THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP
They’re basic, but essential. Shovels are the most basic of tools used by the groundskeeper. While primarily used for material movement or excavation, round- and square-end steel shovels can have their front edge sharpened with a grinder to also make them more effective at shaving off compacted clay and soil. Shovels are also an effective tool for mixing clay when remoistening. Working in moisture with a shovel ensures even distribution and prevents clumping. The back heel of a square-end shovel can be used to initially pack or “seat” new clay repairs in high wear areas before tamping begins.
Like shovels, there are many types of rakes that are used in sports field maintenance. Some for grooming and finishing, others to cut or rip into soil. Learn all about the different rakes & shovels that can help you do your job better at the Groundskeeper University lesson “Shovels & Rakes”, Module 101. Tools of the Trade …
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