Gardening with Large Metal Rakes

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A large metal rake is great for gardening on a broader scale. Learn about gardening with large rakes from an award-winning horticulturist in this free home landscaping video. View Video Transcript

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Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb" for On Gardening. Well one of the tools you have to have is a large metal rake. And this is one that I've used for years, I had it, I kept it, and it still works. Occasionally you may want to take a coat of paint to your metal part just to make sure you keep it alive and well. But you can see this rake is one that I had forever. Actually I kind of put a little set screw through here, because it was kind of coming apart, put another handle on it. In other words you can keep your metal rake alive for a good long time if you'll do a couple of things. One is to put a little coat of paint on it every few years, and occasionally tighten it up if it starts to loosen up, which it occasionally will right where the wooden part of the handle and the metal come together. But if you're gathering leaves, you're getting ready to put in some peat moss, or add some extra organic matter to your soil, you can kind of rake it into the area. Make sure that you incorporate peat moss or cow manure or any of those good organics into your soil, that's where a rake is going to help. You can use hoes you can use rakes. Make sure you kind of work that in gently into your soil and you'll have a better result in your garden. For On Gardening, I'm Stan DeFreitas, "Mr. Green Thumb".