When I first moved into my house my backyard looked like a dandelion nursery. I wanted a way to remove the dandelions along with their tap roots (otherwise the dandelion plant would simply grow back again). I bought a Garden Weasel Weed Popper and LOVE it. My kids even enjoy going out into the yard looking for dandelions so they can pop them up and make them fly. I have had my weed popper for 4-1/2 years now and it is still in great shape. It has hardened steel tines and is self-cleaning (you step on a steel plate and the weeds that are stuck in the tines are removed).