Well, if you’ve bought a garden rake in the last 50 years here in the states, it probably looks or is the same as your neighbors. Take a closer look at your garden rake. Are the tips of the tines rounded over as if it was made for a child, so they wouldn’t get cut while using it?
Yes they are...and you’re not alone. Most garden rakes or bow rakes sold in the US for as long as I can remember (OK, longer than my old mind can remember) have tines that are rounded over, which is OK if you’re “combing” your garden. But, what if you wanted to do some serious raking with one of these rakes, you have put all your weight onto the garden rake head just to get it to dig in...why?
Well, I never gave it much thought either...that is, until we got in the garden tool business and we received garden rakes from Holland. Now, we have hundreds of wonderful garden tools, but no single tool is so much alike, but so different as the Dutch garden rakes.
Don’t get me wrong, if you like a garden rake that just skims over the surface collecting unwanted debris, then the typical garden/bow rake is just fine, but if you want a tool that actually digs into the soil, then the Dutch rakes with their super sharp tine is the ticket.The sharpened tines dig into the soil with little effort, making leveling, seeding, cleaning rocks and unwanted debris from your garden a real pleasure. And, you’re not stuck with the one size fits all, because the Dutch garden rakes come in many widths and number of tines...go figure.X
When I say older, I don’t mean “old”...I’m talking about those of us that are the “been there, done that” crowd and would like garden tools that will make our love of gardening more enjoyable and less tiresome.
We’ve all grown up with garden tools that are a one size fits all and those tools tended to be quite large. Well now, many garden toolmakers are creating all kinds of tools that allow us to garden smarter, not harder...especially for those gardeners with arthritis, carpal tunnel or other physical conditions.
So, what are these garden tools for older gardeners and how will they make your gardening more enjoyable? These tools tend to be smaller versions of the tools we’ve used in the past or tools that we once used with one hand now has a handle that allows us to use two hands. I know I’m not as strong as I used to be, so I find the smaller garden tools don’t wear me out as quickly...that means more time in the garden.
Garden Forks and Spades - Sometimes called a “border” fork or spade; these tools have smaller head sizes and are lighter in weight, so it doesn't take as much effort to dig with.
Raised Bed Garden Tools - With the popularity of raised bed gardening, many toolmakers have started making garden tools that are “mid” size. These tools are lighter weight and their smaller size allows you to use them in tighter spaces.
Garden Hand Tools - Hand tools tend to be tough on the wrists, so now those same hand tools are available for two handed use. These tools greatly reduce hand, wrist and arm fatigue.
(DeWit Garden Tools makes wide range of “P-Grip” hand tools for one or two handed gardening)
“A bad day in the garden is wonderful...a bad tool in the garden is exhausting”
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