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Gardening Hoe

Gardening hoes are must have tools for anyone looking to set up or maintain a small farm or garden. While it now has various avatars, the humble gardening hoe is probably the first agricultural tool that the early farmers devised beyond digging sticks. Let’s take a look at the different applications of gardening hoes, along with the wide variety of variants used for digging, weeding and cutting.

Different Applications of Gardening Hoes

Gardening hoes let the gardener move earth around, which is the most important thing in agriculture after ensuring adequate water supply for crops. The reason is that having well turned over earth allows for aerification of the soil and helps keep it loose and easy for new seedlings to penetrate. Soil should also have a uniform composition and large stones should be easily removed to promote plant growth. Keeping the soil well turned over and mulched allows fertility levels stay high. Hoes can be used for digging ditches and trenches in the garden for planting and irrigation. Pesky weeds often take up space. Weeds are undesirable in agriculture because they compete for scarce resources like fertilizer and water with crops. Using a gardening hoe helps the farmer keep weeds at bay with more efficiency. The best weeding hoes slice and drag weeds from the base because the roots when left in the soil easily sprout again.

What are the types of gardening Hoes?

Gardening hoes come in short handled and long handled variants. The long handled garden hoes are suitable for medium sized gardens and farms. They are useful for weeding between rows, clearing bunch grass, digging and turning over earth in somewhat large quantities. Using a long handled garden hoe allows the farmer to work without unduly straining his back and neck muscles. The grub hoe is the typical basic gardening hoe, suitable for weeding and digging. However, they are not easy to use around bush plants. Collinear hoes with thin blades can be used to work around bushes effectively. Diamond hoes are innovatively designed with four sharp edges to slice weeds from the root without the worker having to strain herself much. Short handled gardening hoes allow the farmer to work on a crouching position or in soil beds where long handled tools would be ineffective. Grecia hoes and Canterbury Eye hoes have sharp tines that allow the farmer to dig up the soil bed and prepare soil for planting. Hoe dags are special short handled garden hoes used for digging holes for tree-planting.

Is there a one-size fits all solution?

If you wish to buy a hoe for a small garden or working on soil beds, a short handled Grecia hoe and a half moon hoe would be sufficient. For medium sized gardens, you may add a long handled grub hoe and a diamond hoe to take care of weeds.