Spring Cleanup

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by White Gardens, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Finally got to get out and work this last weekend.

    I'm kicking myself for not getting any before pics, but I got some progress pics anyway.

    So here's what I had to do. I went through and cleaned up all sticks and leaves. I then pruned some small ornamental trees removing damage for Ice storms. Use my stihl yardboss cultivator head to edge the beds and till the mulch. Last year I put down 13 yards of mulch on the property. Use my articulating hedge trimmer attachment to cut down perennial grasses.

    The tilling went great and I like how the cultivator tines don't do any damage to the plants, such as the tulip bulbs spiking up. All in all it went well, I spent 8 hours there, and hauled away 4 yards worth of debris.

    I also will be coming back when the grass greens up to edge the beds with a trimmer to clean them up and fix any odd lines.

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  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    One more set.

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  3. openbook

    openbook LawnSite Member
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    Looks like you did a good job cleaning the place up.

    Why do you till the mulch? I don't really get it, did you mix it up with soil?
     
  4. White Gardens

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    The mulch compresses over time and goes stale. I till it to mix in bleached out sections from the sun, allow some good aeration of the mulch to knock out any mold or fungus, and it looks like I put down fresh mulch. I'm also able to tell if I have sections with too much and move it around to areas with too little.

    I'm able to extend the life of the mulch another 3-6 months before removal and fresh put in.

    Some dirt does get mix in when cultivating, but is very little over-all, so it doesn't affect the look of the mulch.

    Also, it mixes up any left over debris from cleanup for a cleaner look.

    When it comes right down to it, if your going to edge the beds, you might as well till up the whole area.
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2009
  5. TheCanadianLawnRanger

    TheCanadianLawnRanger LawnSite Member
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    That is a good tip on the mulch . I had never thought of that. Place looks great..cant wait till i get out this year should be 2 weeks or so. Best of luck
     
  6. punt66

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    8 hours is a LONG spring cleanup. What did you charge for that?
     
  7. aplusjon

    aplusjon LawnSite Member
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    hey good job on the cleanup
     
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    45 an hour
     
  9. Szafranman

    Szafranman LawnSite Member
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    White Gardens I see you are from Bloomington. I was wondering if you do any residential power raking/aerating and if so when you plan on getting started?
     
  10. White Gardens

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    Actually I don't.

    Not that I wouldn't, I just haven't marketed that side of the biz. Besides, I think 9 times out of 10 aerations aren't needed and power raking is rarely needed.

    If someone called me and insisted they wanted it done, then I would, I'm not stupid enough to pass up money. :laugh:

    It's just getting time for that stuff around here. The grass is starting to come out of dormancy.
     

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