Using Loop Hoe

mary_maxApril 11, 2014

Will a loop hoe work to remove seedlings of Johnny Jump Ups, larkspur, small weeds, small plants like coreopsis, and fever few, black eyed susans, and yellow coneflowers etc that are about an inch or two tall. Will this do the trick or do I have to pull each one. It will be easy work with the hoe if the other way must be done I have hours of work. But... I want it done right. Please let me know. . Thanks

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Campanula UK Z8

Absolutely - I LOVE my hoes although my eyes and co-ordination are a bit dodgy with a long-handled job. I keep mine sharp so one concentration fail between the leeks..........disaster. However, I have a little onion hoe, a neat handtool which slices through those annoying weeds. For sure, you might have to have another go-round in a couple of weeks but you are right, a good hoe makes short work of hundreds of annoying plants in hard to reach places. A circle or hoop hoe is a bit more controlled than a draw hoe (in my hands, a dutch hoe is a lethal weapon) but a hoe or a daisy grubber will be practically welded to my hand between now and October.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 5:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I use my hoe for that very purpose. Some weeds may need pulled though. I just survey the ground as I walk holding the hoe. When I see new growth I give it a shuffle and leave the green business where it lands. It is small and dries out quickly. It will be easier with time because the soil will still be loose from last time. If a weed has matured and has seed head I don't just leave on the ground, of course. Hope that made sense.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 5:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

My loop hoe is one of my favorite tools. Makes very short work of large areas of weeds.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 5:32PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

do you guys ever sharpen a hoe.. to make it easier???

the whole point of any hoe.. is to expose the roots.. long enough that the small plants dries and dies... before it can reroot... i dont understand.. how what plant it is.. could make a difference... putting aside plants with underground runners ...

go for it...


    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 5:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks to everyone and I was so happy to read your comments . YIPEE!! That tools is so cool! Thanks again.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 5:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Campanula UK Z8

sharpen it - you bet. It is basically a knife....on a stick.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 6:57PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
dandy_line(3B (Brainerd, Mn))

An old farmer friend of mine told me a long time ago: "There is a crucial time when weeds are about an inch or two tall, and the day is dry. Lightly hoeing the ground and undercutting the roots will kill them back for the next few months." One time is all that's needed. But timing is critical.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 12:22AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Campanula UK Z8

Another plus - muddling dry soil about with a hoe creates a 'dust mulch' which acts as any mulch, preserving ground water and making removal of surface weeds a doddle.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 6:45AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Campanula UK Z8

deleted - dbl post

This post was edited by campanula on Wed, Apr 16, 14 at 16:10

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 6:46AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
hey newbie: is not a green thumb you want .. its a ....
brown index finger ....[keep your head out of the gutter] i...
ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5
What groundcover would you mix with Helleborus?
I'd like to plant a new bed of hellebores, but I'm...
magpiepix 5b/6a
Zone 10b: Dog Friendly Ground Covering (Creeping Perennial)
I am considering replacing our front lawn (in a gated,...
Troubles with new Campanula Carpatica (Blue Clips)
I will start by saying that I am a pretty new gardener....
I love wood Anemones...
Or Anemone nemorosa. They are just starting to poke...
christinmk z5b eastern WA
Sponsored Products
Area Rug: New Flokati Tan 2' 4" x 4' 3"
$72.97 | Home Depot
Turquoise Colored Glass Vessel Sink
MR Direct Sinks and Faucets
Lanza Row Light - Three Lights
Signature Hardware
Veer Drafting Stool in Black
$115.00 | LexMod
Black White Red Victorian Tiffany Floor Lamp
Holtkoetter | Ludwig Wall Sconce No. 5584/4
$970.00 | YLighting
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™