Depending on the task at hand, there are a few techniques of hoeing.
Firstly, sweeping involves making a sweeping motion towards your feet over the surface to slice the weeds. This isn’t a strenuous method that uses a Dutch hoe.
The Dutch hoe can also be used to create drills for sowing seeds in a grow your own area. To this by turning over the hoe and dragging the tool across the surface to make a shallow trench.
Then, a draw hoe can be used to cover seeds. This eliminates the need to bend down and recover long drills filled with seeds. Use the hoe to move the soil back into the trench to cover the newly sown seeds.
Alternatively, use a draw hoe to slice the top of the weeds by once again bringing the hoe towards you. This is useful for use around grow your own areas where plants have been earthed up because the draw hoe can be angled to suit the incline.
There are long-handled hoes that put less strain on the back. Then, there are shorter handled hoes, or ‘onion hoes’ which are used for areas that are densely packed. These are useful when you need to target a small and specific area without damaging surrounding plants.