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laying mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by chefdrp, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. chefdrp

    chefdrp LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,384

    do i need to lay plastic or weed fabric before dirt and mulch?
  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
    Posts: 1,405

    NO way!
  3. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,944

    My story to explain my opinion is at www.mdvaden.com

    In ADVICE, then Landscape and Equipment Advice - the topic on Weed Fabrics.

    Hydroponics is a good example to explain the failure for fabric success.
  4. Lombardi

    Lombardi LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 538

    Apply Preen instead of fabric. It keeps seeds from germinating.
  5. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    Just make sure you have that pesticide license if you are using Preen.
  6. lugnut#6

    lugnut#6 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 404

    is preen a restricted use herbicide?
  7. Scraper

    Scraper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,656

    No, but an herbicide just the same. Thus you need to be licensed.
  8. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Posts: 1,878

    Same here, preen or snapshot, prior to mulching, then a good 2-3" thick layer. Tip: Cypress and many other mulches are very easlily spread with pitchforks, say goodbye to bending over all day.
  9. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,944

    In Oregon you would not have to have a license, unless it changed very recently. But on a few conditions:

    1. No advertising of its use.

    2. Its about 10% or less of your work.

    3. You need to keep an application record.

    4. No motorized application equipment.

    This is actually a bigger window to apply without a license than it appears.

    I would expect that many of the laws regarding licensing are different for each state. In Oregon, its handled by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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