What Happened to the Rake?January 24, 2012
By Bernadine Chapman-Cruz
Last week, when my newspaper landed on the roof, I searched the tool shed for a rake. I rummaged through shovels, hoes and push brooms, but nary a rake was to be found. In desperation, I grabbed a power washer wand to retrieve my Sunday paper.
I need a rake, I thought. But rather than making a trip to the garden center, I decided to look online.
Googling ‘rake’, I found: (noun) rake – a pronged instrument used to gather material such as leaves or (verb) loosening and smoothing ground surfaces.
Scrolling down, I was amazed at dozens of listings for rakes. I clicked on some hits and quickly realized that rakes had become specialized, designed for a specific task, and it seemed one rake did not infringe on another rake’s territory. I checked more rake options.
• Hand Rake – a small version of a rake used to work the soil or clear areas of debris
• Thatch Rake – lawn grooming tool to remove thatch or moss
• Lake Rake – used to skim the surface of a small body of water, i.e. lake, pool or pond of algae or vegetation
• Landscape Rake – effective in spreading and smoothing mulch, dirt, sand, gravel or small pebbles
• Standard Leaf Rake – for pulling leaves toward the user or lifting garden debris into trash container
• Garden Rake – to break up and pulverize dirt clods, featuring sharp curved teeth and straight-backed tines
• Clog-Free Leaf Rake – comprised of special tines on a uniquely designed head that prevents leaf clog
• Adjustable Leaf Rake – telescopes down to minimal size for easy storage
• Rock Rake – extracts rocks from soil
• Pet Poop Rake – a combination rake and scooper for pet waste
Overwhelmed in my search for a simple old-fashioned rake, I perked up when my cursor stopped on The Amazing Rake described as ergonomically designed to avoid the user’s need to bend or stoop. I was delighted.
But before I clicked the Add to Cart button, I hesitated. If I continued searching, I might find the Perfect Rake – a rake that rakes independently while you sit in a chair drinking a cup of coffee.
Copyright 2012 Bernadine Chapman-Cruz