A rake is an often overlooked garden tool as it's seen as something secondary to a fork or shovel, but when maintaining and tidying your garden, it will likely end up being your most used tool. Gardening isn't just about growing plants or having a nice place to sit, but the hobby itself can be a very calming and relaxing pursuit, with both gardening and raking having links with zen Buddhism.
On the surface, the different types can all look very similar, so we're here to take you through each one and recommend the best soil rakes, lawn rakes and rakes for leaves to buy online from Amazon, eBay and Argos. Pick up a rake from some of the best makers of garden equipment around like Spear & Jackson, Draper and Challenge, and you'll have your garden in tip-top shape in no time!
Determining the right garden rake for the jobs you need it for can be trickier than you think, especially if you want it to be somewhat of an all-purpose tool. Our buying guide will explain all of the options available to you as well as what to look out for to ensure your rake is comfortable to use.
Whether you're looking to clean away leaves, keep your lawn free from moss and other unwanted plants or prepare soil for planting, there is a different type of rake suited for each task. We'll take you through the most common types available, as well as point some other features to look out for.
Perhaps the most common type of rake is the simple leaf rake, which is designed to clear up light garden debris that may fall from trees such as leaves and small branches. These are distinguishable by their cone-shaped heads with many long and thin tines which curve slightly at the end.
The head is often made of plastic but, due to the thin nature of the tines, they are not particularly strong. They are, however, sturdy enough to lift and carry light materials like piles of leaves after you've raked them up. If you're looking at picking up a rake to clear your garden when the leaves begin to fall, then this is usually a cheap option, but not the most versatile.
Lawn rakes are often mistaken for leaf rakes but there are a few key differences that make them a much better option if you're looking to cover a wide variety of garden jobs. Lawn rakes are made of metal rather than plastic, making them strong and flexible enough to rake up soil, gravel and sand as well as leaves and branches.
Although not always the case, lawn rakes often have slightly wider tines than leaf rakes which helps make them the best all-round option for the average UK garden. You can clear areas under bushes or shrubbery with ease (and they even work well for raking up leaves) but you may find they get speared on the slightly sharper metal tines.
If you're looking for a heavy-duty rake, then you may want to consider a soil, or stone, rake. These have a distinct design and are sometimes referred to as multi-purpose rakes or just simply garden rakes, having a long straight handle with a sturdy wide head coming off the handle at a right angle.
The tines are much shorter than those found on lawn or leaf rakes and are strong enough to break up compacted soil and remove larger debris like stone, wood, roots, or chunks of concrete. If you're preparing an area for planting, you'll want to first use a multi-purpose rake to break up the soil and then use a lawn rake to smooth out the area.
Depending on your height, you'll want to pay attention to the overall length of your garden rake to ensure that you minimise the risk of any injury or strains that may result after spending time working.
On average, lawn and leaf rakes are a little longer than the more heavy-duty options as you'll be spending most of your time standing upright while raking a lawn or clearing up leaves. When working with soil, you'll need something a little shorter to have the right amount of purchase as you toil.
As a rough guide, aim for around 150-160 cm when looking at lawn or leaf rakes and about 130 cm for a multi-purpose or soil rake. If you're particularly tall or have any back issues, you may want to consider something slightly longer to remain comfortable.
It may sound obvious, but the more substantial rakes tend to be heavier than ones designed for lighter work. Similarly, opting for a rake where both the head and shaft are made of a strong and durable metal will be noticeably heavier than one made of plastic. As well as picking the right type of rake for your needs, it's important to pick one made of the right material.
When undertaking any physical work, it's also important to be realistic when considering your limits. While it might be tempting to opt for the strongest garden rake available, it could end up being uncomfortable and difficult to work with. It's much better to opt for something that may not be quite as durable but which you'll be able to use with ease.
Now that you have an idea of what to expect from the different types of rakes available online, it's time to take a look at our top 10 list. Whether you're looking to just keep your green space tidy or you have some more serious landscaping in mind, there's a rake for everyone below.
|Material||Steel shaft, PVC handle, carbon steel head|
|Material||Coated steel shaft, coated carbon steel head|
|Material||Wooden shaft, plastic head|
|Material||Aluminium shaft, plastic head|
|Material||Aluminium shaft, PVC handle, steel head|
|Material||Fibreglass shaft, carbon steel head|
|Material||Polypropylene handle, carbon steel head|
|Material||Steel shaft, coated carbon steel head|
|Material||Ash wood shaft, heat treated metal tines|
Spear & Jackson
Spear & Jackson
Spear & Jackson
Spear & Jackson
Neverbend Lawn Rake
Carbon Steel Soil Rake
Garden Lawn Rake
Garden Soil Rake
Adjustable Lawn Rake
3-in-1 Plastic Rake
Plastic Leaf Rake
Telescopic Adjustable Rake
An Excellent Rake That Will Last for Years and Years
The Best Soil Rake on the Market Today
A Fantastic Pick Whether You're on a Budget or Not
Strong and Durable With a 5-Year Guarantee
The Best Adjustable Lawn Rake
Well Worth the Price if Your Garden Has a Lot of Trees
A Light and Wide Leaf Rake You Can Use One-Handed
Handily Adjustable in Both Length and Width
Durable and Poised to Handle Heavy-Duty Work
A Lightweight, Budget-Friendly Option
|Length||152 cm||167 cm||161 cm||151 cm||126.5 cm||167 cm||145 cm||120 cm||130 cm||130 cm|
|Weight||1.28 kg||1.27 kg||1.2 kg||1.19 kg||910 g||1.12 kg||540 g||1.3 kg||960 g||520 g|
|Material||Ash wood shaft, heat treated metal tines||Steel shaft, coated carbon steel head||Polypropylene handle, carbon steel head||Fibreglass shaft, carbon steel head||Aluminium shaft, PVC handle, steel head||Aluminium shaft, plastic head||Wooden shaft, plastic head||Polished metal||Coated steel shaft, coated carbon steel head||Steel shaft, PVC handle, carbon steel head|
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There you have it, our top 10 list of garden rakes. We hope you've been able to find something suitable for your green space in our article so you can reap the benefits of your garden as soon as possible. Whether you're aiming to grow some plants or vegetables or you simply wish to enjoy a calming and calorie-burning activity, we wish you all the best!
Author: David Sexton
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