Cleaning Mulch Beds

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by bp418, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. bp418

    bp418 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I just finished up a big mulch job at a residence. The total square footage was just under 3000. She would like me to maintain the beds, what is the best way to get the loose grass and leaves out of the bed. I hate raking because it takes out the mulch. Would a vacum of some sort be best? Thanks for the input.
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I use a BP blower at a very low speed.
  3. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    This time of year the perienials can be cut to the ground,the liriope can also be cut back. This makes the job easy with a blower.

  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    I think a hand held blower works better on beds at very low speeds. I say this becaouse it gets into area where you just cant manipulate you blower tube into.
  5. The Yard Barber Inc.

    The Yard Barber Inc. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 228

    I always use my BP blower to clean out the beds but like they said keep the speed low so that the mulch will not blow all over the lawn, then go around the edges of the beds on the edges of the grass with my push mower to bag all the leaves and grass clippings. You could use a shreader vac handheld blower combo at low speeds too at low speeds since leaves and grass are most of the time lighter than mulch

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