flowers and mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Sharper Edge, May 23, 2005.

  1. Sharper Edge

    Sharper Edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    installing 50 yrds. mulch and 60 flats of flowers which one should we do first? flowers or the mulch? any suggestions.
  2. Grass Masters

    Grass Masters LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 85

    If possibel Mulch First and then plant flowers

    Flowers in flats can be planted just n the mulch and still grow good
  3. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    I say exact opposite, plant first
  4. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    you will not likely not get a concensus here on your question. Some will say mulch first others will say flwrs first.

    All I know is that we do hundreds of yards of mulch and large flower displays for commercial properties. We find it faster to mulch first, then pull back the mulch with an adjustable rake, and install the flowers then rake mulch level. Trying to install that much mulch around little annual flowers, kills our job times for a given mulch install. I've timed it both ways and mulching first is most least for us.
  5. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Holy Christmas...a voice from the past! I thought you died and/or fell off the planet there Gary LOL. :D
  6. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,585

    No I'm still alive and kicking...I have just been sooooo.... busy doing what you do Rod ....counting my piles of $$$$$$$! :blush:
  7. Remsen1

    Remsen1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

  8. surfisher211

    surfisher211 LawnSite Member
    from Jersey
    Messages: 141

    yea mulch it first like stated b4 its always essayer to fall back and do the planting good luck!
  9. Wolfie's L&L

    Wolfie's L&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    I usually suggest plant then mulch, especially with larger shrubs and trees. With annuals, you may get away with the mulching first though. I think it looks nicer when everything is planted then mulched. Less of a chance of the dug up soil and rocks messing up the mulch.

  10. SOMM

    SOMM LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    We agree with gary 100% on order.

    You may want to dedicate some drills with auger bits for all those plantings!

    We water down our flats, then turn the whole flats upside down and simply shake out all the water laden bedding plants near where they will be planted, or into the wheelbarrow.

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