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Old 12-11-2005, 08:50 PM
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Turfcobob - just to be clear, I charge for the work. I was just curious what this term "prepping" entailed.

Green-pro - when you say remove material... do you mean leaves, weeds, etc?
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Old 12-11-2005, 10:05 PM
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Turfcobob - just to be clear, I charge for the work. I was just curious what this term "prepping" entailed.

Green-pro - when you say remove material... do you mean leaves, weeds, etc?
Weeds, and anything else that does not belong there. There will be occasion to remove soil/sod when cutting a new edge or enlarging the bed.
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Old 12-12-2005, 10:57 PM
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Typically, I just mow lawns but from time to time people ask me to add mulch to their beds. I figured there wasn't anything to it but now I have read that alot of LCO's prep the beds first. What does this entail?

I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR FASTER WAYS TO PREP BEDS. THE BEST RESULTS I FOUND IS TO TRIM THE WEEDS DOWN TO THE DIRT, THEN JUST SIMPLY
TURN THE SOIL. THEN MULCH, AND GUESS WHAT THE WEEDS DON'T COME BACK TILL NEXT SEASON. BY FLIPPING THE WEEDS UNDER, THE SOIL SMOTHERS THEM...COOOL
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Old 12-14-2005, 12:46 PM
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Yea, that might be fast alright,but next season you will have 10 times the weed problem.You are just planting weeds that way,the soil may smother them,but many many weeds will root from any small piece of plant left in the soil,and the others will be repopulating the siol with their seed.Do not turn and bury weeds to prep a beds,remove them as completely as possible.
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Old 12-14-2005, 02:37 PM
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Do not turn and bury weeds to prep a beds,remove them as completely as possible.
Of zap em with a shot of R/U.

For your spring bed prep, don't forget your weed pre-m, assuming of course, you're licensed to apply. You can also make a few extra bucks by adding some organic compost to existing plaints within the bed. People up here just love anything that is "organic". Believe it or not, there was a guy around here advertising organic firewood a few years back. WTF is that?!?!

oh yeah, and of course, nix the weed mat
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Old 12-14-2005, 03:22 PM
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This is a very good thread, it answered alot of questions that i had. Even though i never posted them.
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Old 12-17-2005, 01:20 PM
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Of zap em with a shot of R/U.

For your spring bed prep, don't forget your weed pre-m, assuming of course, you're licensed to apply. You can also make a few extra bucks by adding some organic compost to existing plaints within the bed. People up here just love anything that is "organic". Believe it or not, there was a guy around here advertising organic firewood a few years back. WTF is that?!?!

oh yeah, and of course, nix the weed mat

Whats the point of adding Organic matter if you just drenched the soil with chemicals?Do a little hand pulling the soil will thank you for it.It won't kill ya either to get your hands dirty once in awhile!
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:06 PM
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Whats the point of adding Organic matter if you just drenched the soil with chemicals?Do a little hand pulling the soil will thank you for it.It won't kill ya either to get your hands dirty once in awhile!
lol, hey, gotta balance out all those chemicals, right? Spray the R/U, charge for it, apply the pre-m, charge for it, add some compost, and, yup, you guessed it... charge for it. Plus, my hands are still clean enough to pick my nose on the way to the next job
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Old 12-18-2005, 09:20 AM
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I started using the MulchPro made by http://www.grassrootstechnology.com/
it hooks on to the end of your trimmer. It fluffs up the old mulch makes it a lot easer to get weeds out than apply pre-m and top dress with mulch you will use less mulch than I sale them what I call mulch maintenance about once every two weeks or once a mouth I run the MulchPro over the beds makes for some nice extra money.
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