Register free!

The Green Industry's Resource Center



Reply
 
Thread Tools   Display Modes
  #1  
Old 03-01-2012, 12:52 AM
woodlawnservice woodlawnservice is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 557
What is the best way to remove old mulch!

Like title says what have you guys found to be the fastest way. We are changing colors of mulch rhi year an want to remove all the old mulch and replace with new. It's wood mulch and some of our new client it's way to thick-over 4"... Besides a standard rake and wheelbarrow, what have you found to speed it up? I've got shrubs and plants I've got to work around as well. These are not bare beds with nothing in them. Thanks
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-01-2012, 02:43 AM
LawnMan19's Avatar
LawnMan19 LawnMan19 is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Where I need to be
Posts: 3,242
The standard rake and wheelbarrow are good, sometimes you can also use a backpack blower, but the rake and wheelbarrow are probably your best bet.
__________________
'' hard workers never slack and slackers never work hard.''
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-01-2012, 02:46 AM
crazymike crazymike is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Ontario
Posts: 454
leaf vacuum if you have one. Loosen with rake and suck it up
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-01-2012, 12:23 PM
LB1234 LB1234 is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Central Jersey
Posts: 3,211
manure fork
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-01-2012, 12:25 PM
woodlawnservice woodlawnservice is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 557
Is the tines close enough on the fork that the mulch won't fall through?
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-01-2012, 12:32 PM
Smallaxe Smallaxe is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Central Wisconsin
Posts: 9,945
Run the blower and pick up the loose stuff... the half rotted ground cover is serving a very useful function to your landscape and what ever color it may be will be easily by the new stuff...
__________________
*
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
*
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-01-2012, 05:45 PM
KeystoneLawn&Landscaping's Avatar
KeystoneLawn&Landscaping KeystoneLawn&Landscaping is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Erie, PA
Posts: 776
Quote:
Originally Posted by woodlawnservice View Post
Is the tines close enough on the fork that the mulch won't fall through?
Posted via Mobile Device
Bedding fork from Tractor Supply, great for install and removal.
__________________
99 Silverado 4x4
2007 Silverado 2500HD 4x4
2005 Cargo King 7'x16' enclosed
Blizzard 860HD
7 1/2 ft Western Plow
Toro 7/24 snowblower
2 Toro CCR 2450 snowblowers
48" Allis Chalmers
48" Ferris WB
36" Exmark Viking
21" Toro
21" Poulan Pro
2- Echo PB755H
Echo & Ryobi trimmers
Echo PAS 265 & attachments
Stihl & Poulan chain saws
Stihl BP blower
Stihl FS-56RC-E Trimmer
Billy Goat 16hp HTR Loader
Pesticide License BU0426
A Positive Outlook
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-01-2012, 06:40 PM
Glenn Lawn Care's Avatar
Glenn Lawn Care Glenn Lawn Care is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Inver Grove Heights, MN
Posts: 2,591
Hard rake, pitch fork, wheelbarrow.
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-01-2012, 09:40 PM
sven1277 sven1277 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Gales Ferry, CT
Posts: 561
We have to remove an estimated 40yds of red mulch and replace it with brown this spring. We plan on raking each bed to the front edge and using the 35hp leaf vac to do the heavy lifting. I think this will work out great.
__________________
'05,08 Chevy 3500 Dump
00 Chevy 2500
61" Scag turf tigers
61" Wright zk
ASV SR 70
Takeuchi 135
Kubota 7610 40" rotadarion
20' enclosed 10k lawncare trailer
18' aluminum 12k equipment trailer
35hp Giant Vac leaf loader
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-01-2012, 09:50 PM
White Gardens's Avatar
White Gardens White Gardens is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Bloomington IL
Posts: 6,779
If..... There is no fabric underneath, you can use a tiller head on a FS90 and do it that way. I use mine to move mulch around in the spring on properties to keep the beds even. The only issue is you can't get too close to woody plants as you'll wrap the stems up in the tines.

Works great.

Or you can get the paddles for it if you think it will work.
__________________
White Gardens On Facebook.......WG Thread......Greencare For Troops......... mywhitegardens.com(under construction)

2005- Completion of University of Illinois Master Gardner's Program.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:01 AM.

Page generated in 0.07421 seconds with 7 queries