What is the best way to remove old mulch!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by woodlawnservice, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. woodlawnservice

    woodlawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    Like title says what have you guys found to be the fastest way. We are changing colors of mulch rhi year an want to remove all the old mulch and replace with new. It's wood mulch and some of our new client it's way to thick-over 4"... Besides a standard rake and wheelbarrow, what have you found to speed it up? I've got shrubs and plants I've got to work around as well. These are not bare beds with nothing in them. Thanks
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  2. LawnMan19

    LawnMan19 LawnSite Gold Member
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    The standard rake and wheelbarrow are good, sometimes you can also use a backpack blower, but the rake and wheelbarrow are probably your best bet.
  3. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    leaf vacuum if you have one. Loosen with rake and suck it up
  4. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    manure fork
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  5. woodlawnservice

    woodlawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is the tines close enough on the fork that the mulch won't fall through?
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  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Run the blower and pick up the loose stuff... the half rotted ground cover is serving a very useful function to your landscape and what ever color it may be will be easily by the new stuff...
  7. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Bedding fork from Tractor Supply, great for install and removal.
  8. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
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    Hard rake, pitch fork, wheelbarrow.
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  9. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    We have to remove an estimated 40yds of red mulch and replace it with brown this spring. We plan on raking each bed to the front edge and using the 35hp leaf vac to do the heavy lifting. I think this will work out great.
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    If..... There is no fabric underneath, you can use a tiller head on a FS90 and do it that way. I use mine to move mulch around in the spring on properties to keep the beds even. The only issue is you can't get too close to woody plants as you'll wrap the stems up in the tines.

    Works great.

    Or you can get the paddles for it if you think it will work.

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