A frequently recurring job is raking the gravel area’s, the largest one being the Ginshanada.
Basically there are two distinct forms of raking:
- Flat and level.
Even if we rake a pattern, the surface still needs to get raked flat and level. For this we use, you already guessed, the flat side of the rake.
The choice not to rake patterns (samon, ripples and other patterns) in the whole of the ginshanada-surface is purely pragmatic. If we did rake patterns in the whole gravel surface we would probably have to do that every day or so. We have lots of unwanted visitors, or trespassers on the premise (mostly half a dozen of cats) on a daily basis.
The area without patterns must be flat, this too requires frequent raking but is far more easy to do. This is also required after we have walked on it for whatever reason, mostly cleaning end weed removal.
This is one of the major disadvantages of an “open” garden.
Recently blackbirds found out they can dig in the gravel and they then do that until we get open (black) spots, showing the weed control fabric underneath the gravel. We now have a third-generation that use this technique.
If you want to see me in action while I am raking see the video-clip on our Introduction-page.
P.s. With the little hair left I need a hat or cap to protect my head against sun burn, that is why.