The company was formed in 1997 by Philip Trevelyan to share the hand-tool designs and weed-control techniques developed at his organic farm at Spaunton on the North Yorkshire Moors.

At the heart of the company's approach to weed-control is 'RIP' or the ‘Removal of Individual Plants’ using hand-labour. Our research has shown that this is often cheaper and more effective than any chemical option.

DEFRA has encouraged the Lazy Dog Tool Company with its research. Our Weeding Brigade projects built teams around the country and provided them with training and tools. Many of these teams were contracted by farmers and conservationists. Records of this work are in our Report to Defra and Case Studies and Reports.