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gcbailey
05-01-2012, 03:14 PM
I have been asked by more than a few of our residential clients if we would undertake some small landscaping tasks for them (mulch tree rings, re-do mulch, simple stuff). Our company has always tried to stay away from that and re-direct it to another firm that specializes in landscaping and hardscaping only. We send work their way, they send mowing our way, it's worked out well for several years. I don't have any plans to go into the landscape business only, due to the extra equipment, learning, and everything else.

Well our friends at XXX landscape and garden don't really have the time nor desire to do some small residential stuff and the owner suggests that I just go for it, he knows I'm not trying to take business and I have his "blessing". I guess my question comes down to, where's a good learning site, books, whatever as far as best practices for doing a tree ring, bed edge, what color mulch to switch out... just I guess what you'd call "normal" stuff. My friend doesn't really have the time either to take a day and "teach" me a crash course either.

agrostis
05-01-2012, 06:52 PM
Here's some book's for you.

http://www.timberpress.com/

http://www.groundtradesxchange.com/landscaping/landscaping_book_store.htm

http://store.amerinursery.com/

clcare2
05-01-2012, 08:01 PM
look around
see what looks like crap
dont do what they did.

You'll be ahead of half the idiots out there.

especially if you really only want the real small stuff. most of it is pretty self explanatory. Tree rings are round pretty simple

cpllawncare
05-01-2012, 09:12 PM
Yea like the beer commercial says find out what doesn't work and don't do that.

gcbailey
05-01-2012, 10:44 PM
Thanks... I looked at it in more detail tonight and the mulch beds are there...or at least you can tell where they used to be before they blend into the yard. I guess the biggest thing is going to be reestablishing the beds.... will a regular edger do that? Most beds are on a hillside so a walk behind is probably going to be out of the question. I will definitely need to take some pics.

lazor-cut
05-02-2012, 12:33 AM
I've found more tutorials on youtube and google in the past few years than ever before!

Check this out!
(Its not me...just the first video i clicked!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8UoZhTDzbw

Get Some...
05-02-2012, 04:17 AM
look around
see what looks like crap
dont do what they did.

You'll be ahead of half the idiots out there.

especially if you really only want the real small stuff. most of it is pretty self explanatory. Tree rings are round pretty simple

Now thats true and funny as hell.....:laugh:

gcbailey
05-02-2012, 07:16 AM
I've found more tutorials on youtube and google in the past few years than ever before!

Check this out!
(Its not me...just the first video i clicked!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8UoZhTDzbw

that's some good stuff right...

Smallaxe
05-02-2012, 11:28 AM
Edging a tree and placing a mulch ring,,, means killing the weeds that may sprout through and not doing a mulch volcano... very little if any mulch right around the crown of the tree...

lazor-cut
05-02-2012, 11:07 PM
Edging a tree and placing a mulch ring,,, means killing the weeds that may sprout through and not doing a mulch volcano... very little if any mulch right around the crown of the tree...

Correct, take note! I honestly hate seeing that much volcano! A nice even ring with 2-4 inches of mulch is nice!

http://www.celticlawn.com/images2/mulched%20tree%20ring.jpg

gcbailey
05-03-2012, 07:19 AM
We are going today to mow and measure the beds. Has anyone used the Echo bed re-definer? It doesn't actually act as an edger from what I can tell, just helps to re-establish existing beds?

@lazor-cut, that is a nice tight lip. I plan on creating a couple new tree rings, they have a couple now, but I know know why the previous guy didn't do it to all the trees.

gcbailey
05-05-2012, 08:52 AM
OK, here are a few pics.... Any thoughts on what to do on the shrubs along the brick wall along the drive? Just mulch below them, any point in trying to edge against the brick?
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Can it be saved? Should I suggest just getting rid of it?

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93Chevy
05-05-2012, 09:17 AM
Don't bother with an Echo redefiner. They're awful at everything unless you're "redefining" an existing 6" edge in dry sandy soil with no rocks, clay, or moisture. And even then it still sucks.

You probably don't want to sink the money into a GOOD walk behind (or pull-behind) edger as they'll cost a few grand at least.

You could rent a good walk behind bed edger for a few days.

Or go out and buy a few good edging spades, like this guy
http://www.wwmfg.com/default.asp?contentID=1114

cutsmartlawncare1
05-09-2012, 10:00 AM
This is probably a dumb question but does anyone think a regular stick edger would throw down a good edge for the beds
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