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Real Uses for a Toy Rake

By goldfinch4
October 17, 2011

Use a child's toy rake to clean under shrubs or other hard to reach places.

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plantladylin
Oct 16, 2011 6:38 PM CST
I think this is a wonderful idea! It's much better than using your hands (gloved or not) and having a snake scare the bejeebies out of you ... as has happened to me a couple of times recently. I need to get a child size rake and I'm putting one on my list right now!

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dave
Oct 16, 2011 7:22 PM CST

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Those little rakes that they sell to clean up after your dog when you're out walking also work great!
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Marilyn
Oct 16, 2011 11:03 PM CST
Since we don't have any children and/or dogs, guess I'll have to find a rake! Whistling Thumbs up
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KyWoods
Oct 17, 2011 7:32 AM CST
LOL, glad to know I'm not the only one to use a poop rake for that! A child's rake would be great--I've seen some pretty sturdy ones.
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goldfinch4
Oct 17, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Sure save the ol' back!
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Horseshoe
Oct 17, 2011 5:19 PM CST
Great idea, goldfinch...How do I know?...

I have a mini-yard rake (leaf rake), perhaps it's a child's rake, and I put it on the handle of a push broom. The push broom is seldom used but is the kind that you screw the handle onto the broom part. I put the mini-rake at the opposite end and, with the broom taken off, use it to rake, cultivate between my double-rows of onions and such. Works perfectly!

On the times I use the push broom I just screw it back on and have a handle that does double duty...push broom or rake. I'll see about taking a pic.

Shoe (da miser, always getting double-duty out of these poor tools of mine!) Smiling
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KyWoods
Oct 17, 2011 6:22 PM CST
Hey, Shoe, maybe you could patent that idea!
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Marilyn
Oct 17, 2011 11:27 PM CST
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goldfinch4
Oct 18, 2011 12:23 AM CST
That's a great idea Shoe....Less tools, less space needed to store them!
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CarolineScott
Mar 31, 2013 4:20 AM CST
Yes, as I get older----smaller size tools are more useful.
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goldfinch4
Mar 31, 2013 1:39 PM CST
I agree With my bad back this rake has really been a great help!
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Marilyn
Apr 29, 2013 11:24 PM CST
Horseshoe said:Great idea, goldfinch...How do I know?...

I have a mini-yard rake (leaf rake), perhaps it's a child's rake, and I put it on the handle of a push broom. The push broom is seldom used but is the kind that you screw the handle onto the broom part. I put the mini-rake at the opposite end and, with the broom taken off, use it to rake, cultivate between my double-rows of onions and such. Works perfectly!

On the times I use the push broom I just screw it back on and have a handle that does double duty...push broom or rake. I'll see about taking a pic.

Shoe (da miser, always getting double-duty out of these poor tools of mine!) Smiling


Shoe

Did you get a pic of what you're talking about yet? I need to see what it is. Still hard to imagine without a pic or two.

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Horseshoe
May 11, 2013 12:22 PM CST
*gulp...
Sorry, I forgot all about that pic.

Be back later!
Thanks for the memory jog!

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Marilyn
May 12, 2013 7:34 AM CST
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
May 12, 2013 7:53 AM CST
Here you go...

Like I mentioned above:
I have a mini-yard rake (leaf rake), perhaps it's a child's rake, and I put it on the handle of a push broom. The push broom is seldom used but is the kind that you screw the handle onto the broom part. I put the mini-rake at the opposite end and, with the broom taken off, use it to rake, cultivate between my double-rows of onions and such. Works perfectly!

On the times I use the push broom I just screw it back on and have a handle that does double duty...push broom or rake. I'll see about taking a pic.

Shoe (ever the miser, or repurpose-er, too cheap to own two separate handles when one will do the job, eh?)
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Marilyn
May 12, 2013 7:59 AM CST
Shoe

I tip my hat to you. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 2, 2013 10:11 AM CST
I use our kid's Little Tykes shovel for shoveling mulch. It holds more than my hands could and gets into those tiny spaces. The Little Tyke hoe comes in handy, too. The rake, however is a little flat and doesn't work as well as a child's metal rake. Little Tykes toys lasts forever! My oldest is 24 and her shovel is still going strong!
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goldfinch4
Jun 2, 2013 11:41 AM CST
Hilarious! It's good to know that quality products still exist!
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