Whether raking leaves, aerating the lawn or distributing sand - every gardener should have a garden rake. But you should always buy this carefully.Don't just pick a garden rake by price
Raking foliage - don't you think that's one of the worst gardening jobs? At least those who have a large garden with some deciduous trees will surely agree here. But actually this work is not that bad if you have a good garden rake.
A single rake is no longer sufficient for gardening today. However, the ample selection of different garden rakes usually lets many amateur gardeners make a purely price decision when purchasing rakes. But that's the worst thing you can do. As with all other garden tools, you should also pay attention to a few points when buying rakes so that you can always work with the device later on. First of all, we would like to clarify which types of calculations are available in retail and what they can be used for.
Overview of calculation types:
- Fan rake:
well suited for cleaning meadows, especially in the case of leaf fall
- Iron rake:
Suitable for rough and heavy tillage, but also for distributing gravel and sand or for scarifying mossy lawns
recognizable by the slightly curved tines, which can be used to “sweep” lawns
- Wooden rake:
well suited for large areas of grass, but also for cultivating beds (loosening the soil slightly)
- Rubber rake:
well suited for raking around sensitive plants and for cleaning sand surfaces
- Hand rake:
small version with a short style, well suited for the processing of flower and vegetable beds, but also for the care of cemetery graves
Tips for model and material selection
➤ Tip 1 - material selection:
Garden rakes are offered in light plastic, rubber, robust metal or natural wood. Sometimes even material combinations are available, such as iron rakes with wooden handles, etc. Here is an overview of the advantages of the individual calculation materials:
➜ Wooden rake:
Wood rakes have the advantage that you can replace the handle at any time if it is damaged. With a wooden rake (wide tines) garden beds can also be straightened very well (use the smooth back of the rake) or seed grooves can be drawn. When buying wooden handles, however, you should always make sure that the annual rings of the wood are as vertical as possible so that the rake “swings” more easily at work and the handle is also much less prone to breakage.
➜ Stainless steel rake:
Stainless steel rakes are more expensive to buy, but the material does not rust. So you can use this tool much longer.
➜ Aluminum rake:
Aluminum rakes are lightweight within metal rakes and are therefore often clearly preferred by women!
➤ Tip 2 - take a closer look at processing:
But not only the choice of materials, but also the processing of individual models should be carefully examined when buying. Pay particular attention to the screw connection between the handle and rake, the welding of metals and the like.
➤ Tip 3 - choose the right width:
The width of the calculation models is usually not shown in centimeter dimensions, but rather in the number of tines. In this regard, it is best to always opt for model sizes that have between 14 and 18 tines.