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-
  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.

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