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

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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
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emmarene

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
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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
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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...

ken

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 5:33PM
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mary_max

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
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Campanula UK Z8

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

    Bookmark   April 11, 2014 at 6:57PM
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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
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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
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Campanula UK Z8

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

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 6:46AM
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