The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening Tools, Equipment and Buildings
Chapter: Chapter 1: Digging Tools

Turf scraper

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1725. The turf-scraper is a plate of wood (fig. 329. p. 518.) or iron (fig. 330.), fixed at right angles across the end of a long handle, and is used chiefly to scrape off earth, or the exuviï¾µ of worms, snails, &c., from lawns, grass verges, or walks, early in spring. In some cases, teeth, like those of a saw, are formed in the edge of the blade of such scrapers, in order to tear out the moss from lawns; in many situations, however, a mossy lawn is much to be preferred to grass, as softer, and requiring less frequent mowing. Wire besoms are used with good effect for this purpose, as well as for removing moss from walls, or the trunks of large trees.