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Another Another Mulch Job Thread

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by Darryl G, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is in response to another mulch job thread. I just did this 8 yard mulch job (probably more like 9 or 10 yards really, the place loads me heavy).

    There are some existing problems with these beds that I had to work around. For one, there's fabic under the mulch. On the large bed, there had previously been poly edging that was standing up pretty proud and had fallen over, so the customer removed it. The problem is now the beds are a bit too steep at the edges. In order to flatten them a bit I'd either have to remove the fabric and regrade the beds or extend them out, neither of which was in the scope of the job. So I just dug the soil from the edges and disposed of it rather than put it in the beds and make the problem worse. Also, the turf is kind of clumpy, so even if you get a nice edge, it doesn't look like it because you have tufts of grass hanging over the edge. Not to mention lots and lots of rocks...I'd make a mess trying to dig them out.

    Anyway, this is a basic mulch job for me for a fairly low profile property up in the woods. I don't get super picky but still try to make it look nice. For those from the other thread, this is what I'd call 90%. No, it's not up to PerfectEarths quailty, but I'm sure the customer will be delighted with both the product and the price.

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  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    More pics....I do these beds pretty quick...just a veneer coat really since they're not very visible and there are lots of small plants in them.

    Well the bed in the 4th pic gets full thickness and I bet you all wanna do something with that juniper, don't you? lol

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  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    And the obligatory tools and truck pic, lol

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  4. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Looks nice. I know what you're talking about with beds that have that sharp "slope" as you get towards the edge... They need shaving down (more of a project, as you said). Tough to get mulch to stick to it!

    One of my tricks on the "grass hanging over the edge/clumpy turf" is to run a string trimmer on the newly spaded edge to clip off any grass- that really makes a sharp looking edge!! So.... use a trimmer first to clean up the grass, then spade edge, then trim again, then mulch. Makes it super crisp.
  5. McG_Landscaping

    McG_Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    looks good! I did a mulch job today too.
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yup on the trimmer...out of scope, lol. Actually I snuck this job in on short notice and really only had time for what I did, and that was pushing it. But the wife will be happy it's done before Easter.

    I'm still breaking this customer in to using me for his landscaping. It's a long term plowing customer that usually does everything himself. He still does his own mowing and between the 2 of them they take care of the beds. I have done the fall cleanup for the last 2 years as well. I renovated the lawn too last year but it's kind of crappy soil...looked good at first...you should have seen it before though...work in progress I guess!
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Oh, the mulch is kind of a budget mulch. The call it "Dark Pine". It's composted pine chips, not bark. The only thing is that it's kind of "hot". You have to watch that you don't put it down too thickly near tender plants or it will literally scorch them. I do like that having gotten so hot that there's really no viable weed seeds in it.

    And thanks for the compliments guys...especially coming from PerfectEarth...your work really is top notch!
  8. Premier landscaping south

    Premier landscaping south LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 534

    OMG! That walkway needs some attention, like ripped out and pavers installed. I could not take that if I lived their.

    Mulch looks great my friend. Keep it up.

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    looks good man, I like the dark mulch, Most people by me dont seem to like it they usually go with dyed brown.

    On a side note i cant believe this garage only has one door.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes the sidewalk has character, lol and they sacrificed half of the garage when they had an in-law suite installed. In fact the part of the garage that remains isn't full depth I don't think, so it's more like a tool shed now. Personally there's no way I'd sacrafice even a square foot of my gargage for an in-law!!!

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