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