10 Things You Should Never Do To Your Garden Rake


When it comes to gardening, you need the right tools for the job. And if you are a gardener like me, then you know how important a good rake is. A garden rake helps me maintain my beautiful landscape by keeping it free of debris and leaves. But just because it helps me keep things clean doesn’t mean that I can be careless with it! There are certain things we should never do with our garden rakes if we want them to last as long as possible.

Don’t leave it outside.

Why shouldn’t you leave it outside? This isn’t just a matter of good taste, but also practicality. If your rake is left outside for even a short period of time, it can rust and become unusable. This is especially true if the rake has been painted or coated with paint or polyurethane. In the winter months, the metal will contract and expand at different temperatures as well as be exposed to moisture. This can cause cracks in the metal and make it more susceptible to rusting once spring comes around again!

In addition to this issue with rusting, there are other dangers associated with leaving your garden rakes outside all year long:

Don’t rest the handle on the ground when the rake isn’t in use.

When you rest the handle on the ground, it can get dirty and rust. It’s also easy for someone to accidentally step on it and break it or steal it. If you want to keep your rake in good shape, always keep an eye on where you’re putting it so that no one steps on it or tries to take it from you.

Don’t mix metals together. Leave your rake out of the toolbox for now.

The last thing you want to do is mix metals together. If you have a metal rake and another metal tool like a shovel, don’t let these two tools touch each other. It can lead to rusting on the rake and your shovel will look bad too! Leave your rake out of the toolbox for now!

Don’t leave it in a bucket of water.

Don’t leave it in a bucket of water.

It’s tempting to do so, especially if you’re planning on cleaning your garden rake the next day. But don’t make this common mistake! Leaving your rake soaking in water for too long can cause significant damage to its metal components, warping them beyond repair. And even if that doesn’t happen, it’ll still be very difficult to restore the tool’s original shape once you do finally get around to cleaning it out (and who knows how long that will be).

In short: don’t leave your rake in a bucket of water for any period longer than necessary; when possible, remove it as soon as you’re done using it.

Don’t use a rake to dig holes

Don’t use a garden rake to dig holes.

Instead, use a shovel or trowel instead. If you’re looking for something with a little more heft, try a spade, garden fork or hoe. If your soil is particularly hard-packed and stubborn (like mine), then it may be time to break out the heavy artillery: cultivators and mattocks will help break up even the toughest ground without the need for heavy digging equipment like tractors or backhoes.

If you do find yourself in possession of an old rake that has seen better days but still has some life left in it – don’t throw it away! There are plenty of other uses for rakes in the home garden that don’t involve gardening at all!

Don’t use it as a crutch or cane.

Don’t use it as a crutch or cane.

Your garden rake is not meant to be used as a support, so don’t lean on it while you’re working. The handles are made of wood and they’ll snap under pressure. Instead of leaning on your rake, try planting yourself firmly in the ground and use your arms to keep you balanced when you need to stand up straight again.

Don’t forget to keep your rake clean and dry.

Your rake is an essential tool for your yard and garden, so you want to keep it in good shape. One of the easiest ways to do this is by making sure that you clean and dry it after each use.

To clean your rake, wash it down with soap and water. You can also use a brush or rag to help get tough spots out of all the nooks and crannies. When drying your rake, don’t just throw it in a pile with other tools; instead, place it on a towel or hang it up so that water doesn’t get trapped inside of any of its joints or crevices.

Don’t forget to handle with care. Mistreatment of your garden rake will lead to early death of your garden rake.

It is important to treat your garden rake with care. The following are some of the things you should not do to your garden rake:

  • Do not use it as a crutch or cane
  • Do not forget to keep your rake clean and dry
  • Do not leave it outside for long periods of time; this will cause rusting, which can weaken the metal and make it harder than ever to use
  • Do not use it to dig holes in hard ground; this can damage the teeth and lead them to break off prematurely, leaving you with no way of getting rid of weeds that grow on top of hard soil!
  • Never mix metals together when working with your garden rakes (ie: aluminum/steel). This causes corrosion between these two different types of materials; this could result in an explosion if they come into contact while being handled!
  • Never leave any type of metal tools inside buckets containing water; this might cause corrosion due tot he acidity level contained within liquids such as beer or wine!

Your garden rake is fragile but can be very useful in maintaining that gorgeous landscape you have been working so hard on

Your garden rake is a great piece of equipment to have in your backyard, but it’s important to know how and when to use it. Here are some tips on how you can make sure that your garden rake lasts as long as possible:

  • Use the right tool for the right job. If you’re trying to clear out grass clippings or dead leaves, use a leaf rake instead of your traditional garden rake. The same goes for any other type of debris—if there’s something bigger than what this tool can handle, it’ll just end up damaging both yourself and your tool!
  • Make sure you’re using it during the appropriate season. For example, don’t try raking up leaves in July—they’re too wet at this point and will tear easily through whatever material makes up your rake (usually metal). Instead wait until fall when leaves have become dry enough that they’ll break apart easily when struck by metal prongs attached together tightly enough to form one solid unit called a “head”.
  • Always wear safety glasses while working outdoors; they’ll protect against airborne debris such as rocks blowing back into eyesight range after being tossed over shoulder height with force due diligence during yard cleaning activities such as using leaf blowers where no protective eye gear is required since nothing hazardous happens within close proximity distance so far away from homes themselves.”


A garden rake is an important tool for any gardener, but it’s also a fragile one. By taking care of your rake and following these tips, you can keep it in good shape for years to come!

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