Prepping Beds?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by RyanD, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. RyanD

    RyanD LawnSite Member
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    Turfcobob - just to be clear, I charge for the work. I was just curious what this term "prepping" entailed.

    Green-pro - when you say remove material... do you mean leaves, weeds, etc?
     
  2. Green-Pro

    Green-Pro LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Weeds, and anything else that does not belong there. There will be occasion to remove soil/sod when cutting a new edge or enlarging the bed.
     
  3. scaglawnsnj

    scaglawnsnj LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
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    I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR FASTER WAYS TO PREP BEDS. THE BEST RESULTS I FOUND IS TO TRIM THE WEEDS DOWN TO THE DIRT, THEN JUST SIMPLY
    TURN THE SOIL. THEN MULCH, AND GUESS WHAT THE WEEDS DON'T COME BACK TILL NEXT SEASON. BY FLIPPING THE WEEDS UNDER, THE SOIL SMOTHERS THEM...COOOL
     
  4. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yea, that might be fast alright,but next season you will have 10 times the weed problem.You are just planting weeds that way,the soil may smother them,but many many weeds will root from any small piece of plant left in the soil,and the others will be repopulating the siol with their seed.Do not turn and bury weeds to prep a beds,remove them as completely as possible.
     
  5. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
    Posts: 2,702

    Of zap em with a shot of R/U.

    For your spring bed prep, don't forget your weed pre-m, assuming of course, you're licensed to apply. You can also make a few extra bucks by adding some organic compost to existing plaints within the bed. People up here just love anything that is "organic". payup Believe it or not, there was a guy around here advertising organic firewood a few years back. WTF is that?!?!:dizzy:

    oh yeah, and of course, nix the weed mat :nono:
     
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    This is a very good thread, it answered alot of questions that i had. Even though i never posted them.
     
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
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    Whats the point of adding Organic matter if you just drenched the soil with chemicals?Do a little hand pulling the soil will thank you for it.It won't kill ya either to get your hands dirty once in awhile!
     
  8. GreenMonster

    GreenMonster LawnSite Silver Member
    from NH
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    lol, hey, gotta balance out all those chemicals, right? Spray the R/U, charge for it, apply the pre-m, charge for it, add some compost, and, yup, you guessed it... charge for it. payup Plus, my hands are still clean enough to pick my nose on the way to the next job :)
     
  9. macaw

    macaw LawnSite Senior Member
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    I started using the MulchPro made by http://www.grassrootstechnology.com/
    it hooks on to the end of your trimmer. It fluffs up the old mulch makes it a lot easer to get weeds out than apply pre-m and top dress with mulch you will use less mulch than I sale them what I call mulch maintenance about once every two weeks or once a mouth I run the MulchPro over the beds makes for some nice extra money.
     

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