How to Pull Weeds

Pulling weeds may be a job that nobody wants to do, but that might need to be done. Using this simple technique it will make this job a lot easier.


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    Identify the weeds you want to remove, so you do not accidentally pull beneficial or desirable plants while you work.
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    Look at the hazards of weed pulling you should consider. Here are some dangers involved in this apparently safe activity.
    • Beware of toxic plants, including stinging nettles, poison ivy, oak, and sumac, and plants you may be allergic to.
    • Be aware of insects that may inhabit your garden or lawn. Spiders, bees, wasps, ants, and other potentially dangerous insects may be encountered while enjoying this activity.
    • Watch for snakes if you live in an area they frequent.
    • Understand your own limitations. Weed-pulling can be back-breaking work, so be careful not to overdo it.
    • Wear sunscreen and keep hydrated while you work if you are working in hot weather and/or bright sunshine.
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    Choose the right time for the task. Pulling weeds is much easier when the ground is wet, so working soon after a rain will make the job easier.
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    Get a pair of gardening gloves if you like. You may also want to get a sharp pointed gardening spade and a cushion to protect your knees while you work.
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    Grab the weed at the base of the main stem as far down as possible.
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    Grip the bottom of the weed tightly and pull it sharply out of the ground. Continue until you have done this with all the weeds leaving you with a weed-free garden.
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    Use a pointed tool to loosen the soil around the weed's roots if necessary, to make removing it easier.
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    Collect the weeds and dispose of them so their seeds are not reintroduced into your lawn or garden.


  • Don't pull the top of the weed off because the roots with be left in the ground to produce more weeds.
  • Try to pull weeds when they are young to prevent reseeding and to make removing them easier.
  • For very weedy areas, you may find it easier to use a shovel to remove all the vegetation, then simply replant the desired plants.
  • Instead of weeding all at once, do it a little bit at a time, and do it frequently, before weeds get established.


  • Be careful not to damage desirable plants while pulling the weeds.
  • Note the hazards discussed in the steps, above, including poisonous plants, insects, and other dangers.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Comfortable attire
  • Shovel or other sharp pointed garden tool

Article Info

Categories: Garden Pests and Weeds