Application digging fork

1. introduction

The digging fork, also known as a spading fork, fork spade, digging fork or earth fork, is a versatile garden tool that plays a central role in soil cultivation and maintenance.

With its robust tines, it is an indispensable tool for gardening and landscaping, agriculture and private gardens for all gardeners. This guide describes the various applications of the digging fork in order to optimize its use in horticulture.

2. which digging forks are available?

  1. Digging fork with bayonet tines:
    • the digging fork with bayonet tines is the standard digging fork. It is the all-rounder and well suited for all applications of a spading fork.
  2. Digging fork with lance tines:
    • Lance tines are forged wider and therefore optimized for harvesting potatoes or carrots, for example. Otherwise, this spading fork can be used like a digging fork with bayonet tines.
  3. Ladies digging fork
    • Spade forks for women are slightly smaller. This means that less force is required when levering or piercing. They are also popular with senior citizens.

2. tillage

The main use of the digging fork is to loosen and aerate the soil. Before planting new crops, it is important to loosen the soil to improve the permeability for water and nutrients. To do this, the digging fork is plunged into the soil at regular intervals and pulled back slightly to loosen the soil without destroying the soil structure too much.

Steps for soil cultivation:

  1. Insert the digging fork into the soil.
  2. Pull the handle backwards to lift and loosen the soil.
  3. Repeat this process at intervals of around 20 to 30 cm.

3. weed removal

The digging fork is ideal for removing weeds, especially deep-rooted plants such as dandelions or thistles. The tines of the digging fork penetrate deep into the soil and make it possible to remove the weeds and their roots.

Steps for weed removal:

  1. Insert the digging fork into the soil close to the root of the weed.
  2. Carefully lift the plant out of the soil.
  3. Make sure to remove the entire root to prevent regrowth.

4. perennials

The digging fork is ideal for lifting perennial plants to divide and propagate them.

Steps for lifting out perennials:

  1. Insert the digging fork into the ground close to the roots of the shrubs.
  2. Carefully lift the plant out of the soil.
  3. Divide the shrub with a digging fork or, even more conveniently, with a lawn edger.

5. composting

The digging fork plays an important role in turning the compost. Regular turning of the compost heap promotes decomposition and accelerates the formation of valuable humus.

Steps for compost conversion:

  1. Stick the digging fork into the compost heap.
  2. Lift and turn the composting materials.
  3. Repeat the process to move the entire pile evenly.

6th harvest

The digging fork is also helpful when harvesting root vegetables such as potatoes or carrots. Harvesting is quick and easy by pricking the soil and lifting out the fruits.

Steps to the harvest:

  1. Stick the digging fork into the ground next to the plant.
  2. Lift the soil to expose the tubers or carrots.
  3. Collect the exposed soil fruits.

7. soil improvement

The digging fork can also be used to incorporate organic material such as compost or manure into the soil. This improves the soil structure and increases the organic nutrient content.

Steps for soil improvement:

  1. Spread the organic material evenly over the soil surface.
  2. Use the digging fork to work the material into the soil.

Practical tips

  • Care of the tool: Clean the tines after use and store the digging fork in a dry place to prevent rust.
  • Safety: Wear gloves and sturdy shoes to avoid injury.
  • Storage: In unheated and dry rooms and sheds to prevent the wooden handle from drying out. This can otherwise break more easily.

Conclusion

The digging fork is a versatile and indispensable tool in horticulture. With its various uses – from soil cultivation, weed removal and perennial propagation to harvesting and composting – it makes a significant contribution to the maintenance and preservation of a healthy garden. Working in the garden is much more efficient and effective with the digging fork.

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