We had a terrible problem on our hands. Our backyard is a small orchard with several dwarf fruit trees. Because grass makes it hard for fruit trees to grow we removed it from several areas years ago in order to plant them. Originally we had these covered with walk on bark, but we hated looking at brown patches in our yard.
Last spring we decided to remove the bark and create a permaculture space within these areas. In permaculture orchard spaces are plated to companion herbs and pollinator plants like clover and comfrey. These naturally support each other and provide foods for beneficial insects that pollinate the fruit trees and ward off pests.
Unfortunately, over the winter the dreaded Bermuda grass moved in and took over. Not so good. Bermuda grass is really really hard to remove. I was not looking forward to the task ahead.
My brother had a tool he claimed could get rid of it easily — I was skeptical. Have you ever tried to remove Bermuda grass?
Then he brought over a Wheel Hoe from Valley Oak Tool Company and I was able to remove it all with my daughters help in under 30 minutes! The bonus: This tool does not rely on fossil fuels, herbicides, or electricity. And, they are made and manufactured right here in Chico, CA!
Besides my brother being an employee, I am not affiliated with this company in any way. I was not given any products other than the one his company let us borrow for the day. This is not a paid product review, nor do I earn a percentage of any profits should you click-through to purchase. My words are my own and I have to admit that I was shocked at how easy it was to use. I’m just grateful they let my brother bring one over for the day — thanks Valley Oak!
This wheel hoe was so easy to work I did it with flip-flops on — Check me out! My daughter helped pull the Bermuda grass away with her rake and put it in the wheel barrow as I worked. She loved getting right in there to help her mama, and I really appreciated not having to bend over to do it myself. Kids love to help adults work. Just start working and they will naturally want to help.
Look at how well that worked! We left the clover and areas around the fruit trees alone and put more straw down around them. The wheel hoe both got rid of the Bermuda grass and prepared the soil for planting new grass. Bermuda grass or not, the wheel hoe is a great tool for preparing the soil for planting. It almost effortlessly removes weeds and cultivates the soil. It also has many other home garden and small farm applications.
Then we sprinkled new grass seeds all over like happy garden fairies dancing around. Don’t laugh… my daughter loved it!
Next we set up the sprinkler and watered the seeds in.
4 weeks later… Spring PARADISE! Thanks brother — we owe you one 🙂