Hand cultivation tools are essential for precision weeding tasks. Here are a few common tools used at a smaller scale:
- Hand Hoe:
This small hoe, used by hand, allows for precise weeding around the crop in smaller areas. However, its use is limited due to the requirement of crawling on hands and knees, which can be slow and physically taxing.
- Hula Hoe (Stirrup Hoe):
This tool features a swiveling stirrup head attached to a handle and is efficient for moving through the soil. Hula hoes are available in various sizes, typically ranging from 3″ to 10″ wide, and are comfortable to use with handle lengths of 4′-6′. Capable users can cover half an acre or more in a day using a hula hoe.
- Wheel Hoe:
The wheel hoe is another hand cultivation tool that consists of a large stirrup head with a wheel in front and articulated handles. It is easy to use, and proficient operators can cover multiple acres in a day. However, it is important to note that wheel hoes only allow for cultivation between rows, requiring an additional pass with a hula hoe for complete weed control within the rows.