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Good Morning America Good Morning America's gardening and lifestyles contributor Rebecca Kolls, host of the syndicated show Rebecca's Garden, ordered a bushel of the most interesting new garden tools and put them to the test. After weeding out the duds, she suggests what will be the "hottest, coolest garden tools of the season". Rebecca shows Charles Gibson one of her favorite new gardening tools...the Long Handled circlehoe garden hoe!

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Wall Street Journal performs a Test of Ergonomic Garden Tools. In April, 2004, the Wall Street Journal tested several 'ergonomic garden tools'. The circlehoe was rated 'BEST VALUE' as an ergonomic gardening tool. The testers said "we liked the different heights and how easy it was to cut a clean circle of grass around our test tree." It's the best tool I've ever seen for this," said Mr. Wade, tester from Complete Lawn Service. (Weekend Journal)

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Sunset Magazine Centennial issue included the circlehoe (#50) in the list of 100 most significant products and/or events to have occurred in Sunset's 100 years of publication. The circlehoe was the only garden tool to be selected!

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Organic Gardening Magazine has featured the circlehoe garden hoe FIVE times.

2007 'Top 10 Tools That Make Gardening Easy'- Use the best garden tool for each job and you make it easier and more rewarding to create a beautiful and productive garden. That doesn't mean you need to spend a lot of money on a shed full of fancy gear. We try out a wide range of gardening aids in the Organic Gardening test garden and we have no time to waste on tools that bend or break in tough soil, that work well a few times but don't last, that are all hype and no substance. These tools are the ones we reach for often and would spend our own money on. Circlehoe: Weeds and cultivates in even the hardest soil without strain on the garden or damage to nearby plants. Zazel Loven, Senior Editor

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2006 'Tool Test - Why We Love Our Weeders' - The Henningsen circlehoe has become a favorite of OG Senior editor and new gardener Zazel Loven. "It's ideal when removing small clumps of weeds in tight places."

2003 'Get Weeds Before They Take Over' - The key to weed control and removal is to do the weeding when the weeds are small. Only when you put it off does it become a chore. A circlehoe allows you to move in tight between plants to chop off weeds just below the soil surface with a pulling motion. The circlehoe meets all the criteria on Tips for Effective Hoeing:
1. Choose a hoe that you find easy to use.
2. Keep the hoe sharp.
3. Cut plants off just where the stem joins the root.
4. Hoe regularly when weeds are small.
5. Pick up the weeds.
6. Leave sufficient space between crop rows to allow for easy hoeing.

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2001 '50 Tools We Can't Live Without' - John Grogan, OG Managing Editor, "I find the Henningsen circlehoe to be highly effective for getting at surface weeds in tight spots without hurting your prize plants or their roots. Instead of turning over soil, as a traditional hoe does (thus exposing more weed seeds to sunlight, where they will germinate), it slices roots off just below the soil surface."

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1999 'The Organic Garden Center' - The circlehoe (Weed Slicer) is a recommended new product.

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Fine Gardening Magazine "This modest, uncapitalized tool combines the advantages of a scuffle hoe with the surgical precision of a Warren hoe. Someday, I've got to try the long handled version. The best weeders have a long reach and a sharp blade"." Jeff Taylor, Author of 'Tools of the Earth'

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Vegetable Gardener's Bible "I have been using the circlehoes, especially the long-handled one, for about a month now and comparing directly with my previous favorites, a Coleman-design colinear and a small Swan hoe, and --for hand weeders-- a Cape Cod, a Wire Weeder, and various hand hoes. Now that the time of testing is over, and I can do as I like, the circlehoe is always the one I take to the garden for either weeding or cultivating. Second place is a long ways down the list, and isn't really worth bothering with. I like being able to see exactly where the hoe blade is at all times. Initially, I expected that the small 'work surface' of the tool would mean that tasks would take longer than with a 5" to 7" wide tool. Not so. I can work so much faster with the circlehoe that the whole job takes less time. I recommend the circlehoe wherever I speak. I wish I'd known about the circlehoe before the book was published because it definitely would have been my top choice of gardening tools!" Ed Smith, author

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Sunset Garden Guide Special Issue Removing weeds from around plants is sometimes difficult with conventional hoes, which can scrape and injure plant tissue. Not so with the circlehoe, designed by Ralph Henningsen for weeding in tight places... Kathleen N. Brenzel, Senior Garden Editor


Sunset Western Garden Book Seventh Edition 2001, page of 'must have' garden tools includes the circlehoe (pg. 710)

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Leading Consumer Magazine 'Test of Hoes and Cultivators' - The basic (conventional) garden hoe has a wood handle with a solid, flat head that's useful for cultivating soil before planting, but it's not the best weeder. We looked at a few alternatives, two of which worked quite well. In the tight quarters of an established garden, the Henningsen circlehoe earned high praise from our testers. The working end is small, but it can slice through even sizable weeds.

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Rebecca's Garden Magazine 'Best of Show' - Rebecca's Koll's favorite new products for the green-of-heart. Hoe-hoe-hoe and then hoe some more-with ease. The Henningsen circlehoe minimizes the stress of weeding and cultivating in tight places. Sharp and light-weight, it cuts weeds, and lifts and breaks up the most compacted soil. Country Living Gardener and Rebecca's Garden Magazine presented their Editor's Choice Award for Best Innovative Product to the Henningsen circlehoe at AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA, January 2000

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The Arizona Republic 'Circle Hoe Runs Rings Around Other Weeders' - "I generally find weeding a gentle, reflective chore that can be a delightful way to connect with the small, intimate aspects of the garden. But in a good wet year, you need more help, and I am happy to share the burden with one of my favorite tools - the circle hoe. I found it to be the best weeding device since fingers. It is a gentle tool, taking only what you want gone, and leaving the rest. The 11-inch (Mini) hoe has a tiny head that is superb around delicate plants or in crowded beds. I use it to clear out around plants as small as emerging vegetables and wildflowers, and it excels in weeding around bulbs. After I found the stand-up 59-inch hoe to clear out large areas of annual grasses, I put away the dreaded hula hoe. Henningsen's odd little hoe changed my weeding life; it might change yours as well." Mary Irish, Dec. 4, 2004.

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The Old Farmer's Almanac Gardener's Companion 'How to Use Hoes' by Henry Homeyer - Henningsen Circlehoe designed and made by a market farmer who is also a blacksmith. Its circular shape allows it to cut weed roots close to plants while keeping the cutting part away from plant roots. Its shape also allows a person to get in tight to a plant and pull forward, slicing weed roots just beneath the soil. I like it, as did Scott. It is lightweight, sturdy, and easy to control.

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