If you are an avid gardener, you know that gardening is pretty much not happening without the right equipment, at least not if you want great results. If you are serious about gardening, then you'll need several tools and equipment; one of which is a rakes. Gardening needs commitments and is definitely serious business. It would help if you were willing to get your hands dirty, literally. However, having the right tools will make all the hard work worthwhile. Perhaps more importantly, it will help you achieve the garden of your dreams, the one that when you look at it, you can't help but smile. There are different types of rakes, and it may be a little confusing knowing which one to get. But don't panic, choosing a garden hoe doesn't have to be a complicated matter. To help you in your quest, continue reading about the different types of rakes and choose based on your specific raking needs.
Rakes are tools consisting of a long or short handle attached to the head. The head is especially characterized for having several tines set in it, sometimes called teeth or prongs.
Rakes are versatile tools that can be used at home for various clearing and gardening tasks. They can also be used in industries such as agriculture and landscaping.
Rakes can be made either of plastic, wood, metal, steel, and fiberglass.
You may be surprised to learn of the existence of different types of rakes. While we all know the big plastic or bamboo thing used to make leaf piles, rakes go beyond that basic description.
This is the most common type of rake. The tines are long and fan out from the handle, with a cross piece of material. These rakes are fabricated to pick up leaves and lawn debris without causing any damage to the grass and/or soil.
Garden rake has their place for heavy-duty; these are typically used to move, spread, and level soil. Its tines are wide-set and short; they bend down from the head at a 90-degree angle. These rakes are generally made of metal.
This one is pretty similar to the leaf rake. However, it’s much narrower. It's great to work within small places, to rake up leaves and other litter.
These rakes tend to be made out of metal and though small in size, are meant for heavy-duty work. With only a few long, pointed tines, these rakes are perfect for digging and moving soil in a small area.
This means looking rake. It’s mainly utilized for breaking up and removing thick thatch in lawns.
There are elements to consider when choosing a rake; keep the following in mind.
You want to handle your rake easily, so think about whether you will use it standing up, for instance. A rake you will use standing up should be a suitable length and weight. When you hold a rake, you want some distance between your hands, but consider the balance between the tool and your hands and what feels right.
It all depends on where you need to use it. A wide head could mean that you will take less time removing leaves covering big garden areas; however, larger heads tend to be heavier.
The rake should be heavy enough to help you perform your tasks but light enough for you to maneuver comfortably. Keep in mind that rakes designed for more heavy-duty work will often be heavier.
The materials of which your rake is made will determine its durability. Steel will be the strongest material rake parts can be made from. They should be durable but can rust if exposed to moisture.
This is another important element to consider when choosing the right rake. Think about the area it will be used in. Small gardens, gardens with many shrubs, or gardens with lots of sharp corners or small gaps will require a rake with a fairly small head. And relatively short handles will be easier to control effectively.
If you're looking for something to rake around plants and foliage easily, try this AMES Shrub Rake. The optimized design makes it easy to collect leaves and debris in even the tightest places without disturbing growing plants and landscaping. The 8-inch poly head makes this rake ideal for removing debris from under shrubs, fences, and trees. The 60-inch vinyl-coated steel handle is strong and durable while providing superior reach, while the 6-inch cushion grip offers comfort and control.
The 9-teeth broom weighs 0.5 lb. The powder-coated carbon steel head is light and durable. The generous length of the teeth helps gathering dry leaves and flowers on the ground, less bending on your back. The tool can also be used to dislodge small weeds around perennials and annuals, and it is great for smoothing soil in planters and beds.
The original self-cleaning thatching or lawn grooming rake. Easy push and pull action. 15 5/8"W, 60" wood handle.
Made from high-quality materials, this premium gardening tool boasts a sturdy structure that's guaranteed to withstand damage from prolonged exposure to sunlight, rain, snow, and other environmental elements.
The Ames 22-tine steel leaf rake is used for clearing leaves and debris from lawns. The flexible steel tines will pull out thatch for a healthier lawn. The steelhead is bolted to the handle for a secure connection while raking.