They made me use red mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by TheKingNJ, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    I hate red mulch at residential houses, but when a customer insists on red mulch I work with certain plants that I think look better with it. So the other day I was just finishing a little install and the customer sees me and told me they changed their mind and want to go with red mulch. So I tried to talk them out of it but I they are the ones signing the check so I used red mulch. I THINK IT LOOKS AWEFULL!!

    What do you think. I didn’t bother taking any pics of the front of the house because it is not going to make it in my portfolio of work.


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  2. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    Folks either love it or hate it. There's almost no "middle ground" with dyed mulches, especially red. I just installed 33 yards in a nice golf course community home last Thursday and Friday. It looks "OK" but natural or even dyed brown or black would have been far better IMO.

    I have learned to really seperate myself from what I think would be best when a customer is insistent on what they want. You hit the nail on the head when you said, "they are the ones signing the check." :)
     
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    We've installed red mulch before, but rarely, and only when asked. I think if red mulch is insisted upon being used, it looks "best" with a red brick house. Otherwise it even stands out worse than it already does.
     
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    The house I did last week had a brick foundation but yellow siding.:dizzy:
     
  5. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think it looked better like this



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  6. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The patio and pavers look great. I agree red looks tacky.
     
  7. abloom

    abloom LawnSite Member
    from zone 7
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    Red mulch should not exist!!!
     
  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    what about turquoise mulch. has anyone seen that? NOW that is hideous!
     
  9. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
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    Do you allways use the fabric when you mulch? Just curious..
     
  10. have you ever seen the blue or green mulch ?
     

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