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What are the Different Types of Rakes and What are Their Purposes?

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There are so many different types of rakes available that it can be challenging figuring out which rakes are for what, what the differences are between them and, most importantly, which rakes you need.

While the list of different types of rakes out there number in the dozens, in terms of lawn maintenance and care, there are five main rakes you should be considering.

Here are the 5 main types of rakes you should consider, and a little explanation on how to use them:

Leaf Rake

Probably the most traditional type of rake. As the name suggests, this is a rake to pick up and gather fallen leaves. The tines on this rake are long and thin and are spread out to gather as many leaves (and other light material) as possible while not causing the lawn itself any damage.

Bow Rake

A more robust rake, the bow rake has short, thick tines. This type of rake is for dealing with soil, whether it be spreading and evening it out or for breaking it up and moving it.

Shrub Rake

It looks like a more delicate leaf rake but more slender. It has the same use – gathering leaves and other light debris – but due to its narrower frame it can be used in tighter spaces, like beneath shrubbery.

Thatch Rake

A heavy duty rake that’s even more intimidating that the bow rake, this type of rake isn’t meant for leaves or soil, it’s for dealing with thatch, a layer of organic matter that builds up on your lawn. Having blades on either side of its head, the thatch rake uses these to break up the thatch and remove it.

Hand Rake

The hand rake is much like a smaller version of a bow rake and looks closer to a garden tool than a rake. The benefit of using this rake is the maneuverability and control you get out of it. Thus, it should be used for more delicate jobs, like dealing with soil in limited spaces and around flowers.

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