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Rakes & Brushes

Garden Rakes are available in a range of styles to suit different tasks within your garden. Leaf Rakes are the most common type of rake. Leaf Rakes usually have a long handle with a wide fanned end of flexible metal or plastic teeth or 'tines'. The ends of the tines are angled slightly downwards so they easily grab leaves. These lightweight rakes, with their wide heads, are easy to use and will cover a large area quickly. They are designed to do lighter sweeping jobs - as their name suggests they are good for sweeping up fallen leaves and can also be used to rake up grass clippings. Garden Rakes are designed to move and level soil, so are tougher and heavier tools than Leaf Rakes. A Garden Rake usually has a flat backed head, with the teeth of the rake pointing downwards at a 90 degree angle, making it easy for you to achieve a perfectly level surface. Large versions of the Garden Rake are known as 'Landscaper Rakes' which are suitable for moving around gravel.

Cleaning out greenhouses, gutters and water butts is a task that you should carry out at least once a year - autumn or spring are the best times. Cleaning your greenhouse - whether it's glass or plastic - will improve the growing environment for your plants - by removing algae, grime and moss you'll be letting in more light and a thorough clean also helps to control pests and diseases. Whilst you're cleaning out your greenhouse, take the time to brush down your staging, shelves and tools as well as trays and pots. Use a brush to scrub trays and containers, making sure to clean under the rims and remove any green algae. You should wash your greenhouse inside and out - removing any old paint on shading from the outside of the glass. To reach onto the roof of the greenhouse it's best to use a brush on the end of a long pole - this means you can keep your feet firmly on the ground