Initially skeptical, we tested this odd-looking tool, and to our surprise it performed very well, removing the entire taproot – even very longones – nearly every time. Made in the Netherlands, it has a carbon-steel corkscrew-like tip and an ash T-handle. Just place the tip over the weed, press lightly and turn; the spiral screws into the dirt surrounding the root, loosening its hold. A firm tug removes the weed and root along with a plug of soil; just unscrew it by hand for disposal. 39" overall. Not recommended for soils with high clay content or those that are either very loose or densely compacted, it is most effective in moist, medium-packed earth.