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The CobraHead® precision weeder and cultivator is the closest thing to a universal garden tool. Its blade is a steel fingernail® that becomes an extension of your hand.
The CobraHead® Long Handle uses the same "steel fingernail" blade as used on the award-winning CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator garden tool. The Long Handled tool is easy to use. Numerous gardening, landscaping, and agricultural taks are performed by hand, while standing up.
It's probably the best all around small garden tool available. It has a range of uses that will make it indispensable to most gardeners. It weeds, it digs, it scalps, it cultivates, and it does all these jobs exceptionally well.
Q: What makes CobraHead® different from other tools that look almost the same?
A: There are lots of tools that have a similar blade head shape to CobraHead®, but they are not the same. The CobraHead® blade is thin, and wears to knife-like edge. Other similar tools are flat and thicker along the cutting edge. While this may seem to be a small difference, it makes a huge difference in soil and weed cutting ability. The CobraHead® cuts through all soils easily. What weeds it cannot pull out it chops off below the soil.
There are similar weeders that do have a sharp blade. The most popular tools are made under various names. These tools have a blade that is sharp on one edge only and can only be used for right hand weeding. The CobraHead® out-performs these tools in its weeding capability, it can be used right-handed or left-handed, and it has many other uses besides weeding.
Q: What makes the CobraHead® a "precision" weeder?
A: The relatively narrow blade head and the pointed tip let the CobraHead® work as though its blade were a steel fingernail®. You can get right next to delicate plants and grab the weed and pull it out.
Q: Is the CobraHead® effective on all weeds?
A: While I doubt there is such a thing as a universal weeder, the CobraHead® appears to be as close as you can get. I find it the best tool for grasses of all types. It does a great job on low-lying weeds such as purslane and spurge. It is great on dandelions and tap-rooted weeds. And because of its scalping ability even the weeds that can't be pulled out can be cut off quite deeply underground.
Q: How do you "grab" weeds with the CobraHead®?
A: I think everyone who uses this tool will develop their own style, but I find that if I push the blade into the ground just beyond the root and crown of the weed and pull the tool towards me, it pulls the whole weed loose. Usually I can pull dandelions and similar rooted weeds out in a single motion, with minimal disturbance to plants around the weed.
Q: What about cultivation? Why would I want to use a single bladed tool as a cultivator?
A: The unique blade shape of the CobraHead® has proven itself for years as an extremely efficient soil-cutting tool. What it may lose in width covered with a single pass is more than offset by the ease with which it cuts soil. You don't kill yourself trying to break hard soil. I find its ability to break up soil and pull up weed roots at the same time to be the best way to cultivate my beds.
Q: What else does CobraHead® do well?
A: I use it as a transplanter. I almost never use a trowel anymore. I use it as a seeder to either dig a small hole or make a furrow line. I use it to de-thatch very weedy areas that need to be cleaned up. I use it as an edger both in the garden and along walkways. I find new uses all the time. The CobraHead® is the first I tool take with me when I go into the garden.
Q: I'm a flower gardener, does the CobraHead® work for me?
A: Flower gardeners will find this tool invaluable. Its ability to be extremely precise makes it ideal. It is a great bulb transplanter. It is great in rock gardens.