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 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 pull or draw hoe is used to scuffle or chop weeds and the shaft is about 6” shorter than the push hoes - this makes it easier to use for chopping. The blade is slanted back at exactly the right angle to chop the heads off weeds; it has a razor-sharp bottom edge which can also be used in a scuffling motion to shave small weeds off the soil surface. It copes really well with hard, dry ground and can be used for earthing up vegetables and making shallow sowing trenches.
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.
How to care for your Sneeboer Tools:
- Width of head: 5.9” (15 cm)
- Length of head: 2.3” (6 cm)
- Length of handle: 61” (155 cm)
- Total length: 66” (168 cm)
- Material of handle: Ash wood
- Weight: 2.4 lb (1.1 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.