As you become a skilled gardener, your garden tool collection will tend to grow. In general, we all start with the basics: a spade for big jobs, a trowel for small jobs, and of course, scissors. While these three tools could probably get by, they aren’t always the most efficient for every gardening job. For example, have you ever tried digging in rocky or extremely compacted clay soil with a garden spade? It can break work again. Using a digging fork for such a job can greatly reduce the stress on your body and tools. Read on to learn when to use digging forks in gardening projects.
Digging fork functions
There are different types of garden forks. Each type is made for specific purposes. The basic garden fork, or compost fork, is a large fork with four to eight prongs shaped with a horizontal curve and a slight upward curve at the bottom of the prongs. These forks are commonly used for moving compost, mulch, or soil. The curves in the tines will help you pick up a large pile of mulch or compost to spread around the garden or turn and mix compost heaps. This type of fork is more like a pitchfork.
A digging fork is a fork with four to six flat prongs with no bends. The function of a digging fork is just like the name suggests, for digging. If you choose between a digging fork or a pitch fork, or a compost fork, a digging fork is the tool you need when digging in a compacted, loamy, or rocky bed.
The strong prongs of the digging fork can penetrate problematic soil that is difficult for a spade to cut. The digging fork can be used to “dig” the ground or simply loosen the area before digging with a spade. Either way, using a digging fork will reduce the stress on your body.
Of course, if you’re using a digging fork for such hard work, you need a strong, well-constructed digging fork. A steel digging fork is always the best option. Usually the actual prong and fork part is made of steel, while the shaft and handles are made of fiberglass or wood to make the tool lighter. Digging fork shafts and handles can also be made of steel, but are heavier. Digging fork shafts are available in different lengths and their handles are available in different designs, e.g. B. D-shaped, T-shaped or just a long shaft without a special handle.
As with any tool, you should choose the right one based on your body type and what feels most comfortable for you. For example, if you are small, you will find it easier to use a digging fork with a shorter handle. When you are tall, having a longer shaft will put less strain on your back.
What is a grave fork used for in gardens?
Grave forks are also used to dig up plants with tough, massive root structures. These can be garden plants that you want to transplant or divide, or patches of pesky weeds. The prongs of the digging forks are less likely to damage the root structures, so you can get more roots out than you can with a spade.
In the case of garden plants, this reduces the stress of transplanting. For weeds, this can help you get all of the roots out so they don’t come back later. When digging up plants with a digging fork, you can use it in combination with a spade. Use the digging fork to loosen the soil around the plants and roots, then complete the task with a spade. Or you can just do the whole job with a digging fork. It is up to you which way is easiest.