Short-Handled Weeding Tools.
Cape Cod Weeder
This one comes in both right and left hand versions. With a narrow, hooked blade, this one is great for fitting into tight places. Find out more about this tool at Red Pig Tools.
Hori Hori Weeding and Bonsai Knife
One of my favorites. This multi-purpose tool was originally used by bonsai enthusiasts, but once introduced it quickly becomes a favorite of most gardeners for not only it's weeding capabilities, but for transplanting, digging and pruning.
Also known as a hand hoe or a rock garden hoe, this is the short-handled version of the draw hoe. It works well for weeding around closely spaced plants. The one pictured here is an antique. Keep your eyes open at yard sales and antique shops.
You probably already own one of these, but you may not be familiar with the true name. And if you have do have one, is it effective? It's important to buy a good quality asparagus knife, one that is both strong enough and sharp enough.
Long-Handled Weeding Tools
Also known as a Dutch Hoe or Scuffle Hoe, this tool can accomplish a larger area in a shorter time because it uses a push-pull motion. The one you find here is a great choice.
The Draw Hoe is the perfect tool for clearing weeds from large areas. It chops the weeds up and then pulls them toward you, as you clear the area.
Named because that's exactly what it looks like. OH MY GOSH! I love this tool. You can order your own here. As a weeder and cultivator, it can't be beat. It's also available in a short-handled version.
Weeding isn't an easy chore, but you can make it easier with the right tools. The small investment is worth it, especially when it means you can spend the extra time on more pleasurable gardening.