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Which Garden Hand Hoe Is Right For You? Let's Explain: Part 2

Garden Hand Hoe: Part 2

I researched a little deeper this week. Always in search of good tools to make gardening much more pleasant and less stressful, if there is such a thing? I am happy eight days, and vegetable plants are sprouting. All hoes have the same basic structure and purpose: a long handle with a paddle, blade, or stirrup at the end, typically at an angle to the handle. As I have found not all hoes are created equal. The uses for hoes are to cultivate the garden soil and to remove weeds. Even with this basic design, there are a few variations, and using hoes in the garden successfully means choosing the right one: for your needs, Paddle, or Draw, hoe. The basic gardening hand hoe goes by many names, including paddle, draw, chopping. These are excellent general hoe that can help you dislodge weeds by the root or mound and shape soil. You can find versions of this with smaller paddles for tight spaces and in lighter weights. If you aren’t sure how to use a hoe that is more specialized, this is an excellent place to start. Read more about Gardening Know How: Different Garden Hoes – Learn How To Use A Hoe For Gardening https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/tools/different-garden-hoes.htm. Stirrup hoe. While the paddle hoe is usually used by pulling it back or making a chopping motion, you can use the stirrup with a back-and-forth motion that helps to dig out stubborn weeds without displacing a lot of soil. I like the paddle hoe, must be modified to a slim blade easier to slide through the soil no chopping for me.  The paddle or blade on this type of hoe is long and thin. This hoe is designed to weed in narrow spaces, and the blade rides parallel to the surface of the soil. Because of the angle of the blade, you can use it without bending over, which is excellent for the back. I have found five more hoes to explore; I will let you check them out and see what you think? 

1. Weed Shredder
The weed shredder the tool with teeth. Back and forth motion shreds weeds. Made of tempered spring steel. Two different sizes the long one measures 54-inch handle and the short measures 13 inch handle the blades on both measures 5 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches. Made in the USA

2. Japanese Ika Hoe
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.

3. Heavy Duty Garden Hoe
This is our original Rogue Hoe design, and we're still proud of it. The head is 7" wide and sharp on three sides for working in tighter areas. This hoe has a heavier head and heftier handle (1 3/8") than the other garden hoes. For those who want to move more dirt -- it's an excellent choice. It's a favorite for men but used by many ladies as well. I found these doing my research, I am going to get one the perfect hoe, just how I would use a hoe, sharp with pointed corners for getting in tight areas. http://www.prohoe.com/garden_hoes.html

An heirloom hand-forged garden tool from Korea with a specially designed 7" steel blade. The curvature of the pointed blade allows the soil to be thrown to the side like a plow which makes it easier to dig holes and trenches. The edges of the blade are used to level, mound, loosen soil, and cover seeds. Wood handle. 60" overall. 

5. Pull Hoe (6 inches) by Sneeboer
A customer favorite, this garden pull hoe by Sneeboer has a traditional hoe shape and is a tried and true weed killer. The sharp edge of this garden hoe has a unique angle allowing it to slice right through weeds and leave the surface clean. The stainless steel blade is strong enough for hardest of soils. This pull hoe is hand-forged from stainless steel and fitted with a long, back saving, Ash hardwood handle from FSC Certified forests. Very well-crafted hoe, I would love to have this in my tool collection. I found more, enough for a 3rd article but that enough, for now, you get it. I look forward to seeing weeds again. This turned into a very interesting topic. If there is such a thing this hoe is sexy! 4/5/2018

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