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The Garden Claw: Super Tool

Updated on February 8, 2018
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Sharon is a human resources manager with a passion for reading and research and hanging out in her own backyard.

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The Most Useful Garden Tool: The Garden Claw

The Garden Claw makes gardening much easier by allowing you to easily aerate the soil. Turning the soil each growing season is key to keeping it healthy.

When using this tool you no longer have to get down on your hands and knees or strain your back by bending over in order to dig up your soil.

Soil preparation is the first step to a lovely garden whether you are planting a show of flowers or planting vegetables turning the soil is important. The garden claw makes this job so much easier.

Before I purchased a garden claw, I would turn the soil with a spade and it was a several step job. Dig up the soil, turn it over, then chop it up with the tip of the spade. With the garden claw you just insert the claw into the soil and twist!

It soon became my favourite garden tool since I didn't have to get down on my knees and dig out those weeds either. It allows you to stand and easily twist out all the unwanted vegetation each season while aerating the soil at the same time!

All the soil preparation was well worth it because I was able to produce quite a show of flowers year in and year out. That is how the the garden claw became my "must have" tool.

The Amazing Garden Claw

Garden Weasel 91316   Garden Claw
Garden Weasel 91316 Garden Claw

This is not the original garden claw that I once owned. I had a Garden Claw Gold and bought it in the late 90's but this model looks very similar and it operates in the same way.

The claw is an efficient tool that gets down deep into the soil and turns it for new plantings. It makes it easy to dig out all those weeds too without the wear and tear on your body as there is no need to bend as you would with a spade or a hand tool.

 

The Garden Claw Commercial

I remember this like it was yesterday hard to believe it was 1998! I found the old commercial for this tool on you tube and I believe it was a new product back at that time.

This was the garden claw I used and loved. This commercial demonstrated how much easier your gardening could be with its use. Just one tool could keep you from being bent down on your knees over your flower bed and we know how hard this can be on your back.

Why Do You Need To Till and Aerate the Soil?

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Five Reasons Tilling is Important

During my gardening years I learned that preparation of the soil is key to producing a thriving garden. Each year the soil becomes less nutritious. It actually becomes tired and worn and thus unable to support what is planted.

It is necessary to replace the tired soil and give it much needed oxygen or it will become compacted and strangle the roots it is supposed to be supporting. Below are five good reasons for tilling the soil each year. Tilling is exactly what the garden claw does.

  1. Plant roots need oxygen to thrive and grow. It is hard for roots to flourish in compacted soil that lacks oxygen.
  2. When the soil becomes compacted and solid, it builds up carbon dioxide which impedes root growth and it can even stop growth all together.
  3. The micro-organisms that live in the soil to help nourish roots also need oxygen to thrive. These micro-organisms break down matter that provides nutrients to plants.
  4. Many types of of gases can start to develop and build up without aeration. These gases are toxic to plants and can literally kills them off.
  5. Lack of oxygen in the soil can also lead to the development of diseases in plants.

The garden claw is made to do the job of tilling the soil and make it an easier job to do in smaller gardens and tight spaces. Most of us are looking after smaller gardens where hand tools are just an easier and more efficient way of preparing our plots. The garden claw fits the needs of the small garden.

The Garden Claw in Action

Here is a demonstration of tilling the soil with a garden claw. This garden claw is one of the newer models. It is easy to see why it is such a useful garden too.

There is no back breaking digging necessary with a garden claw. You just roll it over the area and the tool does all the work. There is no kneeling or bending over involved at all.

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Gardening Can Be Child's Play too!

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Gardening for the Whole Family

Gardening is a healthy hobby and a family affair. What child doesn't like digging around in the dirt and watching flowers bloom from their fun? The garden claw is a pretty safe to use even for a child as it is basically a push along tool with a long handle. It's wonderful to teach your kids how to prepare the soil properly each season. They can enjoy eating the vegetables that come out of the garden or enjoy the flowers that make your home look so pretty.

© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo

Would you like a Garden Claw?

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    • Wednesday-Elf profile image

      Wednesday-Elf 

      5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      The garden claw is very handy, and definitely helps reduce back strain...LOL. I also have the rotary garden cultivator -- handy for breaking up those big clumps of dirt! Can't wait until Spring.

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      happynutritionist 

      6 years ago

      I've seen this advertised on TV, I have so many tree roots to contend with each year, I wonder how well it would work for me, but it looks enticing!

    • sharonbellis profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Bellissimo 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      @flycatcherrr: I agree wholeheartedly!!

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      flycatcherrr 

      6 years ago

      I can't believe my beloved garden claw is still in one piece after hard workout for at least 5 or 6 years, as I use it in my large vegetable garden all through the season and also for naturalizing spring bulbs at the edge of the orchard. Seriously, it's a great garden tool.

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      jolou 

      6 years ago

      They are very useful.

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