View Full Version : Some before and after pics.

06-07-2004, 10:53 PM
Matt's not much into stopping and taking pictures, but I convinced him to take a few shots today. These beds were pretty unmaintained and overgrown. He trimmed, edged, and mulched. Here are some shots.

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06-07-2004, 11:01 PM
I wouldn't be satisfied speading mulch and leaving it that lumpy.:o

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06-07-2004, 11:14 PM
I'll be out there bright and early tomorrow morning with my plate compactor to level that sucker flat.


Rich's Lawn Care
06-07-2004, 11:19 PM
I love before and after pics. it looks great!!!!

06-07-2004, 11:22 PM
Oh one more thing ksland,
You're more picky than the goddarn customer. He was on his hands and knees looking under thorny bushes to make sure mulch got under them.

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06-07-2004, 11:40 PM
Sweet trim job,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,whish my hedges would come out that nice, still practicing on them.:gunsfirin

06-08-2004, 12:15 AM
Nice Job Dude!!!!!!

It has curb appeal!!!!! Like the mulch and your bed lines!!!!

06-08-2004, 12:22 AM
nice job.how much would that job run in penn/

D Felix
06-08-2004, 11:04 PM
I second ksland's opinion. Not beating on you, but mulch makes a decent job look good, or a really good job look like crap, depending on how it's spread.

You did a decent job, I'll give you that. I've seen a LOT worse. What you did is about what my boss does. I, however, like it smoooooooth.:D Of course, that was beaten into my head on my first day with one of my former employers 7 years ago too.....

The most obvious place to see how smooth the mulch is, is against the house. Especially on a house that light in color.....

I still have yet to get any pics of my smooth mulch, so I don't have any to back that up. YET! :)


06-08-2004, 11:12 PM
Looks good to me. Done real well. I think that the homeowner should add some kind of edging or cement crubing to separate the beds from the lawn. But that has nothing to do with you though.

06-08-2004, 11:43 PM
To get it smooth......Here's a tip that works for me. Get a plastic or bamboo leaf rake, and rake the mulch with the rake upside down. Use a smaller "Childs" leaf rake for tight areas.

It fluffs and levels it smooth!

Nice contrast between before and after though! GREAT JOB!

06-09-2004, 02:56 AM
Do you have a bed edger, or did you do that with a shovel?

06-09-2004, 01:53 PM
I think you did a nice job on an area that obviously went a long time without maintenance.

Yeah, it is a little lumpy around the foundation, huh? Bet you won't let that happen again!:p

06-09-2004, 02:09 PM
I think it looks great Jodi. Thanks for sharing.

06-10-2004, 01:03 AM
looks real good, i'd have to agree with them on the mulch looking alittle lumpy but with one nice rain it would smooth out. looks like there is some spider mite damage on some of those shrubs.

06-11-2004, 01:11 AM
looks GREAT, how did you get the edges so clean?

06-11-2004, 08:04 AM
When I do a mulch job, I try to make sure all the bark pieces are laying in the same direction.

06-11-2004, 04:02 PM
Yikes on the shearing of the junipers. I think they look much nicer hand pruned.

D Felix
06-12-2004, 02:05 AM
Where do people get the idea that rain smooth's out mulch????

I have yet to see rain smooth out mulch enough to meet what I call a good smoothness. Especially if it was lumpy to begin with (not to pick on Matt here) like it was in those pics.

But I guess I'm just too picky.:rolleyes:


Groundcover Solutions
06-12-2004, 04:04 PM
The best way to get mulch smooth is to have a blower truck put it in.......

06-12-2004, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by Groundcover Solutions
The best way to get mulch smooth is to have a blower truck put it in.......

Really? The blow jobs :o, mulch that is, I've seen around here seem to be the lumpiest. Seems to me you can't beat hand spread when done correctly, but then again, I've never been on the end of that hose.

CJ GreenScapes
06-12-2004, 11:53 PM
Great job Matt. Thanks for the pics...

D Felix
06-13-2004, 12:39 AM
So where are the pics of what the mulch looks like with a blower truck?

I've finally got some of my smooth mulch and will post them in a separate thread when I get them re-sized and have time....


Groundcover Solutions
06-13-2004, 05:14 PM
They are at the local photo lab as we speak and will I will put them up as soon as i get them scanned into the computer. PM me witht the thread you are putting them in and I will try and get mine up too!!!

