How to clear gravel on lawn?

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Old 04-28-18, 08:07 PM
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How to clear gravel on lawn?

After winter there is gravel on the grass, picking it up one by one take too long. But a leaf blower probably won't work well because leaf blowers usually have a mulching mechanism that cut leaf into mulch, and gravel would wreck that blade.

What is a fast way to get rid of the gravel on top of the lawn? Is there some kind of wide upright vacuum that can vacuum the gravel from the grass and not destroy the grass too much?
 
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Old 04-28-18, 08:10 PM
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A fan rake...............................................
 
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Old 04-28-18, 09:27 PM
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What the heck kinda grass do you have that would support gravel and not let it drop through to the soil? Super grass? Or is it gravel thrown in piles by plows?

And btw..."most" leaf blower/vacs don't have a real mulching blade. Just the plastic spinning fan that sort of shreds dry leaves...thats why they are called "leaf" blower/vacs. Unless it says "mulcher", in which case it sometimes has a metal blade like a garbage disposal or a blender along with the fan. I doubt either would be effective at lifting gravel. They do make giant vacs that would probably do it (they use them at golf courses on greens or by landscaping companies), but I've never seen one for rent. Consumer grade models run about $500 USD but I'm still doubtful they would lift gravel.

I agree, rake as much out as you can and let the rest fall into the soil.
 
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The gravel from the gravel driveway was blow on top of the grass by a snowblower.
 
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Rake up what you can and forget about the rest.
 
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The large shop vacs work pretty well.... the ones with the 2 1/2" hose. But you will suck up dirt too if the grass is sparse.
 
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Any way you cut it; it's going to be tedious.

I use a shrub rake, about 5" or 6" and go after the individual pieces.

I think the key is to smooth off the driveway gravel in the fall so that you simply don't pick up and scatter a whole mess of gravel in the first place, and then you don't run the risk of breaking shear pins.
 
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Those power brooms actually work pretty well, I've seen them in action- impressive! Steve
 
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That's interesting. Never saw one of those power brooms before. Looks impressive.
 
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Old 04-29-18, 12:49 PM
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Thatch rake.



Lay a tarp beside the gravel pile, flick the gravel onto the tarp.
 
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I will look to see if Canada has places that sell them.
 
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Old 04-30-18, 06:26 AM
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That power broom also works great to remove packed down snow on a walkway.
I've bought about every asserary Stihl sells that will fit on my FS90R line trimmer.
Rototiller, edger, hedge trimmer, chainsaw, metal blade, head with plastic blades.
So one powerhead can do many different jobs.
 
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