It is used for loosening, lifting and turning over soil in gardening and farming , and not to be confused with the pitchfork, a similar tined tool used for moving (or throwing) loose materials such as hay, straw, silage, and manure.
A fork has two main parts – the head and the shaft. Both vary in terms of size, material and configuration.
A hand fork is a small, hand-held gardening tool designed to be used with small plants or seedlings . Because they are often used for digging up weeds, hand forks are sometimes referred to as 'weeding forks'.
Hand forks & trowels are compact hand tools which are commonly used for weeding, digging, potting, planting and transplanting jobs .
The spading fork is vital for perennials and succulents and plants that are in rocky ground or bear soft fleshy roots. The fork can be used to loosen soil all around a perennial so it lifts gently and intact, ready to carry elsewhere to replant or pot .Jun 30, 2017
A garden fork, spading fork, or digging fork is a gardening implement , with a handle and a square-shouldered head featuring several (usually four) short, sturdy tines.
Using a hand fork to remove weeds