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Trick of smoothing out mulch..

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

  1. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    What's your trick to making the mulch look extremly smooth and level? I found out that if you use the back of a leaf rake (those big maroon or green colored one, NOT the ones with metal tines, the hard plastic wide tines) you flip the rake over and use the back and smooth it out works extremly well....how about you? what do you guys do.....
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,234

  3. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    i use the back of a hard rake and it works fine.
  4. kylecal91

    kylecal91 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 188

    a pitchfork is the only tool you need to mulch.
  5. head_start

    head_start LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    i use the head of a hard tined rake (the garden style rake), just the head. i broke the rake and found out that using the end by hand works well.
  6. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    that's exactly what im talking about, the back of the rake. Someone actually broke the rake and discovered it that way, and showed me the trick too...
  7. 81Bronk36

    81Bronk36 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    Sorry , I would need to see proof of that to say I agree.

    I use either a 28 or 36" landscape rake myself
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,292

    Depends on what's readily available...I generally dump, spread with hard rake, then smooth with a plastic leaf rake upside down...but sometimes I'll just spread and smooth with a pitchfork given certain circumstances.
  9. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Messages: 1,008

    i handtoss

    best results ive had

    and yes weve hand tossed 40 yards and it goes quick
  10. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    for handtoss you just grab handfulls? that sound very time consuming compared to shoveling it out...

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