Root Slayer Round Head Shovel
Nothing beat the root slayer round head shovel when you run into roots from existing trees that are around your backyard garden.
Don’t you hate when you run into some roots that are so big and long that it’s affecting your vegetable garden, especially when you are growing root vegetables like carrots, beets, and sunchokes?
I found the best solution for that but let me tell you a few things. Like me and many others that do not have acreage or land to play in but five thousand square feet to squeeze in because the house you bought already had mature trees around it.
What do you do when you have a budget to consider? Oh and don’t get me started on the inflation in food this year! We had to grow our own.
In my backyard, I have 5 unwanted trees that I want out but only removing, one tree will cost me a pretty penny, a little over $800. These trees I was told their roots only go where the water is and it has a tap root that is great around pools.
I think these trees didn’t get the memo. Or because I’m growing a vegetable and herb garden that I watered often depending on the season. Plus here, in the desert, I have to microclimate a section where it uses more water than the rest of the yard.
So, now I have roots all over the yard and had resorted to raised beds. However, it didn’t solve the problems with roots, they kept coming! What to do?
I purchased these beautiful root slayer round head shovels. One for my husband and one for me. Let’s say that it worked out fantastic. I’m 5′ 2.5″ tall yes I had to add that half-inch and my husband isn’t your average Joe he’s over 6’1″.
The 39″ is for me and the 44″ is for him. We went at it. (no trees were actually really hurt we just helped irrigate them they are very happy.)
They were invading my garden space and we had to keep the boundary where they can grow. It worked out great.
What Other Things It Can Do
They are great at digging holes. Perfect for when a newly bought plant needs a big hole to plant. This shovel has serrated edges and a sharp head so it can easily cut and sawed through any tough roots.
Digs through tough clay soil and caliche soil and you can be confident it will do the job. Another great thing it does is turn your compost really well if you have a compost bin as I do. However, you have to be cautious when shoving the sharp shovel into the compost bin to aerate it.
I carry the 39″ with me at all times. You never know when you’ll need to dig up or plant a tree. I joined a garden club and this little guy has proven to do the job every time.
These are some of the pros of having these shovels. They are great for what you need them to do.
The cons of these shovels are that the 44″ is 5lbs for me to lug this thing around it pretty heavy. The larger shovel I leave at home for the husband.
If you have an irrigation system in your yard there’s a chance you might cut into it. Your one project becomes two. You would have to replace the PVC pipe or the drip system that is buried underground.
It’s super sharp, highly recommend steel toes shoes, not necessarily just a precaution. ^.^
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