The hoe, to weed and aerate the soil

Removing weeds and loosening the soil isn’t necessarily a pleasant job, but every now and then it needs to be done to keep your garden “tidy”. And in this area the range of tools is vast. For each activity, there is one that fits perfectly. The equipment obviously depends on the size of your garden, but also on the nature of the soil and the type of planting.

You might as well remember that the better the quality of the tools, the longer you can use them. The ergonomically shaped tools not only make work easier, but also prevent damage to your body and health. So taking care of your soil is an important part of the annual gardening job – a stable bed with a sufficient amount of soil and humus is the basis for the growth and development of your plants.

What is the hoe?

This is the tool that is most generally used to loosen the soil, so that it is best worked. Weeds can be removed with a hoe, and the hoe can help you prepare the soil to be ideal for your new plantings.

And the double hoe?

The advantage of a double hoe is that it combines several properties in one and the same tool. Its flat end identical to that of the classic hoe is perfect for weeding, hoeing and leveling. The tines, however, usually two or three, are used to loosen and aerate the soil. Due to its small size, the hoe is a garden tool that allows you to work certain narrow areas with precision.

Removing weeds is a proven, eco-friendly way to keep your garden airy. Regular hoeing will keep the soil loose and free from weeds. Hoeing is one of the oldest ways of controlling weeds in the garden. In a well ventilated soil and nutrient medium, living biological activity can develop – earthworms and other organisms are thrilled!

Why use a hoe?

By hoeing your plants, you kill two birds with one stone: furnish the soil and its ventilation. Hoeing breaks up compacted soil and crusts in the upper part of the soil. This improves the balance of air and humidity, an important prerequisite for healthy plant growth. If the soil in the garden is “chopped” regularly, weeds can be easily removed at an early age. This avoids the laborious weeding that becomes necessary when weeds can grow and spread undisturbed over a long period of time. Even stubborn weeds are weakened in the long run when you regularly cut off the tips of their shoots and can then be removed more easily.

What type of hoe to use?

There are different types of hoes that are suitable for different uses. It is important for all types of hoes that the handle is long enough to allow vertical work and that the holder is securely attached to the handle. Also pay attention to the quality of the blade or teeth. Inexpensive materials flake quickly and bend easily. For most gardens, standard equipment consisting of a double hoe or a hoe for weeding and loosening the soil is sufficient. Only buy additional devices if they are needed for specific applications. Warning ! Never leave a hoe on the ground, especially with the blade facing up. You could step on it and hurt yourself. Always keep the tool upright when working in the garden. When the job is done, clean your hoe and put it away.

When is the best time to hoe your garden?

The best time to weed is immediately after a light rain. Weeds are the most difficult to remove after a long period of drought, as the soil becomes very hard. If necessary, moisten the soil before hoeing it. Conversely, if the soil is too wet, it should not be hoeed. Let it dry beforehand.

And for the record …

The word hoe comes from Monsieur Binet who was King Louis XIV’s wigmaker. He called himself the artist who made the king’s wigs. He was determined to find hair the same color as Louis XIV’s hair throughout the kingdom. The wigs in question were somewhat extravagant. From there would be born the expression: “what a funny hoe! “. Because familiarly, the hoe is the face. It’s the boil or the trombine. Likewise, “to break the hoe” is a colloquial expression which is equivalent to saying “to fall”. And not to exhaust oneself hoeing the earth!

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