Broadfork

In farming and gardening the broadfork, also called a U-fork or grelinette, is a tool used to manually break up densely packed soil, to improve aeration and drainage.
It consists of five or so metal tines, spaced a few inches apart on a horizontal bar, with two handles extending upwards to chest or shoulder level, forming a large U-shape.
The operator steps up on the crossbar, using full bodyweight to drive the tines into the ground, then steps backward while pulling backwards on the handles, causing the tines to lever upwards through the soil.

This action leaves the soil layers intact, rather than inverting or mixing them, preserving the topsoil structure.

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