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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by lsu03, Apr 12, 2007.
how do you guys charge if the customer just wants to basically cover up the old mulch?
i dont mess with it. I only do jobs that will look professional when I am done and I explain this to my customers. I dont do half a$$ jobs. Can be rude if taken wrong but most customers understand and agree.
so what do you do, take out the old mulch?
I never take out the old mulch. One reason we use mulch is so it will decompose and release nutrients into the soil.
Figure up how deep you will be spreading, convert your sq. ft. with that depth into cubic yards, and bill accordingly.
If there is alot of mulch still in the beds, just use a dye to restore the color.
by saying the basically cover up old mulch term i thought you ment putting on a crap layer of mulch to darken up the beds. Sorry I jumped to a conclusion.. I guess because I have been asked that quite a few times this season. No I never take out old mulch just mulch on top of what is there with a 2-3 inch layer of new mulch. Thicker if the customer requests.
Charge more than your standard per yard rate. It takes longer to spread it thin.
As stated above, a dye may be something to look into; I have not used it, but have run into several occasions that, if it works well, would really make life easier.
A lot of places have mulch overflowing into the driveway, over edging, etc. The top layer is in good shape, it's just sunshine shot.
Also, at least put a general location or USDA zone in your profile. It helps people help you without asking extra questions.