How To Pull Weeds Without Bending Or Kneeling (3 Methods)

Maybe you overdid it with gardening recently, or maybe you can’t bend or kneel as easily as before.  That’s no reason to give up on gardening or let weeds take over your yard.

So, how do you pull weeds without bending or kneeling?  You can pull weeds without bending or kneeling by using long handled tools like shovels, hoes, and stand up weeding tools.  You also have the option of spraying weeds or covering them with tarps or mulch.

Of course, some of these methods will still require a little work.  However, they will let you avoid most of the bending and kneeling.

In this article, we’ll talk about the tools you can use to pull weeds to avoid or minimize bending and kneeling.  We’ll also talk about alternative methods that will help you save some effort.

Let’s begin.

How To Pull Weeds Without Bending Or Kneeling

One of the easiest ways to pull weeds without bending or kneeling is to extend your reach.  If you can grab the weeds from a distance, then your problem is solved!

dandelion weeds
Pulling weeds from a distance is possible with the right tools.

With that, let’s take a closer look at some long handled tools you can use to help with pulling weeds while standing.

Long Handled Weeding Tools (Pull Weeds While Standing)

There are several tools you can use to help you pull weeds while standing, including:

  • Hoe
  • Shovel
  • Weeder
  • Rake

Here is a description of each tool, how to use them, and where you can find them.

Hoes For Weeding

A hoe is a gardening tool with a long handle and a blade at the end.  The blade on a hoe is angled away from the handle.

garden hoe
Garden hoes for weeding come in many shapes and sizes. Some are dual-purpose, such as this one.

You can use a hoe to loosen up soil to prepare for planting.  However, its blade is also great for cutting weeds out of your garden.

A sharp, well-maintained hoe can cut through the thick roots of bigger, more established weeds.  To use a hoe, you stick the blade into the soil and pull it towards you to remove the weed and its roots.

One drawback of a hoe is that it might cut off a weed and leave the roots behind.  This gives weeds a chance to come back again.

Here are a few different types of hoes you can use for weeding, depending on your preferences:

Shovels For Weeding

A shovel is a gardening tool with a long handle and a blade at the end.  Unlike a hoe, the blade is not angled away from the handle.

A square-shaped (flat) shovel blade is more useful for moving piles.  A spade-shaped shovel blade is more useful for digging and weeding.

Shovels are useful for digging up weeds along with their roots so they don’t grow back.

A sharp, well-maintained shovel can dig up weeds entirely, including their roots.  To use a shovel, you use your foot to drive the blade deeper into the ground and then use your arms to pull up the weeds.

One drawback of a shovel is that you might need to remove a lot of soil along with the weeds.  That is really the only way to make sure you get the roots.

Here are a few different types of shovels you can use for weeding, depending on your preferences:

Weeders For Weeding

A stand up weeder (or weed puller) is a gardening tool with a long handle and a blade for weeding at the end.  There are many different designs for weeders.

A sharp, well-maintained weeder can cut large weeds above the surface or beneath the soil to get at the roots.  To use a weeder, you use the blade to cut the weeds and pull them up.

One drawback of a weeder is that it does not have multiple uses like a shovel or hoe.

Here are a few different types of weeders you can use for weeding, depending on your preferences:

Other Tools For Weeding

After you cut or dig weeds out of your garden, you will need a way to gather them up and dispose of them.  In keeping with the “no bending or kneeling” theme, a rake is a great idea for gathering up a pile of cut weeds.

A rake is useful for gathering up weeds after you pull them out of the garden.

One good option is a plastic or fiberglass rake, such as this one with 26 tines from Grainger.  The handle is 51 inches long with a cushion at the end to reduce blisters and hand pain.

A plastic snow shovel is also helpful, such as this 18-inch blade from A.M. Leonard.  After making a pile of weeds, rake them into the shovel and put the weeds in a bucket or wheelbarrow.

You can then compost the weeds, or you can burn them and add the ash to your compost pile.

How to Remove Weeds Without Pulling Them

There are ways to remove weeds without pulling them by hand or with a tool.  With these methods, you might still be able to get away with little or no bending or kneeling.

Cover The Weeds

You can use either mulch or tarp to cover weeds.  Both methods will smother weeds that are already growing and prevent new weeds from taking root.

If you are trying to remove weeds from an area that has never been planted (or has not been planted yet this year), a tarp is a good bet.  Lay the tarp over the area you want to remove weeds from.

plastic tarp
A tarp will smother weeds after enough time has passed.

Use stones, bricks, or soil to weigh down the edges.  Then, let the sun do its work.  The temperature under the tarp will get hot enough to finish off any weeds that have gotten started.

If you need to get rid of weeds that are growing between your crops, mulch is a better choice.  You can use a shovel to dump mulch on top of weeds while leaving your garden crops uncovered.

If the mulch is thick enough, the weeds won’t be able to survive the heat and lack of air.  A nice layer of mulch will also prevent new weeds from growing.

The best part about mulch is that it will eventually break down to add both nutrients and organic material to the soil in your garden.

Spray The Weeds Away

If you want to get rid of weeds between bricks, pavers, or patio stones without using dangerous chemicals, here are a few options:

  • Vinegar solution
  • Salt solution
  • Boiling water
boiling water in kettle
Boiling water will damage weeds, usually to the point that they cannot recover.

After applying one or more of these to weeds, their roots should loosen up.  At that point, you can blast them away with a pressure washer.

Change Your Garden Layout

Using raised beds or containers can help you to avoid bending or kneeling when you tend your garden.  This is true for all garden maintenance tasks, not just weeding.

raised bed
A raised bed will make it much easier to garden without bending or kneeling.

You can learn more about raised beds in my article here.


Now you know how to pull weeds without bending or kneeling.  You also have several different options for the type of tool you will use for the task.

You might also want to check out my daily garden maintenance checklist so you don’t forget any of your tasks this year.

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Jon M

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