When a lot of people hear rakes they think of the big plastic or bamboo thing that stacks of leaves are made from. And yes, this is a perfectly legitimate type of rake, but it is far from the only, and not really the best, gardening tool. Read on to learn more about the different types of rakes and tips for using rakes in gardens.
Different types of rakes for gardening
There are two very basic types of arithmetic:
Lawn rake / leaf rake – This is the rake that is most likely to come to mind when you hear the word rake and think of falling leaves. The prongs are long and fan out from the handle with a cross piece of material (usually metal) holding them in place. The edges of the prongs are bent about 90 degrees. These rakes are designed to pick up leaves and turf debris without penetrating or damaging the grass or the soil below.
Arch rake / garden rake – This rake is harder. The prongs are wide and short, usually only about three inches long. You bend down at a 90-degree angle from your head. These rakes are almost always made of metal and are sometimes referred to as iron rakes or level rakes. They are used for moving, distributing and leveling soil.
Extra rake for gardening
While there are two main types of garden rakes, there are other types of rakes that are a little less common but definitely have their uses. What are rakes used for besides the above tasks? Let’s find out.
Shrub rake – This is almost the same as a leaf rake, only that it is much narrower. It’s easier to work with and better fits in small places, like under bushes (hence the name), to rake leaves and other debris.
Hand rake – This is a small hand rake about the size of a trowel. These rakes are usually made of heavy-duty metal – and they’re a bit like miniature arch rakes. With just a few long, pointed tines, these rakes are perfect for digging and moving soil in small spaces.
Straw rake – This mean looking rake is a bit like a bow rake with blades on both ends. It is used for breaking up and removing thick straw in lawns.