A portable garden hoe allows you to maintain your garden and landscape by hand. A standard garden hoe, identified by a wooden handle and wide flat head, is used to break apart soils for aeration and preparation for gardening. There are other variations as well, including hoes with triangular or diamond-shaped heads. Operating a portable garden hoe only requires that you have the strength to manually break apart the earth in which you are gardening.
Chopping Hard Dirt with a Hoe
Grasp the garden hoe with both hands as you stand over the area of ground you will begin breaking apart for planting your garden.
Jab the wide edge of the garden hoe into the ground. Step on the top of it like you would a shovel to help it break the earth apart, if necessary.
Drag the garden hoe backward, taking the broken dirt with it.
Lift the hoe up and bring it down onto the broken earth, chopping up the large chunks if necessary.
Position your hoe over the adjacent patch of ground and repeat.
Weeding with a Hoe
Insert the edge of the hoe underneath the weed.
Step on the top edge of the head of the hoe, pushing it into the ground beneath the weed's roots.
Tilt the hoe back to pop its head out of the ground. The weed and its root clump should now rest on the wide part of the hoe's head.
Lift the hoe and weed from the ground and discard the weed.
Chop at any roots the weed has left behind with the hoe and remove them.
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