Every gardener needs a hoe and spring is the time to put it to good use, as annual weeds will have begun to germinate. Knowing how to use a hoe is key, and there are several ways to do it.
When hoeing, aim to sever the top growth from the roots, just below the soil surface, then leave it in the sun to wither and die. Hoeing is best done when the soil is dry as this creates a ‘dust mulch’. This inhibits the germination of new weeds. Long-handled hoes are easier on the back, whereas a short-handled ‘onion hoe’ is better for closely planted areas, where you don’t want to damage nearby plants. Hoeing won’t kill deep-rooted or perennial weeds – these need to be dug up by hand.
Hone your hoeing technique with our guide on how to use a hoe, below.