garden rake with leaves
Photo: Jon Shireman

Reinventing the Rake

There are as many types of rakes as there are things to rake up. You've got flexible lawn and leaf rakes for tackling the big maple drifts up North and the piles of pine straw down South. Stiff-tined garden rakes for clearing clods of dirt and grading topsoil until it's level and ready for seeds or sod. Dethatching rakes for untangling matted layers of dead grass from the healthy turf beneath. The list goes on (and on). That's because new takes on rakes seem to appear every autumn, whenever hopeful manufacturers make bets that money does in fact grow on trees. To make your choice easier, we've sorted out the brilliant from the bogus and given you a few useful new variations that deserve a permanent place in your garden shed.
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