Do you find weeding is one of those thankless tasks that make you want to throw your hands in the air and just give up? The likelihood is, you’re not using the right tools for those stubborn weeds – but there is hope.
When it comes to gardening tools, there are two things you need to remember:
- They’re not all made equal.
- Each tool has a range of subtypes that are suitable for different purposes.
In this post, we’ll discuss the types of garden hoes available and look at some of the best models available to make weeding a headache-free job.
Which Types of Garden Hoe Are Available?
There’s no one size fits all with garden hoes, but some will perform specific tasks better than others. Let’s take a look at each in more detail.
The draw hoe is a basic model, and for that reason, many discount stores sell it. While there are some distinct benefits to using this hoe, it can only function properly in an up and down motion, which is good for chopping weeds, but won’t perform well for more demanding tasks.
Then, we have the multi-purpose garden hoe, similar to the draw hoe in many ways, but the biggest issue is its size. However, one benefit of the Dutch hoe is its ability to reach those tricky areas with the sharpened right side.
If you have difficult patches of earth to break through, the heart-shaped hoe will perform its duty well. However, this is really a digging tool, so it won’t do much for your weeds unless they’re compacted by tough earth.
If you have some tough weeds you want to get rid of; the stirrup hoe is the tool for you. It has a stirrup shape, which moves in a back and forth motion to break up those stubborn weeds and get the job done.
The stirrup will cut weeds, so it’s easier for you to remove them permanently without too much effort.
Choosing the Right Hoe Type For Weeding
While the stirrup hoe is suitable for tough weeds, it’s better for handling intricate jobs rather than entire patches of earth, so we always recommend you think about which is best for your needs.
For example, someone with a small garden and very few weeds would be fine using a stirrup hoe, but if you have a more extensive garden with stubborn soil, a dutch hoe could break up those areas and loosen the tougher weeds for the stirrup hoe to handle.
Ultimately, the type you choose depends on your needs, too, because while a heart-shaped hoe is a more powerful tool, it requires more muscle, so it won’t necessarily be suited to someone with limited upper body strength.
Five Hoes That Won’t Let You Down
So, now you know the different types of hoe for clearing your garden of those pesky weeds, it’s time to reveal some of our top picks. The team here at Floral & Hardy live and breathe everything related to the gardening world, and when it comes to equipment, we know what to look for.
Dewit Dutch Hoe
While Dutch hoes are meant to be large, this model from Dewit shows that there can be a compromise between size and manoeuvrability. It’s lightweight, with a long handle, which means you won’t strain your back.
With a narrow steel blade to make easy work of those tough to reach areas and at a reasonable price, this is a garden hose that you want in your shed.
Srendi Digging Hoe
The Srendi digging hoe is built to cut through stubborn roots, so if you haven’t taken care of your weeds for a long time, this powerful tool will get the job done. With a 25cm long shaft, it’s relatively easy to handle this digging tool, and the timber decreases vibrations, which minimises the impact on your hands, back and arms.
While this digging hoe is a powerful tool, it’s best for heavy-duty weeding because its primary purpose is to remove plant weeds from the earth. If you’re looking for a general weeding tool, this should be reserved for tough jobs.
Fiskars Light Weeding Hoe
Perfect for those less stubborn weeds, Fiskars garden hoe can make general weeding simple, with its lightweight design and ease of use. The long handle reduces the need to bend over, and the hoe is excellent if you want to remove weeds from your borders or flower beds.
While it might struggle with tougher weeds, you can use it for the smaller tasks, and it will make the job a lot simpler than with a heavier hoe.
Fiskars Xact Push-Pull Weeder
If you’re looking for a weeding tool that cultivates the soil and removes weeds and plant roots, Fiskars Xact weeder is incredibly useful. It has a shorter handle, which allows you to weed through more targeted soil areas, and the added storage loop is a bonus that cuts through weeds in compact spaces.
While this tool is perfect for those smaller jobs, the lightweight handle can snap if you use too much pressure. You can avoid this by using a Dutch weeding hoe on those harder to reach areas, which will make the job a lot easier.
Choosing a garden hoe for weeding doesn’t need to be a difficult job, as long as you understand what you’re looking for. In most cases, it’s best to buy two garden hoes so that you can tackle all areas of your garden.
Whether digging up old plants or removing weeds, so they don’t grow back, a garden hoe is the best way to solve the problem. If you’d like some help to restore your garden to its former glory, we offer garden renovation services at excellent prices.
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