After I assembled the tractor scoot (which was all John Deere-y green), I eyeballed it, sat in it, swiveled in it, scooted around little on it, felt a tiny bit like a farmer on a tractor on it...and had my doubts about it. It all seemed to work as promised, and my knees certainly seemed happy not to be kneeling, but I wasn't sure how I was going to like bending at the waist to yank on the weeds. I had a suspicion it would cause some back strain, and if that turned out to be the case, the little mini-tractor was going to be a cute, but expensive garden ornament. Since weed season was still a couple of months away at that point, I was going to have to wait to find out.
Well people, weeding time is here, and yesterday I put the scoot through its paces. The verdict: it's my new favorite tool. It worked exactly as described as I used it to dispatch the crabgrass/spotted spurge/elm seedling triumvirate that was threatening to take over the veggie patch. I sat, swiveled, scooted, and weed after weed fell to my attention with minimal, if any, back strain, and zero knee strain. I rose from my ministrations as fresh as a ripe Aunt Ruby's German green tomato on a bacon sandwich.
I should mention here that I am not being a paid shill here. I've received no form of payment, goodies, promises of free seeds for this review. (If I get free stuff for review, I'll be sure to let you know...and, most importantly, I'll still give you an honest opinion. I'll pick it apart, from soup to nuts, fair reader! Or something like that...) I'm not even going to mention the company from whom I purchased this amazing machine--you could probably figure it out without too much trouble anyway. I just like a good tool and thought I'd pass along my wisdom in this matter.
I put a thick layer of the neighbor's left-over leaves on top of everything to hold in the moisture and starve the weeds of light. It has worked pretty well in the past, but Town Mouse passed along the alarming news in one of her comments (see the previous post) that heavy mulching only seemed to encourage the weeds in her patch this year. We shall just have to hope for the best.