Garden rakes come in handy for many jobs. Whether it is levelling and grading soil or lifting and clearing debris from lawns, there is a right tool for the job. Many people make the mistake of having one rake that they use for all their gardening. This not only reduces the effectiveness of the tool but also shortens its service life significantly.
As with other gardening tools, the right rake can make or break your lawn. For example, use a soil rake only when levelling soil, before sowing. Using the curved tine to remove debris and lift earth from the ground can either bend the tool or break it. The following are three types of rakes and what their use:
Adjustable rakes are helpful when you want to prepare the soil for planting. You set the rake on a narrow span to allow it to roughen up the soil surface. Then at a very steep angle, you sweep back and forth. The adjustable stop will enable you to draw tines up the handle. It allows you to use the rake between vegetation when the spaces are narrow.
Leaf rakes typically have flat tines made of plastic with a deep bend. You use the rake to put leaves into piles. The leaf rake feels like a big hand for its ability to gather leaves effectively. The primary leaf rake is manual, but there are a few mechanical options.
Also known in some circles as the springbok, the spring rake was traditionally used for clearing debris and leaves. With the spring rake, the best option is a long handle. Better yet, have a replaceable handle so that when the rake comes loose, you can replace the screws and retain the grip.
Other types of rakes are less common but can help you navigate different landscapes. When buying your rakes, you should do your research. Getting the right rake can reduce the amount of work you have to do and save you money.