Types of Hoes

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Standard garden hoe/American pattern hoe.

Used for digging, chopping, moving dirt, creating broad furrows or raised beds, laying out rows.

Grub hoe/Eye hoe. Medium-length handle. Used for digging hard ground, working among dense roots, removing stumps or rocks. Swing it for extra leverage.

Oscillating stirrup hoe/Action hoe. Blade is sharp along both edges, attached so it can move back and forth; most models hove detachable blades that are easy to replace. Excellent for weeding in loose soil. Push it forward and then backward to slice off weeds in both directions.

Colinear hoe. Wide, shallow blade is parallel to ground when handle is held at hoeing angle. Excellent for weeding; small blade slides below soil surface to slice off weeds. Buy models with a detachable blade.

Onion hoe/Swan neck hoe. Excellent for weeding;

small blade slides below soil surface to slice off weeds. Blade sizes range from 6 to 9 inches wide.

Types Hoes For Gardening


Warren hoe/Gooseneck hoe. Easy to maneuver in small spaces; excellent for weeding or cultivating between plants; also good for digging seed Furrowi, digging out weed clumps.

Push hoe. Good for slicing off weeds below soil surface ond for edging beds. Blade cuts on push stroke. Scuffle hoes cut on both push and pull stroke; the Swoe has a tilted, offset blade that cuts weeds without disturbing mulch.

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Scuffle Hoe
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Wheel hoe. Used to weed or cultivate accurately between long rows, or to work in powdered amendments, there are attachments for seeding, hilling, raking, and other tasks, hints for SUCCESS

Collinear Hoe

Using Hand Tools Safely

  • Round up and store all tools at the end of each gardening session. You'll reduce the risk of tripping over them or of running over smaller tools wit h a lawn mower. You'll also prolong tool life, as rain quickly causes rusting.
  • If you must set aside a tool for a moment, lay it with points or curved side facing down. This prevents the rude surprise of stepping on the tool and flipping it into your face. Avoid driving a garden fork into the ground, because it may fall onto your garden plants.
  • Replace handles when they break rather than trying to mend them. Replacement handles are available at hardware stores and garden centers. Prevent splinters by sanding any rough areas, on wooden handles as soon as they appear.

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  • Leonie
    Do oscillating hoes pull weeds out by the root?
    8 years ago

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