The Garden Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 2: Roman Gardens (500BC-500AD)

Roman Garden Tools

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82.The garden implements of the Romans, were the ligo, or pala, answering to our spade; the rastrum, a rake; the sarculum, a hoe or weeding hook; the marra, a hoe mattock; the dolabra, an adze, apparently the binette of the French; the securis, an axe; and the falx, a kind of pruning-knife; the latter was sometimes made in the shape of the half-formed moon, hence falx semiformis lunï¾µ. (Col., lib. ii. cap. 2.; lib. iv. cap. 25.)