Saturday, 24 November 2007

Grubbed up

Q: Why are hedges grubbed up rather than dug up?

A: Digging up implies use of a shovel or spade. Grubbing up would use a grubbing hoe.

I've never grubbed up a hedge, but I do own a grubbing hoe, and I can well believe that it would be more effective than a shovel in removing the tangle of roots that I would expect to find with a hedge.

A grubbing hoe is like a pick, with the difference that it has a wide blade on one of its ends. A shovel is normally used by pushing it into the ground with your foot. A grubbing hoe is swung like a pick.

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