Fork Garden & Pitchfork

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fork gardenThis page is about the forks as tools used in your household.

A garden fork, is a gardening tool, with a handle and several short, sturdy tines. It is used for loosening, lifting and turning over soil in gardening and farming.

It is used similarly to a spade, but in many situations, it is more appropriate than a spade. It can rake out stones and weeds and break up clods. Garden forks are now made of carbon steel or stainless steel.


Exist a smaller version of such forks with shorter, closer-spaced, thinner tines, but with full-sized handle. Those are used for lighter work such as weeding amongst other plants.

Forks with broader, flatter tines are made for lifting potatoes and other root crops from the ground.











A pitchfork is an agricultural tool with a long handle and two tines. It is used to lift and pitch of loose material, such as hay, straw or leaves. Pitchfork tines are typically made of metals such as steel, wrought iron, or some other alloy, though wood or bamboo tines may also be employed. The handle of a pitchfork is commonly made of wood. True pitchforks typically have two or three tines. Forks with larger numbers of tines and closer spacing are intended to carry or move loose material such as dirt, sand, silage, or large, coarse grains.
Forks with larger numbers of tines and closer spacing carry or move dirt, sand, large coarse grain.
Forks with fewer, more widely-spaced tines are intended to hold hay, straw, and other self-supporting or bulky materials.





A U-fork or grelinette, is a tool used to manually break up densely packed soil, to improve aeration and drainage.

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