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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Sep 21, 2017 8:02 PM CST
Fall cleanup is just around the corner. We all have those spaces that need a little cleanup where a rake would be the perfect tool yet is generally too large to reach into those smaller areas. There is one that will do it and it's very inexpensive. It's made for children, one of those great garden tools that enable them to tag along with mom or dad and "help."

This one cost 99 cents at a local Home Depot. It's as sturdy as a grownup rake. The handle is just long enough to use without bending over so it's easy on the back.

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It's great for getting to those hard-to-reach places in raised beds.

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And small enough to use in those tight spaces between plants....

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But the best use yet is on grassy areas that are up against rocks where you either use a weed wacker, or you trim by hand. This rake fits right up to any size rock and easily pulls the cut grass out to where you can then use the grownup rake to gather it all up!

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This may not be my most expensive tool, but it's one of my favorites. Thumbs up


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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Sep 21, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Great idea!
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 21, 2017 8:45 PM CST
I have one something like that and I agree, it's very handy! Thumbs up
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Name: Mac
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McCannon
Sep 21, 2017 8:51 PM CST
I like that idea. I'll look for one on my next trip to HD. I'm not real fond of box store tools. I bought an edging tool at HD that's so dull it won't cut through a stick of butter. Grumbling I haven't had time to grind a sharp edge on it.
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Sep 21, 2017 9:02 PM CST
McCannon said:I like that idea. I'll look for one on my next trip to HD. I'm not real fond of box store tools. I bought an edging tool at HD that's so dull it won't cut through a stick of butter. Grumbling I haven't had time to grind a sharp edge on it.


They're usually very good about returns. But at 99 cents, you can't really lose.
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Bonehead
Sep 21, 2017 9:08 PM CST
I also utilize child-sized shovels. They are just the right size for moving smallish perennials and very lightweight. Not for heavy digging or prying up tangled roots.
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Legalily
Sep 21, 2017 9:08 PM CST
I have something similar and love it. Thanks for sharing Hurray!
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Name: Mac
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McCannon
Sep 21, 2017 9:14 PM CST
joannakat said:They're usually very good about returns. But at 99 cents, you can't really lose.


And a rake doesn't involve a sharp cutting edge. I might buy two, and keep one for a spare.

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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Sep 21, 2017 9:19 PM CST
McCannon said:

And a rake doesn't involve a sharp cutting edge. I might buy two, and keep one for a spare.



When you have two, you can lift things with them!
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Name: Mac
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McCannon
Sep 21, 2017 9:30 PM CST
joannakat said:When you have two, you can lift things with them!


When I'm raking, lifting things usually involves the hand not holding the rake. Big Grin

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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Sep 21, 2017 9:42 PM CST
McCannon said:

When I'm raking, lifting things usually involves the hand not holding the rake. Big Grin



Think salad tongs.
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Frenchy21
Sep 22, 2017 12:59 AM CST
Glad you posted this idea. I forgot all about my grand daughter's little pink rake:tongue_smilie:. I'm going to look for it in my shed tomorrow morning. Thumbs up
Name: Mac
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McCannon
Sep 22, 2017 4:10 AM CST
joannakat said:Think salad tongs.


No hinge point. I have a modified pitchfork with a small spacing between the tines. It works great for picking up leaves, grass clippings, mulch, and other small things.

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pod
Sep 22, 2017 5:55 AM CST
Great idea. Thank You! for sharing!
McCannon said:

... I might buy two, and keep one for a spare.



Double, extra good idea! I've always found if you really like something, buy two. If you don't, you won't find another one when you go to replace it.
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Name: Mac
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McCannon
Sep 22, 2017 7:05 AM CST
pod said:I've always found if you really like something, buy two. If you don't, you won't find another one when you go to replace it.


How well I know. And if you do find a replacement it's half the quality and twice the price of the original D'Oh! .

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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 22, 2017 7:34 AM CST
You can buy "poop scoopers" that are made basically like salad tongs -- good for picking up things other than what they were made for! Smiling
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Sep 22, 2017 7:45 AM CST
I pick up dozens of walnuts every day. Bend over at the waste, pick 'em up, pitch 'em in the yard trailer. No special tools needed. Hilarious!
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Name: Mac
Soon to be MidCoast, ME (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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Critters Allowed Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Annuals Morning Glories Sedums
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McCannon
Sep 22, 2017 11:15 AM CST
I don't want to hijack Joanna's thread, but I though I'd mention my favorite new pick up tool, a 10-tine manure fork. Good for scooping up grass clippings, compost, wood chip and the like: http://www.agrisupply.com/trup...

I like wood-handled garden tools. Amazon wants $45 with free shipping. I bought it at the local farm store for around $25.
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Legalily
Sep 22, 2017 11:25 AM CST
I use a manure fork for mulch all the time! Love it!
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Sep 22, 2017 11:36 AM CST
McCannon said:I don't want to hijack Joanna's thread, but I though I'd mention my favorite new pick up tool, a 10-tine manure fork. Good for scooping up grass clippings, compost, wood chip and the like: http://www.agrisupply.com/trup...

I like wood-handled garden tools. Amazon wants $45 with free shipping. I bought it at the local farm store for around $25.


I think there's actually a forum or section of the site where you can recommend your favorite tools. That's where I got amazing recommendations for my anvil pruners.

Yup, indeed, here it is: https://garden.org/ideas/view/...
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