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Odds are, if you head to the garage for a rake, you will probably grab one of these:
- A standard leaf rake.
Lawn rakes or leaf rakes have 2 designs: straight edge or sweep (broom). Straight edge rakes pull leaves and debris toward the user, gathering up heavier trash such as sticks and stones. Sweep rakes are used like a broom. They pull or sweep the leaves and debris past the user. Sweep rakes are fan shaped, better ones with spring-steel teeth of graduated lengths for a straight leading edge. Others have a rounded leading edge.– Source
- Or, a garden rake.
Garden rakes are used to break up and smooth soil after it has been spaded and cultivated. They have sharp, curved teeth of high-carbon steel to pulverize dirt clods, and straight backs to level the soil for planting.– Source
Those 2 rakes should be able to address the majority of your raking needs, year after year.
However, for more serious yard tool aficionados, those 2 rakes barely scratch the surface! There are actually many different possibilities when it comes to types of rakes and their unique capabilities.
Perhaps one of these unique rakes will meet your needs better than the standard leaf rake or garden rake.
Who knows, the following information may open your eyes to a whole new and wonderful world of yard rakes!
Indeed, the common rake has been redesigned many times over…
Rakes With Unique Purposes
#1 The dethatching rake breaks up and removes that early spring mat of old dead grass left over from last year. If left in place, it would impede the growth of new grass, resulting in a patchy looking, uneven lawn.
#2 The claw leaf scoops make picking up piles of leaves even easier. Of course, you’ll need a regular lawn rake or leaf rake to create piles of leaves first. These rake claws make it fun for the kids to help by scooping leaves into the trash bag.
#3 The Fiskars garden rake is different than most garden rakes in that it has offset tines to pulverize soil. It breaks through crusted dirt with the front set of tines, while sifting out clumps with the other set of tines.
#4 The Leaf Grabber lawn rake lets you rake, grab, and then bag leaves all in one step. This rake alleviates the need for bending and stooping when you pick up leaves, pine needles, clippings, and garbage. (Don’t miss the video!)
#5 The clog-free leaf rake has a uniquely designed head and contains special tines that prevent leaves from getting stuck.
#6 The telescoping rake hoe is a great multi-purpose yard tool. Two other types of rake hoes:
- The original Rakehoe is part garden rake and part hoe.
- The firefighter’s & farmer’s rakehoe is designed for raking combustible debris, chopping fire breaks, and scraping back bark from trees.
#7 The adjustable leaf rake is similar to a standard leaf rake, only better! Its width can be downsized to allow access in tight quarters where a full-width rake can’t go. The reduced bulk is also helpful when it comes to storing your rakes, as this model can easily stand in a corner like a narrow broom.
#8 The Rake ‘n Grab is designed to make easy work of loading your leaf pile into bags or a wheelbarrow. No more fumbling trying to use 2 rakes to pick up leaves for disposal! (Also available with a trash bag holder – see video!)
#9 The kids garden tool set is perfect for the pint-sized gardeners and leaf rakers in your family! It includes a leaf rake, garden rake, shovel, and a hoe. Each is perfectly sized for little hands.
#10 The Amazing Rake is a lightweight ergonomic lawn rake that eliminate bending and stooping. First, sweep and rake up debris. Then, push the slide grip down to close the rake head and collect the debris. Finally, slide the grip down again to deposit your pile into a trash bag. (Don’t miss the video!)
#11 The rock rake digs below the surface a few inches to extract rocks. It’s useful for clearing an area for seeding or preparing a garden. Also called a landscape rake.
#12 The pet poop rake is a combination rake and scoop, which makes picking up your dog’s poop a cinch! This rake saves your back, since you don’t have to bend down.
#13 The road stone rake is similar to a garden rake, but wider. This rake is mostly used when spreading or leveling gravel. Its wide head makes quick work of preparing a larger area.
#14 The Berry Rake is a berry harvesting tool that is more like a scoop… with teeth. It allows you to rake the fruit off plants by the handful, rather than by the individual berry
More Great Resources For Yard Rakes
- VIDEO: The Latest In Leaf Raking & Gathering Aids
- How To Use A Dethatching Rake
- Collapsible Leaf Bag Eases Yard Work
- Norm Abram From This Old House On Rakes
- All About Leaf Rakes, Blowers, Vacuums & Shredders
- 12 Rules Of Raking From Mother Earth
- 8 Lawn Rakes With Unique Designs
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