|Here is another tool recommended by Anita Clevenger. The Root Slayer is a shovel with a sharp V-shaped tip and blade edges with saw teeth. It is perhaps Anita’s favorite tool because using it vastly reduces the strain on her hands and wrists. She says it’s absolutely essential for digging around trees. One of the drawbacks to this shovel is that it will slice right through irrigation lines as well as roots. Then too, the tool description says not to use it for prying action. The Root Slayer comes in 3 basic models—a straight long handle version for $47, a short heavy-duty version for $64 and a light-weight short version for $35. In Amazon’s description the light-weight shovel is suggested “for women and mature gardeners”. If you are not sure if you fit into these categories, give me a call and I’ll help you decide.
Stan, The Tool Man
P.S. A further discussion with Anita revealed that there are many models of the Root Slayer. Her model is actually the lighter version discussed above, but with a different handle than the ring handle. She feels the lighter shovel is better because it can maneuver into smaller spaces. She also indicated that this is a popular shovel with backpackers and users of metal detectors. I suspect that short 29” “Mini-Digger” or the trowel would be useful here.