OUR TOOLS > WEEDING TOOLS > CHISEL HOE|
creeping thistle rhizome|
We have improved a lot of pasture early in the
season, using this tool, and many of our fields which were infested 4 years ago,
have been improved beyond measure. After chisel-hoeing, there is no coppicing
(as with conventional cutting), and on the bank sides where it is drier, the effect
is outstanding. Shoots should be cut just below ground level, and this will
force the rhizome to shoot from a new point. We've found that this regrowth
rarely achieves maturity, and only in unusually wet areas is repeat action necessary.
The tool can be operated by both handles (or by the top handle alone), using a
rotary motion. Operators soon learn to chisel-hoe around 30 rosettes a minute
in the thicker beds , and to develop an eagle eye for the smallest shoots.
It is important to wear a glove, and to keep the blade sharp. Practice will
lead to accuracy and speed.