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best way to give mulch a flat look?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by jay albers, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    When i put new mulch down it always seems to look a little lumpy to me. anyone have a good technique to give it a flat look?
  2. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,746

    Depends on what texture of mulch you are applying.
    Hardwood triple hammered mulch will lay somewhat evenly. Stringy hardwood will seem lumpy in places. Cypress is another texture!!!
    I direct my employees not to use a rake for fine details. After the mulch is applied, they get on their knees and hand scatter the mulch evenly and pat the top as they go across the surface. We have done this for years now!!!!
  3. MumCity Landscaping LLC

    MumCity Landscaping LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    I always fan rake mine. Use the back side of a metal rake. comes out nice
  4. mark123

    mark123 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 480

    After I lay it, I rake it and then pat a pattern into it with the rake. I'll have to make a video of this.
  5. DKJLawnCare

    DKJLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 139

    I use a rake to spread a general flat area, then after that its down to the ground to spread by hand
  6. CTmower

    CTmower LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 324

    I second using the back side of a metal rake, always gives me a perfect flat look.
  7. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

  8. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,142

    the back of a fan rake or lay a pitchfork on the back side and go back and forth.
  9. drop and hand spread always comes out nice for me....i only use cypress mulch though.
  10. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,238

    Hand spread for me also, I am not the best at doing it though, usually I'll hire someone to do it and I'll go work on something else... Those metal Lea rakes worm well too.
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