The March 12th 2016 Edition of Amateur Gardening Magazine performed a product test on a range of Levelling rakes giving the Draper Landscaping Rake (34900) a rating of 15/15 along with their ‘Best Buy’ award.
“It’s the time of the year when you’ll be busy making plans to sow vegetable seeds or perhaps even consider making a new lawn. This is when soil preparation and the production of a fine tilth, ready to accept the seed or turf, are crucial. It’s also when having a good levelling rake can be used for breaking down clods of soil, collecting stones and debris, or presenting a finely crumbed surface. It will also help incorporate fertiliser to improve soil nutrition and the back of the rake head can be used to move soil around and level it. Turn the rake on its side and the edge can often help form a seed drill. Then once the sed is sown, it’s the ideal tool for pulling soil back accross the seeds to cover them. When choosing a rake make sure the shaft length is comfortable for your height. You’ll find that rake heads come in all different sizes from the typical 12in (30cm) right up to 40in (100cm). Larger rakes should have bracing to give them strength.
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Thanks to its aluminium head, this rake is lightweight for its size. It has 24 teeth across the 26in (65cm) wide head and a 60in (1.5m) long ash shaft. Head is braced for stability. Strong screws secure the head and bracing to the shaft.
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Lightweight and with extra width it got the job done with speed. The best bit is the rigde on top of the head – flicked over the back could be used to push or pull large volumes of soil for quick and easy levelling. Added to that, the edge of the head provided the perfect V-shaped drill for sowing into.
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Seems pricey but takes the strain out of soil preparation. Should give years of service and prove a winner on big plots.”
Julia Heaton – Amateur Gardening – 12 March 2016