I used this to dig out the fire pit, and cover up the hot ashes before I head out. And of course, for burying the departed. Only thing I don't like is the difficulty to extend and collapse the handle. Especially when it has dirt particles wedged under the backside. It worked great on moist soil. Haven't used it in dryer soil. I assume it would be a bit more difficult to dig with this as it doesn't have a very sharp tip.