Hypertufa Troughs Get Weedy? We’ll Fix That!

Weeds are unwelcome!

I always hate to go out into the garden and see that the weeds are plotting another takeover. I can work for hours pulling all the weeds and unwanted sprouts and then spread mulch, but it seems that no time passes and they are back.

Even though weeds are very minimal in my hypertufa troughs, weeds still do make their way into them.

But it is funny to get out a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull them!

Yes, if I am going to cast a vote for my most useful garden tool, you won’t think I am being truthful. It’s this: 


These are so useful when you are reaching into the troughs and bowls. The tight and compacted way the petals or leaves of pups or chicks are all layered together, you need a long-nosed instrument like this to reach between and get down to the base of the weed. 


You can get used to just the right grasp that holds the base of the weed right at the bottom…..so that you don’t just trim the weed, leaving its root behind to grow back even better. With this method, you can grasp the base and “curl” it out of the soil easy-peasy! (That’s a horticultural term.)

My hypertufa troughs are packed pretty solid sometimes, with not much room to allow a weed to grow. But when they do, these needle-nose pliers can squeeze past the plant and grasp that little stem and curl it right out.

And don’t under estimate these Needle Nose Pliers. They are not just for hypertufa containers or any other type of container you may use. These work in your open beds and borders too.

By the way, how many sprouted maple seeds do you have in your garden? I lost count at 101,652 LOL

Try your pliers to pull those annoying weeds out of the cracks in the pavement or brickwork. You can get a grip on those and YANK. They’re gone. Roots and all!

Here’s a short video showing how easy it is to pull those weeds. I think it is a lot better than trying to get your fingers into those little spaces. Depending on what you want to use, these just cry out to be waiting in the pocket of your garden apron.



Have you used pliers to weed your garden? I usually carry a pail or bucket with me as I walk around and weed the garden. That way I can dump the whole thing into the compost pile when I am done. Or maybe I just put the bucket down on the back deck and get busy with something else, and find the bucket later with an inch of rainwater in it, and some rusted pliers next to it. Did I do that?

So tell me, do you use pliers in the garden?  Thanks for reading!

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6 thoughts on “Hypertufa Troughs Get Weedy? We’ll Fix That!

  • June 4, 2015 at 12:06 pm
    I will certainly try the pliers for the weeds growing tightly between my sedums. I battle each spring with tree seedlings from oak, cherry, redbud, dogwood, elm, sassafras, and hemlock. Love the trees but not the babies! Nancy recently posted...Auto Insurance - Budgeting For It!My Profile Reply
    • June 4, 2015 at 2:34 pm
      Oh, I agree, Nancy, we battle those little helicopters all spring and all the many other trees. Right now cottonwood fluff is blowing all over. Sometimes it is so thick it seems like snow. Reply
    • June 3, 2015 at 2:23 pm
      The pliers do come in handy for a lot of things. Thanks, Renee. Reply
  • June 18, 2014 at 2:57 am
    Want to learn how to make hypertufa. Reply
    • June 18, 2014 at 5:51 am
      Thanks for reading, Patricia. I think you should go to The Procedure Page and read that. There may be a few videos that would help you. Start small with a small bowl. You can make a small one using a pint as your measurement or part. We are talking small cereal bowl. Use a quart if you want something larger. I would be glad to help with questions if you run into a problem. Reply

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