I took one of my 20cm (8 inch) Tramontina Grass Sickles and attached it to a bamboo pole.
I had been using the sickle previously with its short handle to good effect by slicing vertically into the topsoil.(See video below).
Now the extension offers me efficiency plus.
Rather than uproot what I may choose to be weeds among my mulch, I get to slice and diced them -- separating them from their roots so that they join the mulch or are collected and fed to the chooks.
The device may seem counter intuitive but if you check out hoes they are designed to dig and move the soil. This tool doesn't. The 'cut' is very shallow and very slim. This keeps all those microbes happily in situ.
It's sharp serrated blade slices into the soil and when you pull it towards you, it pulls any weediness with it.
You can slice close to plants you want to keep as it is such a very narrow head.
Indeed standing and holding the pole offers almost the perfect angle for dislodging the weeds. You can also cut obliquely without entering the soil.
Because I don't slice deep and only scratch the surface I'm not cutting earthworms in two. They be tipped to the surface when the weeds tumble up, but the patch is very soon back to normal.
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