From: canbya <canbya at snet.net> on 1997.05.06 at 14:11:04(722)|
I too have a Mantis which I "need" every spring. It is the best tool for
incorportating additions into the soil. It also is great for fluffing up
mounds-essential in my heavy, wet CT soil. In this area the soil is also
full of stones which embed themselves in the tines. (The tines are
guaranteed for life-I am on my second pair.) Vines too will clog the
works. I keep a fish-tailed weeding tool nearby and declog as necessary.
Unfortunately the Mantis is useless for starting new beds in my soil,
even in grass. The vegetation, combined with the muck, is just too much
for it. After I gave away my old standard tiller (my back demanded it), I
started covering proposed new beds with black pastic for a season. Then
the Mantis could sink in its teeth. I don't know if your sandy soil would
present the same problems. Weight was an important factor in my choice.
For sources other than Sears, look at Gardener's Supply Co in Burlington
VT 800-863-1700. I purchased my Mantis from them, but noticed they now
carry one of their own.