The Winged Weeder weeding tool is a great example of a Dutch hoe and I’ve had one of these for many years now.
It’s shaped like the swept back wings of a jet – (and you can buy your own by clicking on that link) but the advantage of this tool is that it’s light, it’s effective and it’s durable.
I’ve tried both the long-handled one and the short-handled one and my .02 on this is to ignore the short-handled one in favor of the Ho-mi but do get yourself a long handled one.
It’s my primary garden hoe.
But it’s also much more useful than this. I’ve also used it to scrape the ice off my walkway in the aftermath of a Canadian ice storm. The thin blade peeled away the ice from the path and stairs with far less effort than using a shovel. I simply push/pulled it under the ice (it has a thin blade) and the ice flaked off. A simple snow-shovel sweep with a large bladed snow shovel and the walk was done.
No fuss, no muss
The blade is thinner than competitor blades but as I said above, it’s my main hoe and I’ve had mine for over 20 years now.
And oh yeah, it’s how I keep my gravel and wood-chip pathways clear of weeds in the summer. This weeder runs right under the surface to cut off the above-ground shoots.
Good tool – it’s my primary stand-up weeding tool in both vegetable and flower gardens when a garden isn’t mulched.
I don’t use a short handled Winged Weeder for my hand work of cultivating, weeding and planting – instead I use “this tool called a plow hoe or ho-mi