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Old 06-18-2010, 06:00 AM
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Only method I use....surprised to hear it on here.
much nicer results, not raking up the underneath crap, and no need to spend time trying to level it out


i started to think people were gonna think i was some kind of jerk for mentioning this method
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:44 PM
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Buy a mulching fork, its bigger than a pitchfork and the tines are closer together. When you throw it you twist the fork a little and it spreads evenly. It takes practice to get it down good but it will eliminate the need to rake.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:49 AM
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Whether we apply by the handful in a tight perennial bed, or dump and rake a 10 cu/ft wheelbarrow load into a large empty bed, we still smooth it with the upside-down leaf rake. I used to smooth it by hand. But it looks better and smoother when we use the upside-down rake.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:39 PM
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I third the pitchfork.
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:24 PM
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I use the backside of a rake (the front side too sometimes) and then hit it with my backpack blower with one tube off....smooths out any small bumps, but you have to do it carefully.
I thought I was the only one who did it that way, backside of a rake and blower on low throttle.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:13 PM
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I thought I was the only one who did it that way, backside of a rake and blower on low throttle.
I need to break out the blower anyway because I don't worry about being neat when i spread mulch. It's on the plants, the walk and maybe even the house. I usually just fling it. But the only way I know of getting it super smooth....all the little bumps just blow off.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:26 PM
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Iron rake held vertically as you rake is the only way to get it looking like glass
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Old 06-19-2010, 06:38 PM
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One thing is that different mulches spread differently too. I use bark mulches a lot and because of the long strands it's a bit harder to get it smooth than something like hardwood or pine chips.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:40 PM
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We use the plastic pitchfork that are usaully used to clean horse stalls. The you can scoop like a pitchfork and spread like a rake. They work better than anything Ive found and no black or brown hands at the end of the day.
Otherwise known as a Manure Fork.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:49 PM
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i use the back of a hard rake and it works fine.
I agree. A metal bow rake works perfect.
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