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Trick of smoothing out mulch..

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

  1. dgw

    dgw LawnSite Bronze Member
    from OH
    Messages: 1,008

    much nicer results, not raking up the underneath crap, and no need to spend time trying to level it out

    i started to think people were gonna think i was some kind of jerk for mentioning this method:laugh:
  2. mr.q

    mr.q LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Buy a mulching fork, its bigger than a pitchfork and the tines are closer together. When you throw it you twist the fork a little and it spreads evenly. It takes practice to get it down good but it will eliminate the need to rake.
  3. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,581

    Whether we apply by the handful in a tight perennial bed, or dump and rake a 10 cu/ft wheelbarrow load into a large empty bed, we still smooth it with the upside-down leaf rake. I used to smooth it by hand. But it looks better and smoother when we use the upside-down rake.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    I third the pitchfork.
  5. dtriv89

    dtriv89 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    I thought I was the only one who did it that way, backside of a rake and blower on low throttle.
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 9,404

    I need to break out the blower anyway because I don't worry about being neat when i spread mulch. It's on the plants, the walk and maybe even the house. I usually just fling it. But the only way I know of getting it super smooth....all the little bumps just blow off.
  7. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    Iron rake held vertically as you rake is the only way to get it looking like glass
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 9,404

    One thing is that different mulches spread differently too. I use bark mulches a lot and because of the long strands it's a bit harder to get it smooth than something like hardwood or pine chips.
  9. HighGrass

    HighGrass LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Z5 MA
    Messages: 1,237

    Otherwise known as a Manure Fork.;)
  10. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    I agree. A metal bow rake works perfect.

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