You can level your lawn or garden with a landscape rake. Use this special type of box blade for penetrating the top layer of soil, and to smooth the area out again. The landscape rake saves a lot of time and creates a more uniform surface using a landscape rake, but it may require a little practice to become adept at doing so.
Attach the landscape rake to the tractor. On each side of the rake you will see a part known as a "hitch pin." The two bars on each side of the rear of the tractor fit over each of these points. You may have to manually move the landscape rake to line up these pins with the holes in the bars on the tractor. Place a hitch clip on each hitch pin.
Connect the draw bar. This bar attaches below and behind the tractor seat, and fits into an open-topped "box" on the very top of the landscape rake. Line up the holes in the bar with the holes on top of the landscape rake. Insert the loose hitch pin through the holes, and put a hitch clip on the end of the pin to prevent it from sliding out of the hole.
Adjust the setting of the hydraulic lever until you have the rake at the desired maximum depth. Tighten the locking bolt or nut that prevents the lever from being pushed lower. Some tractors will not have a locking bolt, but you can add your own by inserting any bolt with a nut through the hole immediately below the lever.
Change the angle of the landscape rake's tines by screwing the central portion of the top bar in or out. Extending the bar away from the tractor moves the tines closer to a 90-degree angle and offer more accurate soil displacement. Reducing the length will cause the tines to dig in more shallowly.
Pivot the drag blade, if desired. This blade can be swiveled on some models by rotating a crank, but other models have a pin that must be lifted out, allowing the blade to be shifted up to 30 degrees from side to side. Remember to replace the locking pin for the drag blade.
Drive the tractor to your starting location with the rake in the "up" position. Push the hydraulic lever down until it meets the locking nut or bolt. With the tractor in low gear, pull forward across the area you are working in. Remember to lift the hydraulic lever each time you want to stop raking.