How to Use a Landscape Rake


Landscape rakes are a type of plow that connects to your tractor. These plows create grooves in the soil, removing sod, grass or other materials in your yard. They are most commonly used for large landscaping jobs--grading the soil or removing sod for a garden area or to replant new sod. You will need a small tractor to use a landscape rake. While small tractors can be purchased, they can also be rented daily from garden and home centers. The tractor includes a hitch--verify that the hitch fits the connecting pin on the landscape rake.

Step 1

Water the surface of the area you will be raking with a sprinkler, hose or irrigation system. Water the area until it is well saturated. The soil will be removed easier when it is wet.

Step 2

Attach the landscape rake to the hitch on the back of the tractor. Each side of the rake will have a hitch pin. The tractor contains two bars on its rear that fit over the hitch pins. Line up the pins with the holes in the bars on the tractor. Place a hitch clip on each one.

Step 3

Adjust the hydraulic lever until the rake is at the level you desire.

Step 4

Release the rack stand and verify if the rake appears to be making contact with its teeth into the soil. Do not turn on the tractor until this is apparent.

Step 5

Start the tractor and drive to the area you want to rake with the rake up.

Step 6

Release the rake and make any final adjustments to the angle of the landscape rake. Begin driving forward over the area you are raking. Lift the hydraulic lever each time you stop raking.

Things You'll Need

  • Small tractor
  • Sprinkler, hose or irrigation system


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Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.