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  •  I wound up using my (1+ / 0-)
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    step on edger. It's probably something like that - relatively sharp half-moon blade, with a wide base to step on.

    Works great. No gas, no flying rocks, and it doesn't pollute.

    I would cut the squares, and lift them with a square edged shovel.

    It was the only way I could clear a bed.

    •  This guy sells grub hoes cheap (0+ / 0-)

      Why these universal tools are rare in the US is a mystery.  I recommend the full set of hoes: forked, triangular, square.

      There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

      by bernardpliers on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 09:42:28 AM PST

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      •  I have a hand cultivator like that (0+ / 0-)

        The hoes look nice too.

        Lowes carries some of these, or something similar.

        This is the edger I have

        •  A sharpened metal nursery spade (0+ / 0-)

          works great for peeling up sod also. And is an excellent tool for digging up and transplanting trees and shrubs. Make sure you get the all metal one piece cast through handle ones for professional use, not the cheap plastic/wood handled ones you get at the big box stores. One of these is called "King of Spades".  These are not cheap ($50-$100) but will last several lifetimes.

          Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

          by NoMoreLies on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:08:20 PM PST

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          •  I Have A Massive British Surplus Unimog Shovel (1+ / 0-)
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            ....for digging military vehicles out of 3' of mud.  Great for transplanting! Also hacks out thick roots.

            Also, the classic  iron "dig bar" the 5' long iron bar.  You know you're having fun when you use that!

            There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

            by bernardpliers on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:27:21 PM PST

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