Best way or tool to turn over existing hardwood mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by FERT-TEK, Apr 28, 2008.


    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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.
  2. hockeypro1411

    hockeypro1411 LawnSite Senior Member
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    roto tiller maybe? just dont go fast?
  3. B&B LAWN

    B&B LAWN LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    mini-tiller, echo makes one
  4. KCL

    KCL LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    4-prong rake does the best job
  5. PearceLawn

    PearceLawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a Mantis. I bet that would do it.
  6. smcunningham

    smcunningham LawnSite Senior Member
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    Mantis Or A Garden Weasel

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wont the tillers bring up too much dirt? That is why I was considering the power rake. I can control its depth better.
  8. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
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    Four pronged rake or the Garden Claw, and smooth out with a hard rake.
  9. Eakern & Dog

    Eakern & Dog LawnSite Senior Member
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    Consider using a pitch fork. I have done cypress mulch befor using a pitch fork and it worked out well.
  10. FERT-TEK

    FERT-TEK LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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.

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