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Weeding Hoes

Choosing Hoes

Three types of hoe are common for grow your own or allotments, the digging hoe or azada, and the Dutch and Draw hoe
The Digging hoe is a tool used across the world for digging and weeding, the Chillington hoe is the most famous.
The Dutch hoe is primarily used for weeding, pushing the blade flat along the soil, cutting the weeds down as you go.
The Draw hoe can be used for weeding and moving soil, such as earthing soil up around potatoes or creating a drill to plant seeds.
The 3 Edged or Angled hoe is alternative to the Dutch with the angled blade being able to get around plant stems easier.
Other more specialist hoes like the Warren and Paxton are good tools for specific weeding jobs on the plot.
The 3 prong cultivator is a type of hoe that does not cut wed roots like the others but can be used to can be used to disturb weed roots by opening up the soil.
All hoes come in forged and stainless steel, your soil type will help decide which is best for you.
Digging hoes are made from much tougher forged steel to give them added strength for the heavier ground breaking work they are designed for. These hoes are in our Digging and Soil Preparation section - here

Forged Steel
Stainless Steel
Stronger than stainless
Not as strong as forged
Heavier
Lighter
Coated to prevent corrosion
Corrosion resistant
Coated to prevent soil adhesion
Easy cleaning

How to Choose a Weeding Hoe

Dutch Hoe Draw Hoe
Dutch Hoe Draw Hoe
The blade is held flat to the ground and slide forwards so the cutting edge slices weeds off at the base. The draw hoe is used in a more chopping action towards you, cutting the weed top from the root. Can also be used on its side to create drills for seeds.
Swoe Hoe Chillington Digging Hoe
Angled / 3 Edge Hoe Digging Hoe
The angled blade of the Swoe has two sharp edges and is used like the Dutch hoe. however the angled blade makes this type idela for getting between closly spaced plants. The digging hoe is not really a weeding tool, more of a ground cultivation tool. It is ideal for turning over soil and creating trenches and drills.

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