Well, I finally went off the deep end: I spent nearly $90 on a hoe. Yes, a hoe. It’s a Dewitt diamond hoe. It’s six-feet long, supposedly guaranteed to last a lifetime, and quite nifty.
What is a diamond hoe? It’s a hoe meant specifically for weeding. It’s more for weed prevention, so I’m a little late in the season to start using it, but I had to do something since my weeds are getting out of control. I’ve also been diagnosed with a degenerative disk “disease,” so bending over and hoeing the weeds with the traditional American square hoe won’t work (and never worked well, since the square hoe isn’t meant for weeding). The diamond hoe is held and operated like you would a broom: with your back straight. This video is a fair representation (go to 1:05):
It works great.
I have also ordered an oscillating hoe attachment for my wheel hoe.
I’m really hoping it helps me cut through the bigger weeds I’m grappling with. I like my wheel hoe, but the attachments it came with simply aren’t great for weeding. I’ve been assured by numerous sources that, for flat-out weed attack, a wheel hoe with oscillating attachment is the best.
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