Dutch How Uses – Learn About Weeding With A Dutch Hoe


Hoeing wears out even experienced gardeners. The chopping motion required to get the blade in the ground then raise it up again is tiring, and it’s many gardeners’ least favorite chore. Maybe yours too. Your opinion of hoeing might change, however, when you start using Dutch hoes. This cool variation on the old tool makes hoeing much easier. Read on for info about Dutch hoe uses including tips for weeding with a Dutch hoe.

What is a Dutch Hoe?

Those who haven’t heard of this tool may ask: what is a Dutch hoe? It’s a new take on an old tool that takes the pain out of weeding. A Dutch hoe, also called a push hoe, doesn’t have the typical hoe blade with its 90-degree-angle. Instead, the blade of the Dutch hoe faces forward.

If you are wondering how to use a Dutch hoe, it’s not at all difficult. You just use a push-pull movement instead of a chopping movement.

Weeding with a Dutch Hoe

Weeding with a Dutch hoe is a very different process than weeding with a regular hoe. You won’t have to use that tiring movement where you bring the blade up and down as if you were chopping wood. That’s because Dutch hoes have one-slope blades that face forward. You hold the tool by its long, wooden handle and skim it just under the soil surface. It slices off weeds at the roots.

You can stand straight and tall as you are weeding with the Dutch hoe. This is better on your back and more effective for getting rid of weeds. The handle gives you sufficient leverage to do the job without breaking a sweat.

Once you learn how to use a Dutch hoe, you’ll realize the ease with which you can take out weeds. The steel blade of these hoes slices off weeds just below the soil both on the push and on the pull strokes.

What happens to the dirt that gathers on top of the blade? Most Dutch hoes are constructed with gap sections or holes in the blade to allow the soil to fall back to the ground as you keep using Dutch hoes.


Top 5 Hoes To Use in Your Garden

The image of a gardener hunched over his garden hoe, scraping weeds out of the soil, may be cliche, but for a good reason. Hoes do a wonderful job of keeping weeds at bay without having to bend down and grab them.

There are several types of hoes—square, wide, V-shaped, bar-shaped—and they all do the job. You should try out a few to see which you find preferable. In general, a rolled steel blade that is riveted to the handle will be the sturdiest. After that, it depends on your needs.

These garden hoes are among the best types available for your gardening needs.


DeWit Dutch Hoe review

A comfortable, high-performing Dutch hoe.

Published: Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 at 11:56 am

In a nutshell

Smooth, easy hoeing action

Long shaft is kind to the back

Hand forged and high quality

Excellent value for quality and performance

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What are the key features of the DeWit Dutch Hoe?

Crafted in Holland, this traditional Dutch hoe has a hand-forged, carbon steel blade that’s sharp and narrow with an open centre. The long, solid, wooden handle is made from ash that has been sanded smooth and waxed for a comfortable finish.

How does the DeWit Dutch Hoe feel?

This hoe is lightweight and comfortable to hold with a long handle that allows you to hoe standing upright rather than bending over. The wood is sanded smooth, with no rough edges or end and slices smoothly through the ground without snagging or jolting.

How does the DeWit Dutch Hoe perform?

The narrow blade fits perfectly in the small gaps between plants and tight rows and it manoeuvres well, wherever you’re hoeing. The blade is sharp and it’s angled just right so that it cuts cleanly, clearing all weeds in one pass. Unlike some hoes in the test it doesn’t catch on weeds no matter how tough.This hoe is quick and very easy to use.

Is the DeWit Dutch Hoe built to last?

Hand crafted from quality and hard wearing materials this robust hoe feels durable and long lasting. The carbon blade can be sharpened to keep it slicing smoothly and oiled regularly to stop it rusting – if they’re looked after the blade and socket should last forever. The ash handle should also be oiled and sanded regularly to preserve the wood but if necessary it’s easy to replace.

Is the DeWit Dutch Hoe good value for money?

This hoe is a dream to use and at less than £30, with a lifetime warranty, we think it’s excellent value for money.


Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe review

A well designed, comfortable and easy to use hoe.

Published: Tuesday, 31 March, 2020 at 11:53 am

In a nutshell

Pros: Toothed blade cuts effortlessly and smoothly

Long shaft is kind to your back

Hand forged and high quality

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What are the key features of the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe?

Crafted by a Dutch family firm, this hoe has a hand forged, stainless-steel blade with sharp teeth on the front and a hook on the back. The ash handle is long, sanded smooth and waxed to protect the wood with an ingenious handgrip on the end.

How does the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe feel?

The hoe is light and kind on the back – the long shaft means there’s no need to lean or bend while working and the unique hand grip make it comfortable and a joy to use.

How does the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe perform?

Every inch of this hoe has been well thought out. The razor sharp teeth on the front of the blade increase its surface area, so it slices through all ground effortlessly, while the hook on the back catches weeds on the pull stroke. It doesn’t snag on clumps or miss a weed. It’s really easy to control and manoeuvre around plants and the long shaft and handle allow you to hoe without treading in smaller beds and borders.

Is the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe built to last?

Crafted from quality, hardwearing materials this hoe is well made and long lasting. The stainless steel is resistant to rust and will stay sharp for a long time, while the waxed handle and shaft can be preserved with oil and then simply replaced when needed.

Is the Sneeboer Royal Dutch Hoe good value for money?

This is the most expensive hoe in our test by quite a long way and it comes with a 10-year warranty on the blade and just one year on the handle. It is however, an exceptional hoe that has been designed to be comfortable, light and supremely good at its job. Plus, it’s built to last. This is a tool for life and we therefore think it’s excellent value for money.


Heart Hoe

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The Heart Hoe was developed by a gardener who didn't like the pulling action of a traditional hoe and wanted more function than a scuffle hoe. The Heart Hoe works like a scuffle hoe, for removing weeds, but it has a flat blade with a pointed edge, that can be used to cut into the sod. And the "V" groove at the top of the heart is used to yank out larger weeds. The hoe blade can rotate to any angle necessary. It's very thoughtful.

There are other tools in the Disc-Hoe line, and they all have interchangeable blades and handles. There is both a long and short handle available.



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