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During the eight years I've been developing my garden, I've bumped into a bunch of tricks and techniques (mostly through trial and error) which I haven't seen written up in very many books or magazines. Hopefully by listing them here, I'll be able to help you avoid the "error" part of your own trial and error. Know a good tip or gardening trick? Email me.
In no particular order (yet):
While dandelion pickers do a decent job of severing dandelion roots, I have found that a short paint scraper/trowel (2-3") works better because it cuts down into the soil easier, and covers a wider area, so there's less hit and miss. They're generally also designed to be a little easier to wield. Hold the leaves of the plant you're removing up, and push the scraper edge into the soil at a 45% angle. The plant should pull out easily once you feel the root has been cut.
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