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Garden Hand Tools - Hori Hori

Posted: September 23rd, 2020, 11:53 am
by mobiledynamics
I'm a tool like 5 Felcos, 3 ARS, 2 Tobisho Secauters, the list goes on........

Never had a Hori Hori so I ordered one on a whim. I know it's coined as it jack of all trades sorta versatile tool.
I dunno. Maybe it's just me. Don't see how I would use it. Not deep enough to use even as a small transplant shovel. The thickness of the blade is *thick*. Sure I suppose it's thick as they also but a bevel on it to be used as a knife, and serrated as well. Hell, I've even used my -margin trowel- when I've needed to make a perfect precise cut in turf....

Anyhow, for all you ATY folks who garden, do you use a Hori Hori. What am I amiss ? I'd rather have my Wilcox hand trowel, and a pair of - beater pruners- if if was working in dirt and was also needed to cut roots, etc.

Re: Garden Hand Tools - Hori Hori

Posted: January 3rd, 2021, 10:42 pm
by cjac9chris
I bought one based on an arborist's recommendation for clearing away soil from the root flares of trees. It's great for that. It's also good for prying up larger rocks from the yard which I've had to do a fair bit of. Mostly, I've used it for hand pulling weeds.

This was my first year caring about my lawn and I had quite a bit of crabgrass to deal with. I have St. Augustine which is a wide-bladed grass, so you can't spray for crabgrass (I kind of prefer doing it by hand anyway though. Kind of oddly meditative.)

I probably filled 4 5-gallon buckets with crabgrass from my 700 sq. ft. backyard. Good times!

I think the best part of having one is that when people ask you "what's that?" you can answer "It's a Hori Hori." and they look at you like you're a nut job because normal people don't have a clue what they are.

Enjoy your Hori Hori!

Re: Garden Hand Tools - Hori Hori

Posted: January 4th, 2021, 9:42 am
by edslawn
I've never used one, but my wife got one as a xmas gift for my sister in law. It certainly is an imposing piece of kit.

Re: Garden Hand Tools - Hori Hori

Posted: January 4th, 2021, 9:54 am
by MorpheusPA
Mine tends to see more use in dark of night than in the garden, but...