HOW TO SELECT THE PERFECT
GARDEN HOE FOR EVERY PROJECT
Selecting the wrong tool for the job is the #1 biggest mistake people make when digging or cultivating. It leads to unnecessary extra effort & back strain.
That’s why we want to make it easy for you to select the right hoe for every project, every time.
Our 3 Garden Hoe Types
● Digging Hoe -- Made to break, or dig into, the soil or sod. (Grub, Pointed, and the Fork Hoe)
● Cultivating Hoe -- Made to till or loosen bare soil each season. (Fork, Grub, and Pointed Hoe)
● Weeding Hoe -- Made to slice the upper layer of soil to cut or uproot weeds. (Grape, and Ploskorez Hoe)
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Use this Gardening Hoe
There are many tasks that gardening hoes should be used for.. Below we will identify the most common and show you which hoe is the PERFECT one for the job.
|Tool / Task||Grub Hoe||Grape Hoe||Fork Hoe||Point Hoe||Plos-korez|
|till a garden||YES||NO||YES||YES||NO|
|dig a trench||YES||NO||NO||NO||NO|
|break hardened soil||Fair||NO||NO||Fair||NO|
|lever stones & roots||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO|
|chop thick roots||NO||NO||NO||NO||NO|
|cut pasture weeds||YES||Fair||NO||YES||NO|
|weed large areas||NO||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|clean garden paths||NO||YES||NO||NO||NO|
|weed small, tight spaces||NO||NO||NO||NO||YES|
|prepare seed beds||NO||Fair||YES||NO||NO|
|move & turn mulch||NO||Fair||YES||NO||NO|
Why you should be using a
Long handle = easier on back.
Short handle = more bending.
The height of your hoe handle should be between your armpit and shoulder. Our hoe handles are designed to allow it to be adjusted to match your size. The long handle is the same diameter over the entire length, so it can be cut shorter if necessary. If your handle is too long simply cut some length off of the rounded end. The cut end can re-rounded with a sander, or by good old-fashioned whittling with a pocket knife.
Why do some tools have much shorter handles?
A shorter handle will work, but it is less ergonomic, harder on your back, and requires more effort. We strongly recommend that you practice using your hoe with a properly sized long handle rather than immediately cutting it down to a shorter length that may FEEL more familiar. having the right length results in an easy hoe to use.
Why would a shorter handle FEEL more familiar?
Most people are more familiar with short-handled picks, mattocks, sledgehammers and axes They are used with a full-body arcing swing, meaning that the tool is swung from overhead down to the ground with a great deal of force to do high impact work like busting concrete and splitting wood. But a large hoe is a soil digging tool - not a concrete breaker - and it should NOT be swung from overhead.
It is true that today's big-box store models, like the Lowes hoes, are too light, dull, and poorly made. But here at Easy Digging you can buy garden hoes online that are strong, sharp tools that are still made with efficient designs developed back in the days when hoeing and digging and tilling the soil by hand were everyday jobs on the farm or in the family garden.
Click here to read Customer Reviews of our Garden Hoes
You will probably be surprised by this article telling "How many types of garden hoes are there?". And pardon the aside, but we need to list the words hoe hoe hoe all in a row like this somewhere because it is a combination people often search for. Probably because using the word just once can give results that are not garden tools.
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Why do I need a heavy-duty hoe?
If you are going to be digging into the ground, or slicing through thick established weeds, then you should buy a heavy-duty garden hoe so that it lasts a long time. It is a pain to have your tool break during a busy day. And it is false economy to buy and break many cheap ones instead of one high-quality forged eye hoe that lasts a long long time.
But there are some tasks that lighter, more delicate types of garden hoes are more suited for. For example, to do detail weeding between closely placed plants you would want something like our Ploskorez hoe - a gardening hoe that is small, light, and sharp - so you can control it precisely.