Struggling to find the best pine needle rake?
Trying to figure out what kind of rake is best for pine needles? We can help!
The best pine needle rake on the market isn't a dedicated pine needle rake – it's The Mitagator Property Maintenance Tool. Why buy a pine needle hand rake when you can buy the best multi-purpose lawn and garden tool on the market? The Mitagator clears pine needles faster than the comb pine needle rake or any other pine needle raker. Watch our video to see why:
Why buy a dedicated pine needle rake when you can get a tool that clears pine needles, cones, sticks, rocks and branches?
Pine straw needle rakes can be an absolute chore – they just don't do the job as well as The Mitagator. The Mitagator is designed specifically to clear pine needles, cones and branches quickly and easily.
Don’t want to use the comb pine needle rake very often? Not a problem if you are using The Mitagator. The Mitagator is not a rake – it's a ground mitigation tool.
Pine needle rakes breakdown easily – which makes them okay in the short term, but they just don't last or handle heavier work like moving dead branches. And with a pine needle rake you can't easily remove the piles of pine needles you accumulate.
Not only does The Mitagator clear pine needles, cones and twigs down to the dirt, but it lifts and moves the piles in one motion. That means no more shovels. Just gather your pine needles into a pile, then lift and move them into your truck, bag or box.
HOW TO USE THE MITAGATOR…
You don't use The Mitagator like a rake.
A dedicated pine needle rake doesn’t cut through needle matting like The Mitagator does. You don't use a traditional raking motion with The Mitagator – just a gentle jiggle and shake lifts years of duff build up in one motion.
Why work harder? The Mitagator cuts work time by over 50%.
If you are prepared to clear needles regularly and haven’t learned how much work it is with a pine straw needle rake or pine needle roof rake, you will be shocked. If you have a LOT of pine trees there aren't many alternatives. A leaf blower will shift them if they haven’t been left long enough to really bed down, but The Mitagator clears them with ease. Add in a tarpaulin and trailer or wheelbarrow and you don’t get the same level of clarity t with a rake, and with The Mitagator then it doesn’t take as much time either. A garden vacuum will create the same effect and can be used to clear the needles, but this covers a smaller area so it can be time-consuming, but if you want a mechanized approach those choices are there for you.
Should you use a pine needle rake for leaves?
Even the best tool for raking pine needles is inferior for raking leaves, but because The Mitagator is a multi-purpose maintenance tool, it is superior for cleaning up leaves at the same time you are raking pine straw.
Using the best pine needle rake with the traditional raking methods does not give you the best results – and most importantly the equipment doesn’t last as long. A pine needle rake can’t lift and move needles that have been down some time and have bedded into the ground, it is not precise, you can’t clear whichever area you choose, but it is quiet so it doesn’t trouble the neighbors. It isn’t as quick as The Mitagator even if you are methodical in your approach. You can use the comb pine needle rake to create piles, but it won’t move them onto a tarpaulin (that makes relocating them easy) – if you put them into piles then you can use The Mitagator to lift and move them to a wheeled trailer or wheelbarrow. A tarpaulin is fairly easy to drag as there is little weight to them and once you have gathered them together they are fairly easy to handle.
The Mitagator uses solid oak handles made in Cassville, Missouri, USA. Pine straw needle rake manufacturers use a variety of materials for handles:- hardwood, aluminum, and steel are the most common materials you will find.
Although it is appealing to choose a hand pine needle rake as light as possible, weight is not an issue with The Mitagator. At under five pounds, it's light enough for your grandma to use. As with all things, it’s important to let the tool do the work and not try to use brute force – no force is needed with The Mitagator.
Cheaper pine needle rakes rust – but The Mitagator is powder coated to prevent rust.
The Mitagator is made with cold-rolled steel, then powder coated for durability.
For a pine needle roof rake, you do not need to have the tines so close together that the needles do not pass through. We tested many different designs and found the spacing of the tines on The Mitagator to be the most efficient at clearing pine needles, pine cones and branches.
Rake Head Size
How large is the area you will be raking? If you have a large open space, and the needles are being dropped onto lawn then you definitely want something stronger and more versatile that a standard pine needle rake. The Mitagator can be used over living plants – and it won't damage your lawn. It also aerates the soil while you work. The compact head size may seem too small, but years of testing went into perfecting the size and design. It easily cleans under and around bushes like no pine needle rake can. If your pine tree is incorporated into landscaping on your property, and the needles drop onto beds, cultivated areas, areas of land with other shrubs or smaller trees, then access becomes an issue – But not if you're using The Mitagator.
So…What is the best rake for pine needles?
The best rake for pine needles isn't a rake at all…it's The Mitagator.
Should you rake up pine needles?
Yes. Raking pine needles removes ground fuels that feed wildfires (aka ladder fuels). Some people think that removing dropped pine needles starves the soil of composted nutrients, but that isn't true with The Mitagator. The Mitagator leaves behind enough material for compost to feed the soil – and removing excess pine needles allows moisture to get into the ground and promotes new, green growth.
The needles make excellent fire starters, flavoring for teas and vinegars, grill smoke to season meats, air fresheners, and, of course, mulch. They have many medicinal properties as well. Collecting pine needles and processing them correctly can help you harness any of these natural properties.
What should I do with the pine needles?
Pine needles make excellent compost material. They are the perfect brown matter to use with (or instead of) leaves. Plus, turning your mulch pile with The Mitagator aerates and helps your mulch break down faster than using a shovel or hoe.
Here are some other uses for pine needles:
As a cover for your paths instead of rock or mulch. They don’t decompose quickly, so they don’t need to be replaced as often as mulch would.
As a garden mulch in the fall.
Pine needles can baled in the same way traditional straw can, then used as the base for fences, barns or other buildings.
Pine needles make great fire starters for your fireplace or woodstove, and leave less creosote behind.
Are there other fire mitigation tools for homeowners that work better than a pine needle rake?
No other tool works as well to rake pine needles. If you are raking pine needles in California or fire mitigation in Colorado this is the only tool you need. The Mitagator is better than a rake, a rake misses 50%-80% of needles, cones and other small litter on the first pass – you have to rake the same area over and over to really clear the ground. Large areas can be cleaned better than a pine needle rake in minutes instead of hours. Clearing years of pine needles from the ground for wildfire mitigation allows more moisture into the soil and encourages new, green grass growth. With The Mitagator, you’re not only lowering the risk of wildfire spread through ground fuels, you’re bringing new life to the land.
What else does The Mitagator do beside rake pine needles?
The Mitagator does more than clear pine needles – it’s also the most versatile lawn and garden tool on the market. The Mitagator will save you hours of work prepping your garden beds and adding soil amendments – and you’ll aerate the ground without wildfire dangers at the same time.
The Mitagator pine needle rake tool makes quick work of difficult tasks better than a pine needle rake or dethatching/thatching rake like removing rocks, weeds and dead plants. With The Mitagator, you can quickly clean up pine needles, pine cones, weed cuttings and remove matted debris under grass and ground covers and aerate the soil at the same time.
The Mitagator is perfect for cleaning along waterways better than a pond rake, too. You can clean garbage, weed and other debris in minutes – clean waterways promote a healthy ecosystem and happy wildlife.
The Mitagator removes dead leaves and other hard to reach build up under and behind shrubs, bushes and other plants – the dead stuff comes out without harming your live vegetation. It works better than a lawn rake.