I was really surprised to find someone on our allotment using a Dutch hoe as if it was some sort of spade for digging up weeds so felt some explanation of different hoes and how to use them might be helpful.
How to Use a Hoe – Types of Hoe
The Draw Hoe and the Dutch Hoe
The draw hoe is useful for making a shallow trench of the sort we might use for planting peas, which is why we call it drawing a trench, but for weeding I don’t think you can beat the Dutch hoes. The draw hoe just isn’t as easy or effective for weeding.
The idea is to cut through the weed stem just below ground level. Blunt hoes or hoeing when the soil is wet tends to pull the weeds out with the roots intact. This means that if there is a drop of rain the weed will re-root and grow back. Hence my harping on about a sharp hoe! Sharp hoes are far more effective and easier to use than blunt hoes.