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Choosing a Garden Hoe

Weeds are a hassle, but a good garden hoe can help you get rid of them. The question is what kind of hoe should you use?

Traditional garden hoes have a long handle with a wide, flat blade that allows gardeners to remove larger weeds or make furrows for planting.

For smaller weeds, many gardeners prefer stirrup hoes, or scuffle hoes. These have a stirrup-shaped blade that's sharpened across the bottom. As the blade is pushed and pulled through soil, it cuts off weeds at the soil's surface.

Circle hoes are similar in design but have a circular blade. Because the heads are smaller, you can remove weeds without disturbing nearby plants.

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