Mulching techniques

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by rescuedlawn, May 7, 2014.

  1. rescuedlawn

    rescuedlawn LawnSite Member
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    I started to do a little landscaping and I have a quick question. What are some of the best tools to use when laying down mulch? My last job was installation of 12 yds and the client was happy with it. How do you get the mulch to have a blanket like look? What tools are used to get that flat and lump free look? Thanks
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  2. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use a flat rake and pat it down I pitch fork to load wheelbarrow and spread
     
  3. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Flat rake and just pat it down. Gives it that blanket look you want and gets rid of clumps
     
  4. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    My hands seem to give the best look
     
  5. Pressedun

    Pressedun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Always spread by hand, keeps it smooth and leaves a great finish.
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  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Flip a leaf rake over and pay it down when you're done
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  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    hands or upside down hard rake to smooth it out. can use a hoe if you have to.
     
  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
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    hands and leaf rake at the end if u want, but I always smooth it out with hands I like it
     
  9. rescuedlawn

    rescuedlawn LawnSite Member
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    Thanks everyone. I usually use my hands but this amount was a little much and it was all new installation. I dumped and spread with a rake. I'll have to try some of these other techniques in the future.
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  10. wilsonsground

    wilsonsground LawnSite Member
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    grab it by the handful and throw it...its all in the flick of your risk. like shooting a basketball. and then back of a leaf rake to fluff it and smooth it out. We dont dump by the wheel barrel...you waste sooooo much mulch that way. where you dumped it will always been thicker. Much faster than pitch forking areas and coming back to rake it or push it around with your hands. but there will be those beds that you cant throw it out.
     

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