When the makers of the “CobraHead” weeder/cultivator asked me if I wanted to demo one, I said that I would be delighted to try it. I already knew other Master Gardeners who swore by them and now I would finally have my own! (Not that I’m too cheap to buy one at $24.95 – I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.)
There are several things about this tool that appeal to me:
- It’s light, so it doesn’t weigh down my tool bag (like my mattock)
- It does a bunch of things, including weeding, cultivating and transplanting – multitasking is good
- It’s made in the USA… by a small family business…from recycled plastic and flax fiber!
- The head is steel, and therefore durable
- The blue handle won’t disappear in my garden
I have already used it to scrape mud off my gardening shoes, and it’s supposed to be great for edging. I’m sure I will be “testing” it throughout the growing season.
One possible drawback to the CobraHead, especially for lazy gardeners, is that the steel head is not stainless. Unlike my ungainly mattock that shrugs off dirt and moisture, you actually have to clean and dry it after use.
Am I the last gardener on earth to get one of these? Do you have one? Do you love it, or is yours languishing, unused in the garage? I’ll let you know how often I use mine, and whether my mattock gets an early retirement.