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Trimmings in mulch

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by AshleeServices, May 15, 2003.

  1. AshleeServices

    AshleeServices LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    When you trim hedges and there is a mulch bed underneath, do you leave the trimmings to decay or do you pick them up the best that you can????? Right now we are vaccuming the large pieces. Is this standard practices or do most peple leave the trimmings in the mulch?
  2. nelbuts

    nelbuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW, FL
    Posts: 1,053

    I always rake up and haul away.
  3. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    I always blow, rake to get all the cuttings out from mulch areas.
    I had one customer that had the bark nuggets, they were a real pita to get out. I told him after the first time doing the trimming, that the charge would go up because of the bark nuggets, and he agreed to have me install hardwood mulch.
  4. Gene $immons

    Gene $immons LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,028

    We lightly rake and bloe the clippings out of the beds and rake them up. Most of our customers have cypress mulch, and the clippings seem to rake up preety easy without disturbing the mulch too much.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    we usually blow them out. We have never had a landscaping area (besides stones) where you end up getting some mulch with the clippings
  6. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    Most of the time when we trim the shrubs we are fixing to mulch so we get the majority of them out but just mulch over the rest.
  7. thartz

    thartz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 486

    None of you folks lay a tarp down? It seems to make cleanup a lot faster;also keeps beds cleaner.
  8. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    we have tried tarps before in the past and we found that they will only work in certain areas. They just sometimes seem more of a hassle and waste a lot of time for us.
  9. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    I use two bedsheets...one on each side of the bush. If there are a row of bushes I then 'leapfrog' one of the sheets to the other side of the next bush by dragging it around the bush I just finished. Once the sheets begin to get full I just 'bundle' them to the trailer and dump them. No raking, no blowing, no mess (except what I have piled on my trailer. Spotless beds and lawn...and happy customer.

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