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