Heavy-duty Garden Hoes

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, whether you need a gardening tool to weed, dig, or till.

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)


Project coming up?
Use this Gardening Hoe Selector Chart

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
break sod YESNONOYESNO
till a garden YES NO YES YES NO
dig a trench YESNONONONO
break hardened soil FairNONOFairNO
lever stones & roots NONONONONO
chop thick roots NONONONONO
cut pasture weeds YESFairNOYESNO
weed large areas NOYESNONONO
clean garden paths NOYESNONONO
weed small, tight spaces NONONONOYES
deep cultivation YESNOYESYESNO
shallow cultivating FairYESYESNONO
prepare seed beds NOFairYESNONO
create furrows NONONOYESYES
move & turn mulch NOFairYESNONO

Explore Our Heavy-Duty Garden Hoe Selection

All with 5 foot long Ash handles...

Grub Hoes

Grub Hoes

$42.95    Choose size   ▶   In stock, ready to ship.

This forged digging tool easily tills the soil and chops through sod. Quickly cut through hard soil, grass, stems, and small roots. 4" and 6" versions. Easier than a spade!

● Use to dig & till the soil.
● Forged steel blades.
● Remove sod & big weeds.
● Good for digging trenches.
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Grape Hoe

Italian Grape Hoe

$42.95    Add to Cart     In stock, ready to ship.

For weeding big spaces and garden rows. It's time-tested design easily slices even the toughest weeds. This sharp 2 pound tool head is forged steel for long-lasting durability.

● Quickly weed garden & paths.
● Sharp forged hoe blade.
● Do shallow cultivation.
● Move soil or gravel.
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Fork Hoe

Fork Hoe

$43.95    Add to Cart     In stock, ready to ship.

The forged steel tines of this English tool easily penetrate firm soil. Then pull to stir and aerate the soil, or raise the long handle to remove weeds and their roots.

● Cultivate soil deeply.
● Forged eye hoe design.
● Prepare fine seedbeds.
● Remove matted roots.
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Pointed Hoe

Pointed Hoe

$42.95    Add to Cart     In stock, ready to ship.

The large forged steel blade easily cuts through sod and penetrates firm soil. Great for digging and tilling gardens. Also ridges (pulls & piles) soil around plants like potatoes.

● Easily dig hard soil or sod.
● Forged eye hoe connection.
● Create planting furrows.
● Ridge and hill the soil.
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Ploskorez Hoe

Ploskorez Hoe

$43.95    Add to Cart     In stock, ready to ship.

Compact stainless steel blade can weed between close plants, while sharp enough for big weeds. Adjustable blade angle. Complete with 5 foot handle, weighs just 3 pounds.

● Pointed tip weeds between plants.
● Sharp stainless steel blade.
● Wide edge for larger spaces.
● Long flat handle for good control.
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Hand Hoes

Hand Hoes

$17.95    Choose type   ▶   In stock, ready to ship.

Get up close to your plants and soil. We have both the Hand Mattock style, and the Fork Cultivator style. Both have 16" wooden handles and 9" long cast steel heads.

● Weed in beds & under shrubs.
● Cast steel heads.
● Till beds & flower gardens.
● Create planting holes.
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Why you should be using a Long-Handled Hoe

ergonomic long handled garden hoe

Long handle = easier on back.


using a short handled azada

Short handle = more bending.

Long handles allow you to stand in the proper upright ergonomic position while you dig, cultivate, or weed. This means less effort and less back strain than if you used a short handled tool, or a shovel or spade. For weeding hoes, people quickly understand the advantage of a long handle. But with digging and cultivating hoes, people sometimes mix them up with different shorter handled tools, or with short versions used in other parts of the world. We will explain below...

How long should the handle be?
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 hoe garden tools.

Click here to see our Replacement Hoe Handles


 

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.

For more usage information, visit our How To instruction pages and our Garden Hoe FAQ pages.

 

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