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Is a dethatching rake significantly better for removing thatch than a regular rake?

My lawn is full of so much thatch that I can bend down and pull up handfuls. I used a steel rake to pull up some today but it is still full of thatch. I feel like I could continue raking for days and ...
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What are the (essential) Tools that every gardener should own?

Credit where credit is due, this idea is pinched from over here: Tools that every Do-it-Yourselfer must own What tools should every gardener own, have at their disposal (preferably essential tools)? ...
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What is the proper technique for using a flame weeder?

How do I use a propane flame weeder in my garden? I want to use it to keep weeds under control but I do not want to harm my vegetables.
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What can I use to quickly and inexpensively create metal plant labels?

Has anyone had experience with creating their own permanent metal plant labels/tags? My grandfather has an old Graphotype machine that he uses to label his metal plant tags, but they're rather ...
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What sort of hose nozzle should I look for such that it won't spring a leak after just one frosty night?

I bought a hose nozzle that looked robust (though made mainly of plastic) last year and let it sit out over the winter (temperatures get down to -30 ºC). This spring, naturally, the nozzle was ...
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Should I paint old garden tools?

I've got some old tools (shovels and pitchforks) that were my grandparents. The metal parts look like they were painted (a lot has worn off), I want to sharpen them and fix them up following the ...
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When would I prefer a shovel with a rounded blade over one with a pointed blade?

I've got used to shovels that have a pointed blade like this: which is more or less the right shape for digging ground. Now the very same shovel (same handle, same everything) comes in this design ...
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What is the gardening purpose of an l-shaped groove knife hand tool?

What is the gardening purpose of an l-shaped groove knife? (credits to http://www.chillingtontoolsonline.com/groove-knife-p62 ) It appears to be a weeding or cultivation tool, a little-bit like a "...
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What's the best tool to remove weeds?

I have different types of weeds in my garden, some 50cm (~1½ ft) tall or more. What's the best (and cheapest) tool to remove those?