The rake is a garden tool used to lightly loosen and level the surface of the beds, crush clods of recently dug soil, clean the lawn, remove loose leaves and dry grass. So, choosing the best roof rake.
Types and features
There are several types of rakes:
- garden (they are Soviet pin or straight),
- with “twisted” teeth,
- for lawns,
- mini rake,
Ideally, to have different modifications in the country, since they all serve for specific purposes and, for example, fanned will not be able to qualitatively loosen the ground after digging the garden. To understand their application in work, let us consider several options in more detail.
Straight (Soviet pin)
Such a rake is universal and can be found in almost any household. They are used to loosen the soil, form regular beds, level the ground surface. They can clean out plant debris, grind large pieces of soil that have formed during digging, pull out the roots remaining there.
A simple pin rake has 8 to 12 teeth. Most often they are painted with dark enamel. There are models with increased grip (with 14 and 16 teeth), they are suitable for working on a large area. The broader tool saves time and effort.
The handle for the handle can be either plastic or metal.
This type of rake is made of thick metal and therefore they are heavier and more durable. The twisted design of the teeth also adds strength to them.
Suitable for heavier and rougher jobs. There is no need to be afraid of breakage.
If the soil is very heavy, then even twisted teeth will not help. Here it is already worth taking a closer look at the aerator type. This “heavy artillery” is made from hardened galvanized steel.
They have very sharp teeth, bent in the form of a sickle, with which they literally cut through the ground. The tool is double-sided.
In order to remove small debris, loose leaves or simply comb the lawn, a fan rake is required. They can be plastic or steel. They are distinguished from the rest by long springy teeth.
The rake of this type has very densely planted teeth. The width varies from 50 to 60 cm, and in the upper part there are bounding arcs that do not allow the collected grass to crumble.
The tool greatly facilitates the task of collecting mowed grass (for example, if the mower does not have a grass catcher or was mowed with a trimmer or ordinary hand scythe).
There are also mini rakes with a short handle. They are intended for the care of small flower beds, indoor plants, for loosening row spacing in the beds.
If you work with a large rake, you can easily damage the plant, and using such a mini-assistant it is easy to get to hard-to-reach areas.
This is a whole set, which includes a handle and several attachments. Usually it includes a rake for picking leaves, ordinary rakes, a nozzle for flower beds and several more options.
Having such a set, there will always be something to work with. It takes up much less space than a bunch of individual tools and is easy to transport.
How to choose the right tool
When choosing a rake, it is worth paying attention not only to the type, but also to the quality of the raw materials from which they are made. Wood and plastic are considered the most durable, and galvanized and steel are considered the most durable. Iron, which are now the most common, at first, of course, will serve well, but they are not ideal.
Before making a purchase, you should decide for what purposes the tool will be used. Do not forget that wooden and plastic rakes are intended primarily for harvesting dried grass, leaves and small twigs, and metal ones are needed for work on the ground. A rake with sparse teeth is suitable for collecting large debris, and with frequent teeth for small debris. For work in flower beds, models with a narrow grip are taken, and if you plan to work in large areas, you should choose wide ones.
If there is a possibility that several people will work with the tool, then it makes sense to purchase a rake with a telescopic handle. It’s so easy to find the right length.
When choosing, close attention should be paid to the length of the grip. If the stalk is too short or, on the contrary, long, then it will be inconvenient to work and fatigue will come very quickly. The correct cutting length is especially important when raking on soil, as it is more energy-intensive than harvesting foliage and dry grass.
Place the stalk next to you and check if it reaches the armpits – this is the most optimal length.
If the stalk is made of wood, then you should pay special attention to the fact that there are no chips, notches, twigs and other flaws on its surface. Whatever it is made of, be sure to look at the place of attachment to the rake. When assembled, the handle should fit snugly and not wobble. The tool must be one whole.
If you plan to buy a very expensive model of a rake (for example, titanium), then first you need to choose a retail outlet where the seller can provide a quality certificate for review. Even the most expensive rake has its weaknesses and drawbacks (even if they are insignificant) and the sales consultant should tell about them. It is advisable to visit the manufacturer’s website in advance and study all the information they have. If there are familiar summer residents or amateur gardeners, ask them if they know anything about the model of interest, and it will not be superfluous to walk through social networks and forums and ask the opinion of people who are already using this device.