I've been battling in my rear garden of late, trying to turn the tide of weeds and shape it into an attractive outdoor space to enjoy next summer.
This time, I have pledged to try to do a much more thorough job. I've done a lot of digging, tring to remove as much of the roots of invasive plants and weeds as possible, and turning over the top 6 inches of top soil. Until Sunday, I was using a cheap "value range" spade in my attempts. On sunday, primarily with the aim of buying a fork I went to the local B&Q, and returned with a nice looking wilkinson sword wooden handled digging fork and spade.
For the remainder of the day I worked away with my new toys, and was amazed at the difference in my productivity, not only due to the addition of the fork, but the change of spade made digging a breeze - I was able to move bigger quantities of soil far easier than before, and it cut through roots that previously I would have had to get the pruners onto.
I now have my eyes on a further addition to my toolset - a gardening fork.