Have you heard the old gardener’s adage? One year’s seeding equals ten years’ weeding! It's so important to get those weeds before they go to seed. If you don't, the problem just compounds year on year.
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 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. Once cut, larger weeds can easily be pulled back toward you so they can be picked up.
This type of hoe has an extra long shaft and a unique grip that allows you to cover larger areas by sliding it back and forth across the soil. If used correctly, it should require very little effort to use this tool.
As with all of Sneeboer’s long-handled tools, the extra length means that tall folks can use the tool standing upright, and this translates to less back ache after a hoeing session!
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” (12.5cm)
- length of head: 4.75” (12cm)
- length of handle: 57” (145cm)
- total length: 65” (165cm)
- material of handle: ash wood
- weight: 2lbs (0.9kg)
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.