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I think when it comes to yard work in general you either love it or hate it. I love it and have since I was a little girl. Even with two older brothers in the house, I was always the one to volunteer to mow the lawn. I’m sure they were happy about that.

Aside from mowing the lawn, the one thing I love even more is pulling weeds. Yep, I know, I’m weird. But I truly do. It’s therapeutic to me. Many times when I feel stressed or just overwhelmed with life, I get out in the yard. Pulling weeds and then stepping back to admire the way the yard looks is so satisfying and you don’t even realize that your stresses have melted away.

Tips and Tricks

I have learned some tips and tricks over the years to make it even more enjoyable. First, it’s easiest to pull weeds after it has rained or your sprinklers have gone off. When the soil is nice and moist, the weeds will come out of the ground much easier. Always grab as far down by the root that you can, too. If you grab by the leaves only, most likely they will just break off leaving the root behind and the weed will just grow back.

Most weeds I just pull by hand but there are some varieties such as dandelions that you can’t pull out by hand no matter what. In that case, I like to use this tool. This rocks! All you do is lower the prongs around the base of the stem and gently step on the small ledge at the base of the tool. Tilt the tool back and watch the resistant weed slowly give up and pop right out of the ground. Super easy! The tool is a bit pricey but it’s so worth it. Other brands are cheaper and may work just as well.

Sometimes I find myself in different places like a shopping center or even other people’s yards wishing I could pull their weeds. What is wrong with me? (haha) It’s just something I don’t mind at all and enjoy doing. My husband likes to have a nice yard and works hard at keeping one. But that also greatly reduces the weeds we have so I have to enjoy them when I see them.

Do you love it or hate it? Or am I just weird. 😉

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