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Jun 10, 2021 12:25 PM CST
Name: Pat
McLean, VA (Zone 7a)
We were invited last week as a club to remove any daylilies we wanted from the home of a recently deceased member whose family wanted them to go to good use.

Another senior and myself went with a younger member who introduced us to her favorite digging tool. Now two more of us are happy owners of that same tool. It makes digging daylilies and other plants out of the ground 3 times easier than with any other shovel I own. It's flat rate shipping ($12), which my friend and I split. I wish I had bought at least two for myself now that I've been using it a few days.

https://spearheadspade.com/sho...

I'm not being compensated in any way for promoting this product but want to share a wonderful find with the rest of you.
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Jun 10, 2021 7:30 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Pat, curious as to how would it compare to a root slayer shovel. Thanks
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jun 10, 2021 7:43 PM CST
Name: Betty
MN zone 4b
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Pat, I have the shovel you used for around four years now. I love it as it works well for me makes quick easier work with digging. The shovel is so sturdy I will not need a replacement plus it never gets a dull edge with use.
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Jun 18, 2021 5:19 AM CST
Name: Pat
McLean, VA (Zone 7a)
crawgarden said:Pat, curious as to how would it compare to a root slayer shovel. Thanks


Sorry but not having a root slayer shovel, I can't really answer that.
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Jun 18, 2021 12:01 PM CST
Name: Charley
Arroyo Seco New Mexico (Zone 4b)
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Three differences I see, none are deal breakers;

1. The "cutting edge of the RS is toothed while the SH is straight.

2. The tip of the RS is an inverted "V" while the SH is pointed.

3. The handle of the RS is round while the SH is traditional.

I won't offer an opinion on these, judge for yourself.

Charley
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Jun 18, 2021 1:04 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5b)
Pat, which model did you buy? Does yours have a handle or is it the one with the straight pole? I see that there's an Illinois garden center that's only about 6 miles from me that supposedly carries it.

I'm going to need an efficient shovel within the next few months because I had the really bad news from our local utility that they are going to replace a pole sometime this summer. It is on the easement between 3 houses but unfortunately I have the only unfettered access to the pole. We took out shrubs 2 years ago and I developed that entire section as a daylily area and now I'm going to have to dig out about 30 plants if I don't want them destroyed by heavy equipment. I practically begged the guy to at least put in a request to have the work done in the Fall, after the plants are done blooming, but I'm not holding out much hope. He said they give at least a day's notice before the work because they have to turn off the electricity, but I can see myself getting a call at 6 pm that they'll be there at 7 am the next morning. I'll have to get flood lights like the road construction crews use for overnight work!
The photo is of the area in question. Taken last July, when everything was getting going for the first summer after planting in 2019. Fence belongs to neighbor.
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Jun 18, 2021 1:35 PM CST
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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What neat edging that bed has around it, what is that? The daylilies are beautiful also, but I have been thinking about edging beds lately.
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Jun 19, 2021 12:04 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5b)
The edging pieces are el-cheapo from Home Depot. The ones around the daylilies have been there for about 25 years and were installed by a landscaper when he put shrubs in that area. The 2nd photo was installed by us last year. The blocks come in a few colors and do age to a certain extent.
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Jun 19, 2021 2:12 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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daylilly99 said:We were invited last week as a club to remove any daylilies we wanted from the home of a recently deceased member whose family wanted them to go to good use.

Another senior and myself went with a younger member who introduced us to her favorite digging tool. Now two more of us are happy owners of that same tool. It makes digging daylilies and other plants out of the ground 3 times easier than with any other shovel I own. It's flat rate shipping ($12), which my friend and I split. I wish I had bought at least two for myself now that I've been using it a few days.

https://spearheadspade.com/sho...

I'm not being compensated in any way for promoting this product but want to share a wonderful find with the rest of you.


I am really interested in this, Pat! Can you tell me more about it? Why do you like it better than regular shovel? How is it able to make the digging easier for you? THanks in advance!
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Jun 19, 2021 2:21 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
@ Legalily
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jun 19, 2021 2:37 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5b)
I just ordered the Spear Head Spade on Amazon for $52, free shipping with Prime. This morning I went to a large local garden center that was listed as having the tool and they did carry several of the models. However, it was $59.99 + tax and although there's something to be said for supporting local businesses, I didn't purchase it there. I was glad to be able to hold the handled model as well as the long pole model and the hands on experience convinced me to buy the one with the handle (but it wasn't the compact one with the handle)
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