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Tips for Getting Weeds Under Control Early | Southern California Regional Reports

Perennial weeds. Photo: Rachel Young

California has had an incredibly rainy winter this year, which means the first job to tackle in your garden this March is the winter weeds. Here are four tools you can use to organically control weeds in your spring garden.

A Hula hoe will save your back

Sometimes called a stirrup hoe, this tool is useful in an established garden when the annual weeds are just beginning to emerge. The best thing about this tool is that it is used standing up (although half-size ones are available), which will help prevent back and knee injuries.

Hula hoes will help you save your knees and back from kneeling to weed. Photo: Rachel Young

A Gama hoe tackles deeper roots

Japanese gardening tools are amazing, and this is my favorite tool for weeding in hard-to-reach places, near edges, or between pavers. It’s a triangular hoe with a sharp blade. The pointier end…

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