The Burgon and Ball Flat Fork is one of those heirloom tools.i.e., as long as you don't lose it, you can pass it on...This is a short form of a digging fork with flat tines. It is easy to use and really stirs up the soil. It is good for planting and even making furrows. The flat fork is an old fashioned kind of garden tool that I haven't quite mastered but my Grandma loved hers. I'm up to the challenge.