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Who knew you could weed your yard without bending over?

Say goodbye to back pain: This clever stand-up tool will change the way you groom your grass. Just stick it in, step on the head and twist.

So your garden is being overtaken by weeds — we get it. But squatting and bending is tough on your back — we get that too. The way we see it, you have three options: 1. Let the weeds win; 2. Shell out hundreds for a pro service; or 3. Grab this smart tool that gets the job done without crouching. Grampa's Weeder, named for its old-school design, is a big hit among Walmart shoppers and no wonder: Engineered to work from a standing position, it pulls weeds without straining joints.

Simply place the tool over a weed, push it into the ground and lean the long handle to unearth the roots and the pesky plant in one fell swoop.

$45 at Walmart

With a great origin story (see below) and legions of fans, Grampa's Weeder will quickly become a mainstay of your gardening tool arsenal. In fact, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Here's what one diminutive backyard warrior had to say: "I love this tool. It works great. It's the perfect length for me (I am 5' 3"). It's sturdy and super easy to use. My biggest weed problem is dandelions. No more sitting or kneeling in the yard with a screwdriver for me. I love it so much that I bought one for several members of my family. Highly recommended!"

Grampa's Weeder on a flower bed
Tired of battling garden-infesting weeds? Stick a fork in 'em — they're done! (Walmart)

The family behind Grampa's Weeder gives full credit to history. The product was more of a discovery than an invention. In the old garage of a family member, they came across a tool they could not identify. After fiddling around with it, they realized it was a clever weed remover. A little research revealed that the stand-up design dated back to 1913. But it was still as effective as ever. Inspired to share this revelation with the world, the family began manufacturing a modern version of it.

Made of powder-coated steel and strong bamboo, Grampa's Weeder has a four-claw steelhead that loosens and lifts stubborn weeds with very little elbow grease. The 45-inch handle means you can do the work fully upright, using the strength of your legs. Just hold it over the weed, step on the head and twist. Leverage is built into the design.

"Just get it, your knees will thank you," insisted one happy shopper. "This really is the ultimate tool for pulling weeds! It only takes a minute to figure it out, then there's no more crouching over on your hands and knees to pull them out."

Older woman in a garden with a Grampa's Weeder.
Even granmas can transform their backyard flora with one of these. (Photo: Walmart)

For those dealing with an abundance of weeds, Grampa's Weeder is a lifesaver. Said one fan: "My yard is covered with some sort of thistle weed and I didn't want to spray poison on the lawn, so I got this weeder. Works really well — I'd say it grabs the entire root 95% of the time once you get the hang of it. I must have pulled literally a hundred of these thistle weeds today and it didn't kill me. You can push the lever down with your foot to open it and use your shoe to push the weed out, then rake them all up when you're done."

Others rave about the satisfaction of dislodging deep roots with very little effort — noting that Grampa's Weeder keeps you going strong in the garden. A five-star reviewer dubbed it simply "the perfect weeder." They continued: "I can't get down to the ground anymore, so I needed a tool that would get the weeds. It is so easy to use, just push it into the ground and lever it back. It is well made of wood and steel. No flimsy plastic or aluminum thing that's going to break. I really love it!"

The device's steel four-claw design works on all types of soil, but it'll really go to town after a big rain or a good watering.

$45 at Walmart

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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