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FERT-TEK
04-28-2008, 06:26 PM
I have a customer that has hired me to do a weed control application of Snapshot in some relatively bare landscape areas. Before I apply the Snapshot I want to turn over the hardwood mulch that has become matted over the winter. I am looking for the best way or tool to turn over those mulch beds. Each bed has minimal plantings and for the most part and are wide open. There are three of them and each one is about 1500 sf for a total of 3500.

Which method or tool would work best for turning them over. FYI, I will be doing the work myself. I have considered a steel rake and a strong back, I have also considered using a power rake set to a shallow depth or possibly a tool like a Garden Weasel. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

hockeypro1411
04-28-2008, 06:28 PM
roto tiller maybe? just dont go fast?

B&B LAWN
04-28-2008, 06:30 PM
mini-tiller, echo makes one

KCL
04-28-2008, 06:43 PM
4-prong rake does the best job

PearceLawn
04-28-2008, 06:44 PM
I have a Mantis. I bet that would do it.

smcunningham
04-28-2008, 06:56 PM
Mantis Or A Garden Weasel

FERT-TEK
04-28-2008, 07:27 PM
Wont the tillers bring up too much dirt? That is why I was considering the power rake. I can control its depth better.

jaybird24
04-28-2008, 07:32 PM
Four pronged rake or the Garden Claw, and smooth out with a hard rake.

Eakern & Dog
04-28-2008, 07:33 PM
Consider using a pitch fork. I have done cypress mulch befor using a pitch fork and it worked out well.

FERT-TEK
04-28-2008, 07:35 PM
Remember also that we are talking about over 3000 sf of mulch I will have to turn over. Although a garden claw might work in smaller areas I think it wouldn't be efficient for an area this large.

david shumaker
04-28-2008, 07:36 PM
I use my Echo garden tiller. Cost about $299.00 new. Instead of laying another layer of mulch over a bed that already has thick hard mulch, I till the bed. Also comes in handy when seeding bare spots to loosen up the soil. These little tillers are easy and fast to use in beds and small spots.

FERT-TEK
04-28-2008, 07:39 PM
I use my Echo garden tiller. Cost about $299.00 new. Instead of laying another layer of mulch over a bed that already has thick hard mulch, I till the bed. Also comes in handy when seeding bare spots to loosen up the soil. These little tillers are easy and fast to use in beds and small spots.

Dave, does it turn over too much dirt in the process? How long do you think it would take to turn over 3000 sf of mulch?

Birdjr
04-28-2008, 08:31 PM
try this it seems pretty cool http://www.grassrootstechnology.com/

jaybird24
04-28-2008, 08:37 PM
That looks like it will actually work real well, anyone try one? Price?

Atlantic Lawn
04-28-2008, 08:39 PM
Mantis tiller.

FERT-TEK
04-28-2008, 09:42 PM
For the guys who said I should use a mini tiller, is the Honda worth the extra money? I currently do not have one but like the verticutting and dethatching options that come with the Honda.