Finding the right shovel

Last summer I invested in a new transplant shovel. It’s great! Light weight enough for me to lift. The ergonomic handle with non-slip surface (even when my gloves are wet with mud) really makes a difference on my back. And the narrow blade works so much better for getting at the plant I’m trying to split or remove. I should have made this purchase long ago.

So this spring I decided to upgrade my other shovel. The transplant shovel’s blade is so narrow it doesn’t work well when I need to move a lot of dirt or mulch. All of the old shovels Dave accumulated have very heavy with wood shafts and metal grips. So I went shopping.

Narrow down the features, right? Long handle or short shaft. Round point, square point or saw tooth. D-handle or straight. And for an old lady like me, weight is critical.

After much research, I’ve decided upon the Radius Garden Pro-Lite Shovel 252. It only weighs about 4 1/2 pounds and it has an ergonomic handle. Made out of carbon steel and fiberglass, it was specifically designed to ease back strain. The reviews on several sites are very good. And it’s a pretty green. Best of all its only $33 with free delivery through  Sold!

Never one to walk away from a mountain of research while my credit card is just warming up, I had to get the mulch fork too. I bought the Radius Garden ProLite Digging Fork 253. It is substantially smaller than the huge farm hay rake Dave uses, but I can’t lift his even without mulch in it. I wish it had curved tines instead of the “English style” straight tines, but for $41 and only 4 pounds it will do the trick just fine.


About Kary Beck

Mother and wife, gardener, wine enthusiast, avid online bargain hunter, and owner of two black-and-tan cocker spaniels.
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