Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by BRICKGUY, Mar 11, 2008.


    BRICKGUY LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    is it ok to mulch right over top of wash stone to save time and money
  2. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, if you want to be known for cutting corners and don't care about quality.

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
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    same her. i insist on removing old mulch materials. part of professionalism and i like 4-6" of mulch so a lot of times not enough room and i will tell someone that you already have brown under black and it will just cost more and more whenever someone decides to do it right and that someone is me.
  4. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
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    Removing old mulch is totally unnecessary, unless you it is too think that it is choking out plants or climbing the walls of the house.

    I consider 3" to be sufficient mulch layer so we apply 1" every year, 2" every other year, and 3" to a new bed.

    As far as the wash stone how big of an area is it, and why was it there? Was it to allow water to drain from a gutter intot he soil????

    BRICKGUY LawnSite Member
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    well the home owner ask if i could do that to save the cost of removing it we usually remove the wash stone it is not there for drainage it is simply there for a decor thanks for input
  6. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 613

    Oh so all the beds are filled with stone already? Then I would recommend remving it because the mulch won't break down as well because it won't even be in contact with the soil underneath limiting the microbes decomp. I wouldn't put mulch over decorative stone! If they don't want you to remove it, then I recommend telling them you aren't interested in the job, its just a customer who will cut corners down the road!

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