A hoe is used primarily to scuffle across the surface of the soil to cut off small annual weeds before they go to seed and spread around the garden. Have you heard the old gardener’s adage? One year’s seeding equals ten years’ weeding?
We regularly use scuffle hoes for this task, particularly in spring when new growth is coming on fast - its a real time saver to get annual weeds under control before they become a much bigger problem. Frequent hoeing is a great way to get the upper hand when they have been let go.
The blades on a dutch hoe are typically sharp on all sides so it can cut when moving backwards and forwards. The royal dutch hoe by Sneeboer is a unique design with teeth on the front of the blade and a hook on the reverse that gives you more options for weed removal. One removed, larger weeds can easily be pulled back toward you so they can be picked up.
The shaft is longer than usual and the specially designed handle with extra grip allows you to push and pull it lightly across the soil. if used correctly, it should require very little effort to use this tool. And, as with all of Sneeboer’s long-handled tools, the extra length means that you can use the tool standing upright, and this translates to less back ache.
Extra bonus - it only weighs 900g, making it lighter than a standard dutch hoe and easier to use and manoeuvre.
Shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Flower Show Product of the Year 2013.
All Sneeboer long-handled tools are finished with a round ball at the end of the handle. This serves as a grip and, when scuffling, provides a physical reminder that your hand is at the end of the handle. So smart! The longer-than-usual handles mean that you can work in a more upright position, minimizing backache. An especially great feature for tall folks.
- Width of head: 5” (12.5 cm)
- Length of head: 4.75”
- (12 cm)
- Length of handle: 57” (145 cm)
- Total length: 65” (165 cm)
- Material of handle: Ash wood
- Weight: 2 lbs
- (0.9 kg)
The Sneeboer family has been making garden tools for over 100 years. Sneeboer tools are beautifully designed and built for maximum strength and utility - the heads are hand-forged from one piece of stainless steel and they are fitted with ash handles from FSC-certified forests.