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Best way to remove old tree bark mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cutman2000, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    I have someone wanting old tree bark mulch removed from their yard and shrub beds. The bark has been there for awhile. It's embedded into the ground and under her St. Augustine grass. I can only think of raking it, but figured it would be hours for a small section, about 4 (2)medium, (2)large areas. I'm just worried about trying to rake this stuff through the grass and some weeds, which has started to root to the bark also. What would you use, and what would you charge?
  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    I think you have the answer. It's labour intensive work and I have no idea how many hours it will take .

    Charge your hourly fees plus a disposal and the cost of six Coke's.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    If its under the grass, wouldn't it decompose quickly enough if you put some compost over the top of it??? Just an idea, since I've never heard of such a thing... :)
  4. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,159

    You are screwed. Its going to take awhile but get a pitchfork, spade and rake and start loading it up.
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  5. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
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    "decompose?" No, she wants the stuff out Smallaxe, and I would too if I wanted a nice lawn. The stuff is scattered outside of the beds, and embedded in the lawn. But Knox gsl sounds like he knows what he's talking about.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Must be something with southern grasses... any mulch or even sawdust goes onto the turf I can remove it with a back back blower, then finish it up with pressure from a water hose...
  7. Grasssales2001

    Grasssales2001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    What kind of bark? Never heard of mulch or bark that wouldn't decompose. When was it applied? Where did it come from? How deep is it?
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,159

    If its pine bark, most likely if its in ST Augustine, then it will take a while to break down and look like crap while doing it.

    Smallaxe, the grass grows on long runners 3' or 4' long, makes a real nice web over the entire area. Every 2"-4" it will have roots going down and a crown with nice thick blades. Its a beautiful grass but has alot of issues.
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Interesting... sounds like a tangle for the rakes as well...
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Power broom will get any loose stuff. $50 - $60/hr plus disposal.

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