All Things Gardening forum: Garden Gimmicks?

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Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
May 4, 2014 1:49 AM CST
Curious if you have any that actually work or use/replace as needed?

I've got one and tried to find another online and it's a goner! Discontinued. Hand-held "Garden Claw". I bought it as a novelty at a box store garden center register for 6 or 7 dollars. It's proven very useful, no damage in at least roughly 15 years. Pretty sure it's going to last my lifetime. It's hard to say that about many tools, much less novelties.

Most tools marked "cultivator" can't do what these do nearly as well. I love it, it's very effective. I use it most to drop glads within established plantings. And more. Rotating the wrist instead of clawing with a straight line digger.

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(Zone 6a)
May 4, 2014 7:31 PM CST
I have one, I like it too. Minimizes bending over.
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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May 5, 2014 7:17 PM CST
I used to have a long handled one but the twisting twisted my back too much. A neighbor wanted it and I was more than happy to oblige.
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
May 5, 2014 7:35 PM CST
I've never tried the long handle type, this was just a whim that I've been happy with. I have to say the really good tool designs happened long before any of us were born. Most manufacturers try little "tweaks" for marketing and every now and again they hit on something. Very few bargains when it comes to tools.

I just had to ask the question, seems every Spring you see these modern gimmicky tools pop up in all the garden centers. I suppose most experienced gardeners steer clear. That claw was just a lucky shot in the dark. I could get by without it but it's proven it's usefulness.

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