- Author: Cheryl A. Wilen
I'm not sure when I first saw or used a garden tool called a hori-hori but ever since I started using it when I do weed identification walks, people ask me about it. I once organized a meeting where part of the registration fee included one of these tools and now, even 5 years or so later, people are stilling swooning over that meeting because of the tool.
So... here it is:
The hori hori is a blade, usually made of stainless steel about 7 inches long with a sturdy wooden handle. The blade is slightly concave so it can be used as a trowel. One side is serrated and it is very useful for cutting out sod or digging in soil. I use it a lot for excavating plants to show the root structure or how deep turf roots go. It is also thin enough to dig around irrigation pipe to fix broken pipe in tight places.
They run anywhere from $20-30.