1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Catch up on the conversation with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, in the Franchising forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Finishing mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by redoak77, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. redoak77

    redoak77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    What is the best way to smooth out mulch after i install it. I was thinking about useing a landscape rake (48in) but that wont fit in to tight spots so any other suggestion technigues?
     
  2. spoolinaround

    spoolinaround LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    I myself do it by hand on smaller jobs, but if it is large a bow style garden rake upside down works aswell
     
  3. Greenside Landscaping

    Greenside Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    i use a fan rake on the large areas and by hand in the tight spots.
     
  4. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,384

    i have a super small bamboo rake that i flip upside down and pack the mulch that way. I use a large rake for large jobs.
     
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Fan rake or turn pitch fork upside down. In real tight spots with a lot of work we turn to the potato fork.
     
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I use a steel spring rake mostly, regular and upside down. Then I knock any little lumps and humps off with the BP blower.
     
  7. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 220

    Pitch it first-then a spring rake turned upside down-
    Harry
     
  8. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,899

    we get it fairly smooth w/ long-handles 6-time forks in a side to side motion when spreading it. to fie tune it, we too will flip a spring rake upside down & rake through it.
     

Share This Page