Rake

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

A sim­ple enough tool in ap­pear­ance, but skill in its use is nec­es­sary to pro­duce the de­sired re­sult. Once the tilth has been made finer by fork­ing through, the rake comes into play, its long ash shaft held low against the soil to push the humps into the hol­lows and grade the soil uni­formly fine for sow­ing seed, per­haps a new lawn. The land­scape rake is ideal for the task. The spring- tined rake is great for re­mov­ing fallen leaves as well as for that favourite turf task of scar­i­fi­ca­tion, re­mov­ing as­ton­ish­ing piles of moss and do­ing won­ders for the stom­ach mus­cles. Land­scape rake, £30.92, Faith­full Tools (01322 321415; www.faith­full­tools.com)

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