How to Get Your Kids to Help You Weed Your Garden

If you’re looking for a fun way to get your kids to help you weed your garden, try out the Weed Zinger. This chemical-free weed killer is the only way I can get my kids to help me with smiles on their faces.It's not always easy to motivate them kids to help out, but these four tips will get your kids to help you weed your garden and have fun in the process!

*This post was sponsored by Weed Zinger. All opinions are my own.*

How to Get Your Kids to Help You Weed Your Garden

I’m mostly a vegetable gardener and I grow food to feed my family. While I’m always looking for ways to get my kids to help in the garden, quite often they simply aren’t interested. Weeding is quite often back-breaking work and no fun at all, but it is possible to involve them without fights. If you’re looking for ways to cheerfully involve your kids in the weeding process at your house, I hope these tips will help you.

Make it fun

In my experience, the only way to get my kids willing to cheerfully help me in the garden is to make the process fun. If I stress out while I’m weeding and give my kids a hard time if they accidentally pull a useful plant instead of a weed, they run far away. Getting them back to the garden is then really hard. It’s hard for me sometimes to stay calm, but really. How big of a deal is it if they accidentally pull a baby carrot or a radish? I do it myself. No yelling in the garden. The plants don’t like it.

Don’t use chemicals

You probably know this already, but chemicals shouldn’t be handled by your kids. In my opinion, they don’t belong in your garden at all, but at the very least, don’t let your kids apply them. If you use chemicals, I don’t think you can ask your kids to help at all, so that’s why I add no chemicals to this list.

Help your kids measure their success

Sound familiar? You talk your kids into helping you weed, they pull one weed and then leave. Tell me I’m not the only one who has had this problem? A great way I have found to motivate my kids to keep working, is to help them measure their success by giving them a container to fill. We have garden trugs and galvanized buckets for them to use. When the container is full, they’re done. Helping them measure success give them a reason to keep at it instead of quitting before they’re done.

Bribery does work. 😀

As long as we’re being perfectly honest, and I endeavor to be honest with you in my blogging, bribery is an awesome parenting tool. I might have been one of those parents who said they’d never have to resort to bribery with my own kids, but well, then life happened. I totally bribe my kids and I’ll be the first to admit it. 😀 After we weed the garden, we can get an ice cream or a make homemade lemonade or go to the pool. I don’t have have a problem with that at all. So yes, I’m a fan of bribery.

Try the Weed Zinger 

I’m honestly a pretty simple person. I don’t like a lot of frills when it comes to gardening tools. Give me a nice, sharp hoe and I’m happy. But watching my kids swing a hoe around makes me a little nervous honestly. I can just see them wacking a sibling accidentally or removing a toe. So tools that don’t seem as dangerous are very appealing to moms with kids.

A few weeks ago, I was a sent a Weed Zinger to try out. It’s an upright weed puller and requires no bending. When the Weed Zinger arrived at my house a few weeks ago, my kids went nuts. I was really surprised, because they usually run far away from gardening tasks. They were so excited to try out the Weed Zinger though, so I sent them out to my garden and told them to get busy. 😀

Using the Weed Zinger is pretty easy. Just wait for a nice rain so the ground is soft, insert the stand-up weeder in the middle of the plant you wish to remove, give it a good twist, and pull. Then, have fun launching the plant as far as you can. If you haven’t had a rain in a while, you can water the area to soften the ground as well. Above, you can see my son, Ben, in my garden boots!, demonstrate the Weed Zinger. You can also get a feel for how windy it is in Eastern Iowa when you watch the video.

Putting the Weed Zinger to Use

Now I have to be completely honest with you. I probably wouldn’t personally use this weeder in my garden. I think it’s great for people who have back problems and can’t bend easily. I also think it’s great for kids who want to help in the garden and have fun in the process. But as a utility weeder for my production garden, I will most likely stick to an old fashioned hoe.

Do you have problems motivating your kids to help you weed? Think you would try out the Weed Zinger? You can order it online at HomeDepot.com. At under $20 and with FREE shipping, it’s not too expensive either. Does it sound like a tool you would try?

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Comments

  1. This is a GREAT tool! Right now I have a tiny garden in my backyard but it's crazy how many grass sprouts I weed out every night after work. My kids help sometimes but more times not. LOL

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