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What Is The Best Garden Hoe.
There is nothing worse in gardening than having to weed. This task is a difficult one that can be made a lot easier with the right tool. In this article I have endeavored to source out the best hoes for the job.
I decided to do things a little differently with this review. Instead of reviewing certain brands of hoes, I am instead reviewing a selection of alternative styles. This is only because of the many varieties available to the gardener.
But lets first have a look at the different sort of hoes available on the market today.
What is the best Garden Hoe:
As I said above, there are many types of hoes available for purchase. Normally the only real way to know which sort suits you best is to try them out. I have tried to make this selection a bit easier for you by explaining what types are available and what I personally prefer and find the most efficient and easiest to use.
The following is a list of some of the Hoes available:
- Dutch Hoe
- Onion Hoe
- Eye Hoe
- Warren Hoe
- Toothed Cultivator Hoe
- Stirrup Hoe
- Swoe Hoe
- Scuffle Hoes
- Weeding Hoe
- Tiangular Hoe
- Chopping or standard garden hoe
- Pointed Hoe
- Diamond Hoe
I could add another dozen or more tools to this list, but I think you get the point on just how many types there are. Some people like to refer to the Mattock as a hoe as well. I class Mattocks and picks in an order of their own.
Selecting the Best garden Hoe for you:
When selecting a how for personal use you need to keep a lot of factors in mind. Each of us are different both physically and emotionally. Unfortunately, some of us look for color and design in a tool rather than functionality. The hoe you purchase must be both comfortable and easy for you to use. The color can come into play once you’re sure it meets your needs.
Anyone with a back issue will understand the necessity to obtain a tool that will be comfortable to use. In relation to a hoe, this could mean a longer than normal handle. This way you won’t need to bend over as far to remove weeds. The Hoe needs to be sharp as well so that you don’t have to put in too much effort to remove weeds.
Best Garden Hoes for the beginner gardener:
Now we have to have a closer look at some of those mentioned. I will only be choosing, and providing reviews, on the ones I think are the best for the beginner gardener.
- Dutch Hoe
- Diamond or Scuffle Hoe
- Chopping or Garden Hoe
- Warren Hoe
- Onion Hoe
Some garden hoes mentioned above a very similar to each other in style, and often have only minor differences. Those I have selected cover the most well-known of these.
1. Dutch Hoe:
The Collins English Dictionary describes a Dutch Hoe as being “a type of hoe in which the head consists of a two-edged cross-blade attached to two prongs or of a single pressing of this shape” I have seen a dutch hoe as being described as a hoe used by a pushing motion, personally I think the person who came up with this description has possibly never used one. I have used this type of tool many times in my life and always with a push and pull method.
The Dutch Hoe is probably one of the most popular, and most used hoe in the world, and has existed for hundreds of years. This versatile tool is a favorite with most modern gardeners.
The Diamond hoe is fairly self-explanatory. This garden hoe has a Diamond shape with all the edges sharp. Out of all the hoe types, this one is my favorite. But not everyone has the skill to use it.
Mine is always kept very sharp and is ideal for removing weeds in the garden using a pushing and pulling technique. I utilize it for garden beds that have only young weeds in it, the sharp edges cuts the weeds just below soil level. The green waste left over can than be left on the soil surface to rot away. The resulting composting humus adds to the soil condition, enriching it and providing food for worms.
Why did I state it was a tool that required some level of skill or experience? Because, in order for the hoe to work as it should, it needs to be kept extremely sharp. This can make it a dangerous implement if you don’t handle it correctly. You could not only cut yourself on the blade, but it is very easy to accidentally slice a favorite garden plant at the base if you’re not concentrating.
3. Chopping or Garden Hoe:
Most people will recognize the common garden or chopping hoe. This hoe is another must have for the garden. It makes light work of any larger weeds that the other hoes may not be able to budge. It is also excellent for chopping up the soil and getting it ready for planting of seedlings or seeds.
I use mine for creating furrows, in which I will plant seeds and seedlings. You can also construct seed-beds with them by pulling the soil back to the middle from each side and than raking the top flat. There are larger hoe types made for this use but I find garden hoe easier and quicker because it is a lighter tool.
4. Warren Hoe:
Warren hoes are a very versatile hoe. They can not only make weeding easier in tighter spots within the garden, but they can also be used for constructing furrows in the vegetable garden. These implements have a smaller, triangular shaped blade which can access areas of the garden that other hoes might struggle to reach.
In particular, they are handy for getting in close to plants, without damaging them, to eradicate weeds. These are an easy hoe to handle, especially if you might suffer from back issues or simply find the other hoes a bit heavy.
5. Onion Hoe:
The blade of the onion hoe is much longer and thinner than most other hoe types. They were initially designed to make it easier to clean out weeds closer to the crops that were planted in rows, such as onions. They can slide much easier under and closer to the plant foliage.
The extra blade can become an issue in some garden areas where plants are close together. Hence, they are rarely used in the common garden. Both the bottom and side edges are sharpened to make the implement more versatile.
So What is The Best Garden Hoe?
Which of these gardening hoes is best for you? That can depend on many variables including those listed below.
1). Do you like your hoe to be heavy or light? Stronger people might find the heavier types more efficient for the job.
2). Do you have a large or small garden? Larger gardens will need hoes that do the job in quicker time.
3). Do you have a vegetable plot? You may need to build furrows or chop out larger weeds if you do.
I can only make suggestions based on my personal preference and experience using the different implements available, and yes, I have used all of the above types.
My wife and I have a rather large garden nowadays. It consists of many garden edges, beds, paths and rooms divided by arbors and fences. So, as you can see, I need a number of different hoes. I also still own a number of hoes that I used on previous properties where I undertook market gardening and wholesale plant development.
Therefore I will just tell you about two of my favorites. These are:
1). The diamond hoe.
I have one that I purchased some forty years ago. This beautiful tool has done a lot of work for me, both on the farms and now in my garden. I keep it very sharp so that it can easily dispose of weeds. Because of this I keep it away from grand kids.
I don’t think it’s an implement that will be inherited by them as, over the years, the blade has shrunk from being over nine inches in length to five inches. This is the result of many years of use and sharpening. It’s nearly to the stage where it needs replacing but it’s one of those tools that is hard to let go of.
2). The Garden hoe.
Yes, the good old garden hoe. You can’t go past this fantastic tool for shopping out weeds or constructing furrows. I also use mine, in place of a mattock, for digging out stones when developing a new lawn area.
This is another hoe that I have had in my collection for many years. The blade is still in excellent condition, however the handles have been replaced several times.
In the end the choice is yours, listen to what other experienced gardeners tell you, and weigh that up against your physical condition, and what you will need the tool to do for you over the years.
Just one last word of advice, make sure you always purchase the long handled garden hoes. All the implements mentioned above come in long and short handle versions. I have never liked the short handled varieties. I believe them to be a waste of money. Should you be the sort of person that is happy to lay on the ground while using them, then fine, they’re your kind of tool. Personally, I don’t really see how they can be of much benefit.
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Happy Gardening. Jim