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light mulching

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lsu03, Apr 12, 2007.

  1. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    how do you guys charge if the customer just wants to basically cover up the old mulch?
  2. garrettlawn

    garrettlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    i dont mess with it. I only do jobs that will look professional when I am done and I explain this to my customers. I dont do half a$$ jobs. Can be rude if taken wrong but most customers understand and agree.
  3. lsu03

    lsu03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    so what do you do, take out the old mulch?
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    I never take out the old mulch. One reason we use mulch is so it will decompose and release nutrients into the soil.

    Figure up how deep you will be spreading, convert your sq. ft. with that depth into cubic yards, and bill accordingly.:)
  5. ncls

    ncls LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 441

    If there is alot of mulch still in the beds, just use a dye to restore the color.
  6. garrettlawn

    garrettlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    by saying the basically cover up old mulch term i thought you ment putting on a crap layer of mulch to darken up the beds. Sorry I jumped to a conclusion.. I guess because I have been asked that quite a few times this season. No I never take out old mulch just mulch on top of what is there with a 2-3 inch layer of new mulch. Thicker if the customer requests.
  7. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 802

    Charge more than your standard per yard rate. It takes longer to spread it thin.
    As stated above, a dye may be something to look into; I have not used it, but have run into several occasions that, if it works well, would really make life easier.
    A lot of places have mulch overflowing into the driveway, over edging, etc. The top layer is in good shape, it's just sunshine shot.

    Also, at least put a general location or USDA zone in your profile. It helps people help you without asking extra questions.

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