Written by Colleen Maidhof Friday, 26 July 2013 00:00
Vincent Suozzi, of Glen Cove, is in the process of launching and producing a new gardening tool that he hopes will make the cumbersome task of weeding a whole lot easier.
In addition to teaching physical education and health at the Westbury Middle School, Suozzi has been in the landscaping business for over 30 years. He came up with the idea of the tool he calls the “Ring Weeder” while weeding his garden one day. He found weeding to be tedious and boring, so he invented a tool that is effective, easy, and quick.
He made several prototypes of the Ring Weeder and analyzed other weeding tools before coming up with the most perfect working tool, and he is confident that this is the version that gardeners will love.
Suozzi compares his tool to the fictional character ‘Edward Scissorhands’ because it becomes an extension of the gardener’s hand. It removes the weed root with a forked end that penetrates the soil and scoops up the root, so the weed doesn’t grow back.
Despite the Ring Weeder’s small size, Suozzi believes it gets the job done faster than bulkier gardening tools. The Ring Weeder is to be made from ABS plastic, which is lightweight and durable, and is meant to be worn on top of a glove like a ring. The tool is especially useful because it is perfect for areas where larger weeding tools cannot fit.
“This product appeals to people who love gardening, and love the joy that they feel in making their garden look beautiful,” Suozzi explained. “Millions of people still love to take care of their own gardens, and this tool makes the job quicker, more efficient, and most of all less boring.”
He currently has a patent pending for his innovative gardening tool, and he hopes to get startup cash through Kickstarter, a website which helps finance creative projects via crowdfunding. He launched a video about the Ring Weeder—along with a tutorial—live on Kickstarter the first week of July, so everyone can learn more about the creation he is so passionate about.
With the funds, he intends to invest in tooling and making injection molds, so he can create and produce his first batch of Ring Weeders. He plans on selling them one day on Amazon and major retail stores so they are available to gardeners everywhere.
Suozzi would like to design and invent other gardening tools in the future and hopes the Ring Weeder is just the beginning.
“I hope to bring a whole new way of weeding gardens to the millions of people that are passionate about gardening,” Suozzi said. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the proverbial mousetrap, the budding inventor has a palpable achievement.
“I had an idea, I found out how to get it to the public, and if it’s successful that would be great, but if not, I saw it through and gave it my best shot,” Suozzi explained. “I always tell my students and my two sons to always give everything your best effort, because if you don’t, you will always have regrets.”