"Hula-ho" "skimmer" weeder?

I bought something called the "Hula-ho" at my local hardware store/garden center. The garden center guy told me it was also called a "skimmer". I said I wanted something to remove strips of sod (grass w/roots, not commercially-bought "sod").
It's effectively a rectangular-shaped ribbon of metal on a long wooden handle. The home page is here: http://www.flexrake.com/hulaho.htm
I can't quite figure out how it works. I'm trying to remove a strip of sod along my fence line, and it just doesn't catch down under teh roots, no matter how deep I try to press it in with my foot.
Is this one of those lawn implements that doesn't actually 'work', or, do I just need to be more determined?
Gwen
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This tool is designed for weeding/cultivating soft soil, not for removing sod. I have a Lee Valley sod lifter for that purpose. It also is great for establishing and maintaining edges of planting beds. I would recommend that you take a look: http://tinyurl.com/2c8j2
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Gwen Morse wrote:

This is mostly called an "action hoe". So-called because it cuts on both the front and back stroke. You can use it to cultivate, weed, or edge. Basically you put it in front of you with the blade down and pull until it's a couple of inches in, then pull level to rip up whatever's on top. You then can remove it or break it up.
I said I wanted something to remove strips of sod (grass

Do you want to *keep* the strips, or just make a neat edge for the planting bed? For the latter it should work fine, for the former you may want a real sod cutter (you step on it and cut straight down, then go under the sod as with a piece of cake).

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On Thu, 03 Jun 2004 00:39:57 -0500, Dan Hartung

I went back to my garden center and they took back the hula-ho and sold me a basic spade, instead (which I expect that I would find more generally useful even if I'm having trouble using it with this grass).
The guy at the garden center told me that my soil needed to be softer to use the hula-ho.

I don't want to keep the sod, I just want to remove it.
Gwen
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On Wed, 02 Jun 2004 16:54:12 -0400, Gwen Morse

It's a case of selling you a scuffle hoe instead of a sod cutter. Take it back unless you want to use it for its intended purpose of scraping back and forth to weed out seedling weeds not tough perennial weeds or to cut sod.. that will just break it.
How much sod do you need to cut? You can use an old serrated blade knife, or an old knife of any kind. I just did a search on "sod cutters" and the first one was a device you could use as an edger you stepped on and pressed with heel or toe, and you could pull it toward you to cut after it was down into the soil.. $34.95 plus $7.95 or something like that shipping, another "sod cutter" was an extremely serrated with wide teeth.. that looked like a hunting knife in the grip and length.. but with big gaped teeth to tear through sod and roots. $14.95.
I wouldn't invest in any expensive tools if you are just going to cut out a small amount of grass..you can use a shovel .. just plunge it into the ground over and over along the line where you want to remove it and pry it up..knock the dirt loose from the sod that you pull up .. or.. use an old serrated knife.. if you don't have one go to a thrift store, they have tons of junk knives and buy the sturdiest meanest looking one you can find and use that to just cut the dirt off the sod, or sod off the dirt..whichever way you want to look at it, and if it's really sturdy, you can just cut the sod out to begin with in chunks if you don't mind getting down on your hands and knees to do so. Personally, I'd use the shovel for as much as you could, knock the dirt off and toss the remains into a heavy duty black plastic bag (double bag if you don't trust its strength.. set that up into a wheel barrow or cart .. as it will get heavy and put that sod you pull out into it (if you don't need it elsewhere) and when you get done, or the bag is pretty full, wheel it over to an out of the way area or by your compost bin, and put it down on the ground, close up the sack and let it compost in there until the grass is dead and broken down and you can't tell it was there. At that point you have a nice loam to use wherever you want.
The dirt you knock off or cut off goes into the area the grass came from so that it won't be so deep... and you don't need to go very deep to pry up the grass.
Janice
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