-[Curtis Smith] Welcome to Southwest Yard and Garden. I’m Curtis Smith. And at this time of the year, weeds are a big problem in the
garden. So we’ve come to visit with Ron Jobe, Albuquerque Master Gardener, to find out how he manages his weeds here. And Ron, I see you’ve got a lot of tools for
doing that. -[Ron Jobe] Yes Curtis, I do. There’s a different tool for different conditions in the garden. According to the soil conditions: tight soil, loose soils, the height of the weeds, how large they are, how small they are.
Some works better than others. -[Curtis] I confess this one’s mine, I brought it.
It’s one we see advertised a lot. It works in loose soil, but this doesn’t
work so good in the hard soil. A lot of times our soil is hard. -[Ron] Yeah, I’ve found that to be true. -[Curtis] And so what else have you got here? -[Ron] Well this is a wing hoe. This is a skimming hoe. This is a raker that gets between the
plants, and it has long handles so I don’t have to get on my knees with it.
This is another skimming hoe. But this is my favorite here. This is the hula hoe, and
you called it a stirrup hoe. -[Curtis] It looks like a stirrup here. -[Ron] Yeah sure. And this
is one of the pointed hoes, I use on real difficult weeds and also to make furrows
for planting. -[Curtis] That’s probably his best use here. -[Ron] Yeah it sure is. And then of
course, this is the old standby hoe from way back when I was a youngster.
This was the main hoe to use. But these work good on on large weeds where the
soil is kind of compacted. -[Curtis] You chop them with that pretty good? -[Ron] Right. -[Curtis] I’d assume it isn’t as big as those big old cotton hoes? -[Ron] No but this–this hoe moves a
lot of the earth. -[Curtis] And that can be good, that can be bad. We’ve got to move earth, and
that’s good. But turning the soil over can be a problem because we bring weed
seeds to the surface. A lot of weeds when they’re in the dark, deep in the soil,
they won’t grow. We bring them to the surface, they’re ready to grow when we
put the water on them. And our gardens with water. -[Ron] Right. -[Curtis] Alright, let’s go over here and see how these work. -[Ron] Okay. -[Curtis] Well let’s see how this one works.
Right here we’re in a pretty compacted soil area in the pathway. Chopping this
plant up, but it’s really not uprooting it Ron. -[Ron] No those are kind of difficult. I like to use my standby hoe. This hula hoe here. It
has a lot of advantages. If you’ll notice here it kind of leaves the soil
like it is. -[Curtis] Doesn’t turn it over. -[Ron] Then it skims right under and takes the root out.
and let’s see what happens here just -[Curtis] And let’s see what happens here. It just lifts right out. And if you left it there, it would
just dry up and die. right -[Ron] Right. And then the advantage of this hoe here–many advantages. One is that you can hoe going and coming. You can go this way with it or you can come back this way with it. -[Curtis] And you’re not lifting, you’re not
raising, you’re not chopping, so it’s easier on your joints. It’s less energy
to do it. This one is good for chopping, but you know you’ve got to really be
working. I always go with a corner because I know it penetrates the soil
better. But this is actually more work, and I’m turning the soil over. So now
there’s going to be a chance for weeds here in your garden where I worked Ron. -[Ron] Right, that’s very true. -[Curtis] But it will get this one right here. Now we can also do it this way. Use it in pretty much a similar manner. And so we slide under it, we turn less soil. And that’s a good way to use this when you can. -[Ron] Right. -[Curtis] And you’re wing hoe will do that too, won’t it? -[Ron] Yeah, the wing hoe is a skimming hoe, and it goes under the soil. But it looks like it doesn’t move the soil quite as much as the
chopping hoe. But it moves it more than the hula hoe does. But it still gets the
job done on these smaller weeds. And so that’s good. So there are a number of
ways to deal with weeds in the garden, depending on the circumstances. So if you like to buy things, there’s plenty of tools to be buying. -[Ron] Yeah there is. And you just have to get used to the one. Everybody has a favorite hoe,
but this is good to get in between the plants. -[Curtis] Uh-huh, that’s good. But this is only good for smaller weeds, it doesn’t work very well at all on larger
weeds. -[Curtis] You may have to get him with your hand, and finish it up after you get through. -[Ron] Very true, very true. -[Curtis] And there’s another type of tool too, because sometimes you do have to do that close work–with hands. So you’ve got some of those tools over there, let’s go take a look at those. -[Ron] Okay. -[Curtis] Those for close in combat. Well Ron, sometimes you got close order combat, don’t you? -[Ron] That’s true Curtis. So you got to use these smaller tools. These are some I brought–this one is my favorite. This is really good for working in hard soil,
and you can skim under plants. So again, you’re not stirring up the weed seeds. This one’s really good when things are hard, you can hit the soil with that,
really break it open. This side is pretty good too, but this is really my favorite
side of that. Of course, you really ought to consider
this as one of the tools you should have in the garden. With all of our
thorny plants and rocks and things. A pair of gloves is real handy to have when
you’re working in the garden. And then this. A lot of people don’t think
about this, but this is a good tool to use. Protects the knees. And the
older I get, the more valuable this thing becomes. -[Ron] That’s right. -[Curtis] And I see your wife
is doing a little weeding right now. So let’s go see what she’s doing, and what
tools she’s using. -[Ron] Okay. -[Curtis] Well Ron, what’s Mary doing here? -[Ron] She’s taking some weeds, and she’s doing some hand weeding. Whenever you have plants that you want to keep and some you want to go–that’s almost a necessity. -[Curtis] So you work around the one to save? -[Ron] Right. -[Curtis] Okay well I
appreciate this. This is good to see. This is something everybody needs to know.
Everybody has weed problems. -[Ron] Yes it is Curtis. -[Curtis] Thank you very much Ron. -[Ron] Thank you Curtis. [music]