Landscape rakes come in a range of sizes, from handheld rakes to rake attachments for heavy machinery, like front-end loaders. Most landscape rakes feature heavy duty tines that may be long or short, depending on the intended use of the rake. The landscape rake commonly used by homeowners has short and wide tines. These rakes are available in steel, aluminum and plastic.
Amending the Soil
Landscape rakes work well when amending the soil. Soil amendments such as compost, peat or sand can be mixed into the soil using a landscape rake. The heavy duty tines of the landscape rake quickly work the amendments into the soil with each pass.
Preparing the Soil
Landscape rakes are often used when preparing planting beds. If the planting bed consists of loose soil, a landscape rake can be used for tilling. If the soil is tough and requires the use of a tiller, the landscape rake easily breaks large chunks of soil and then smooths the bed to get it ready for planting.
Landscapers use landscape rakes for grading the land. Whether installing new lawn, preparing a base for walkways or walls or creating garden beds, a landscape rake moves and smooths the soil quickly. Often, grading is required on new home construction sites after the debris is cleared, but before plants and lawn are installed. During installation of walls and walkways, landscape rakes are used to smooth each base layer and prepare for concrete, stone or paver installation. Finally, landscape rakes are used for grading to direct water runoff to the desired location. Sometime the contours of the land must be altered to prevent low, wet areas in the yard and to ensure proper drainage.