age is creeping on !, I thought I wouldn´t buy it in ebay I would have a look round the garden centres and see how much they cost there. One saturday last month me, my OH, son and girlfriend decided to go to Venlo (Holland) for a day out…Venlo is about an hours drive from where I live in Germany…anyway walking round one of the many gardening shops there I found the Wolff weed puller….just what I was looking for and cheaper than by ebay.. (38 €s)….then my OH said buy it if you want…so I did…after a few more hours of walking round Venlo…(it is a nice place) we drove home with my prize possession in the car boot, as soon as we got home I went straight down to the garden to try it out…and then came the dissapointment, all it did was pull up the leaves of the dandelions and a lot of earth….it wasn´t able to go far enough into the earth to get to the long roots that dandelions have…the “grabber” part should be longer to get to the deep roots that dandelions have…
I tried it many more times and got the same result…so now the weed grabber is hanging up in my shed being as useless as tooth ache, but it isn´t worth the 2 hour return journey to Venlo to get it exchanged for something else, and I now get the dandelions out of the lawn with a very simple thing with a “V” shaped prong on the end…..but having to bend down to do it…never mind.

What garden tool have you bought that didn´t do what you were hoping for?.

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This is so what happens, they work in theory but not in practice. I bought a bulb planter when I wanted to plant 200 bulbs total waste of time and money.

19 May, 2013

 

Bulb planter, just like Drc! It just gets jammed solid with soil. Luckily enough it wasn't as expensive as your gadget Rogi!

19 May, 2013

 

I bought a cheap lawn edging spade that bent when I tried to use it. Served me right! Now have some splendid shears that work like a dream.

19 May, 2013

 

I bought some sandals with spikes on the bottom for aerating the lawn. As soon as the spikes sink into the ground, they pull off your feet when you try to lift them up again

19 May, 2013

 

Oh yes I also have the bulb planter, but the things that really annoy me were gifts so I never paid, however my family did so I feel that they were cheated, one is the tool for turning over the compost, it never opens properly and the other is a tool that turns the soil, works on a ratchet, its s'posed to save having to dig with a fork or spade, advertised as taking the backache out of gardening, NOT in my garden, it would probably work on a bed full of fresh compost, lol...

19 May, 2013

 

Im so pleased "in a nice way" this subject has come up,
I said a few weeks ago "gardening programs on the tv" are way out of date for the modern day gardener,
I also said we need a tool section to tell us and to show us all the new stuff on the market and a tried & tested part to let us know whats good & whats rubbish,

Reading your rip of gardening tools you can see where im coming from.

20 May, 2013

 

My oh (who weeds the lawn) uses the vee thing you mention with a long handle so no crawling on hands & knees.......

20 May, 2013

 

Some interesting comments coming. Thank you all for taking interest in my blog.

20 May, 2013

 

@ Pamg. I don´t mind other weeds in my lawn.. a lot of them have pretty flowers on them and are good for all the insects that visit them and have a good feed, but I detest dandelions taking it over...maybe just a thing I have about dandelions...in the "wild" part of my garden I leave them until they start to seed...then they get pulled out.

20 May, 2013

 

Pam I have the V-thing but I find my trusty old knife leaves behind a smaller hole, lol...

20 May, 2013

 

Its quite a big lawn and the vee works on thistles too Lincs, the lawn used to be a field pre 2nd world war I think, you can still see ridge and furrow in places

20 May, 2013

 

There are so many garden(ing) gadgets on the market which appeal to non-gardeners and are often bought as gifts for their gardening friends but which are a con/waste of money in my opinion. My youngsters gave me a tool for turning over the soil ....'no more back-breaking digging for you', they said. It would actually break my back to use it because it requires a twisting motion once inserted into the soil, useless on anything other sand (I have clay)!
Paper pot makers! Attractive idea but they only make one size. Just as easy to make paper pots using clay or plastic pots (one inside the other) as moulds.
Many tools, often cheap, are sold that aren't up to the job, being made of materials that are just too weak to cope with the job they are designed for. Plastic handles for example, which become brittle and crack in time, and tools made of thin metal which bend as soon as any pressure is put on them.

20 May, 2013

 

Hi Rogi ..

There's a commercial ad. on British TV featuring a long-handled weed remover tool with sharp features at the end ...

In the advert, when one person lends the tool to another, standing some distance away, he absolutely chucks the tool at him, for the other person to catch ...

I cringe each time I see it .... no health and safety there ...

20 May, 2013

 

Hallo...yes I have seen that advert on youtube....

20 May, 2013

 

I feel that if I watch the ad often enough, one time he's going to spear his friend... javelin style ;o)

20 May, 2013

 

The impression I got from the ad is to hand the tool to a friend who's daft enough to do your weeding for you........

20 May, 2013

 

Xela the tool you have described sounds just like the one I was on about, its very heavy and I think would be ok if I was a 7ft weightlifter, as I' m only 5ft and a bit its damn near impossible for me, my youngest has very fine soil but is even smaller than me so a bit insulting for me to donate to her....
I do use my little papermaker every year, I wonder if they do different sizes, ....

20 May, 2013

 

I'm sorry your new tool didn't live up to it's expectations, but you would not have any way of knowing that until you actually bought it.

20 May, 2013

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