[B]Bed Clean-Up Question[/B]

SDNCLAWNCARE

LawnSite Member
Location
LOUISVILLE, KY
I'm doing a bed clean up for a very nice lady. Nice House. Lots of pine needles. I was going to pull the weeds, put down some preen, but mulch right over top of the pine needles. I've heard you guys talk about how they hold moisture. Is this OK?

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mcwlandscaping

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Nashua, NH
Was it previously mulched with pine straw or w/e it is called? Why not clean it out first and then mulch?
 
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SDNCLAWNCARE

LawnSite Member
Location
LOUISVILLE, KY
I can clean the whole bed first not a problem. But if you can leave anything why pick it up? Just seeing if I can Leave the pine needles. Would it be a problem?
 

TheKingNJ

LawnSite Senior Member
i don't know about pine needles but we mulch right on top of the old mulch, and every 3 years well will remove all mulch from the bed and start over.
 

TKO Landscaping

LawnSite Member
Location
NJ
I would just put the re-mulch on top on the needles if there is mulch already there. Pine needles are acidic and should help keep out weeds.
 

STRINGALATION

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
LOUISVILLE, KY.
i think the opposite say you leave it she says two months from now " he just left it" also are you talking fabric also. if it was main tained by me then top off is ok but a bed for my first time i would gut it and charge for it

also i charge 110 a yard but i try to be worth it 4" is my standard usually i cannot get that over multiple old layers but remember i am trying to take it to another level your comment about leave it if you can is what makes me leary of you if i was hiring you. you are as new as i am to compete i try to present the best image. my first year in 05 i had a guy who thought she was gone and mad lots of remarks that lost the account
 

TKO Landscaping

LawnSite Member
Location
NJ
I was talking about if the mulch was there and you were just adding some to it. But if it is a new bed I would rake up the needlesand the dig up the grass and put the needles under the fabric. It helps reduces weeds the pine needles because of the acidicity.
 
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SDNCLAWNCARE

LawnSite Member
Location
LOUISVILLE, KY
i think the opposite say you leave it she says two months from now " he just left it" also are you talking fabric also. if it was main tained by me then top off is ok but a bed for my first time i would gut it and charge for it

also i charge 110 a yard but i try to be worth it 4" is my standard usually i cannot get that over multiple old layers but remember i am trying to take it to another level your comment about leave it if you can is what makes me leary of you if i was hiring you. you are as new as i am to compete i try to present the best image. my first year in 05 i had a guy who thought she was gone and mad lots of remarks that lost the account
Why not work smarter? Its not about cutting corners, I try to do the best job possible. But why charge for removing pine needles if I don't need too. Trust me, there is no reason to be leary of me, I'll outwork the best. Promise you that.
 

mcwlandscaping

LawnSite Gold Member
Location
Nashua, NH
I guess im just in the mindset that up here, pine needles on the ground=cleanup needed!!
 
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