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    Default Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    I am thinking of getting a landscape rake, I will be using to to do landscaping, but I also read people use them to rake leaves and branches off of their lawns. How well do they work for this?

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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    The rakes can be turned around 360 deg, what will using them backwards do for you?

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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    I can't speak for all landscape rakes, but the one I own would tear my lawn up pretty good trying to use it for leaves.
    Maybe if it had guide wheels set so the rake doesn't quite come in contact with the turf it might work - no guide wheels on my rake.

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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    I don't think you will be happy trying to do leaves on a finished lawn. A landscape rake is just too aggressive even with guide wheels. I have used the rake reversed to do a final pass on ground being prepared for seeding. Other than that I have never had any need for using it reversed.

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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    I agree with MarkV...IMO not a great tool for a finished lawn. Mine is 8' with gage wheels and I use it for surface prep mostly. I does very well removing sticks, branches, dead weeds, etc.... It might do ok removing leaves if you have a lot of them and don't try to scrape down to the ground.
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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    I think a pine straw rake would fit your needs better and will be a lot better on your turf. We only market them for pine straw but people use them for leaves and even for dethatching.
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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    I have used mine for leaves. Don't do it when ground is wet/moist. Set the top link short as possible, tip of the tines should be perpendicular to the ground to keep from cutting in. When doing this on dry lawn with well established grass roots, it will pull the leaves and dethatch at same time.
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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    I use mine along the edge of the trees/lawn to pick up the small limbs, works ok for that. I tried turning it around but not as affective with no wheels for mine either. After blowing all the leaves to one area you could move most of them with a landscape rake if you have an area to pull them in. I have an area to do that so I pull leaves and sticks to it and just level it out to decay.

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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    I can remove leaves from a hard frozen lawn sometimes, but it's not work the effort because of the care to avoid turf damage. However, the rake is great at removing leaves from my mile long driveway through an oak forest. It also moves some stone, so I have to do another pass to bring stone back and shape the road. It is also good in taking rocks out of my garden and trimming my large mulch pile.

    I have an old, commercial rake that is bent and ugly, but only cost me $150.

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    Default Re: Using a landscape rake to rake up lawn?

    Quote Originally Posted by SHORT KID View Post
    I use mine along the edge of the trees/lawn to pick up the small limbs, works ok for that. I tried turning it around but not as affective with no wheels for mine either. After blowing all the leaves to one area you could move most of them with a landscape rake if you have an area to pull them in. I have an area to do that so I pull leaves and sticks to it and just level it out to decay.
    This is how I do it blow/rake leaves/limbs into a windrow then drag to a pile. I have about 75 150+ year old oak trees in my yard. Windrows are 5' tall, landscape rake will ride up on pile as the leaves "ball up". It does leave a mark or to.

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