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10 Easy Pieces: Gravel Rakes


10 Easy Pieces: Gravel Rakes

January 24, 2017

Raking a gravel garden will keep it clean and orderly. It also offers a form of meditation in motion, an interaction with the arid landscape in a karesansui garden (which means “dry mountains and water”). Some rakes are suitable for both actions: cleaning out fallen leaves and debris, smoothing the surface with the back of the rake, and raking lines through the rock as desired. Here’s our list of favorite gravel rakes in wood and metal.

For a good read from the custodian of a gravel garden at the University of Florida, see Pulling the Rake: A Practical Guide to Raking a Karesansui Garden.


Handmade Beech Zen Rake

Above: The Handmade Beech Zen Rake is designed for sand and gravel with prongs that can be sawn off to make wider gaps as desired; £50.22 at Japan Garden ($63 USD). Contact Japan Garden about shipping rates.

Faithful Wooden Hay Rake

Above: The Faithful Wooden Hay Rake is based on the traditional haywainers pattern with a wide head and long reach for gathering straw, hay, grass, or debris. It can also be used to make a pattern in gravel after the debris is gone; $28.95 at Amazon.

Garden Objects Timber Rake

Above: The Timber Rake is handmade in Oamaru, New Zealand from the strong wood of the Oamaru street tree. It’s oiled with a mix of linseed and vegetable turpentine and finished with beeswax; $185 NZD ($134 USD) at Garden Objects.

Cheesbrough Split Head Hay Rake

Above: A long Traditional Wooden Garden Rake stands 63 inches tall with a wide head and 12 dowel teeth and is made of beech; £19.95 ($25 USD) at Quick Crop in the UK. Note that Quick Crop delivers within the UK and across European countries only.

Japanese Zen Gravel Rake in Oak

Above: The Japanese Zen Gravel Rake is 48 inches tall and is made in the US in unfinished oak; $119 at Land & Garden.

Cheesebrough Landscaping Rod Rake

Above: From Cheesebrough of Freeport, Michigan, the Landscaping Rod Rake with Rod Frame has closely set teeth; $85 at Scythe Supply.


Midwest Aluminum Landscape 30-Inch Rake

Above: The Midwest Aluminum Landscape Rake has a long 30-inch head with rounded teeth to keep from gouging the ground beneath the gravel; $53.35 at Amazon.

PKS Copper Gravel Rake

Above: The PKS Copper Rake Perseus has 13 copper teeth with rounded edges; €87 at Fruit Hill Farm.

Gillhams Gravel Rake

Above: The Gillhams Gravel Rake is designed for the large gravel garden and cuts down on hours of raking with a simple design that can be dragged across the surface; £108 including VAT from Gillhams Gravel Rake in the UK. Gillhams Gravel Rake does ship outside the UK; contact for more information.

Faithful FAIALR Aluminum Landscape Rake

Above: The Faithful FAIALR Aluminum Landscape Rake is designed for leveling sand and gravel with a 27-inch head and 18 aluminum teeth; $24.95 on Amazon.

For more of our favorite gravel garden ideas, see:

Finally, learn how to successfully use gravel in a hardscape project with our Hardscaping 101: Gravel guide.

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