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Shrub Rake to the Rescue!
on February 7, 2012
This unusual specialty rake has only 8 tines and is 8 inches wide. It is designed for narrow spaces. I have a 9-inch waterway under my crepe myrtle trees along a fence. I have been crawling around on my knees, using a 3-inch garden claw or scooping out debris with gloved hands, a glutton for punishment. Well, no more.
This rake will get you off your knees and save time. It can rake up pine needles with no problem. Its base will bend parallel to the ground, forming a 90 degree angle with its handle (L-shape). I have never before handled a rake that was this flexible! It is great for spreading mulch around. It is so gentle and sensitive that it can rake a layer of leaves off of eucalyptus bark mulch.
It does not rate a full 5 stars because of its construction when compared with my trusty old 18-inch metal rake. I have owned it for over 30 years, using it for heavy tree yard work and hurricane cleanups. The Yard Butler's handle could use another layer of lacquer. My old rake's wooden handle is smoother. There is no additional protective metal casing on the Yard Butler covering the nuts that attach the metal head to the wooden handle. The vertical spring coil braces are missing, allowing for that extraordinary flexibility, but sacrificing strength and durability. Product made in Mexico.