The rake is an essential tool for all outdoor work. Depending on the use you want to give it, you don’t have to choose the wrong rake. Today the market offers several models of rakes, adapted to each and the tasks to be performed. It is not easy to decide, unless you follow our guide.
There are several main categories of work that require the use of a rake. The first refers to the leveling of materials such as earth or gravel. The second corresponds to cleaning surfaces, such as collecting dead leaves or cut grass. The third aims at aerating the soil, then we add the care of the lawn and other small gardening works. Here’s what to choose for each.
To level the ground
A classic rake is recommended when you want to level the ground, and give it an identical look and consistency on the entire surface used, but also to pull various elements from the surface.
A traditional rake can have a work surface with a width between 30 and 60 centimeters, with straight or curved teeth. To make the right choice, it is useful to remember that a tool with straight teeth makes it possible to level the ground, making it a little looser, while a tool with curved teeth will be more suitable if you want to level the gravel, for example .
There are rakes with a width of no more than 10 centimeters, to work in narrow strips.
To gather dried leaves and vegetation
A garden rake does not collect leaves as effectively as a leaf rake. With a head made of several long and thin branches, it allows you to gather dead leaves when you maintain a lawn, to gather the moss or dry grass that can accumulate above the lawn or to efficiently clean large areas.
Lawn (or leaf) rake consists of many metal, plastic or bamboo teeth, thin and flexible. Can effectively clean large areas. Plastic turf is more flexible, lighter and often wider, but it is still less effective against muscle.
If it is difficult for you to put the piles of leaves in the collection container, you can choose a double leaf rake, which is equipped with 2 “jaws” that act as pliers. Thus, you can collect garbage without bending over, without hurting your back, and without needing more tools.
To aerate the soil
Scarification of a lawn is similar to scratching the ground, so as to create furrows in the ground to make it breathe. This allows the soil to be fed, as it can easily receive all the necessary nutrients. But that’s not all, these furrows will also allow irrigation or rainwater to penetrate better into the soil.
The other goal when scarifying a lawn is to remove all the elements that tend to suffocate the lawn and then prevent it from growing well. The operation can be performed with a manual scarifier. The tool looks like a rake with double strings of taller, thicker and sharper teeth.
To smooth the concrete
If you intend to arrange an alley or a network of alleys in your garden, which will allow you to move quickly in any part of the yard without risking getting stuck or damaging the grass or plants, you need a rake with a blade. Such a tool has one or more flat edges, which is used to spread and smooth wet concrete. There are types with a textured edge at the top, but there will always be a flat part for pushing and pulling the concrete on the work surface before it hardens.
For mixing the ash with the soil
If you have one or more wood stoves, do not rush to throw the collected ashes. It can be used successfully as a fertilizer in the vegetable garden, where the plants prefer an alkaline soil. You can mix wood ash with compost or you can use it simply. The fertilizer will be spread on the ground and then mixed with the top layer of soil using a garden rake.
For cleaning the roof
Another specialized rake you need is a rake to clean the roofs of debris from leaves or conifer needles, shaken from trees that keep the shade of the house or outbuilding, moss or snow.
The rake you need to perform all these operations must be light and have both a tail, long teeth and fall, to help you easily reach the top of the roof, but at the same time you can pull the elements you want. to remove them. In this case, you can most easily use a flexible and flared leaf rake.
For small gardening works
A rake with a shorter handle, also known as hand rakes, may be needed when: the soil in your garden is harder, stony, if you need to clean trees or shrubs at the root or, last but not least, if you want to care for and aerate potted plants. Not to mention the usefulness of such a tool for gardening on the terrace or balcony.
With the same classic shape, a hand rake has only 5–6 teeth or branches and will be much easier to manage than a traditional tool on small surfaces.
To clean up after your pet
For pet owners, the thought of a yard full of dog or cat excrement is not at all relaxing. As an effective solution for such a situation you can use a device for collecting excrement in the form of a rake, specially created for this purpose.
This small rake often comes in a set with a long-tailed farce. There are some products that offer extensible rakes that will help you avoid back pain. Using this rake is similar to using a broom and a prank when squeezing your pet’s dirt.
There are also oversized versions of this type of device, with which you can clean quickly and efficiently, without much effort, including manure.