Get A Garden Hoe and Slaughter Weeds Fast
Gardening with a Hoe
Why I love My Trusty (If A little Rusty) Garden Hoe!
Having a garden hoe is an essential part of my gardening equipment. It is as important as a spade or a fork and when the weeds start their attack on my plot it helps me keep my plot weed free and my allotment neighbors happy.
This saves my back and makes life so much easier.
The alternative is to pull them by hand or dig them out which I admit I do sometimes. Some of the tougher plants have to be dug out or they will come back again.
Weeds, Weeds, Go Away. Please Do Not Come Back Another Day! - Crimes of An Allotment Gardener
Weeds are a part of most gardeners lives. The spring days draw into warm balmy days and the weeds grow like crazy.
They make the plot look messy, choke the tender plants and usually outgrow them in speed and strength.
The problem is the per-annuals will if not tackled soon seed and then you have an epidemic on your hands.
If like me your"garden" happens to be an allotment it is vital to keep those weeds away. Not only does this make your plot look better it serves several other purposes as well.
Weeds compete for nutrients, water and soil against your plants and unfortunately if left alone they usually win! This leaves your poor plants strangled, limp and looking sad or worse still - dead!
Onions in particular hate any weeds growing around them.
For those of you who do have allotments all those books that say weeds will upset your allotment neighbors understate the issue - A LOT!
Letting weeds grow has to be the worse sin an allotment owner can commit except possibly stealing others fruit & veg or tools.
It is the one thing that will get you in serious trouble with those around you and possibly even thrown off the site, so don't do it. Zap those weeds now.
Hoes with Wooden Handles
Some people prefer the traditional wooden handle to the fiberglass ones. There is nothing quite like the feel of wood especially when working with nature.
Advice on the Best Weeding Practices
In my plot you turn your back and say go on a two week vacation the weeds are really high. Frowns and glances will be thrown in any offenders direction
I have heard a lot of advice on weeding methods and quantities.
Methods include weed BEFORE you see the weeds. So you hoe over everything very regularly.
Hoe every, one, two or the maximum of three weeks like it says in the video here.
Dig or pull out all weeds to prevent them coming back. To do this you must get rid of all roots or some will grow again.
Use weedkiller. While some say they are pet or child friendly you are using chemicals and adding to the problems of the world so it is best to avoid this where possible.
Really all you can do is to weed enough to keep on top of them and to stop them from seeding. If you select an area and concentration on that and then another area etc until you have done everything you should soon get them in check. Then just rinse and repeat.
Where hoeing is useful is it is fairly quick to do and it exposes the roots of the weeds so they die. Or if you prefer you can chop the weeds off repeatedly so that they have large roots and no heads again they will die back after a few goes.
When weeding a good time to do it is after it has rained as the soil is much softer and the weeds will cut or lift out much easier.
How to Use Your Hoe for the Best Results
This vidoe is quite handy as it shows you how to hoe your weeds for the best effect.
How to Pick That Hoe
What to Look For
Something that has the reputation of being sturdy and lasting a long time.
A long enough handle so that you can stand comfortably and that is easy to use reducing wear on your spine.
Make sure you get one with a good quality blade that slices through weeds with ease using a simple back and forth action.
Some have a non slip grip and while this may not be necessary for those with hand problems it will help.
If you are particularly tall it may be a good idea to get a longer handle or a telescopic handle for added comfort.
Types of Hoe for Weeding
There are different kinds of hoe. Some are purely for weeding while others are great at multi tasking.
There is the traditional planter hoe is like mine and seen most around these parts. It has a rectangular blade.
A stirrup hoe as shown here with the man gardening. The Stirrup makes an excellent weeder but isn't so great at other jobs.
The warren hoe is meant for cultivating the soil between all the plants. This blade is shaped like a triangle.
The Cavex Hoe with its curved blade is designed for removal of foliage and roots and is a heavy duty hoe.
Garden Hoes with Fiberglass Handles
For those who are not traditionalists and want something tough durable, doesn't rot and long lasting.