The hoe It is a very versatile agricultural hand tool that is used in the field or in the garden to remove small amounts of soil. It is used to control weeds by agitating the soil surface around the plants, putting soil around the base of the plants. This creates narrow furrows and shallow ditches for sowing seeds. It is also often used to cut weeds and roots. It is even used to dig or move the earth to harvest tubers such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, etc.
parts of a hoe
The hoe It is formed by a blade on the cutting front edge, has a sharp edge on one side, and has a handle to hold it. The shovel or handle is usually made of iron or wood. This tool is used to dig and remove previously cleared land. The hoe It has various uses, in addition to the agricultural sector, such as masonry, as it has the ability to move piles of sand or cement.
types of hoes
There is a wide variety of types of hoes, the most common being the following:
- Collinear hoe: It is the one with a narrow and sharp blade that is used to cut weeds quickly. Its blades are very sharp so it cuts the weeds on the surface with a simple sweep.
- Dego Hoe: It is the best known and generally used in the typical crop. It has a strong head and a broad delta leaf shape.
- Dutch hoe: It has a special design that is pushed into the ground to cut weeds below the surface. His head is a flat metal loop.
- stirrup hoes: They are specially designed with a double-edged blade that bends around to form a stirrup-like rectangle attached to the handle. Weeds are cut just below the soil surface. Blade width ranges from three to seven inches.
Today, fifteen or twenty years ago to be precise, hoes They are used by professional archaeologists. It should be noted that these tools are not as precise or exact as the traditional trowel, which is widely used in the field of archeology. The hoe is an ideal tool for cleaning open areas that are of great interest for the study of archaeological remains. .