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[Costco] Alterra lawn and garden weeder $24.99

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[Costco] Alterra lawn and garden weeder $24.99

Was trying to find a solid weeder tool and saw this at Costco, seems a good price comparing with other home improvement store brand tools
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Nov 26, 2008
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Thanks, I’ve been looking for one but found them to be higher priced everywhere else.

Hopefully Burlington Costco stocks it.
Newbie
Aug 10, 2018
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Orleans
I bought it a month ago, and it's really good and practical
Sr. Member
Nov 8, 2012
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London, ON
Bought this same one last year, for the same price. Its a beast - buy it for life! Really happy with it
Jr. Member
Oct 17, 2009
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Toronto
Just bought one from Home Depot today, going to return and try and get this. Thanks OP!
Newbie
Jun 10, 2014
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North York
I have one. really happy with it
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I have a FIskars version of this, but I find that it removes the weeds but not the root. The root aways snaps off...which means the weed will grow again. You also end up with alot of holes in the lawn.

Although it's more work, it's still better to use a simple weed tool like this and stick it as deep as possible to pull out the root as well. https://www.homedepot.ca/product/hdx-ca ... 1001183908

Or just spray some Par3.

EDIT: here's a video on how to use the hand tool (this one has a bend in it, but i actually prefer the straight version). stick it straight in the ground at the 6 o'clock position, and pull back to leverage up the soil...then do the same thing at 3 o'clock...and at 9'o'clock....by then the soil should be loose and the weed should have popped up a bit, then you dig your fingers in a bit and pull it at the base. hopefully the entire root comes out also.:
Last edited by aZnRYcEbOi on May 23rd, 2020 2:04 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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I have a Fiskars one too.
Yes, It removes too much soil, I use the hand held one now.
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aZnRYcEbOi wrote: I have a FIskars version of this, but I find that it removes the weeds but not the root. The root aways snaps off...which means the weed will grow again. You also end up with alot of holes in the lawn.

Although it's more work, it's still better to use a simple weed tool like this and stick it as deep as possible to pull out the root as well. https://www.homedepot.ca/product/hdx-ca ... 1001183908

Or just spray some Par3.

How do you use that? Just stab the weed straight down and pull up?

Stick soil in the hole?
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Squirrel99 wrote: How do you use that? Just stab the weed straight down and pull up?

Stick soil in the hole?
Stick it in near the root and give it a little nudge.
Then pull the weed out with your hand.
The hole is very small (size of the root and the size of the metal rod), so no need to do anything after.
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el'ation wrote: Stick it in near the root and give it a little nudge.
Then pull the weed out with your hand.
The hole is very small (size of the root and the size of the metal rod), so no need to do anything after.
Cool, the bigger one looks easier to use but I just had my yard re-seeded so I wouldn't want to pull out more soil than necessary
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Apr 27, 2012
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Ottawa
I bought this 2 weeks ago. It's great. It leaves a big hole fyi
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Apr 24, 2020
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aZnRYcEbOi wrote: I have a FIskars version of this, but I find that it removes the weeds but not the root. The root aways snaps off...which means the weed will grow again. You also end up with alot of holes in the lawn.

Although it's more work, it's still better to use a simple weed tool like this and stick it as deep as possible to pull out the root as well. https://www.homedepot.ca/product/hdx-ca ... 1001183908

Or just spray some Par3.
I have both and always reach for the $6 hand tool. Regret buying these standup weeders that do not work (huge dandelion ... maybe ok).
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i'm using a hand weeder right now. i'm pretty good at it, but my back isn't too happy.

will this leave a lot of crater (large whole) in my lawn?
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GSXXRR wrote: i'm using a hand weeder right now. i'm pretty good at it, but my back isn't too happy.

will this leave a lot of crater (large whole) in my lawn?
Definitely! Once I pull out the weed I try to grab the root and drop/shake the dirt back into the hole. If that doesn't work, have some soil and grass seed available when finished. This thing is alot easier on the back than that small one.
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Aug 24, 2018
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I have used this tool for a few years and have found that it doesn't kill the weeds (usually) as it completely misses the roots (like others have said). I have since changed over to a long flat blade screw driver (stab into the ground and work around the weed a bit to loosen up the root system) works way better but you need to get down on your knees...
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