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Home improvement license to mulch?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by ProStreetCamaro, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. ProStreetCamaro

    ProStreetCamaro LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,103

    I found out last year that here in Maryland you are suppose to have a home improvemnt license to mulch somebody's beds. Does this apply every where? Thats about the dumbest thing I have ever heard.
  2. jlewis

    jlewis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 140

    Not everywhere. PA I can do anything!

    I am glad you found out. It amazes me how many people in MD have no clue. Almost anything that is done for hire to improve a home falls under that catagory. Get paid $5 to dig a hole and to plant a tree for the lady next door ? Need a MHIC.

    Now, my peeves with the whole deal is the test is all about contract law and wage law. A MHIC proves you passed a test and have liabilty insurance. Does not say squat about your ability. BTW you do not need one to build a house for someone. Another screwy deal - by law, I can remove a garbage disposal, but I need a plumber and an electrician to install the new one!

    MD Dept of Licensing
  3. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,455

    It applies everywhere in Maryland. You need the licence to do any improvement on a residential property.Not for grass cutting , but for landscaping, irrigation , painting , decks , replacement windows ,sealcoating , etc. And it does not have anything to do with the quality of your work , or if you know what you are doing .I would suggest that you obtain the licence , from what I remember its 5 years and a 5 grand fine for contracting work in Maryland with out one. As far as mulch , if you are remulching an existing bed , you shouldnt need it , but if its a new bed its now landscaping and you need the licence.
  4. gvandora

    gvandora LawnSite Member
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