Get off your butt and get those leaves raked now...Oct 29, 2001 (Updated Jan 15, 2002) Write an essay on this topic.
Popular Products in GardenThe Bottom Line So many rakes who would have thunk it possible to write about them here...
One should not assume everybody knows what a rake is and owning just one type might be sufficient. This could be a small reason why Epinions put such a category here and Rakers like me could give their two-cents (sorry, not even a pennyís worth) on the subject.
First, the meaning of the word Rake: A long-handled tool with a bar at one end with teeth in it and is used for smoothing soil and gathering leaves, hay or straw. Now that the leaves are falling faster than Eroyalities or darn close to it, you might want to get started raking now before they disappear in the wind.
Steel Tine Rake: This rake is the most durable and well built rake you can buy and is used for raking leaves, straw, hay and grass. Steel Tine Rakes are made mostly for use on lawns, bare soil and concrete. Other uses I have found are spreading small gravel and smoothing mulch in flower beds. A little heavier than most leaf rakes but can do more.
Poly Steel Rake: Basically a lightweight leaf rake that has replaceable flat steel tines and is used for raking yard materials, leaves, grass clippings and straw.
Poly Leaf Rake: I have this rake but find very little use for it, too lightweight and makes leaf raking very difficult for having to stop every second and pull the leaves from the plastic tines.
Aluminum Landscape Rake: A very tough, lightweight aluminum landscape rake and is used mostly for commercial landscaping projects. The rounded teeth on this rake prevents ripping and gouging of well maintained lawns and are ideal for grading loose dirt, gravel and mulch. Of all the rakes this is the one I would marry if asked.
Thatch Rake: Mainly used for removing thatch (the buildup of dead grass between living grass) and moss from lawns and has self-cleaning tines on one side for scratching and loosening soil. The opposite side is for picking up and lifting thatch and moss. It can be used for soil preparation before planting grass seed. I do not own one of these and honestly havenít considered buying one, my customers might want me to thatch their lawn and I must admit I am not into thatching and donít want to learn either.
Bow Rake: A got to have rake for any gardener and want-a-be gardeners. It is used for moving and smoothing soil, compost, mulch and mounding soil around plants and removing weeds and garden debris.
Level head Rake: Tough landscaping projects require this rake because of its strength, this rake can be used for moving, leveling, and grading soil. Also good for leveling gravel and other coarse materials.
Shrub Rake: Small lightweight rake used to reach under shrubs, fences, trees and other tight places.
Multi-Purpose Rake: This rake was a recent gift from my husband and when given to me he said it was one of a kind and that you couldn't buy it anywhere. So I asked, Did it fall from the sky or what? Men like to think when they give you a gift that nobody else has one like it. This rake has a slider handle on it and can get as long as five foot and pull the slider in and is only two foot long. Pretty much all there is to tell about it, but if my husband asks you please say you have never seen anything like it before.
Choose Your Handle Wisely
Do you want Fiberglass or Wood handles on your next rake purchase? Fiberglass handles are a lot stronger, weatherproof, and will not splinter like wood nor will they warp or dry rot. Wood handles are chosen mainly for their strength. I use both but prefer wood for its strength and the way it looks in my hand.
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