One of life's necessary evils is dealing with weeds in your lawn and garden. There's really no other way around it because anywhere you grow plants worth keeping the weeds are sure to follow.
Even the liberal application of chemical and organic herbicides and weed barrier fabrics are not foolproof against the infiltration of those unwanted plants. When this is the case the best plan of attack is pulling those pesky weeds by hand.
When hand pulling there are some specific techniques that will allow you to make sure that particular weed will not make a return appearance.
First off you have to get up close and personal with the weed. As you get ready to pull you need to grip the base of the weed at the point where it enters the soil. This helps to prevent the weed from breaking off leaving the root behind. In cases of hard to pull weeds consider getting a weed pulling tool.
By inserting the forked bit down along the length of the root it will sufficiently loosen the soil to allow complete removal.
Another thing to remember is that the bigger the weed the harder it can be to pull. This is because the root system can be very long holding the top part of the plant firmly in place. To make weeding easier water your lawn or garden beforehand to moisten the soil; this allows the root to slide out of the ground easier.