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    Question Rake gravel recovery?

    Hello e'rrbody!

    As most of you know, it's been raining a LOT in lots of places.

    Even my culverts couldn't keep up, and I got overwash and washouts in a few places. Crusher run gravel all now down in my grass.

    This seems like a great excuse to buy a landscape rake! The gravel is maybe a bit too small for 1" tine spacing, but if I pull up some grass with the tines I won't cry. Grass will grow back for free; gravel I gotta pay for! Most of the displaced gravel is in thin, longs streams. I'm guessing I back up from the road to the end of the gravel trail, lower rake and just drag it up to the road? Has anybody done this? Will it work?

    I'm NOT gonna go fetch little rocks back with a bucket- machines were made for this sort of thing. And I can't leave it; it will destroy my mower blades!

    P.S. I can fix the ruts, kinda need to work on the grade/crown/slope anyway.

    P.S.S. 1025 and the TSC/Tartar 5', probably add the wheel kit too.

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    Having a landscape rake and a gravel driveway, and having tried similar tasks, I highly doubt it is going to work. The tines on a landscape rake are spaced to capture bigger rocks and debris. Smaller gravel is going to slip right through. The rake will also do more damage to the grass than you think. Once you tear out huge sections of turf it probably won't grow back without reseeding.

    Do you have any photos you can share? Just how large and deep are the patches of gravel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Having a landscape rake and a gravel driveway, and having tried similar tasks, I highly doubt it is going to work. The tines on a landscape rake are spaced to capture bigger rocks and debris. Smaller gravel is going to slip right through. The rake will also do more damage to the grass than you think. Once you tear out huge sections of turf it probably won't grow back without reseeding.

    Do you have any photos you can share? Just how large and deep are the patches of gravel?
    Agree with this.

    The only way to really do it is with a broom. Not the long handle variety....

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    Around here I see a lot of people rent a portable power broom just for this - it has a paddle wheel instead of bristles that works great.

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    I agree with Coaltrain, a power broom is the way to go. That probably the next thing I buy for my Stihl weedeater. A landscape rake isn't going to capture gravel.
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    Without yet hearing how long and deep the gravel areas are I will throw this out... you might want to consider using a shop vac. I know, it probably sounds crazy. But two years ago I had huge patches of gravel in the lawn from the melted snow. It would have been a lot of work to rake and shovel. So I decided to try the shop vac. So I loaded my 14-gallon shop vac and my small generator into my 17P lawn cart and off I went.

    It worked amazing!! I was able to clean up all the gravel in no time. Obviously I had to empty out the shop vac a few times but it was relatively effortless and got all the stones out of the grass with no lawn damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Without yet hearing how long and deep the gravel areas are I will throw this out... you might want to consider using a shop vac. I know, it probably sounds crazy. But two years ago I had huge patches of gravel in the lawn from the melted snow. It would have been a lot of work to rake and shovel. So I decided to try the shop vac. So I loaded my 14-gallon shop vac and my small generator into my 17P lawn cart and off I went.

    It worked amazing!! I was able to clean up all the gravel in no time. Obviously I had to empty out the shop vac a few times but it was relatively effortless and got all the stones out of the grass with no lawn damage.
    That’s thinking outside the box - I like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Without yet hearing how long and deep the gravel areas are I will throw this out... you might want to consider using a shop vac. I know, it probably sounds crazy. But two years ago I had huge patches of gravel in the lawn from the melted snow. It would have been a lot of work to rake and shovel. So I decided to try the shop vac. So I loaded my 14-gallon shop vac and my small generator into my 17P lawn cart and off I went.

    It worked amazing!! I was able to clean up all the gravel in no time. Obviously I had to empty out the shop vac a few times but it was relatively effortless and got all the stones out of the grass with no lawn damage.
    Did the same with wash stone we had dumped in a front lawn while we were putting in a storm drain around back. Fetching gravel with the tractor, I spilled some all the way to the back. Homeowner wasn't happy with our raking efforts to clean up. Then we all asked "what do they want, us to vac it all up?" Well, why not give it a try. Worked better than I thought it would. We just kept dumping it into tractor bucket as we worked our way out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    Without yet hearing how long and deep the gravel areas are I will throw this out... you might want to consider using a shop vac. I know, it probably sounds crazy. But two years ago I had huge patches of gravel in the lawn from the melted snow. It would have been a lot of work to rake and shovel. So I decided to try the shop vac. So I loaded my 14-gallon shop vac and my small generator into my 17P lawn cart and off I went.

    It worked amazing!! I was able to clean up all the gravel in no time. Obviously I had to empty out the shop vac a few times but it was relatively effortless and got all the stones out of the grass with no lawn damage.
    I agree with Coaltrain!

    Great Idea!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Agree with this.

    The only way to really do it is with a broom. Not the long handle variety

    Around here I see a lot of people rent a portable power broom just for this - it has a paddle wheel instead of bristles that works great.

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    I bought a new Stihl combi weed whiper last fall. I didn’t get the paddle/broom attachment for it. I think I’ll go get one this spring as I have a lot of raking along my gravel parts of my driveway. Buddy has one and said it works great and he even uses it for light snow to clear his walks and decks. Kinda expensive but worth it as it usu takes me two days of raking every spring.
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    Careful back blading with the loader bucket might work well. A box blade could also be used. It really just depends on where the gravel got washed to and if you can get to it with a tractor. Unfortunately sometimes hand tools are the best tools for the job.
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