Trick of smoothing out mulch..

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Matt Hermann, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. KyLawnscapes

    KyLawnscapes LawnSite Member
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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.
  2. hiringus

    hiringus LawnSite Member
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    I second the pitchfork is all you need. I have a 3/4 length with a big D handle and its perfect.

    If its not perfectly smooth do a quick backpack blow to smooth out ridges
  3. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
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    depends on what type of mulch, here if i tried to use a pitch fork it would all fall through the fork! and get laughed at if anybody saw me. :) metal spring rake, then use the back of it to smooth.
  4. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Posts: 1,008

    you would think, but its not . just drag the barrel along with you

    unless its a very large open bed
  5. head_start

    head_start LawnSite Member
    Posts: 147

    it depends i hand toss on the tight beds and around flowers, but when putting down large amounts of mulch in even relatively open areas, its back to the broken rake.
  6. RakenShovel

    RakenShovel LawnSite Member
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    back side of a leaf rake works great because its lightweight to begin with and also the weight is distributed widely so you're not doing any digging.
  7. jnt412

    jnt412 LawnSite Member
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    We use pitch forks to spread/toss and to level out the lumps. For softer mulch, we just use a big shovel and level it with pitch forks.
  8. FYS777

    FYS777 LawnSite Silver Member
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    what type of mulch???
  9. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,443

    Only method I use....surprised to hear it on here.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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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.

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