where to learn?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by gcbailey, May 1, 2012.

  1. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,570

    I have been asked by more than a few of our residential clients if we would undertake some small landscaping tasks for them (mulch tree rings, re-do mulch, simple stuff). Our company has always tried to stay away from that and re-direct it to another firm that specializes in landscaping and hardscaping only. We send work their way, they send mowing our way, it's worked out well for several years. I don't have any plans to go into the landscape business only, due to the extra equipment, learning, and everything else.

    Well our friends at XXX landscape and garden don't really have the time nor desire to do some small residential stuff and the owner suggests that I just go for it, he knows I'm not trying to take business and I have his "blessing". I guess my question comes down to, where's a good learning site, books, whatever as far as best practices for doing a tree ring, bed edge, what color mulch to switch out... just I guess what you'd call "normal" stuff. My friend doesn't really have the time either to take a day and "teach" me a crash course either.
     
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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  3. clcare2

    clcare2 LawnSite Member
    from indiana
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    look around
    see what looks like crap
    dont do what they did.

    You'll be ahead of half the idiots out there.

    especially if you really only want the real small stuff. most of it is pretty self explanatory. Tree rings are round pretty simple
     
  4. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yea like the beer commercial says find out what doesn't work and don't do that.
     
  5. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,570

    Thanks... I looked at it in more detail tonight and the mulch beds are there...or at least you can tell where they used to be before they blend into the yard. I guess the biggest thing is going to be reestablishing the beds.... will a regular edger do that? Most beds are on a hillside so a walk behind is probably going to be out of the question. I will definitely need to take some pics.
     
  6. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
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  7. Get Some...

    Get Some... LawnSite Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Posts: 651

    Now thats true and funny as hell.....:laugh:
     
  8. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Posts: 2,570

    that's some good stuff right...
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Edging a tree and placing a mulch ring,,, means killing the weeds that may sprout through and not doing a mulch volcano... very little if any mulch right around the crown of the tree...
     
  10. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
    Posts: 315

    Correct, take note! I honestly hate seeing that much volcano! A nice even ring with 2-4 inches of mulch is nice!

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