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How often should I loosen soil?

Once, and then don't walk on it. Since you are starting with raised beds, which presumably have not been walked on since they were made, I'd not get overly concerned about it. There are, to be sure, ...
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How often should I loosen soil?

Unless it is rock hard you really do not loosen the soil, because when you do you should keep in mind all of the weed seed under will be giving them a chance to sprout (unless it came in a bag). ...
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Uses of the scythe in a modern garden

I have one, bought last year. It's far more pleasant to use (quiet, not covered with green goo from head to toe) than my string trimmer, and also much easier to be selective with. Works far better ...
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Can my weed wacker designed for .065" (1.651 mm) trimmer line handle .08" (2 mm) one?

It looks like it could fit (in a pinch). I have successfully used different guages of line on other weedeaters (although I have never used this particular weed eater). So I'm just going to list some ...
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English word for a "soil filter machine"?

Screen ,or screen drum, strainer or sieve could be used. For analysis of particle sizes in limited volume, screen sieves ( Taylor is a common name ) are commonly used.
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What are these garden tools used for?

The first one's a manual lawn edger, as shown here http://bestweedeaters.com/whats-the-best-manual-lawn-edger Not sure what the second one's for, never seen anything like it, sorry. It's quite ...
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Uses of the scythe in a modern garden

Until last year I have thought that scything is done only by old people in rural areas (in Romania, a country in Eastern Europe). To my surprise, when I got an awful allergy from some plant I didn't ...
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What are the right tools and techniques to dig a hole in stony or heavily rooted ground?

I've never found anything better than a digging bar for stony soil. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digging_bar If you need to hack through big roots you may want something sharper or loppers, but ...
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What is the name for a weed-eater head with metal or plastic blades?

Your trimmer may or may not support them, so you may need a new trimmer. I picked my last one on the basis that it would support them... Stihl (I'm just a customer) calls theirs: A "polycut head" (...
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Best tool for underground lawn sprinkler system head removal?

There are a few tools available to help you with this process. I would suggest getting a donut sod cutter or a Sprinkler Head removal tool. They're designed to cut a small hole around the sprinkler ...
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

Spray some WD-40 and then try to move the balls with a piece of rubber, or with your finger wearing rubber gloves. I've used this technique to free a sensor wheel from a thermal heater clogged with ...
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What is the best way to channel an electricity cable under the lawn?

Depending where you are, you often have a minimum burial depth, which in my area depends on how you protect the cable. Pouring concrete around/over it reduces the depth it needs to be buried to. As ...
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Garden tool handle shapes: the DTs

A brief visit to some on-line historic tool collections indicates that all 3 types were common. In my personal experience, the cross-handle (D or T, but D is more common in my tools, even the older ...
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Uses of the scythe in a modern garden

Harvesting grains 2000 square feet (200 sq meters) of wheat produces about 120 pounds (55kg) of wheat, which is enough for about 120 loaves of bread. We also buy wheat and/or flour to supplement ...
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At what size garden does a backpack leaf blower make sense?

Garden size is only one factor. If you are healthy and want some exercise, use a rake to collect the leaves when you feel you need to collect them. Otherwise, you can always leave them in their ...
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At what size garden does a backpack leaf blower make sense?

As someone who filled 78 leaf bags two falls ago, I can offer some suggestions to you from my own experience. I am on a .30 Acre lot with maples and white oaks on and surrounding my property. A ...
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Bulldog Edging Knife Useless

It should not need to be even as sharp as a spade, because penetration is less (say 2 - 3 inches rather than nearer 12"). And used like a spade (forced down with a foot on top of the blade) even quite ...
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What is the garden wire used for?

Despite what Wikipedia says, it's not always 100% reliable as a source of information. Garden wire is NOT garden twist wire; the term garden wire may refer to large rolls of chicken wire or clematis ...
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Can I fix my metabo hedge trimmer myself?

Simply don't. Trimmer are kind of tricky tools. Moreover if it is an electric model. If you have no idea on what to do or where to start to find the issue, you should go ask for specialized advice. ...
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Anvil or by-pass pruner?

Bypass pruners have two sharp blades, like scissors (except that the blades are curved, so they don't slip off the branch you are cutting). Anvil pruners have one sharp blade that is pressed against a ...
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Fixing a stainless steel garden hose connector?

The metal part you are holding is the outer non-kinking protective pipe. There should be a flexible rubbery tube inside. I hope it hasn't retreated far down the pipe because it has to go over the barb ...
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How do I free a stuck ball bearing on a garden hose quick connecter?

Thank you so much for the Silicone spray. This worked on the one of three that I found was 'stuck'. It took less time to fix this at the barn than trying to get the rubber washers in the correct way!...
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What is the name for a weed-eater head with metal or plastic blades?

I believe the google term you're looking for is "weed trimmer blades". That will show a variety of the blades and hubs they go onto. Of course the blades -do- wear out, but they aren't as ...
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Best tool for underground lawn sprinkler system head removal?

A Strap Wrench would be the generic approach to this (intended as an example of the type, not a specific recommendation of brand or store) (and in my usual process of answer the question then read ...
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Why do landscapers constantly play with the throttle on a leaf blower?

Because it is how one should use the blowers. When there is something to blow, one should full throttle, but when moving (e.g. to change the direction or flow, or to start from an other edge), it is ...
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What tools will I need for cultivating an acre of lawn?

Year 1: pencil, paper, thin rod, hammer, sunhat, chair. Idea is to get a good idea of the area and its weaknesses and strengths. Make up a grid of granularity that suits your time allocation. The rod ...
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ID this plant training strap?

That looks like a piece off a roll of Chainlock Tree Ties, but there are many types and sizes of similar ties available, usually listed under Tree and Shrub ties, so suggest you Google that.
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Can I fix my metabo hedge trimmer myself?

Sounds as if a sensor is gooed up. If you are able to keep the dirt out of engines those engines will last forever! You need an introduction to your repair crew who if you butter them up will teach ...
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Is there a type of garden shredder that can handle leaves, branches and wet materials?

There are multi-purpose shredders available but I'm not sure if specific product recommendations are allowed on this site... even so there are few things to consider. First of all, you should think ...
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What are the right tools and techniques to dig a hole in stony or heavily rooted ground?

I have sandy soil in a rainforest ( East TX ), so digging a hole is always a challenge. I always take a shears and often a "loper" ( 2 ft handles , lever action) with the spade. When encountering 2 ...
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