Garden Hand Hoe: Part 2
The Japanese Ika Hoe is a personal favorite for weeding around perennials including small fruit trees, shrubs, and medicinal herbs. It is also well suited to prepping an area (weeding, working in compost, etc.) that is too small to allow a full-length tool.
It also makes quick transplant holes for veggie starts or bulbs.
The flat blade is suitable for scraping off weeds just below the surface, while the three prongs excel when you want to remove roots as well. Small bunch grasses can be popped out like a lever.
Fully forged from a single piece of steel, there are no welds to break. The wedge left protruding can be tapped in incrementally if the head begins to get loose. This one is very sturdy and an excellent value for the price.