Creative tips for raking gravel?

gata(z5a NH)September 28, 2007

On walkways in formal garden setting have you found an easy and effective way to get the leaves and pine needles off without bringing up the gravel as well? I'm thinking a soil sifter might work, but I doubt if the screen is of large enough diameter.

what kind of rake do you like to use?

Any other helpful tips?



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gonativegal(zone 5a)

These are a pain but when kept clean they're really beautiful.

To maintain those gravel walkways - I use a regular metal leaf rake. It does a fairly decent job of picking up debris and smoothing out footprints and other irregularites. Just lightly skim over the surface.

It works rather nicely without gouging deep lines in the gravel like the flat rake does. It also requires a minimal investment as these types of rakes are usually around $10.

If you have some more money to spent, probably the most effective method is a leaf blower. However, I recommend practicing with it first as it can blow the gravel right into the beds if you're not careful.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2007 at 9:55PM
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HerbLady49(Z6 PA)

I use a leaf blower than go over with a bamboo rake. In the spring I use "Preen" to keep weeds from germinating.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2007 at 3:48PM
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Gravel walkways that I have seen, particularly in England, have such fine gravel that I do not see how a blower could possibly be used. Will a blower really work with the fine gravel? I love the sound of the gravel crunching underfoot, but never put one in my garden because of my trees.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2014 at 11:07PM
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Fine gravel pathways are a mess. Use 1/2" chip rock without the fines, keeps the weeds out, and blow it while leaves are dry if possible.

    Bookmark   September 29, 2014 at 12:01AM
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