How to Loosen Soil with a Mattock | Lawn & Garden Care

Some of you have searched for “How to pickaxe
my soil.” That’s a pretty peculiar question because
a pickaxe is not really something we use in gardening. What we use in gardening is a tool called
a mattock. Instead of a pickaxe which would actually
have an axe on this end we have something that has a pick with a hoe combination. Now this is a pretty aggressive tool and maybe
what you’re really asking for is how to de-compact your soil. There’s a lot of different ways to decompact
your soil. You can search for that and find answers to. We are going to show you how to use this tool. This is a pretty aggressive tool and it’s
heavy. You’ve got to be careful with it. You can hurt yourself and you could hurt your
landscape. One of the things I would advise, perhaps
the most important thing is, regardless of what you’ve seen in the movies or on T.V.. It’s never a good idea to raise this tool
above over your head and give it a big full swing. That’s a very good way to hurt yourself, hurt
your back, or hurt somebody else. The proper way to use the tool is simply to
keep it below your waistline and just work the soil like this in a methodical way. Not too deeply. Not too much. If you’re working really hard that probably
means the soil is too hard. Perhaps it’s best to wait til after a rain
and the soil softens up a little bit. Then try the tool again. Really be careful when you use this tool under
a tree. Look up above you and see if there are branches. If there are, there’s probably tree roots
where you are. You could seriously damage the tree roots
and the tree with this tool if you’re not careful. That’s my advice on how to use a mattock. It is a mattock and not a pickaxe.

26 thoughts on “How to Loosen Soil with a Mattock | Lawn & Garden Care

  1. If you're clearing brush, swinging the mattock from overhead to cut the roots of the stumps left after using the lopping shear is the only way to use it. I have removed stumps up to 3" in diameter with one. But, I will freely admit is hard on the body.

  2. I thought it was going to be a Will Farrel piss-take, but some great advice here, I was getting headaches from hard soil and could feel my brain shake. thanks for the advice with the rain softining.

  3. 👍 😃Hey Man, you look just like that actor….what's his face….Will Ferrell. 😜
    Now I have to watch the video again so I can hear what you said…😩

  4. This looks so much easier than I was picturing. I should easily be able to do this. Thank you.

  5. Having recently used this tool to remove a very potbound clumping bamboo, I have learnt that one must swing vigorously with an overhead strike in rooty scenarios!

  6. I am gonna go on a limb and say that he probably hit his right jaw using a pick axe and now he is showing people how to safely use it

  7. Pshhh the most pansy way to use a mattock. Working with these to dislodge rocks and clay requires you to give it a full swing.

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