Losing monthly maintenance to mulch?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by alpine692003, Jul 8, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502


    I think I made a costly mistake to one of my customers, well not that costly..

    Currently I charge this DR a monthly maintenance for her property which is weeding her beds monthly for $60 a shot..

    It takes me like only under 30mins to do service it!

    I suggested to her a bark mulch installation on her property with landscape fabric.. I know this will be like under $250 to do the whole thing!

    So if I do the bark mulch, I'll lose out on a monthly maint customer!

    I guess you can re-apply bark mulch every so often because it decomposes??!?!

    :confused: :confused:
  2. studentlawn

    studentlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I think in the long run your better off by installing the mulch. Whenever you are able to use your expertise to advise something thats money and effort saving to a customer, id do it, and use the 30 mins you spend at her place on the refferals she gets you.
  3. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    The only problem is with the bark mulch. It will never pack together and and leaves or bush trimmings will have to be picked out of it. It needs to be mulched with a shreaded mulch so it will pack in and you can blow debris out easily.
  4. brian mon

    brian mon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    Another problem is using fabric, the bark will wash or float out of the beds or with a good wind will blow out. The fabric is to slick, if mulch is installed at the right thickness 3'' to 4'' no fabric should be needed. And shreaded wood is much better.
  5. all degree

    all degree LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 344


    Sorry it really bothers me when people do this. Mulch will naturally keep out weeds w/o fabric and if you use fabric you lose the addded benefit of moisture retention
  6. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,502

    oh... really? Just put mulch down that is like 3-4" thickness?

    without fabric? I never knew that, I see a lot of people using the fabric cut around the shrubs then put mulch down 3-4" thick!

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