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Old 10-01-2013, 10:06 PM
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And todays jobs, a few small cobble stone jobs.







This is at one of my m&gs. I was asked about doing this early this spring and completely forgot about it until I seen the homeowner bought a couple bags of gravel. So I gave it to them for cost of materials as I felt bad because I forgot about them.

27 minutes of our time onsite, will gain me many referrals. (This couple has single handly sent me 7 clients with one referral, so its only good business)
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:10 PM
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At my favorite site, have many pics of this same area before, but we added gravel so that we can start piling pine straw around the bases to help with the ph levels.
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Old 10-02-2013, 11:18 AM
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People's choice to use gravel in beds is bewildering, to me. Am I the only one who thinks mulch/straw looks better?

I have a couple clients with gravel beds and they're a PITA to maintain. IDK, could just be me.
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:50 PM
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People's choice to use gravel in beds is bewildering, to me. Am I the only one who thinks mulch/straw looks better?

I have a couple clients with gravel beds and they're a PITA to maintain. IDK, could just be me.
Nope I can't stand the rock in the beds, you cant really re-fresh it or else you end up with a mound of rocks.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:25 PM
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If it's done correctly, stone should end up being easier to maintain because of the lack of organic matter, If you excavate out a foot and then put in the stone, I find that there will be way less weeds than with mulch or straw... As for re-freshing it, I find that hitting them with the power washer and just agitating them a bit works... That being said, Mulch or Straw is for sure cheaper than stone, especially the stuff in the photo above... That stuff is about 40/ton retail where I am at in Upstate New York... But, if you were to ask me my favorite? I like a nice jet black mulch... Looks so good against a white or lighter colored house with lots of evergreen type landscaping... Just my 2
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:15 PM
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But, if you were to ask me my favorite? I like a nice jet black mulch... Looks so good against a white or lighter colored house with lots of evergreen type landscaping.
Yep. The contrast in colors "pop" and it never looks dated.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:01 AM
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I don't like gravel beds either but.......

Both areas were tacky/lacking finish before.
The site with the Limelight, it matches all of theyre other beds, and well she does a nice job maintaining it.

Second job is a full maintenance client. The Anna Belle are struggling, need nutrition, and I provided a way to do it cleanly. The rocks will get any organic buildup, I intentionally didn't put a seperation barrier down for garden performance reasons. I'll fight the gravel to keep it good looking......easier than the bare dirt, the client stripped all the mulch from her site two years ago and re did her landscape around no mulch, because she doesn't want the insects. 10k ft of ground cover we maintain weekly.
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Old 10-03-2013, 12:03 AM
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$18 a yard is our price, I live in the past gravel capital of the world, Oxford Michigan. Gravel is way cheaper than mulch in the long run, as you only redo it every 5 years or so. Heavy blowing all the time keeps it clean looking.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:20 PM
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18$ a yard!!!! Man! Can you send me some of that through the mail?!?! LOL... That's a great price... I am drooling imagining how much coin I could make around here with those prices. I sell a TON (no pun intended) of small water management jobs... Stone around the foundation, stone at the bottom of the down spouts, stuff like that. And I find that if you have to do it anyways, most folks would like a nicer looking stone(decorative) rather than some sort of generic aggregate. By the way, that's what I would call what you have in those pictures.... Decorative Stone... Anyway, that property looks great..... Kind of an English Garden feel to it and I think the stone goes really well....
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:23 PM
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Thanks guys.

Now that I am venturing into the gardening side of the industry, there are MILLIONs of differnt tastes and styles. I happen to like a more natural feel, hand pruning of most shrubs, making things feel natural, but yet maintaining it to stay looking "maintained...." Im not sure how to explain it.

My main gardening client, the white house, said to me one day..... My yard feels like a jungle..... She said it in a good way, and well, thats what I am shooting for......a natural feel, with happy clients.

I must be getting old, or the new mower made mowing that much more enjoyable......but we had a great week production wise. Ive finally dialed in my employee selection to where Im watching these guys do extras that I used to have to catch, instead of babysitting kids. Now if I can only hold onto them through the winter, thought today I pretty much re secured my snow work Ive held previously, along with my two new plows added to the fleet. Lets pray for some snow!!
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