Changing Mulch colors in bed's

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by TN1976, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. TN1976

    TN1976 LawnSite Member
    from Mid TN
    Messages: 21

    If a customer asks you to change the mulch color from last years color in the beds do you remove all or most of the old color or just a little of the old or simply slap the new on top of the old color?
  2. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    Remove as much as possible bill hourly for labor to remove and disposal fee
  3. RGM

    RGM LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Baltimore Md
    Messages: 979

  4. TN1976

    TN1976 LawnSite Member
    from Mid TN
    Messages: 21

  5. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,227

    What I have done in the past is have the customer choose a color, I go to HD and buy deck stain, mix in the color, put it in a pump up sprayer, and shoot away, looks really good. The problem is trying not to disturb the mulch after it has been sprayed.
  6. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    This can be done by backpack sprayer, also.
  7. gandk06

    gandk06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    Put it right over the top. The problem with the colored s**t is it looses color, fast, and doesn't break down. As long as you don't a ton of sitting there put the new stuff right over the top. And sell them on hardwood mulch not chopped up and colored pallets.
  8. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,668

    I think you guys are missing the real purpose of mulch.
  9. Malm's Lawn&Pest Control

    Malm's Lawn&Pest Control LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

  10. GracesLandscaping

    GracesLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    depends on how much needs to be added... if the beds are full and you can only put an inch then yea you need to remove some old or it will show up in a few weeks... if you can but at least a 2" layer then just lay the new on!

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