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How often should you mulch?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by FoghornLeghorn, Apr 5, 2014.


How often should/do you mulch?

  1. Once per year

    30 vote(s)
  2. Twice per year

    16 vote(s)
  3. Three times per year

    0 vote(s)
  4. 4 times per year

    0 vote(s)
  5. Mulch? What's mulch?

    2 vote(s)
  1. kmzlawncare

    kmzlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 310

    Most of my clients only want it done once a year in the spring but I do have some that want it twice a year spring and fall and I have a few that only have me to mulch in the fall my point is it is up to the customer what and when I provide the service if your customer wants it done one or four times a year then that's what we do now I think three or four times a year is to much but it also depends on we're you live and the product your putting down.
  2. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    257 views and only 17 votes? C'mon, what is wrong with you people!
  3. Kylec3

    Kylec3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 127

    so you want a moisture barrier? when you pile mulch on top of mulch each year without turning it and loosening it up it tends to form a crust. wouldn't this cause water run-off which will result in the water not getting to where it needs to

    once per year...two tops
  4. FoghornLeghorn

    FoghornLeghorn LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 753

    Nope...When the mulch interlocks, the layer of moisture actually causes the cellulose in the mulch fiber to decompose and the mulch actually turns into dirt/organic matter. So the mulch retains moisture and acts as a constantly renewing fresh soil.

    Think of it as automatic top dressing for flowerbeds.
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,558

    i do it once a year. do my own yard in the fall and it lasts til the next fall. for some reason people always want mulch done in the spring though which annoys me. it would be ok if they wanted it done before mowing started but they want it done after mowing has started a lot of the time. luckily I don't get asked to do mulch very often. most people do that themselves. I don't do commercial property mulch jobs only residential.
  6. Kenb2920

    Kenb2920 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 158

    This is what I was thinking. I often see water run off the top and assumed this was going against what I wanted to achieve. I break mine up with a little "mantis" then apply more. (I do this as my house, not for business).

    This brings up a good point. I would would think in the hot summer, the locked mulch would help with a green house effect.

    Good arguments. I wonder what I will learn from this.
  7. ajk3536

    ajk3536 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    My company is located in the Northeast and manufactures a lot of mulch... With that said, I think it depends on the quality/type you apply. From a purely aesthetic perspective, with our dyed mulches and a first application of 2-4", the product will look good for an entire year. After the snow melts though in the spring, it will definitely have faded/decomposed and will need applied again. With our undyed mulches, they will fade after two months and another application that year would definitely make it look better. The majority of our landscape accounts apply only once a year, during the spring. I did just meet with a customer that applies twice a year.

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