Mulch around individual bushes/trees...grass there, now

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by vencops, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,537

    I have a property that I am currently maintaining that I'm trying to give a little more curb appeal (it's a for-sale property that I'm hired to do the mowing and trimming for). I'm friends with the broker, and I think it would do wonders for the market-ability of the property.

    Currently, there's grass/weeds (I sprayed them, today) around the bushes/trees. My question is, what's the best way to prepare these for the impending much? I can rent a bed edger (never used one). I could obviously use a shovel. Is there a product I could put down (preen?) and not do any (other) prep?

    New ground for me. Thanks.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Rule of Thumb... If you want it to look good, there is a basic principle to keep in mind... make it look good...

    no one but you knows whatit takes to make it look good... :)
  3. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,537

    Hell, if I knew what to do....I wouldn't have asked!

    I know what you're saying. But, I actually haven't ever used a bed edger. I have no idea if this is an application for one (I have access). I also don't know what to treat the areas with. I just want to spruce the property up.
  4. mike174

    mike174 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Depending on how may linear feet you have, a foot and a spade usually works fine. As for chems....are you licensed? If not, hire a licensed applicator to treat the property. You can mark it up to the realtor, but not worth the fines if you're not licensed.
  5. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,537

    I just got my license (on the 5th). Thanks.

    Trust don't have to be an "expert" to get one (license). Hence this thread!
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I'm not a fan of weed fabric, especially under mulch but I wouldn't invest much in edging for a sale property. Just put down the fabric and a thin layer of much over the top and roundup the perimeter occasionally...
    You know that mulch volcanoes are injurious to the trees I imagine... :)
  7. grassman88

    grassman88 LawnSite Member
    from mass
    Messages: 218

    what licence you talking about u need a applicators licence to put chemicals down on a propery, but i would use a shovle and just finish the edge with the string trimmer and lay the mulch down how many feet do you have to edge?
  8. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,537

    It's not so much the's the entire mulch bed I'm concerned about.

    I figure 600SF.
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,289

    A bed edger (I would highly recommend as I subscribe to the work smarter not harder concept) will give you an edge. If there are large areas that need to be removed, a sod cutter would work better. These will give you an edge as well, but might be more difficult to use because of the root systems close to the trunks. It will reduce the need for further chemical apps though. Not eliminate, reduce.

    We only had an edger for a long time, rented a sod cutter as needed. Now I have a sod cutter, bed shaper and an Echo Bed Redefiner. And use all 3 regularly.
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Use a spade and shovel to cut the sod out from around the trees and shrubs. Having killed it off first will make it easy on you.

    I use a string with a loop that I attach to trees, and on the other end I attach a can of marking paint to make a good clean circle around the tree before I start spading away.

    Bed edgers will make it easier on you, but you'll still need to remove extra dead sod to have room for the mulch, otherwise it will look to high in comparison to the surrounding turf.

    That and with tight circles, it seems that the bed edger gets unruly and my circles tend to look oblong.

Share This Page