Choose the Right Hoe for the Job
For more advice on choosing the best hoes for the tasks that await in your garden, read Hard-Working Garden Hoes.
|Tasks||Types of Hoes||Hoeing Tips|
|Controlling young weeds in large areas or long rows; thinning seedlings||Lightweight scuffle hoes such as diamond, triangle, Winged Weeder or stirrup hoes||Push the hoe forward and back from a nearstanding position|
|Spot weeding in tight spaces or intensive raised beds||Circle hoe, collinear hoe or any sharp scuffle hoe mounted on a short handle||Use a sitting pad or rolling seat for long, sit down weeding sessions|
|Weeding and hilling up soil at the same time||Field hoe, Japanese draw hoe or American garden hoe||Maintain a sharp edge for efficient weed control|
|Controlling large weeds; making furrows; cutting irrigation trenches; chopping compost||Field or grub hoe, Warren hoe or American garden hoe||Slightly loosen your grip with each progressive chop to reduce the impact on your back and shoulders|