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Favorite Tool: Four-Pronged Fork
Reprinted from: November/December 2009, Volume 100, Number 6
Photo: Amy R. Wood
In reality, we all realize that it is necessary to own a variety of garden tools in order to accomplish certain tasks in our gardens. It is, then, the question of which garden tool do we most enjoy using.
I have to choose the four-pronged garden fork, a tool I use each season in the vegetable garden.
Before planting a new crop of vegetables each spring and fall, I use the fork to turn over the soil and to work in bags of amendment. The fork is truly efficient at breaking up the soil, and the weight of the load is manageable. I also enjoy being able to jam the fork into the ground, where it remains standing while I take a break.
The fork is efficient at breaking up clods of soil and is perfect for aerating the lawn. Stubborn bulbs are easy to dislodge and separate with the fork.
I am happy when I use the garden fork, and there is no better recommendation than that.
You may find four-pronged forks for sale at most nurseries and in most big box garden sections. They retail for between $20-$40, dependent on the materials used.
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