Cutting your mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by grassyfras, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I should have 100-300 yards of leaf compost by spring. I typically use about 200-300 yards of mulch by June. I dont have a use right now for my leaf compost and was thinking about mixing it into a single ground mulch to give it a darker color. I usually buy double ground mulch. Will this work or will this be a nightmare? How else can I profit off leaf compost?
  2. LawnVeteran

    LawnVeteran LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    You can add leaf mulch directly to your grass canopy. Add leaves directly to soil with some fertilizer. Use it to insulate plants. (Certain leaves are bad for that though). Make a compost pile with leaves and grass clippings. You can make leaf mold (homemade peat moss) which I just found out. Use it for mulch in a bed. I usually just chop them up and spread them around the yard. Unless if it’s too many though.
  3. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 5,264

    I wouldn't mix it with bark mulch.

    Good compost will always have many uses.
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  4. LawnVeteran

    LawnVeteran LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wish I could start composting. I just never find the time or really care enough I guess. I like the concept of it.
  5. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 5,264

    I would love to have the space to compost. As 90% of my lawns get at least 1 topdressing a year. I'm sure I would save some big money from buying it from the supplier.
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  6. LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,752

    If it's good clean compost, no sticks or garbage, and well decomposed sell it.
    $20 per yrd. If you have 300 yards thats around 6k.
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  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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    Finished leaf compost is brown gold. Apply 1/4 " to your clients lawns to improve nutrient uptake and increase disease resistance and drought tolerance.

    Rutgers Fact Sheet
    Benefits of Adding Leaf Compost to Soil
    Among the benefits derived from adding leaf
    compost to New Jersey soils are:
    Drought damage to plants is reduced because
    of an increased water-holding capacity of the
    Soil tilth is improved making the soils easier
    to cultivate.
    Very small amounts of the 16 essential
    elements needed for plant growth are supplied.
    Adverse effects of excessive alkalinity,
    acidity, or over-fertilization are reduced by the
    added buffering of the soil.
    The cation exchange capacity of soils is
    increased, enabling the soils to hold more
    plant nutrients for longer periods.
    Decomposition of the organic matter produces
    organic acids which combine with iron and
    aluminum ions, thereby reducing their
    potential toxicity to plants. This also makes
    more phosphorus available for plants because
    free iron and aluminum can tie up the phosphates.
    The added organic matter provides a food
    source for desirable soil micro-organisms.
    When incorporated into the soil, or used in a
    thin mulch 1/16- to 1/8-inch thick, compost
    helps seeds to germinate.
  8. RLeClair

    RLeClair LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    I would love to have the space and time to start composting. These dumps charge people on the front end to unload compostable material. Then they hit you on the backend by selling the crap that you paid to dump back to you in the form of compost. What a racket!! I would love to get in on that.
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  9. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,880

    Care to share what method you use to topdress? Were doing more and more of it every year and I'm always looking to streamline the process( short of purchasing an actual topdresser).
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  10. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 5,264

    Now I don't really do big areas. What I do depends on size small ones it's easier to just grab a few bags and dump and rake. Bigger areas I can prop the blower tube on the wheelbarrow and it will blow out the compost. This is good for big areas and helps to have one person on the blower and one wheeling. If I did bigger places I would just buy a topdreeser.

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