Soil-loosening tools buying guide
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- Garden Claw
- Agricultural claw
- Weeding tool
- Extruding knife
Why loosen the soil?
In this way you promote water penetration to the roots, letting the soil breathe along with the organisms that work through it and conserving soil moisture (avoiding letting it rise to the surface by capillary action, as is the case in a compact soil). This in turn promotes the development of young roots.
What tools will you need?
Starting from scratch
At the start of the season, you might even want to go over with a manual tiller or tilling machine.
Tools for soil loosening
This is a very traditional tool for loosening soil. However, it can also be used to weed vegetable beds, etc. Its blade scrapes the ground to loosen the surface, and if well sharpened, it will give you a result similar to weeding - a clear, clean cut through undesirable weeds and plants.
For hoeing and weeding, this tool breaks the surface crust of the soil and at the same time strips off undesirable vegetation.
Again, clue's in the name: this tool scrapes and weeds at the same time.
Designed for more precise, restricted use - to let you work meticulously around fragile and delicate plants.
Ideal for hard and stony soil.
Number of teeth
The choice of number of teeth on your garden claw will depend on the area you need to cover, the level of precision you want, and the density of vegetation on your plot. Small, well spaced teeth will allow you to slip more easily between plants.
Types of claw
Tips for loosening soil
Your soil can also be conditioned with motorized tools such as a tilling machine (the faster, the noisier - for a once over at the start of the season).
If you need to weed, go with manual, environmentally sound methods where possible - rather than pumping your soil full of glyphosate and other chemical weedkillers.
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