Sharon is a human resources manager with a passion for reading, research, hanging out in her own backyard.
Preparing the garden soil by digging up each growing season is key to keeping it healthy. If it is a flower or vegetable garden you want then soil preparation is a preliminary requirement.
This "tilling" (digging and turning) of the garden soil is hard work and can cause soreness in many body areas but there is a tool that can help and it is commonly called the "Garden Claw".
With a garden claw you will no longer have to get down on your hands and knees or strain your back by bending over in order to dig and turn your soil. You get to stand upright and let the claw do all the work.
Digging is the first step to a successful garden whether you are planting a beautiful show of flowers or hoping for a bounty of vegetables.
Make Your Gardening 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 favorite 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. I was able to produce quite a show of flowers year in and year out when I ensured the soil was broken up and received it's needed oxygen. Hence, the garden claw became my "must have" tool!
The Amazing Garden Claw
Why Do You Need To Till and Aerate the Soil?
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.
Plant Roots Need Oxygen
In order to thrive and grow the roots need to "breathe". It is hard for roots to flourish in compacted soil that lacks oxygen.
Carbon Dioxide Build Up
When the soil becomes compacted and solid, it builds up carbon dioxide which impedes root growth and it can even stop growth all together.
Keeps The Micro-organisms Alive
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.
Other Toxic Gas Build Up
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.
Lack of oxygen in the soil can also lead to the development of diseases in plants.
Small Space Gardening
The garden claw was created to do the job of tilling the soil in smaller gardens and tight spaces. It also makes it easier on the person tilling as again, there is no need to bend over or get down on your knees into those tight spots.
Most of us are looking after smaller gardens and using hand tools but the garden claw is just an easier and more efficient way of preparing our plots no matter how small.
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.
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.
Cultivating your Garden - Online Resources
Aeration and Cultivation Resources
- How to Cultivate a Garden
How to Cultivate a Garden. An important step in garden maintenance is to cultivate the soil. Cultivating a garden involves removing weeds and rearranging the crust of the soil to promote nutrition.
- National Gardening Association
Information and inspiration on gardening with answers to questions about lawns, landscapes, trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs and flowers, organic gardens, compost, urban, soil, design, roses, tomato, how to grow in containers.
- The Importance of Aeration in the Roots and Nutrient Solution - Garden & Greenhouse
People realize that oxygen is something plants need because they see it as something that plants produce. This is true that plants create oxygen but they need it too!
- The Organic Center | The Scoop on Soil Health
we explore the benefits of organic to the soil, which is the back bone of our food security. Without healthy soil none of our crops would grow, so it’s absolutely critical that we take care of it.
Gardening Can Be Child's Play too!
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. However, a child should always be supervised, when they are using "grown up" tools.
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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Sharon Bellissimo
Would you like a Garden Claw?
Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on December 30, 2012:
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.
happynutritionist on August 19, 2012:
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!
Sharon Bellissimo (author) from Toronto, Canada on August 19, 2012:
@flycatcherrr: I agree wholeheartedly!!
flycatcherrr on August 19, 2012:
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.
jolou on August 18, 2012:
They are very useful.