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silverwoolley
03-04-2011, 06:45 PM
Is there anything that jumps out at you as horrible? Its our first season and we could use some constructive criticism.

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silverwoolley
03-04-2011, 06:48 PM
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93Chevy
03-04-2011, 07:10 PM
The last two pics on the first post, the mulch should be spread more evenly, especially at the foundation of the house.

Patriot Services
03-04-2011, 07:11 PM
Pressure wash and seal/stain the fence. Fertilize the grass, should be greener by now. Put some bright annuals in. Did you put some pre-em in those beds to keep the weeds down? Is this your house or a customers? Straighten up the edging bricks. Not too shabby overall.
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silverwoolley
03-04-2011, 07:25 PM
Pressure wash and seal/stain the fence. Fertilize the grass, should be greener by now. Put some bright annuals in. Did you put some pre-em in those beds to keep the weeds down? Is this your house or a customers? Straighten up the edging bricks. Not too shabby overall.
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We did a fert. app. today but the grass here in Texas is having a tough time greening up so far. They don't want any flowers right now because they are afraid of the dog digging through the flower bed. We laid fabric down before hand.

Crocker Lawn
03-04-2011, 08:22 PM
Crape murder...

Turf Dawg
03-04-2011, 08:26 PM
The only thing I did not like was the "Crape Murder", but I have a couple that make me do it also.

Agape
03-04-2011, 08:47 PM
The last two pics on the first post, the mulch should be spread more evenly, especially at the foundation of the house.

I was thinking that, and off the wood fence, I usually just tamp along the foundation with the head of the bark rake. I also like the border so the bark doesn't wash over the walk when it rains. We usually dig a shallow trench along paths n such to make a ledge for bark to rest against.

I understand, you can only wash the fence and stain if they pay for it. (upsell! "now that your lawn looks nice, it would really look good to adjust the sprinklers and restain the fence. I would be happy to give an estimate....."

BJWLAWNCARE
03-04-2011, 08:59 PM
i have never seen mulch on top of pavers in my life. WTF do i know, i've only been in biz for over 20 years. Why would you install pavers (not saying u did). Then cover with mulch. Makes no sense to me sry. GL with the biz.

Patriot Services
03-04-2011, 09:16 PM
i have never seen mulch on top of pavers in my life. WTF do i know, i've only been in biz for over 20 years. Why would you install pavers (not saying u did). Then cover with mulch. Makes no sense to me sry. GL with the biz.

Look in the finished pics. The pavers are seperated from the mulch by the black plastic edging.
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BJWLAWNCARE
03-04-2011, 09:28 PM
i can see u used edging. I don't want to know how u tacked it down. I was saying u put mulch on top of pavers. I never saw that b4. I have seen pavers run up to mulch beds yes. Never on top, poor planning by the homeowner at the least.

scraper1
03-04-2011, 09:31 PM
Nice job near patio. Talk them into taking wanna be border and shrubs out of that bed in rear of house.

TuffWork
03-04-2011, 09:51 PM
Although more expensive, using metal landscape edging for your borders can be prettier. Last time I used the green metal stuff and I think it was about $12 for every ten feet. Still looks really good though.

What kind of fert are you using. High ammoniacal nitrogen fertilizers can actually up your soil temps and get it to really start growing quick. I live in Tx too but I just did my first three yards of the year today. We don't usually start until mid march - early april.

silverwoolley
03-04-2011, 10:01 PM
We used the plastic edging because they have a child that plays in the back yard so the plastic was safer. It's up a little higher because they have no gutters and all the mulch runs out of the bed.

silverwoolley
03-04-2011, 10:09 PM
Also, if you look close at the before pic. you can see the crape was like that when we got there. I swear!

silverwoolley
03-04-2011, 10:17 PM
Although more expensive, using metal landscape edging for your borders can be prettier. Last time I used the green metal stuff and I think it was about $12 for every ten feet. Still looks really good though.

What kind of fert are you using. High ammoniacal nitrogen fertilizers can actually up your soil temps and get it to really start growing quick. I live in Tx too but I just did my first three yards of the year today. We don't usually start until mid march - early april.

How how? Because I can't find anything around here with very high nitrogen. I want to get a hold of some urea.

Agape
03-04-2011, 10:21 PM
i have never seen mulch on top of pavers in my life. WTF do i know, i've only been in biz for over 20 years. Why would you install pavers (not saying u did). Then cover with mulch. Makes no sense to me sry. GL with the biz.

Your post reads as if someone is arguing with you, and you're in too big a hurry to notice there are b4 pics and after pics. (Lighten up)

Turf Dawg
03-04-2011, 11:37 PM
Also, if you look close at the before pic. you can see the crape was like that when we got there. I swear!

I believe you

Now about the fert comment. The lawn should green up from soil temp, length of daylight and the fall feeding. If the grass is not green and actively growing then you are wasting your money and polluting with nitrate because the lawn is not going to use the nitrogen.

Mow Man
03-04-2011, 11:48 PM
Crape murder...

Do not prune the Crapes if you are going to be lazy or don't want to learn the propper way!

If you want to learn the propper way to prune crape myrtles go to Clemson university's web site ang do a search/while your at it do a search of crape murder and you may find a picture of one that matches yours.

You can actually make good money on them if you learn do it right and charge by the man hour (30-40/hr).

slackers are hackers!

Mow Man
03-04-2011, 11:54 PM
Also, if you look close at the before pic. you can see the crape was like that when we got there. I swear!

Fair enough!

Still good info at clemson's website for those that are interested! I have a lot of passion for crapes and just get irritated when I see them all hacked up.

kilgoja
03-05-2011, 12:19 AM
what is that guy talking about? lol...the mulch isn't on top of the pavers....in the first pics the rain had just washed some of it over the pavers on the edge of the bed...anyways it looks much better than it did previously lol

ncknaklawns
03-05-2011, 02:18 AM
There's better edging out there I hate dealing with that flimsy stuff. The rest looks good though , trimming, mulch. Hope your dug down at least 3in to get the weeds out and not just covered up with mulch. Always do your best and word with get out and the same people call every year. If it starts looking bad in a short time -they will notice and try someone else next time.

ncknaklawns
03-05-2011, 03:00 AM
Use better edging that flimsy stuff just doen't last. I compress the mulch down and then brush with my hand to remove the foot prints. Make sure you have a straight edge alomg the cement wall not all wavy. Pull all the weeds out first with a weeding tool and go down at 3". If it stays looking good they will call you back each and every year so do things to make the job easier in following years. Charge same- your profit goes up it takes less time.

BJWLAWNCARE
03-05-2011, 11:45 AM
Your post reads as if someone is arguing with you, and you're in too big a hurry to notice there are b4 pics and after pics. (Lighten up)

Sorry if i came across harsh which I did. It was a reaction to no one pointing it out to u. I did look at the pics both the before and after. The old mulch must be either spread to ,or washed onto the pavers. I really don't see (it may be because the black edging is poor quality and wrinkled) where the pavers stop and the bed starts in any pics. I assume dirt is under the mulch. If the before pics had the mulch scraped back into the bed it may have been clearer. I do agree with the metal edging. It gives sharper curves and lasts longer. The same with the mulch making it level especially on the edges.