How to Operate a Portable Garden Hoe

Overview

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

Step 1

Grasp the garden hoe with both hands as you stand over the area of ground you will begin breaking apart for planting your garden.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Drag the garden hoe backward, taking the broken dirt with it.

Step 4

Lift the hoe up and bring it down onto the broken earth, chopping up the large chunks if necessary.

Step 5

Position your hoe over the adjacent patch of ground and repeat.

Weeding with a Hoe

Step 1

Insert the edge of the hoe underneath the weed.

Step 2

Step on the top edge of the head of the hoe, pushing it into the ground beneath the weed's roots.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Lift the hoe and weed from the ground and discard the weed.

Step 5

Chop at any roots the weed has left behind with the hoe and remove them.

Things You'll Need

  • Gardening gloves
  • Portable garden hoe

References

  • University of Vermont Extension: Which Hoe to Use?
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