In making a seedbed the gardener uses a rake to pulverize his soil. It is necessary to have the soil finely textured so that small seeds such as those of lawn grasses or flowers, will make maximum contact with the soil particles and be helped to germinate. Raking breaks up the clods and smooths the seedbed. It also conserves soil moisture by making a blanket of particles that prevents its escape. It aids the decomposition of organic materials that supply plant food and kill weed seedlings. Finally raking encourages roots to develop rapidly, strongly and deeply. Soil in good tilth, amply supplied with organic matter, is the easiest to crumble and pulverize. Always keep your steel-tooth rake sharpened, and work backwards so that you do not walk over and compact the raked areas. Rule number one, never rake when the soil is wet, or it will damage its structure.