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Subject: Hula Hoe to remove weeds?
Date Posted: 4/11/2008 3:34 PM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2006
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Just wondering if anyone uses one of these.  Does it really work?  I just need to know if it's easy to use, and if it will remove weeds in rocky, tough soil.

Also, can it be used to remove bermuda grass?

Thanks in advance.

Date Posted: 4/12/2008 8:35 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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Hi Beverly--

We've used one for years (we call it a shuffle hoe, sometimes called a stirrup hoe).  It is best for weeds with shallow roots, since you're essentially scraping the weeds off the surface.  Stuff with a big taproot, like dandelions, it isn't so good at -- it takes the weed off, but leaves the root.

It should work well for grass, since they have a shallow root system.  It is a good arm workout, working the hoe back and forth, but its my favorite way to weed -- I hate crawling around in the dirt digging things out with a trowel or snake's tongue or whatever.  It is easy to use, but does require some upper body strength.

Cheers,

Catt

Subject: Hula hoe
Date Posted: 5/8/2008 3:58 PM ET
Member Since: 6/2/2007
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I have used one for years for light scraping to cut weeds off at the ground level.  It is good to get between plants and not cut down the plant.  Also is good for thinning plants.  Just not for deep hoeing.

frances

Date Posted: 5/24/2008 8:43 AM ET
Member Since: 9/23/2006
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There's no reason for it, but the name of this always makes me think of this song

Muppet Show

I probably need something mostly for deep ones by the time I get to weeding but will have to check on this.