Adding new mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by spcfoor, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. spcfoor

    spcfoor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    When you all add new mulch to a existing bed do you take out the old or just put the new on top? I have to kill the grass that is growing in the bed right now. Can I spray it and put the mulch down the same day or do I have to wait? Thanks
  2. Mo Green

    Mo Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,487, you don't have to remove the old.

    ......yes, you can spray the same day.

    First, cut the grass down to the dirt with your line trimmer, and then spray.

    IN2MOWING LawnSite Member
    from Zone 6
    Messages: 66

    How much old mluch is in there? Is it rotting at all? If not and there isnt that much just turn it and put the new stuff down. If its in bad condition then rake it all out and put the new stuff in.
  4. spcfoor

    spcfoor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    Thanks for the replies.
  5. Kate Butler

    Kate Butler LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 640

    I'd nuke the grass without cutting it first (faster translocation because of more leaf surface), wait for it to dry, knock it over at the base and put the mulch down on top of it. If the clumps are massively huge, after the herbicide is dry, weedwhack it, then put he new mulch down (just a cosmetic amount to freshen it up).
  6. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    Rotting mulch = Compost = Good for plants.

    Don't remove it.

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