What is a fork?

 
     
 A typical digging fork 

A fork is a hand tool comprising of steel prongs known as tines and a long shaft with a handle grip at the end.

 

It is used for digging, breaking up and turning over soil and compost as well as moving loose materials such as hay, for example.

  

Forks are everyday tools which are used in agriculture, construction, landscaping and gardening.

 
     
 

Using a fork to lift and pitch hay

 

Typically, a fork is used for: 

  • Loosening, lifting and turning over (tilling) soil and compost

  • Sifting the soil for small rocks, roots and weeds

  • Lifting out plants and root vegetable crops

  • Scooping and spreading hay or straw!

 
     
 Garden forks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 

There is a large selection of designs to choose from. So, choosing a fork is easy, isn't it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 Some garden forks are designed for specific tasks like double digging (this involves the loosening of two layers of soil and the addition of organic matter) and breaking up tough soils. 

Forks have been modified for all sorts of tasks and environments.

 

Some are designed for specific tasks like double digging (this involves the loosening of two layers of soil and the addition of organic matter) as well as breaking up tough soils...

 
     
 
Forks can be used to turn over and spread compost, for example.
 

...while others are better at scooping and spreading loose material such as hay or compost.

 

Whether your budget allows for several forks to suit different tasks or just one as a multi-purpose tool, this section will help you to choose the right tool for the job.

 

For the different designs of a fork, please go to our page: What are the different types of fork?

 
     
 Make an informed decision when buying a fork. 

One fork may look like the same as the next, but let's take a closer look...

 
     
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