06-13-2004, 11:42 PM
Originally posted by jwingfield2k
Do you have a bed edger, or did you do that with a shovel?


06-14-2004, 12:34 AM
Originally posted by wonderwoman
nice job.how much would that job run in penn/

4 yards of double ground dyed chocolate cost us 120 bucks.
Edging, trimming, removal of debris/clippings, delivery of mulch, installation of mulch - Customers total bill will be $690.00 billed at the end of this month. Matt did this job himself, it chewed up way too much time, and it's not worth it for us. That's why we try not to take on too much of this kind of work. Bad bid on our part. This is the type of work we would want to have an employee for.

06-14-2004, 07:29 PM
$570.00 for a days work for a solo isn't worth it?
Hmmm,I'm moving to pittsburgh.

Lux Lawn
06-14-2004, 08:13 PM
Looks good...........

06-15-2004, 02:09 AM
Originally posted by dvmcmrhp52
$570.00 for a days work for a solo isn't worth it?
Hmmm,I'm moving to pittsburgh.

No, it's not. I'll tell you why. I can remember back to when we first started. We would be giddy with excitement when we made 300 bucks a day. We thought we were the greatest. Heck, we were so naive, we were lucky we made that much. You've also got to realize this is all we do. We don't work at all in the winter and we must support 4 of us. So no, 570 bucks a day in the spring season won't do it for us. (you bet we'll take 570 in the dead heat of august though)
Landscaping is a lot harder than mowing. Any monkey can stand behind a mower practically. Heck, even I can do it so what does that tell you? We have our accounts lined up tight. Real tight, and these are accounts that the "big boys" won't touch because they can't put a z on them, but they are the ones where we can bang out and bring in some fast money.
I think landscaping can be profitable if you can drop a small crew off and let them do the grunt work. However I think landscaping solo is way too much work. Mowing is much easier and more money for us.

06-15-2004, 07:13 PM
Solo landscaping long term will put you in a hole in the ground without a doubt,it is hard work meant for younger folks than myself...................haha.

06-15-2004, 08:03 PM
It's funny how much opinions can differ from one person to the next.

I think Matt did a great job! I strongly prefer the "sheared" & shaped look over the more "natural" hand pruned look.
Just personal preference I guess.

As far as the lumpiness of the mulch, I'm looking at these pics on my laptop, so they aren't as clear as my decktop, but I really don't see much of a problem with it.
I agree the smoother the better, but I'm just not really seeing a problem with this job.

I use an 18" metal tine leaf rake to get it smoother if I need to. It's real lightweight so I can do it with tines facing down and just skim over the top. Works real well.

Thanks for sharing Matt.

06-16-2004, 02:48 PM
i would agree with d felix, i like the mulch SMOOTH, i cant seem to get anyone to work for me that can smooth it like i do. i use a metal tine leaf rake, upside down with the handle at about a 88 degree angle. works like a CHARM!

06-18-2004, 12:12 AM
so many people criticize but are afraid to post pics of there work. i know its not the time to say it but i think its funny.

10-27-2004, 11:20 PM
Wow, I think this job looks great! One guy, one day! All the weeds gone! All the clippings gone! New edge cut! Mulch spread(lumpy)! I cant' trim overgrown shrubs and make them look that good :) ! For me the smoothing of mulch would have added another day or two...

Did Groundcover Solutions or Dan ever post their pictures of smooooooth mulch?

11-03-2004, 12:25 AM
Jodi & Matt.. The job looks great. I see this was done back in May-June but this forum is kind of hidden and don't visit it much. Why is it set up this way btw?

I must be small time 'cause I think $570 would be a decent day take in for one person. That does look like a couple days work though. How many hours did it take?

11-06-2004, 05:35 PM
I think it looks great.

11-10-2004, 09:39 PM
as far as the income goes, a manits tiller, bed edger and a wheel barrow and that job could be completed in 1/2 day.
here's the other thing to look at. look at all the $$ in equipment that you need to mow. You have almost no equipment overhead in that small install.
i know how you feel about having to make hay while the sun shines though. i am in a coastal resort area. the work dies here in the winter. We have no winter grass to mow, no leaf cleanup. we have to make out money in 7 months.
if you plan on branching out into installs, do it with a seperate crew. you CANNOT efficently do both with the same crew. Installs always takes resources from your maintenance crew.