How to Use a Landscape Rake to Grade

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How to Use a Landscape Rake to Grade
A landscape rake can grade land. (the old hay rake image by Louise McGilviray from Fotolia.com)

Planting on large areas of land, such as a large yard or a vegetable garden, requires tools for grading. Grading land clears away rocks, breaks up the soil and allows for easier planting once completed. Attached to a tractor, a landscape rake is one of the main tools used for large areas that need grading.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Landscape rake
  • Tractor

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check the soil before using a landscape rake. The soil should be moist and easily broken up. If the soil is muddy, the grading should wait a few days until the mud has dried and the soil is moist. If the soil is dry, add water to the area for a few days to allow the soil to moisten. It should be damp, but not wet.

  2. 2

    Write out a plan. A landscape rake is a large tool and planning how to grade the soil is necessary to avoid going over the same soil repeatedly. For example, a plan might suggest starting the tractor on the left side of the land, heading toward the top of the land and turning the tractor toward the right side of the land and around in a 180-degree turn for the second row.

  3. 3

    Attach the landscape rake to a tractor. Fit the bars on the tractor over the hitch pins of the landscape rake and pin the rake into place. Some landscape rakes are adjustable to the tractor while others are not; the appropriate size tractor should be used with the landscape rake. Most landscape rakes require a small tractor, though the specific sizes will vary on the rake. The specific rake should have information about compatible tractors in the user manual.

  4. 4

    Adjust the landscape rake teeth according to the required depth. Different plants will require different depths of grading, so the rake should be adjusted according to the specific project. Each landscape rake is adjusted differently and the specific instructions will be in the user manual that comes with the rake. In many cases, adjusting can be as easy and shortening or lengthening the links on top of the rake. Others might need the rake adjusted through the wheels instead. The adjustment will differ depending on specific rakes.

  5. 5

    Grade the soil. Follow the written plan and drag the landscape rake over the land area. Stop and remove rocks when necessary to ensure optimum performance. Most landscape rakes should only need to go over the land once, though it can be done twice if the original grading is not deep enough.

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