Table Knife Test
Test your soil for "TWISTERBILITY"
|Why the table
knife test? Ever wonder if your soil needs some
attention, like tilling or aerating? How often does
your soil need to be turned over? Depending on the
kind of soil you have, and how much attention you have
paid to it in the past, your soil may be compacted and
need more frequent tilling.
Weeds grow anywhere and everywhere, even in places that are seldom tilled or irrigated. The WEED TWISTER may not function well in soil that is extremely compacted or comprised mainly of clay or rocks. Also, some of the newer sods may provide a density of fiber that is stiffer than steel wool. If you're concerned about the suitability of your soil or lawn for the WEED TWISTER, or if you wonder whether your soil needs some TLC, this simple test can determine the "TWISTERBILITY" of your soil..
How does it work? Use a regular table knife and stick the blade into the soil or lawn where your weeds reside or where you are having difficulty in propagating desired plants. Push the blade deep into the soil for the full length of the blade. Twist the knife in either direction using only one hand.
If you have some difficulty turning the blade in the soil, you may experience a similar level of difficulty in turning the WEED TWISTER in your soil, or in planting and propagating new plants.
If you can't twist your table knife in your soil at all, or worse, if you can't even penetrate your soil, you know the WEED TWISTER will not work for you in this location, and about the only harvest you can expect is an assortment of unwanted plants.
When and Where? Use the table knife test in areas that you suspect may need some attention in your garden. If the test is positive, meaning you can easily rotate the knife, you don't need to recondition the soil. This will allow you to focus on areas in your garden that are crying out for help. Apply the table knife test at least once a year in each area that is treated differently or that grows different kinds of plants. Keep in mind that organic gardening techniques discourage over-tilling your garden, because unnecessary tilling encourages uninvited plants to join the party. If you already have a WEED TWISTER, you can also use the WEED TWISTER to test your soil. The WEED TWISTER gives your more leverage to penetrate and twist in your soil, but you should always be careful not to catch the coils in rocks or the roots of extra large plants.
WEED TWISTER Quality Control: Like any tool, the WEED TWISTER is designed to withstand a certain level of stress and torque pressure of up to 30 foot-pounds. Ergonica wants our customers to be satisfied with this product. Use the table knife test to determine the suitability of your soil or lawn for this product. After you purchase the product, if you're not satisfied for any reason, return it within 30 days for a full refund of the product price, less shipping costs. Be sure to save your shipping carton for returning the product, just in case. For most homes, the WEED TWISTER will work very well for many years and most types of weeds of reasonable size. If you need two hands to twist the WEED TWISTER in your soil or into the roots of a large plant, your tool will probably not be able to handle the stress.
Try irrigating you soil. Give it a deep soaking, and do the test again. If the test is still negative, you may need to work you soil with a hoe or other cultivating tools.
Alternate Applications: As explained elsewhere, the WEED TWISTER works very well for removing new sprouts by simply scraping the soil with the WEED TWISTER without twisting. This technique is similar to using a circle hoe. If the soil is damp, such as after a recent rain, your can apply this technique to prevent the new sprouts from becoming any larger than 2-3 inches. This will work, in many cases, even in tough or compacted soil, because you do not need to twist the coils deep into the soil. Although you can use other tools or hoes to scrape the soil, the WEED TWISTER is more precise than most other tools and can protect your neighboring plants from damage.
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