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The hoe is a hand tool used in farming and gardening. It has a blade, usually metal, attached to a long handle, usually wood. There are many types of blade, and a variety of uses, probably the most common of which is weeding. Along with the spade and fork, the hoe is considered a basic, essential hand farming implement.

Hoes are used to:

There are many types of blade of quite different appearance. Some are regional variations, and used by personal preference for the range of tasks. Others are intended for a specic use - for example, the collinear hoe has a narrow, razor-sharp blade, used to slice weeds by skimming it just above the surface of the soil in a sweeping motion.