Bed areas with Mulch and Pine Needles

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by 101 Lawn Care, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. 101 Lawn Care

    101 Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Quick question for you guys. Do you bury your wires in bed areas or just cover with mulch or pine needles?
  2. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    I've seen it done both ways.
  3. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    Youve see it wrong then. Never bury under the mulch!! Thats just bad. always bury in the ground.
  4. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    Ryan is right. Rake back the straw or mulch then bury. If done with care no one will know you been there.

    Also a good idea is to route wires away from seasonal planting areas where possible and go extra deep or use a piece of steel pipie to protect wires at bed edges where they are most likley to get cut.
  5. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,645

    rake back mulch, take pick and drag small trench or use stick edger for dirt, or flat spade- plunge and wiggle. the reality is the first guy that tries to plant a bush in the beds will take a regular shovel, jump on it with both feet, and cut the wire. unless you bury 12-14 inches deep, which nobody does, your wire is really only as safe as the guy coming behind you. so I try to route wires right next to the foundation or right on the edge of the beds ( unless they are maintenance "dug" edges ) and straight to fixtures. Lot's less likely to have folks digging there.
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    I always try to run by the edge with my wire, and yes, get it as deep as possible. landscapers dont care about your wires...

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