Chemical-Free Weed Control: Cable Weeder Did the Job in the 1930s

Patented in the 1930s, a Simpson cable weeder turns up in Canada 70 years later

Side view of the weeder on display at the Little Village Farm museum.
Side view of the weeder on display at the Little Village Farm museum. Because the cable drum rotates at a slower speed than the machine travels, each cable is caused to descend into the ground and drag below the surface with a rake-like action, causing roots to wrap around the cable.
Jim Lacey